Everywhere I look I see bad news for job seekers; whether its the monthly jobs report that says the number of unemployed people has not decreased in months; whether its this mornings WSJ article from economist predicting a year of tepid growth, not enough to create many jobs. Yesterdays NYT had as extremely interesting and tragic opinion piece written by well respected economists called ‘The Human Disaster of Unemployment” that went into great detail about the young and old are the ones who suffer most, are least likely to be re-hired and called it ‘nothing short of a national emergency.’ The article also linked long term diseases, cancer, and life expectancy to being unemployed. Here is the link if you want to read it http://nyti.ms/ITOoDJ . Pew just put out a study that drew a devastating picture for the long term unemployed and their ability to get back into the workforce. Its the first study that I have seen that actually found that older workers 45-54 and 55+ are having the hardest time and are the least likely to be rehired. (If anyone wants this study I can email it to you). Surprisingly, to me anyway, it also found that the more education you have the harder time you will have finding a job. High school drop outs are less likely to be long term employed than college grads. Now if you add into the equation the volatility in Europe, Greece no one has any good predictions the economy in the short or long term. No one has any thoughts that the long term unemployed will find jobs. Paul Krugman has labeled this time as the ‘The United States is in the 5th Year of a Depression.’
So, knowing all this, what to do? Smile, keep your chin held high, keep trying, network; and keep doing that on and on. I am extremely disappointed in Obama, he talks about ‘jobs’ but its not realistic talk, a highway restoration bill will not help 20 million people. And Mitt Romney, not a word about how he would create jobs. Someone in a position of authority needs to address and tackle this ‘National Emergency’. No one in the news media has looked into the subject of the long term unemployed?
Lets try to make a difference ourselves, be heard ourselves. Anyone that wants to join me on twitter contact me at @GinsburgJobs and use the hashtag #LongtermUnemployed. At the very least we could have a count of people that are in the same position and force the news media and politicians to address the issue. Lets do it!