Comments on: No good news for the long-term unemployed A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Landerkhan Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:34:51 +0000 I am 54 years old; I had a stellar Aerospace career, and lost my job due to a vengeful, miscreant, and unethical manager in 2008. I received UI benefits until 6-months ago, and started an MBA program, because my education and 30-years experience wasn’t enough. I hear you all about “If” and “When” the jobs come back, but I am afraid I’ve got some bad news, folks… We are in the vortex of the One World Order’s grand-plan. Call them the Illuminati, Shadow Government, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relation and yes, even the Bilderberg Group, as they are known by all of these. Just as ancient Babylon, Egypt, Rome, Greece, the Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, the Soviet Union, Hitler’s Nazi Germany, all of whom built empires to rule the world. Now the Americans via the Shadow Government under the guise of the Illuminati will be added to the list of factions that have tried to erect a One World Government via the “New World Order.” President Bush (41) used it in nearly all of his speeches. They are out to trash the US, Canada, and Mexico, although, I don’t know how Mexico could go much lower, but you must have heard of the North American Union, right? Perhaps the European Union, does that ring a bell? Soon there will be an African then an Asian Union, because it is easier to control a handful of “Unions” than a hundred different countries. Face it, there are no viable recovery plans, the only thing we can do is hunker-down and resist. Do your research, please store food and water, or plant a garden if you can with organic, not genetically-altered seeds because they will not reproduce. They are skewing all of the data to make us feel like there is the slightest amount of hope, then they will divert our attention to some false-flag fictitious emergency, whether it be faux-terrorism, or aliens attacking a city, watch, it will happen, and we will all give up our freedoms for a little temporary security just like Benjamin Franklin said we would, check it out, he said it.

“A people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

Benjamin Franklin

And here is what he said about being ignorant…

“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

“Benjamin FrankliN

Great men throughout recent history have warned us about this. Take President Eisenhower for instance when he warned in 1961 of the rise of the military industrial complex. How much more plain does it have to get?

The only person, institution, agency, or company that will help you is you! Wake up! Please don’t believe me, check out what Gerald Celente of Trends Research is saying about our future. Now, he’s Mr. Doom, but it is all fact-based.Lastly, I pray to God that I am so completely wrong about this. The problem is it is backed up by fact-based truth. Be a true patriot and resist. Our founding fathers told us that this is what real patriots do.Godspeed USA

By: TFF Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:40:11 +0000 y2kurtus, the unemployment rate for the 55-64 demographic is the lowest of any at 6.6%. I’ve read that they are more likely than younger workers to be among the long-term unemployed (perhaps partially for the reasons you suggest), but I suspect that others simply retire early.

Some numbers here: df

By: y2kurtus Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:10:01 +0000 Great post Felix,

I’m comming in a bit late to request follow up info but I would love to know what % of the Long-term unemployed are in the 57-66 age range.

I manage money for a handful of individuals in that age group who lost highish paying jobs for large companies and are using unemployment insurance as a bridge toward retirement or semi-retirement.

At 59.5 you can tap your 401k’s & IRA’s at 62 you can file for early SS benifits and at 62 and even after 62 every month you can hold out earns you a bit more for the rest of your life.

I do not belive the portion of the longterm unemployed who have little interest in taking undesirable jobs or even desirable jobs at undesriable compensation levels is larger than assumed. While not a majority by any means some fraction of the longterm unemployed are actually semi-retired. They are taking advantage of a benifit that they feel they have earned through years of paying taxes.

I have no idea what the actual % is but I would love to know.

By: soonshine Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:41:26 +0000 There are too many specific opinions here. Lets get one thing straight, the ideology of winning the cold war was a ramrod to force market capitalism straight down everyone’s throat to prevent any type of socialism to rise at least on here in the USA. This was done by the Federal Reserve cheap money policy which basically overcooked every sector of the economy. As result we over price commodities and high unemployment. And of course an atmosphere of too big to fail. The prospects of higher employment and better standards of living will be offset by at least the increasing cost of getting to your job due to fuel cost. There is no rational end in sight to a realistic soft landing. Hard times are all upon us. And with numbers, misery will have lots of company.

