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Dukedraven
08:37 PM on 05/08/2010
Those unemployment benefit extensions aren't working. I think we should temporarily lower the retirement age to 60, in order to take some of the older workers out of the workforce. That'll ease things a little.
09:08 PM on 05/08/2010
and thus hastening the collapse of the social system system.
09:15 PM on 05/08/2010
SS is already in the red :)
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Dukedraven
03:54 PM on 05/09/2010
A couple more people in the lifeboat won't matter. Let's save those poor souls.
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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
10:04 PM on 05/08/2010
That just shifts the problem. It's not a solution.

Politicians and corporations played with band-aids 2 years ago. It's time for change and the REAL problems addressed.
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JaneK13
08:32 PM on 05/08/2010
People have adjusted to living on the unemployment payments, supplemented by food stamps, welfare and other government handouts. Where's the incentive to get a job?
08:51 PM on 05/08/2010
what jobs are you talking about? In the last 4 weeks I have applied at over 100 different companies and have not received even an interview offer. I have never had this much trouble finding work in my 33yrs of working.
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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
10:06 PM on 05/08/2010
The only truly lazy people around here or in this country are those who say that people on unemployment are lazy. They are too lazy to see what's really going on.
09:09 PM on 05/08/2010
welcome to Europe.
08:01 PM on 05/08/2010
This is pretty simple and is not any different than past deep recessions: the longer you are unemployed the more your skills erode and the less confidence you have. Also, the fact that you have a long gap in your resume can leave doubts in the mind of the person reading it. If you're the hiring manager and have to choose between two candidates, how often do you think the one with less confidence who hasn't found a job in a longer time will get chosen?
09:19 PM on 05/08/2010
Not to mention if you're not getting hired anywhere . . . that throws up a red flag because nobody else wanted your services in the past.
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12:53 PM on 05/09/2010
Companies often DO make offers to people who have been unemployed for a long time - but at lower wages then employed people. They know that someone who has been off work for several months is getting desparate and they can lower their payroll costs by taking advantage of this fact. This recession is the same type of "market adjustment" that is happening in real estate.....prices go down until people start buying again, then they stabilizes.
Look for the unemployment rate to take 6-12 months to return to "normal" levels, but expect that the average wage for most jobs will end up reduced when the economy is back to "normal". American workers had wage stagnation for the last 30 years and now median wages will actually end up reduced. And....we will be grateful to have jobs.
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IMOPINIONH8D
because I want it empty...
06:30 PM on 05/08/2010
the Labor dept releasesnew employment numbers that show a positive tracking and every rightwinger in the country with a calculator starts screaming about doctored numbers or someother rightwing conspiracy theory nonsense. You'd think they would be glad to see people getting back to work. BTW that number is 290,000 jobs and the census hires were last months news and that is appx 50,000 hired cause the rightwing won't fill theirs out cause they claim its a left wing take over,
09:57 PM on 05/08/2010
Despite this morning’s (May 7th) happy employment report, the economy remains at the brink of an intensified or renewed downturn, and broad liquidity problems signal ongoing serious systemic risks. While reported April payroll data were strong — with significant upside revisions to prior payroll reporting in February and March — the suggested jobs surge reflected overly optimistic assumptions and census hiring, as well as likely ongoing seasonal distortions. Further, the gains ran counter to several important and politically-independent related series. For example, the Conference Board’s March help-wanted advertising (newspapers), which leads April employment, fell for the first time in six months, dropping from 10 to 9, matching the record low reading for the series last year. Also from the Conference Board, April new online help-wanted advertising declined for the first time in five months, down by 1.0%. While the manufacturers purchasing managers survey for April showed rising employment, the broader services index showed contracting employment. -- John Williams Shadow Stats

If you believe any government report about unemployment you are a fool....
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stargazer13
To Love One Is To Love All
04:26 PM on 05/08/2010
What is F.R.A.U.D.'s? It stands for Federal Reserve Accounting Unit Devices.
01:13 PM on 05/08/2010
Bill Clinton admitted on Good mourning America that he and his administration failed to tighten up on regulation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Obama has built: new schools, roads, power, generating plants, improved border security,ect.... he has done all of this in Afghanistan without raising their taxes and without a plan for repayment.

