Today's Unemployment News: Examining Two Items
What does it all mean?
Do figures lie? What do they mean?
On May 4, 2012, some six months before voters vote November 6, 2012, three figures on unemployment painted a dismal picture.
If today's figure is accurate, and some think it is actually too low, 8.3% of workers are unemployed.
If today's figures are accurate, and nobody really knows exactly, 22,000,000 American workers lack a full-time job, are working only a part-time job, or have stopped looking altogether.
If today's figure is accurate, and they are often adjusted later, 115,000 new jobs were created in April 2012.
If my figure is accurate, 115,000 new jobs divided by 22.000,000 unemployed, under- employed and discouraged job seekers, means that April's new jobs only affected one half of one percent of those American workers the federal, state, and local governments should be helping.
It is time to ask: Is this the best we can do when we need to do much better?
An old saying: "Good, better, best, never rest until your good is better and your better is best."
The 2012 Election campaigning has to have a purpose, and the key purpose has to be getting American workers back to work and back to work at jobs offering the comparable wages and benefits that have been lost; something that pays the rent and puts food on the table; something that allows American workers to save for the future, not simply put off the bill collectors for another day. Where are those jobs being created?
Everything else depends on it.
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