Well, we are experiencing the highest long-term unemployment numbers in history, aren't we dj?
You're not going to nitpick statistics and play them your way, when the facts clearly give the picture of bunches of people out of work, are you?
Jobless numbers aren't even half the picture. There are millions of people out of work who are subject to one of the following conditions.
1. Benefits expired or were not renewed
2. Benefits never applied for whatever reason
3. Benefits denied for whatever reason
The jobless numbers don't even do justice to the enormous problem this country is facing.
The town I live in is a good microcosm of what's happening everywhere. This used to be a factory/lumber/mining town back in the good old days. The
jobs dried up or were sent to Asia, and now all that's left is people and service jobs. The town is desperately struggling to reinvent itsellf as a
tourist destination, but in the long-term this strategy is bound to fail.
You can't have a country made up entirely of service jobs, because people working in the industry can't afford to spend money at similar businesses.
There's no support for this kind of economy.
We've lost a great portion of the manufacturing base that was so depended upon for living wages.
Now you need three jobs to feed a family, if you live in a town like mine. Some folks still have office jobs, but the bell has tolled for them too.
Much cheaper in midwest office parks and overseas than in small towns scattered across the country.
My block, where I live, now has 3 EMPLOYED PEOPLE TOTAL, out of 11 households. It's the same everywhere else around here. Everyone lives off
government checks, retirement, or odd jobs. This used to be a vibrant town with three times the current population and something like 20k additional
jobs, between the mills, the mines, and the few assembly plants scattered around the hills, mostly electrical parts.
The resources are still viable, the people are still willing to work, but the companies owe it to their shareholders to seek the highest profit
possible, and this leads them away from the town that supported them for decades.
It's an entirely unavoidable state of affairs, given this country's current tack.
I still don't think it should be taken lying down. Stop giving all the damn money to the petroleum interests, airlines, and holding companies. They
need the subsidies like a bear needs a jacket.