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Ear to the Ground

Unemployment on Labor Day: By the Numbers

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Posted on Sep 4, 2011
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Unemployed men queue up for a meal in Chicago, 1914.

For the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods over the last few years and the millions more who have been unemployed since before the 2008 financial crisis, Labor Day will underscore the daily suffering. Ahead of President Obama’s jobs speech on Thursday, Mother Jones has collected statistics on U.S. unemployment against which the president’s proposals should be measured. —ARK

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25.3 million Americans: The true size of the unemployment crisis. This figure includes people who are out of work, forced to work part-time, or unable to find a full-time job, as well as those who want to work but have given up searching for a job in the past month, most likely out of frustration.

6.9 million jobs: How many fewer jobs there are today than in December 2007.

0.22 jobs: The number of jobs out there for every person looking for work. (In other words, there’s 1 job for every 4.5 job seekers.)

43%: The percentage of jobless workers who haven’t pulled a steady paycheck in more than six months. That’s 6 million workers.

16.7%: The jobless rate for African-Americans. Black unemployment is now at its highest in 27 years.

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By bpawk, September 5, 2011 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Obama doesn’t care about the unemployed - it’s not like they’re going to vote for republicans, who only care about corporatists and who are eager to send jobs to China and India where their can maximize their profits. He will not fix the unemployment situation (like he fixed the Wall Street situation) because he knows democrats and liberals have nowhere else to go. Should have kept Ralph Nader as your third party - it would have kept the democrats ‘on topic’ for fear of losing seats to Ralph’s party.

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By cpb, September 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment

Don’t you be talkin that way Prisners, I don’t got time for such talk.  I’m sittin here waitin for wuts mine and Ima gonna collect damnit!!

You know somthin tho?  Most of the time there seems to be this vacuum thing goin on with this here darned pipe.  I’m waitin for the Trickle Down but once in awhile it goes the other way so strong the damn quarters in my pocket get sucked right up this pipe. 

Where do you suppose all my quarters wind up?

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By prisnersdilema, September 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

CPB, trickle down is just another way of saying, pissed on…

Were getting pissed on, we’ve all been pissed on, and all we are going to get in the
future, is more of the same.

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By ardee, September 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

When one reflects on the fact that corporations are making record profits, salaries and bonuses are also at record levels, our legislators have a gravy train as well. Gee, I guess its only we the people who are suffering.

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By cpb, September 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

What are you saying prisonersdilemma?  What about trickle down?  What about getting government out of business, and freeing all that ingenuity to make life better for all?  What about cutting taxes to the top dogs so they can invest it productively and we all benefit?  What about subverting (did I say subverting?  I meant restrategizing) the working principles of finance so that money is freed of restriction, free to move across borders, free to escape the clutches of the evil government, free to dance and bay at the moon, to inevitably trickle down.  To me.

C’mon, that’s a lot to question.  I can’t fathom that you’re serious.  My ass hurts from sitting here so long, but I’m at the end of the pipe and nothing is going to prevent me from getting my trickle down, when it comes.  Every now and then I can hear some rattling noises way up the pipe, so I know they’re working on the situation.  If we can just cut those taxes a bit more.. Clearly we haven’t gone far enough, right?  There’s some important threshold we have to overcome, surely.  All that money building up, just waiting to burst forth through the dam of ridiculous government spending programs.  Just cut a few more strips of red tape…

I’ll get mine, don’t you worry.  I might need a new chair though, my ass really hurts.  Can someone hold my spot at the bottom of this here pipe while I go get a new chair?

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By prisnersdilema, September 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Statistics are meaningless. Because, the talking will go back to square one.

The Republican party who is responsible for this mess, and the corporations who own them, have made huge profits, by laying off those millions of people. Their pathological ideology, that cutting corporate taxes will result in increased employment, when those corporation are enjoying record profits, will remain un challenged. They have destroyed, and are continuing to destroy the infrastructure of this country.

Meanwhile the Democratic party, and president Obama have done practically everything the Republican party wanted, from enacting the Republican Health care plan, to turning federal regulatory agencies into extentions of the criminal corporations, that are little more than baby killers. 

This is a fact,government agencies, knowingly approve unsafe corporate products based on fraudulent data submitted by crooked corporations, this results in the death and maiming of thousands of children annually. Government certification of products are sold to the highest bidder, and no longer has any validity. 

Furthermore, the unemployed need to understand something. Our government is corupt. That jobs are never coming back. And that the terror war was nothing but a scam designed to protect, the criminal corporations from the people, by the construction of a police state.

And finally, the political process in this country, as it now is, will never produce any change.

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