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From table A1 of the BLS August employment report - in the top section of that table -- the number on the line titled "persons currently wanting a job" is 4.5 % of the total civilian labor force able to work number in line 1 of the same table... 4.5%... with 8.1% of the workforce listed as unemployed, that means that at least 3.6% of the workforce is unemployed and do not want a job - but they must look to keep unemployment coming... On the drive home today I saw 4 new signs on businesses saying "Hiring". Haven't seen that in a while... I have 4 times as much work this year as last. So this week I offered a position as an admin assistant at 45K a year starting to a recently laid off admin assistant who was making 38K, a high school grad with some college who had the experience and ability to do the job - and it is work that is meaningful and satisfying for most. I invited them to come in and see what we do, to see if they were comfortable before they had to decide - the answer? "I have some things to take care of around the house before it gets too cold first - a couple weeks." One of the 3.6%...
I keep hearing that the job market is so bad and how it's Obama's fault that the economy stinks. Well I'm not seeing it. There are so many more jobs out there today than there were in 2009 when the Great Recession hit. In 2009, it was really really bleak. Companies were laying off people left and right and there was no hiring going on at all. Fast forward 4 years later, and I'm getting calls all the time from recruiters looking to take me away from the job I have. Obama deserves A LOT of credit for turning our economy around and yes his policies are exactly what our country needs. It baffles me to no end that people would actually consider going back to the Republican Trickle Up economic policies of GW Bush when we came so close to going into a full blown depression. If Romney is elected it only proves one thing, the American people have an incredibly short memory and they're living in a dream world of who wants to be a millionaire.
hobie2; That's the problem you get when they continue to extend unemployment benefits. When people still have money coming in, even if it's less than what they were making, they don't have as much incentive to find a new job. There are some people who truly are looking for work but you also have a lot that are content just sitting at home collecting money for doing nothing.
The economy has added private sector jobs for 30 consecutive months, and President Obama is now net positive for job creation over his term in office.
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