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Long Term Unemployment at Highest Level Since WWII

by Keith Koffler on January 15, 2013, 10:18 am

Long term unemployment under President Obama is at the highest level since at least the end of World War II, threatening to create a permanent underclass of workers who will find it difficult or impossible to obtain jobs in the future. What’s more, Obama’s insistence on repeatedly extending long term unemployment benefits may be fueling the unemployment problem.

According to data recently released by the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the average duration of unemployment is now at about 40 weeks, double the previous highest level of about 20 weeks that prevailed during the last three recessions.

long term unemployment

A separate paper released by the Boston Federal Reserve paints a pernicious picture of the problem: Employers seem to be throwing out the resumes of the long-term unemployed and only hiring those who have been without a job for less than six months. Meanwhile, with the guarantee of benefits rolling in, the long term jobless might not be looking aggressively enough for work, the paper states.

This suggests those who just had their unemployment benefits renewed for another year under this month’s fiscal cliff deal may need the benefits renewed again next year. And since the failure to get jobs is related solely to the length of unemployment – age, education and worker type do not seem to be a factor – Obama’s ambitious plans for funding worker training programs may have little effect.

Since 2008, Congress has voted to extend unemployment benefits ten times at a cost of more than $500 billion. The latest extension raised federal spending by $30 billion.

H/T to Doug Ross @ Journal and Matthew O’Brien at The Atlantic.

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Just2old January 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

Gee, what happened to obama being focused like a laser beam on jobs?

RickW January 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

The evil GOP unplugged his laser……….

Star January 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

The evil GOP, yeah…You should read the comments at the NYT when that Milbank toady admitted that Obama could be a little “more congenial.” Oh, no! The GOP was scum, they deserved everything! This is getting so set in stone. We have a systemic change–fewer jobs are and will be available…Training is good–but there are dozens of federal, not to mention state, training programs. It takes a real administrator to sort this out and govern. We also need to get back to authorization, appropriation, hearings, a budget–as in days of yore. That takes a real administrator, I guess. Threatening people on SS or in the military and trying to say it’s the GOP is so low rent. I am sick of this, all this.

Doug Lynn January 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

You are a big part of the problem. You are a fool if you think some temporary government grant or government work program will fix the job problem. Adding to our national debt at current levels guarantees is dooming our future. We can only fix the job problem by doing two things Democrats refuse to do.

1. We must stop extending unemployment benefits. People need incentive to take whatever job is available. Unemployment benefits allow people to keep going after dream jobs instead of real ones.
2. We must do all we can to make work competitive with foreign labor and to lower its cost to employers. A huge start would be to eliminate all FICA taxes (a 15.3% tax on labor) and replace it with a national fair tax. The fair tax is a sales tax with a prebate so the lowest incomes do not pay any tax at all.

If you do not understand the wisdom of these two steps, it just means you probably think Obama is a good President instead of the worst one in our history as he is.

RickW January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

Doug, who are you directing your comments to? I believe we were commenting on the lack of attention Obama paid to HIS “Jobs Council” which I understood was to encourage private industry to develop new job opportunities. I doubt anyone here disagrees with your ideas but I’m certain they don’t expect to be called a fool either.

James Riman January 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

My wife has been a music teacher all her life. She and the other two elementary music teachers in her district were let go 2 1/2 years ago. She has applied for many jobs but rarely gets an interview. She is 62. No school district will hire her because she has 24 years of experience in the state we live. She did get a part time job at a local Sears store in October but the store closed this past Sunday. Right now her extended unemployment benefits are the difference between having food and heat. She is not milking the system. She applies to every opportunity she finds.

RickW January 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

James, I hear ya. My g/f was laid off from a middle management job in 2010, salary mid $60k). She needed medical insurance for her teen’s health issues so she took a part time job at Starbucks ($9 an hour, 28 hrs a week) because they offered insurance. She went to a NY Unemployment office and explained the situation. She was VERBALLY advised it was OK. 2/12, two NY Troopers came to her door to arrest her for Grand Theft – Unemployment Insurance fraud. We’re still trying to work it out but it appears she will be given no jail time, probation and full restitution is required.

Star January 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

OK to work and get unemployment? Sounds like a real winner working there. What an awful story!

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

@RickW Sorry to hear about the plight of your girlfriend, but it really is pretty much common knowledge that you cannot collect UI if you have a job, even if it is part time. There are other programs that can assist low income earners. Too often, people listen to government workers and believe them to be authorities, when in fact they are just spouting their opinion on something. Always get stuff in writing!

Star January 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

You can get food stamps in some instances while working–but I think that’s different.

Vicky Bevis January 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Good point. Call the local IRS Office sometime when you are doing your taxes & ask them a question. Any question. They will give you their “opinion,” but won’t “gurarantee” its accuracy.

rwooburn January 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

“we are the government and we are here to help you.”

James Riman January 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

When my wife took her part time job at Sears, we contacted Unemployment office and asked if she had to take the job because it would only pay half of what her Unemployment was. They instructed us to print out a form called “Verification of Earnings” every week which she had to give to her supervisor at Sears. They filled in the number of hours and what her pay was. We then faxed that to Unemployment and they paid the difference. So you can work as long as you file the Verification of Earnings form

rim January 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yeah that sucks. But it is ironic. Here in PA you can still draw UI if you have a PT job if it falls below a certain threshold. Still I know several people on disability, who want to work but if they do will lose ALL of their benefits.

Jerry O January 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

You don’t need to be defensive. Unemployment benefits were meant for people like your wife.

mike January 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

James sorry about your situation and I pray that your wife gets employed soon. However, I have a friend who has been unemployed for a very long time and can’t find work yet went out in Nov and voted for Obama. We have more than an unemployment problem.

