Why do people always focus on negativity when it comes to the unemployed? I can’t help but to wonder about (not dwell on) this.
So much information is spreading around about the jobless, but very little is actually positive and actually sourced from the unemployed themselves.
Stereotypes about the Unemployed
Consider, for example, the following (negative) stereotypes surrounding the unemployed as a group:
- “The unemployed are slackers.”
- “The unemployed don’t want to work.”
- “Something is wrong with the unemployed. Many have been unemployed for over a year and still haven’t gotten a job.”
- “The unemployed can’t be trying hard enough.”
Continue reading “A View On Unemployment Stereotypes”
By now, I am
sure you’re aware of the latest news regarding unemployment, most notably the news involving U. S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).
Recently, Speaker Boehner met with the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, for an economic talk. And, of course, the unemployment issue was discussed.
What was his view on unemployment according to a ThinkProgress article? Read below: Continue reading “Unemployment Problem: U. S. House Speaker’s “Lazy” Ideology”
Incompetent and Lacking Skills
We, the unemployed, are not only considered lazy, but we’re also considered incompetent. Have you heard?
If you haven’t heard, let’s discuss this “skills gap” misconception of the unemployed.
People assume the unemployed, specifically the long-term unemployed, are unemployed because we have no practical skills. The blame for our unemployment situation is placed on our incompetence.
Skills Shortage Claim Toward Unemployed Job Seekers
How much of this is truth?
Is long-term unemployment the result of incompetence?
Do we really lack the skills or competence needed to perform certain job tasks?
I don’t think so. Many among the ranks of the unemployed possess great skills and a willingness to learn.
Continue reading “Myth Check 102: The Unemployed Are Incompetent”
Long-Term Unemployment Stereotype
These days, people believe long-term unemployment is a choice. In their minds, we, the 3.2 million long-term unemployed, are enjoying unemployment because we don’t want to work.
In other words, we’re considered “LAZY.” This claim has “spread like wildfire” through the mass media, and people everywhere believe it.
As such, people offer arrogant advice masked as “helpful” to assist us in our situation. They strive to humiliate us – though we’re experiencing a rough patch – as if we’re at fault. Continue reading “Myth Check 101: The Unemployed Are Lazy”