Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease

UPDATE: What I wouldn't give to put Kris Kobach and Judge Richard Posner in a room together.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We've Known It All Along.

This isn't the first time the GOP has shown they're clueless about jobs. It probably won't be the last.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Rising Tide That Doesn't Lift All Boats

From Wonkblog: a chart showing how well people fare during recoveries.

This might help explain a conundrum: most statistics show that the economy is improving, but people aren't seeing the effects.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Program getting long-term unemployed back to work

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A program in Central New York is helping long-term unemployed get back on track.

It’s called Choosing to Thrive, a 2-week workshop held by Visions for Change, an organization helping reduce poverty in Syracuse.

Since it started three years ago 155 people have taken the course. Of that number 105 people have found jobs and 85% of them still have them.

“They start out with the basics of who I am, where have I come from what do I need to do in my life to change,” explained Rhonda O’Connor, Director of Community Services for Visions for Change.

Students in the program learn career skills like writing a resume, prioritize, and interview.

The course, running every other month, also brings in employers discussing what they look for in new hires.

Once completed, participants are required to return daily to the class to apply for jobs and work on their resumes.

They are also followed for a year for support, can sign up to have a mentor, and attend a weekly meeting for constant support.

“I feel like I really accomplished something,” said Sandra Florence, who just completed the course after being unemployed for two years. “It’s just another thing to add to my resume.”

If you’re interested in finding out more, call (315) 218-0938 or fill out an application at the Visions for Change website.

John Boehner Is Done Being Nice About The Unemployed

From Arthur Delaney, reporting at The Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's Thursday lament that unemployed people think they can "just sit around" instead of working shows how much the political conversation about the economy has changed.

During a Thursday event to promote his own jobs plan, however, Boehner let his hair down by lamenting "this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country."

A spokesman for Boehner told Reuters the speaker wasn't trying to call the unemployed lazy, despite the clear implication.

UPDATE: From Igor Volsky, writing at ThinkProgress:

But the unemployed aren’t jobless because they’re lazy or receive government benefits. Most face huge obstacles to finding good paying jobs in a slow economic recovery.

Currently, there are more than two job seekers for every job opening in the country and the severity of the recession has created a long-term unemployment problem that has made many job seekers almost unemployable. Research shows that being unemployed for nine months has the same impact on your odds of getting hired as losing four full years of experience from a résumé. As a result, many people who lost their jobs have gone back to school, retired early, or continue to look for work without success.

In fact, millions of unemployed people are having a harder time finding a job since Congressional Republicans allowed the long-term unemployment benefits program to lapse. Research — and real world experience — has found that the program’s job search requirements encourage people to spend more time job hunting and helps cover essentials like internet service for job applications or gas money for interviews.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer Hiatus

Regular posting to the HelpThe99ers blog will resume in the coming days. Thank you.