Every Friday, the federal government puts out the latest jobless rate, which has been hovering around 10% for several years now. But that figure is deceptive because it includes only those unemployed who are still looking for a job; the jobless rate does not include the long-term unemployed.
Below is a first-person account of an educated skilled man who has been jobless for five years now and therefore is no longer counted by our feral gubbmint as being “unemployed.”
Hey Obama, as you and your family fly on Air Force One on junkets to South America, with your wife carrying a $1,000 tote bag, can you hear the cries of despair?….
First Person: Unemployed and Uncounted
By Everett Cook – Yahoo – Mar 23, 2011
We have mounting expenses: medical, dental and I have had to sell off most of my photography equipment. I have sold so much of my equipment that I cannot make any money with what is now a hobby, it was once a source of income, photography.
We have had to move from a nice house, out in the sticks where it is quiet, the people are nice and it is safe. The two of us, in our 30s, now live in a poor neighborhood, in a studio apartment. With the occasional gunfire, drug dealing and gang activity. What has happened to our world?
We do not qualify for any federal assistance; my girlfriend earns too much and I am too honest to lie in order to get the help that I have paid into. And every day I just look at the people who are in the same boat, without a paddle, traveling down the same creek. It is depressing and it has taken a toll on my hairline and general health. And sometimes I wake in the night to find my loving girlfriend crying because we have to make difficult choices in what to spend our money on; food or bills.
It is genuinely painful to wake in the morning at 6, get online and look for work. (We are fortunate to have a neighbor that lets us surf on her Wi-Fi signal; that is a godsend). Sending out resumes, calling the numbers listed on the various ads and not getting a response 90 percent of the time. And every time that I have a lead, get dressed up nice, trim what’s left of my hair and head out to the interview only to find 30 or more other people applying for the same, single position that is available. The only money that I seem to be able to generate is from writing these articles, and that is very little.