You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Dept. of Labor’ tag.
July 10, 2011 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Dept. of Labor, jobless recovery, unemployment | Leave a comment
New York Post reported, via JWF:
The Labor Department officially announced that only 18,000 jobs were created during the month of June compared to May’s levels. That’s considerably below the 157,000 jobs that payroll-processing firm ADP said on Thursday were added by companies in the private sector.
Our economy is said to need at least 150,000 jobs a month just to keep up with people entering the workforce. So even job growth of 150,000 isn’t good enough.
Worse, not only are newcomers trying to find positions, but there are also 7.084 million fewer jobs in this economy than there were at the 2008 peak. So people who’d like to get their careers started are competing against millions of experienced job seekers looking to just get back into the game.
Now for the really bad news: that 18,000 gain announced by the government yesterday isn’t real.
For one thing, the number of jobs increased in June only because the Labor Department simultaneously revised downward the number of jobs that existed in this country during May. It’s like moving the fences at Citi Field so the Mets players can hit more home runs. It might make Jose Reyes feel better, but it doesn’t actually make him more powerful.
April 20, 2010 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Dept. of Labor, nanny state, recession, unemployment benefits | 1 comment
– Administrative assistant Vicky Fonseca says she wants to work but she doesn’t want to work just anywhere.
“I want good benefits,” Fonseca said. “I wouldn’t want to work somewhere where I didn’t feel comfortable.”
Some would say beggars shouldn’t be choosers. But when Uncle Sam is paying you $300 a week with virtually no strings attached, job seekers can afford to turn offers down.
And Fonseca has. “I had an offer but it was in Broward County,” Fonseca said. “It is too far for me and the pay rate is not going to be enough.”
Career counselor Sue Romanos works her tail off to find the unemployed like Fonseca jobs.
“It is shocking,” Romanos said. “I would never have believed it a year ago if you would have told me that people would be turning down jobs.”
Romanos has been the CEO of Career Xchange, an award winning career placement agency that serves Broward and Dade Counties, for 21 years.
She says she’s never seen unemployment benefits “drag on” as they are now. She says the benefits are crippling many of her candidates.
“The candidates have varying reasons for not wanting the job offered,” Romanos said. “It’s not the right job or the salary. To tell you the truth I think they are very happy collecting and not wanting to work.”
And they are certainly collecting. President Obama signed an $18 billion jobless benefits bill last week. It extends unemployment an additional 99 weeks, averaging $335 a check.
“In the long run staying home so long is going to affect people,” Romanos said. “Employers will look at them and see this as a sign of their behavior. Plus they will lose some skills.”
Fonsaca, who has been out of work three months, swears that won’t be her as long as the job is a right fit. “I wouldn’t want to take something just to take it,” Fonsaca said.