Skip to comments.Jobless claims soar
Posted on 04/08/2010 7:30:34 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance for the first time jumped last week, according to government data released Thursday. There were 460,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended April 3, up 18,000 from an upwardly revised 442,000 the previous week, according to the Labor Department's weekly report.
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I used to drive 160 miles round trip, everyday for 5 years.
I now Rent an apartment 140 miles from my house. I Return on Weekends.
I have four kids. Its not easy.
I will not buy a house where I work, because that changes every 4 or 5 years. (Companies get sold or close) So I keep the old house as my base.
But now that I have free healthcare, I have no worries at all ... s/off
The nature of my work was field based (telecommunications) It was very common for me to drive 100-300 miles to do 15 minutes to 2 hours worth of work, then drive another 100-200 miles to do it again, then another 100-200 miles and do it again, often in the middle of the night when we had a maintenance window. I wouldn't know how to act if I only had to drive 5 minutes to go to work. Even now after I retired I still keep three or four "irons in the fire". I always have several sources of income. I've never once met anyone I thought was truly successful that worked 40 hours a week, either......
You are aware that many hard working people don't make $50,000.00 a year no matter how much overtime they get, aren't you?
"Let them eat cake" just doesn't fly!
Putting illegal mexicans to work paving our roads.
Maybe more idiots you have hired to run the rest of the country into the ground, Zerobama!
Not at all. I've been on both sides of the fence, both employer and employee. This current climate is NOTHING like the late 70's and early 80's. FWIW, after putting myself through college and grad school I identified a niche that needed to be filled in telecommunications. I built up an engineering business from scratch, starting with nothing. Twice in the course of that business I was down to my last $100. I sold it after a 15 year run, bought some commercial income producing rental properties and retired. I'm only 47 now. Don't kid yourself. I know full well what it is to deal with a market like what we are in. I also know full well the limitations that people put on themselves and that those self imposed limitations are primarily what keeps people from finding employment. You would not believe some of the people that walked through my door seeking employment. I've just about seen it all. Flip flops and tee shirts and hand written resumes. People who bitch about having to travel (Despite the fact that they were very well compensated). Crybabies that couldn't work unsupervised. You name it. You may not like what I'm saying, but it is true just as the sky is blue. BTW, I still dabble in several different things, just not in my field of electrical engineering. I stay quite busy, despite Obamalamadingdong's best efforts......
Yes, I'm aware of that. I'm also aware than many "working people" as you call them (as if a Master Degreed engineer doesn't work, LOL!) have done absolutely nothing to take advantage of the wealth of educational opportunities that exist in this country to expand their skill sets. This is a self imposed limitation, just like not being willing to travel is a self imposed limitation because of the life choices they made. Life is indeed a series of choices. Having children is a choice. Spending time in front of the boob tube instead of going to school and learning new skills is a choice. Spending time in front of the boob tube instead of working a second job is a choice. There has never been a time in my life from about 18 on that I've had less than three sources of income. Usually, it's been five or six. I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no sympathy for people who have taken the path of least resistance and now find themselves in a bind. I'm sorry if you don't like it, but it is what it is. You will never, ever get ahead in this country with no marketable job skills, or with an unwillingness to go where the work is, or with an unwillingness to put down the TV remote and make something of yourself. Look around you. It's being played out in every direction to one degree or another. Talk to anyone who has achieved success and you will see that they have broad based skills and did what was necessary to make it work.
That “rainbow” with a flag at the end is awful peculiar...is that supposed to be an American missile or a missile heading into America?
And, again, the immoral secularists hijack the symbol of the covenant between God and man.
I take your point, but that's a problem of a different sort. A number of people, some tens of thousands, are losing their benefits during the Easter Recess. Those people are no longer counted as part of the workforce (maybe they never were, but we're debating government policy using government numbers).
If you’re only 47 years old, you hardly were of an age to worry about making a living during the Carter years.
I see math isn't your strong suit. I started working in 1976 at the age of 14 at a local county airport as a lineman. Something else happened that year, too. Care to guess what it was? It was the election of Jimmy Carter, that's what. I graduated high school in 1980, smack dab in the middle of the Carter "malaise". Double digit inflation, double digit unemployment, a misery index that was quoted nightly on the news. Entry level jobs were almost non-existent. My first four years of college were spent working 3-4 part time jobs just to make ends meet. Please don't tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about. I do because I lived and worked through it and it was a hell of a lot worse than it is now. It wasn't until Reagan's policies kicked in about the time earned my undergraduate degree in 1984 that I experienced a growing job market for the very first time. I was earning my graduate degree (self funded, I might add) along about the time the stock market crash of 1987 came along. Do you remember that? Do you remember the Dot-Com bomb? I was running a technology based business smack in the middle of that fiasco, too!
It's far better to ask questions if you are unsure of something as opposed to open your mouth with ridiculous statements and remove all doubt......
The ratio of unemployed people to job openings is about 6.1 unemployed people for every 1 job. So stuff it.
And if you have a problem with me using extended unemployment benefits as I may need to, just consider the fact that I will probably never see the Social Security benefits I paid into for all of these years. I feel no shame when I look at it that way.
It’s easier to find a job if you currently have a job. If you wait until your job is gone, then it gets much tougher...timing is everything.
“This current climate is NOTHING like the late 70’s and early 80’s.”
You can say that again! I learned back then even as a whipper snapper, that the engine that could, ‘finds a need and fills it’. Folks just refuse to start at square one. My current concern is of today’s economic ‘energy’. There may not be ‘jobs’ but there is ‘work’.
Excuse the hell out of me, but where did I ever say I had a problem with people using extended unemployment bennies? My comments have been directed at the fact that CERTAIN people, and I made that point ABUNDANTLY CLEAR, will ride unemployment bennies for all they are worth INSTEAD of looking for work. I've also said that many people have not developed marketable job skills and as a result they find themselves out of work.
Stuff it your damn self, partner.
Why so defensive?