Looking for work – “It’s crazy out there”


by Eleanor Arnason | August 2,2009 • Patrick went out to lunch with an old friend, who works for a human service nonprofit. She told him she advertised for a night shift worker at one of the programs she supervises. The job pays $8 an hour. She got a 100 resumes, some of them from middle aged men who had never worked in the field.

Facts and Fictions – Eleanor Arnason writes science fiction and fantasy. Occasional posts are republished with permission from her blog.

She said, “It’s crazy out there.”

From the New York Times – Via Firedoglake. Direct quotes from The Times are in italics:

…Long-term unemployment (as a percentage of the workforce) has now outrun all previous recessions since this data began to be collected in 1948, and even more bad news is lurking under the numbers.

At the height of unemployment in 1982, one of every five unemployed workers was on a temporary layoff, with the expectation they would be recalled, sooner or later. Today the comparable figure is 1 of 10…

Over the coming months, as many as 1.5 million jobless Americans will exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits, ending what for some has been a last bulwark against foreclosures and destitution…

For every job that becomes available, about six people are looking…

The media are talking (again)about signs that the recession may be bottoming out. So what happens to unemployed people, if this is a jobless recovery? And what the heck is a jobless recovery? How does the country recover, if the country’s people don’t have work?

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