39 of US States are officially BROKE ! The US government is out of money this NOV.
As a result of the health care bill large companies plan to drop employer based coverage, diverting cost to employees, before the plan even takes effect it will force layoffs (eg AT&T, Deer, Caterpillar... mistakingly proved by the Dem's...own investigation...).

http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/heavy-doses/2010/05/07/att-and-deere-mull-dropping-employee-health-coverage

Gov run Freedie is requesting a new $10billion bailout as the housing market continues to crumble. Obama has spent more in his first year then all former presidents combined, in fact, tax money generated for at least the next 3 generations are not enough to repay this growing debt. The world has peaked, stimulus funds are wiped out, what now?

Of course those who rely on public perception (deception) will continue their focus on the highlights. Like Mr. Bush, Obama will continue to urge banks to lend and will tell the public to spend. Any tax relief you get in the meantime, should be saved so you can purchase your mandatory private insurance coverage !
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04:46 PM on 05/08/2010
You keep referencing "Obama" Would you be speaking of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? It's President Obama or if you wish, as you referenced "Mr." to Bush".
DUSAA-1775
never moon a werewolf
09:07 PM on 05/08/2010
it is all based on a persons preference. Personally I prefer Dear Leader or The One.
09:10 PM on 05/08/2010
If we can call PRESIDENT BUSH "W" we can call the present occupant Obama.
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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
10:08 PM on 05/08/2010
Some people have to - product quality is so low, people have to replace what's lost. Especially if it's important to maintain education levels, then there's a bigger problem. It depends on the issue and circumstance, but so many things are skewed beyond belief in this country it wouldn't even be funny if it were lampooned in a sitcom.
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4TJefferson
Promote the General Welfare
12:03 PM on 05/08/2010
Yes ART, lets emphasize the negatives (bad news/worst parts) of the jobs report just to make us all feel better.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:45 AM on 05/08/2010
Obama "just" needs to declare War on Un-Employment!

That way "WE THE PEOPLE" can start spending Billions on getting America back to work and fix up our countries Road, Dams and railroads...
11:24 AM on 05/08/2010
Yeah, he should have declared war on Jan 20, 2009, but he did not.

All he says is "I won't rest until every American who wants to work will have a job" and then he goes off to Hawaii. But he was there to vote for TARP.
01:14 PM on 05/08/2010
Thank you for pointing that out.
08:11 PM on 05/08/2010
Absent TARP, unemployment would have been in the 20's or higher. Thank god you didn't have a chance to vote on it.
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laaambchop
Cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom
11:44 AM on 05/08/2010
Hope it's more successful than the War on Drugs...
10:28 AM on 05/08/2010
"I used to work at a high-paying engineering firm. I'm too good to bus tables." But good enough to take a free check from the State twice a month. I shouldn't laugh - I've been there too.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:36 AM on 05/08/2010
Right On Comment
You describe those lucky enough to be able to delay their return to employment...

But what happens when time has eaten up your saving and then what?
02:49 PM on 05/08/2010
The next serious crises!
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Blutodog
Say what?
04:59 PM on 05/08/2010
Your f*cked to be blunt and what's worse in America nobody gives a sh*t.
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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
10:11 PM on 05/08/2010
Then why do you laugh?
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10:28 AM on 05/08/2010
Victims of assorted class warfare.

Mostly over 55.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:37 AM on 05/08/2010
Right On Post!

Another issue is all the folks that have "had to" take early retirement by going on Social Security ASAP, not waiting until age 65+ because they have been laid off and there are so few and or no jobs for senior workers to be had...

I believe that if these folks were added to the "UN-Employed" workers then the figures would be dismal (and more accurate)!
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oMeoMi
01:23 PM on 05/08/2010
Yep - over 55, the invisible class that does not matter.
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oMeoMi
01:35 PM on 05/08/2010
Should have said 55 to 62 - the class that does not matter. After 62 partial SS benefits become available but 55 to 62, you are kinda screwed.
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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
10:12 PM on 05/08/2010
I think they matter.

I also consider myself a compassionate person who believes in following the teachings of Christ. (Note the wording - many "Christians" wouldn't have a clue.)
ThatsTheTheWayItIs
religion, ideology, partisanship are delusional
10:26 AM on 05/08/2010
Read Bill Maher's New Rules for today. Go ahead, I'll wait ...