By: ARJTurgot2 Sun, 09 Jan 2011 18:08:50 +0000 If you have not already done so, Raghuram Rajan’s latest book “Fault Lines” does a pretty good job on this subject. I have a problem with some of his details, for example he avoids completely the abuse of the H1B visa process and the implications where well qualified workers are abundant, but it’s a worthwhile read on the inter-relations, especially beyond the U.S. border.

By: TFF Sun, 09 Jan 2011 14:40:24 +0000 DLK, a better statement would be, “The individual is the only one who has any hope of correcting his/her unemployment.”

Government actions to address unemployment are largely futile. (They can soften the blow with unemployment benefits, but that doesn’t fix the problem.) You can’t really have a recovery until businesses (often run by INDIVIDUALS) choose to hire, and they will begin by cherry-picking the pool of unemployed for those INDIVIDUALS who have the skills and profile that best fits their needs.

I do worry about age discrimination. Right now there are many unemployed in every age bracket, but I suspect those over 40 will have a harder time finding new jobs than those who are younger. This is part of the reason I would encourage older workers to consider starting their own businesses. Age and experience are considered a handicap for a prospective employee, but they are clearly assets for a business owner.

By: zinkus Sun, 09 Jan 2011 03:09:37 +0000 Unemployment is due to the individual? I’ll have to forget about seasonal, frictional, structural, what-everal unemployment then, that and the actual causes of the current economic situation.

As for long-term unemployment – from a UK perspective its dead easy (1) do some mickey mouse supply-side constraint speeches and stats, then crank up the NAIRU to justify raising interest rates sooner rather than later and (2) implement punitive welfare reforms. Bit o’both and jobs a good ‘un.

By: DLK Sun, 09 Jan 2011 02:14:03 +0000 Unemployment is not a social problem; it’s an individual problem. People who understand that statement are not unemployed.

I know, I know, that sounds heartless and any number of people will have a negative reaction to it. But that doesn’t mean the statement is wrong.

Lack of useful work to be done is not the issue. The world never had a shortage of useful work to be done, ever.

If you got fired or “released” or “let go” from a job you had, what does that mean? It means one of two things; either the job you had wasn’t capable of producing sufficient value to be worth paying for, or you weren’t producing sufficient value to have the job. Either way, it’s you, the unemployed, that must change to rectify the problem.

By: TFF Sun, 09 Jan 2011 01:36:40 +0000 hsvkitty, I’m not terribly familiar with the unemployment system here. Education (in all its forms) and retraining definitely OUGHT to be a significant part of the process, but I get the impression that the greater focus is on trying to immediately get a job that you are already qualified for. Perhaps somebody with greater relevant experience could chime in?

Would also love to see some employers put their money where their mouth is — develop and make available training programs for those jobs they are having trouble filling. Personally, I would be more interested in retraining under the direction of a potential employer than taking a degree/certification program without knowing ahead of time where it might lead. (I might eventually go that route anyways, but it is a little daunting to step away from the security of my present employment into the unknown.)

Government is largely useless. If you read a good idea on a blog, consider how you might implement it in your own business or community?

By: hsvkitty Sat, 08 Jan 2011 20:57:54 +0000 Is it also possible there is a disconnect with unemployment insurance and retraining? Here in Canada, if you choose your own direction for training, you have to ensure there is a high degree of possility of getting a job in that sector and provide proof before you get any funds for retraining.

From what I read your unemployment insurance and retraining are also intertwined but perhaps not making the right decisions with or for the unemployed in training for the future. Or is it that they are less trainable and as TFF says, may just need their GED or some small advancement to be able to retrain? Is that not offered automatically with unemployment??

I sense that there is a lot of “throwing up of hands” or just blame Government not act on so many issues. Blogs are a wonderful way of keeping people abreast of the problems, but someone has to take action before you can see a reaction.

OK, this is tongue in cheek, and no disrespect meant… just hoping for a smile or 2.

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