the trauma of unemployment; pain of being unemployed

Living with the Trauma of Unemployment

Three weeks ago, a relative suffered a traumatic injury from a bad accident. It didn’t look good, when he was first transported to the hospital. He suffered greatly from pain. But, through it all, I’ve been observing him fight back and endure with a strength no human gives.

Through my observations of his experience, I couldn’t help but reflect on the trauma of unemployment.

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unemployed can't find a job. Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig Economy

Scarce Traditional Jobs or Plentiful Independent Work?

The job market has changed severely since the Great Recession (though massive layoffs occurred before). The United States’ unemployment rate still hovers at 5.0% (4.9% in the UK). What also hasn’t changed much, as recently reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the number of ‘unemployed persons’: 7.9 million.

Without question, this is a significant number of people dealing with unemployment. And the number of ‘long-term unemployed persons’ (those without jobs for 27 weeks or more) is worth noting: 2.0 million people.

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The Percentage of Americans Experiencing Unemployment In Their Prime Working Years Is Alarming.

Earlier this week, Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog, published a piece entitled, 23 Percent of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed.

This percentage includes “those that are looking for a job and those that are not looking for a job” – and adds up to 28.9 million people.

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The Percentage of Americans Experiencing Unemployment In Their Prime Working Years Is Alarming. Photo Courtesy of The Economic Collapse.

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Kevin MeyerLong-Term Unemployment Roundtable Discussion

U. S. Labor Public Affairs Specialist Shares His Long-Term Unemployment Story to Help Others

Kevin Meyer, Public Affairs Specialist at the U. S. Department of Labor, shared his long-term unemployment story in a piece on the Department of Labor’s blog. The piece is entitled, Long-Term Unemployment, A Problem That Hits Home.

Meyer published this piece after attending the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development’s roundtable discussion in New Jersey. Several older, long-term unemployed professionals in New Jersey discussed their circumstances and searches for employment with the US Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, his staff, and other officials during this discussion.

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President Barack Obama New Unemployment Insurance Plan

President Barack Obama’s Plan to ‘Modernize’ Unemployment Insurance System

During his weekly radio address last Saturday, President Barack Obama covered an issue we haven’t read about in quite some time: unemployment insurance.

President Barack Obama New Unemployment Insurance Plan
President Barack Obama’s Plan to ‘Modernize’ Unemployment Insurance System. Creative Commons’ Pixabay Photo Courtesy of Mike Brice.

In the 2+ minute video below, you’ll see the President addressing his plan to “modernize” the unemployment insurance system for working families.

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Report shows getting a job with a livable wage is hard.

New Report Shows Getting a Job With a Livable Wage Is Hard

Although the unemployment rate remains at 5%, a high number of people are still having a hard time finding a job paying livable wages as presented in a new study.

The Alliance for a Just Society’s 64-page report, entitled “Patchwork of Paychecks: A Shortage of Full-Time Living Wage Jobs Leaves Workers Scrambling to Make Ends Meet” by Allyson Fredericksen, examines the economic recovery in terms of available full-time jobs and livable wages.

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