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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Long-term unemployment: the original 99ers

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  1. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SPENDING THE LITTLE MONIE'S TAKEN FROM THE 99ERS AND NO ONE CARES THAT THERE HOME'S ARE ALSO BEING TAKEN AWAY WHAT HELP IS THE OBAMA CAMP DOING TO HELP THEM FIND HOPE??????

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  2. Attention 99ers: North Dakota has a 3.3% unemployment rate and has thousands of good paying jobs even uneducated, tech-challenged folks can do. Move up there and get to work or admit you really don't want a job.

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    1. Anonymous, North Dakota has a little over 12,000 unemployed workers. It has a total civilian workforce of just under 390,000.

      The city of Oakland has about the same total population. So does Tulsa.

      At a bare minimum, there are over 1.9 million 99ers.

      That's about five times the size of North Dakota's entire workforce. Do you really want to move almost 2 million unemployed into a state where 400,000 people are working?

      Now do you get the scope of the problem?

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  3. I had the misguided notion that there were a few of the 2 million or so 99ers wanting to work bad enough they'd move to where good jobs are plentiful. You've shown me the error of my ways. Pardon the interruption.

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    1. I'd question the assertion that jobs are plentiful in North Dakota - or, more accurately, that job openings are plentiful.

      Let's look at the numbers: if you could somehow replace each of ND's 12,400 unemployed workers with a 99er, then somehow get ND to 100% employment, you'd still have about 1.9 million 99ers left.

      Those are pretty big "somehows", and the net effect would barely make a dent in the problem. Solving the problem for a few people still leaves the rest unaddressed.

      You're right about one thing: being able to move to where the jobs are is going to be important. But given the current state of the housing market, with so many people owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, people aren't able to pack up and move as easily as they could before.

      It's a double whammy: the jobs aren't there (yet), and if the job is in another city/county/state, moving to where the jobs are might not be financially possible.

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