The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor released a¬†recent¬†report of¬†the latest news and¬†figures on unemployment rates, showing¬†yet another dismal rise – from 9.6% to 9.8%.¬†¬†But, that’s not even where it ends. The BLS has still¬†more sunshine and cheer to¬†pass on.¬† Those among¬†the unemployed who have also¬†finally thrown in the towel and succumbed to a paralyzing¬†despair¬†in a¬†cold, scant job market¬†-¬†that number also rose in November,¬†on up¬†toward 2 million, and up¬†from¬†less than half of¬†1M¬†from the previous¬†year.¬† Well, actually, the BLS uses much more¬†PC, objective terms for those that are suffering from employment hopelessness,¬†using the common newsy label, “discouraged workers.”¬†
What “discouraged worker” actually¬†means, though,¬†is an unemployed person¬†who has continually¬†applied to¬†quadra-gazillions of jobs for months, in some cases maybe even years – only to¬†gain a¬†higher mountain of unpaid bills, credit¬†that is being annihilated, resources that dried up along with any¬†more mortgage or credit extensions,¬†¬†a very long gap of¬†unemployment on their resume, and 3 dozen curt letters in the mail that all say, ” Thank for your application to our company.¬† This position has been filled.¬† Your application will stay on file for 6 months”….blada¬†blada blah.¬† As an aside, we¬†all know companies and employers are full of crap when they say that.¬† Part of the discouragement¬†of¬†a discouraged worker, I’m sure, extends from knowing that these HR depts. never look at our resumes again, once the position we applied for is taken by someone much more fortunate.¬† Anyway, consequently¬†upon getting this response from a potential employer for the 107th time, the unemployed person abandons the job search altogether.¬†¬†The belief¬†or hope¬†that¬†there¬†is a job for him, somewhere out there,¬†becomes like¬†reaching the last 100 yards before the light at end of¬†a¬†10 mile¬†tunnel, and discovering¬†the light was just¬†some guy with his high beams on.¬†¬†I’ll never find a job, he thinks.¬†¬†It’s useless.¬†¬†Someone else will always be more qualified.¬† Someone else will always¬†have an “in,” that I don’t.¬† 97 jobs with my application, and I haven’t so much as¬†gotten an interview from a single one. . .¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† He resigns to¬†dismal acceptance¬†that he is destined to be impoverished,¬†swallowed by debt, reliant upon welfare for an indefinite period of time -¬†and doomed to live out retirement in a crappy one room studio¬†above¬†a stale-smelling, noisy dive in the¬†most crime-filled¬†part of¬†town.¬†
Looking for work the old-fashioned way has become a futile effort for the discouraged worker.¬† According to the BLS, the number of discouraged workers¬†has risen¬†1 million in a year.¬† People¬†who¬†despair¬†over attainable re-employment¬†have been given an actual¬†label – it’s become¬†that commonplace.¬† It’s enough to make anyone cancel their newspaper subscription and use the classifieds section¬†for a¬†pi√Īata.¬†
Here is where news starts to get less depressing – promising, even.¬† The hiring job market doesn’t necessarily¬†have a perpetual¬†No Vacancy sign for everyone except doctors and nurses and lawyers and Information Technology nerds.¬† It is simply reshaping itself, my friends.¬† There are little rays of light poking through the overcast atmosphere of unemployment-hood.¬† What Kindle is for books, what PS3 or a DS or Kinnect is for gaming; what Pandora is for music; what streaming¬†Netflix or Google TV is for television; what eTrade is for financial investment – ¬†myServiceConnection will be for the job market, job search, and all business service providers of any kind, anywhere.¬† Wait and see.¬†
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