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Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 07:30 PM PDT.
Long-term Unemployment Worse Now Than During Great Depression
About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.
The bigger the gap on someone's resume, the more questions employers have.
"(Employers) think: 'Oh, well, there must be something really wrong with them because they haven't gotten a job in 6 months, a year, 2 years.' But that's not necessarily the case," said Marjorie Gardner-Cruse with the Hollywood Worksource Center....
Here's another problem: more than 1 million of the long-term unemployed have run out of unemployment benefits, leaving them without the money to get new training, buy new clothes, or even get to job interviews.
The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western areas. The budget at the outset of the WPA in 1935 was $1.4 billion a year. (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion. At its peak in 1938 it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men (and some women), as well as youth in a separate division the National Youth Administration.
The WPA was a national program that originated its own projects (in cooperation with state and local governments) and sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or FERA programs. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. It never managed to come anywhere close to full demand for employment.
Liquidated on June 30, 1943 as a result of high employment due to the industry boom of World War Two, the WPA had provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years.
The direct focus of the WPA projects changed with need. 1935 saw projects aimed at infrastructure improvement; roads, bringing electricity to rural areas, water conservation, sanitation and flood control. In 1936, as outlined in that year’s Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, public facilities became a focus; parks, buildings, utilities, airports, and transportation projects were funded. The following year, saw the introduction of agricultural pursuits in projects such as the production of marl fertilizer and the eradication of fungus pests. As the Second World War approached, and then eventually begun, WPA projects became increasingly defense related.
.Businesses Refuse to Hire Unemployed, EEOC says
by FindLaw on February 18, 2011
When speaking to the unemployed, discrimination is usually the last thing on their mind. After all, they’re not employed, right? But once they settle in and start browsing the web for that next job, things change. Inevitably, they come across a promising ad, only to be devastated when the ad lists “currently employed” under qualifications. Discrimination has taken on new meaning.
Discrimination against the unemployed has finally come to the attention of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has just announced that it is now investigating whether the practice is as widespread as anecdotal evidence suggests, and whether the practice of requiring current employment is illegal. Employment law experts are unsure what the EEOC will do, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Originally posted by Misoir
Many of the arguments against the WPA during its existence in the 30s did not come from people who opposed its core principles rather they criticized the ineffectiveness of the program. For example, workers and project managers would be encouraged to prolong the period of construction on certain projects so as to keep the funds coming. Another example would be that the Western part of the country received far more assistance per capita than the much more impoverished and undeveloped South due to Roosevelt already having the South as a secure vote.
It allows for three things to happen; one, poor management of funds and lousy workmanship, two, political favoritism and basically vote-buying and, three, enlarging the national debt to levels which are completely unsustainable.
Please do remember that during the era when the WPA first was created our national debt was far less than what it currently is as percent of GNP. Had President Obama started this program rather than pursue all the other policies he did in the past 2.5 years this might have worked but it is too late.
Unfortunately our nation truly needs rebuilding and our people need employment but our government at all levels is already neck deep in debt in addition our manufacturing base is not only depressed but almost gone. Before we were able to stimulate the economy by purchasing the products for reconstruction we need by buying them from domestic industries but now we would have to purchase our reconstruction needs from overseas giving our economy less of a fiscal stimulation than the WPA did during the 1930s.
So while the WPA sounds great it is basically unrealistic today.edit on 6/7/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by lokdog
This is probably gonna piss alot of people off, but the best way to get this economy humming is a world wide war. Its what finally brought us out of the Great Depression. I'm not talking small engagments like Iraq or Libya but a knock down drag out. Preferably against China , i'm talking full mobilization with millions of boots on the ground. That will get this economy humming.