He says what I've pointed out: the current high unemployment is due to low worker's wages.

Huh? Because low wages forced more women into the workplace, and now more jobs are needed to keep everyone employed. A higher percentage of Americans are working now than almost ever before, but we have high unemployment because we can't find enough jobs for them.

More women are now employed in the US, than men. My mother went to work so we could afford to live in a house instead of an apartment. So do a lot of mothers now.

With decent wages, mothers (or fathers) could afford to stay home and raise the kids.
We would need fewer jobs. Unemployment solved.
ThatsTheTheWayItIs
religion, ideology, partisanship are delusional
10:30 AM on 05/08/2010
Oops, never mind, it wasn't Bill Maher's article, someone elses, they are all blurring together.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:32 AM on 05/08/2010
Imagine all the places in America where "THE" factory closed and there are no jobs to be had... What are those folks supposed to do? Where can they "look" for work?

We are now about to see a huge migration of folks to bigger Cities because they now live in areas that now have NO WORK available!
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:24 AM on 05/08/2010
HuffingtonPost should start a Job-o-Meter that shows the number of jobs created (or lost) daily and also link those numbers to the states that they are in...

Then we would be able to "see" the "flat line" status of our recovery!

How about it HuffingtonPost?
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IMOPINIONH8D
because I want it empty...
06:17 PM on 05/08/2010
Was the number290,000 jobs for the month of april.
10:06 AM on 05/08/2010
The Repubs are saying that there are plenty of jobs out there so we don't need unemployment benefits.

Jobs like at Wal-Mart, MacDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts where you work only 10 hours a week, get pay BELOW minimum wage, and absolutely NO BENES!

You won't catch John Boehmer or Mitch McConnell as a "greeter" at Wal-Mart, or behind the counter at MacDonald's selling Bic Macs, but for YOU, that job is just GREAT!!!!!
10:13 AM on 05/08/2010
I think they said we don't need 2 YEARS worth of unemployment . . . which I agree with, at some time you have to tell people enough . . . it's time to go out and look
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:19 AM on 05/08/2010
...and what happens when "you go out and look" and there are still NO JOBS?

What then?

History lesson: Every time the price of rice rose above what folks could afford (in China) there has been a revolution...
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Klarsonent
Semi-retired landlady, small business entrepreneur
04:20 PM on 05/08/2010
And you think people aren't looking???
02:52 PM on 05/08/2010
What they are really saying is, as much as we would like to give away money like in Greece, we cannot continue to spend when the US Gov is broke.

Gov run Freedie is requesting a new $10billion bailout as the housing market continues to crumble. Obama has spent more in his first year than all former presidents combined, in fact, tax money generated for at least the next 3 generations is not enough to repay this growing debt. The world has peaked, stimulus funds are wiped out, what now?

Of course those who rely on public perception (deception) will continue their focus on the highlights. Like Mr. Bush, Obama will continue to urge banks to lend and will tell the public to spend. Any tax relief you get in the meantime, should be saved so you can purchase your mandatory private insurance coverage !
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:04 AM on 05/08/2010
Jobs not Garden Parties...
Jobs not more "News" briefings...
Jobs not Congressional Junkets...
Jobs not more Congressional donations...
Jobs not more "US" vs "them" talk...
Jobs not more BIG loans to Big Wall Street...
Jobs not more talk that is not JOB related...
Jobs not Gov't. tax credits for laying folks off so Business can hire others at less pay!
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,...
10:08 AM on 05/08/2010
Nah, I think we'd rather do work on a climate bill that won't change the climate, financial reform with holes in it or immigration reform.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:21 AM on 05/08/2010
I agree, that way our Rep's can stay busy doing what they do best "Talk"...
10:01 AM on 05/08/2010
$787,000,000,000 obama stimulus and no net decrease in unemployment and no net increase in employment.
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DaveyDavey
Micro-biohazard
10:18 AM on 05/08/2010
Yes, Bush did his job well.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:27 AM on 05/08/2010
I'd say, Bush did well in his job (for the rich).
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Blutodog
Say what?
04:51 PM on 05/08/2010
Went mostly to prop up State budgets for a yr.