Unemployment in a Small Town
In June 2010 the jobless rate in America was 9.7%. As stated in an article on MSN's website [see bottom for reference], this doesn't factor in several categories of people who should be included in the unemployment rate.
Involuntarily underemployed are considered to be employed, even though they have been forced to take reductions in the hours they work just to keep a job. People who have dropped out of the workforce to further their education in the hopes that this will enhance their ability to find employment are also not factored in. People who have simply given up on looking for a job due to the dire state of the job market are also not considered as part of the nation's "unemployed" for the purpose of calculating the current rate.
According to the MSN article, the actual jobless rate is 16.6% based on factoring in those persons mentioned above. In reality, it's probably significantly higher.
With the increase in minimum wage to over $7.00 per hour from around $5.00 per hour in a span of three years, many companies - especially smaller ones - are hiring less people because they can't afford to have the same staffing quantities as before.
Despite the fact that the cost of living increases every year, many benefit programs are failing to provide COL adjustments to the payouts they make. Employers also don't provide COL raises as much as they used to, if they do at all anymore.
Smaller towns have an even greater burden of unemployment because of the drastically reduced number of jobs that are available. Many people have to travel to find work, and when a company does hire for a position, applicants are faced with a high volume of competition for the position. One potential job with 30 or 40 applicants is not unusual, and in some situations the applicants number well over 100.
Unemployment benefits last for a few months, at best, in many states. Given the lack of jobs, a person receiving unemployment benefits is lucky to find a job at all during the entire time they are receiving payments even if they dedicate themselves to job-searching for the duration of the time they are getting unemployment.
People who have very little education are considered not skilled enough; people with substantial formal education are overqualified; people with criminal backgrounds are not considered at all (despite the fact that this type of discrimination is legally forbidden and the applicant backgrounds are not considered on a case-by-case basis). People under 21 are too young and wouldn't keep a position for long; people over 40 are too old and wouldn't be very trainable. People with children are given less preference because kids can create reasons why a person could miss work; people without their own vehicle are treated the same. The discrimnatory nature of the hiring process makes finding a job just as difficult as the fact that there are so little jobs to be had anyway.
And let's not get started on how difficult it is for an American citizen to get any type of government aid for themselves or their families. But if you're from a different race or culture and definitely from a different country and don't even have a work VISA, come to America. We will feed you, clothe you, give you a home to live in, make sure you get a job, and provide you with a regular financial payment (even while you're working).
America is becoming the trashy trailer park of the planet.