Agriculture does not top many young people's "most wanted" wish list of careers. It represents the past and is often perceived as the antithesis of progress. But Suk Moo thinks differently.
All of those cities are way above the statewide unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, meaning there has to be some good cities in Illinois for unemployment.
Wouldn't you love to see Democrats pointing out Republican hypocrisy as they have to defend the costs of their stupidity as well as of absurdly narrow corporate subsidies -- corporate welfare really --while Democrats are fighting for people looking for a job?
Among states, Illinois' unemployment rate is the third worst at 8.6 percent. But many towns and cities in Illinois have unemployment rates that exceed even that. In a state with terrible unemployment to begin with, these are the worst of the worst.
I feel like I've lost my independence along with some (most) of my self-confidence. I want to be able to take care of myself and my son. And, quite honestly, I still have some ambition left. I want a meaningful career (where I get paid in U.S. dollars).
The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.
I thought I was great. I thought I was awesome. I thought I was special. Little did I know I was in for a wake up call that was going to rock my little universe. That wake up call being the real world.
Here's the thing: I don't completely want to get back in the game. I want to spend every minute soaking up my daughter's sunshine. You miss stuff when you're gone.
This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. At night, in my bed, when it's cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. I have a Master's degree and have been in the workforce for over 30 years. By the end of this month, we will be without anywhere to turn.
Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013. Sometimes we get numb to numbers like $20 million. To put it in perspective, in 2013, Dimon made $9,615 per hour. In other words, he made more in the first two hours of the first workday of the year than a minimum-wage worker made all year long.
No matter where you are in your lifetime career journey, you need to remember that you always have options and you can design your career trajectory.
The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.
Despite recent improvements in the economy, the average time people are out of work is still twice as long as any recession since the 1950s.
Right now, with the U.S. manufacturing sector employing less than 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, the sector is not even half the size it needs to be for our nation to again have a balanced, high-growth economy.
Important to address is the mistrust between the public, private, and social sectors when it comes to education delivery. They literally do not speak the same language. The goodwill, confidence, and atmosphere required to have a mature and transparent dialogue do not exist.
American capitalism tells people that if they work hard, they will be rewarded. That myth persists despite decades of evidence against it.