Systemic Necrosis January 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

James R, hope your wife can find something. Sometimes we have to think outside the box. How about offering private lessons. I am a union member and have to further my education in my field and another to make myself more marketable. This job may not last.

Star January 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Before you call people names, get a feel for the site.

Steve Schwartz January 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Doug Lynn,

Your comments were right on the money, Great post….

Mark Els January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Yes: Let’s encourage those with great educations and 30 years of out-sourcing, globalist agenda-wielding, job-undermining administrations, to take low-payng jobs from those without educations! THAT will help the economy! You are obviously an idiot of the Third Kind.

bruce geiger January 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I agree!

Jerry O January 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

You make excellent points. I hope you don’t think that these things will happen in this administration. I have a cat that knows more about economics than Obama.

bob January 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Was the laser attached to a shark?

Sam January 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

When you have a dem designated as el presidente and with the liberal Dirty Harry Reid (Corrupt) running the Senate, you won’t see anything that the GOP has passed. You won’t hear about it at all.

Tax and spend in full swing. Everyone is gonna have to pony up some more taxes, no doubt! And historically the poor (sheep) end up being used and abused.

Obama has abrogated his role and responsibility to congress., you know submitting a FY budget..this causes congress to go into overload…then the msms spin it. Yep sick and tired of it all.

Mark January 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

yeah, that same ‘evil GOP’ didn’t allow him to pass a budget either!

Joe Daokes January 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

He never fired a weapon. Explains a lot.

Star January 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

Esp not a jobs laser.

William January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Same thing that happened to the GOP laser like focus in Wisconsin. Government cannot fix the long term issues in the job market. More and more people are being replaced by technology. Less people with jobs means less demand means fewer jobs. I would recommend to any young person that they pursue a career that cannot be outsourced or done by automation. And good luck to them.

Jerry O January 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I have no idea what your situation is but something to think about.
Usually new technology and automation creates a whole new industry within its self thus, creating more jobs. It may require new training and or retraining. The primary reasons for outsourcing are usually government intrusion and the high cost of labor driven mostly by unions. You have but to compare employment in right to work states vs union dominated states. Compare GM to Toyota.

C kokkila January 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

He is. He’s destroying them all the time

Joe Daokes January 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

We are completely screwed.

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

You tried hard, Joe, to educate people in the run-up to the election. Too bad more people didn’t read your posts. I’m afraid that non-informed voters (read: young) have tipped the scales now. Future elections will be celebrity give-away events, and the real issues won’t matter.

Joe Daokes January 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Life doesn’t work like that. When you get enough people to think like that you end up losing more than a few towers and 5,000 good people.

You’ll lose millions. The “Bloombergs” of the world think that they can protect their children from it. Insulate them. Buy them places and horse farms. Whatever. They can’t anymore than I can protect mine. The only thing that can do that is a functioning free society that puts a heavy value on work and virtue; and is vigorously defended at home and abroad.

When the enemies of this nation realize we are weak. They will strike hard and fast.

With The Journal News and the Andrew Cuomo’s of the world destroying the Second Amendment who will it be who stands to protect them?

The good and decent? Or the corrupt? With what? 7 round magazines? Are you kidding me?

You people in power better think long and hard about what you are doing because this always ends the same way.

Quintus Arrius January 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Great post, as always, Joe Doakes.

cincycinco January 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Every socialist thinks the only reason it didn’t work before is because it wasn’t him in control.

Those in power don’t think beyond their own power, and never learn the lessons of history. Those of us who have learned are doomed to repeat it anyway, because we can’t convince them otherwise.

Socialism is not, was not, never will be about economics, fairness, or any other egalitarian interests. It is solely about concentrating power by any means necessary; all those stated goals are just the excuses for taking the liberties of another by force – “it’s what’s best for everybody”.

It’s always subtle, and the end results are always a surprise when they burn down its staunchest advocates. It would almost be justice if they didn’t destroy so many others en route to their own fall…

It boils down so succinctly you can view all the principle issues and eventual outcomes in this one old video. It’s a cartoon, so maybe even Obama supporters will be able to grasp it, or at least enjoy the pretty colors between tokes;


Chris Edens January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I am completely on your side but the “between tokes” comment leaves me wondering if you truly understand freedom. It is also freedom to be able to do what you want with your own person if it doesn’t hurt another person or cost another.

Marijuana smokers are not criminals any more than the person who enjoys a beer or a glass of wine. But the same thing you whine about others doing to your freedom you have no problem if it’s done to an MJ smoker and you will marginalize them just as the liberal idiots do to conservatives.

I sometimes wonder if either side understands freedom and the hypocrisy bucket is over flowing.

Jerry O January 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

Chris Eden.
Your are whining and crying. It’s all I could do to keep from breaking down myself.
Your not being able to smoke reefer freely, anytime and place you choose to has nothing to do with freedom. Your problem is LEGAL period. You gain nothing by blaming other people because you can’t do something that is illegal. Once that stuff becomes legal people like myself would protect your right to do it.

Jerry O January 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Excellent post my good friend. Needs to be published.

Susan January 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

Preezy Revenge is turning US into a deadbeat nation

“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. … Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

bobdog January 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

Take a few minutes and look up what happened when Denmark severely cut back on unemployment benefits a few years back. What they discovered, and Norway is about to try, is that when unemployment benefits are restricted, all of a sudden unemployment drops, and drops dramatically. What you subsidize, you get more of. It’s fundamental grade school economics. I know it will set America’s liberals gasping for their smelling salts, but it’s the real, actual, historical, provable truth.I’m not making this up.

Go ahead, Google it. If you’re unemployed, you’ve got the time. If you’re still employed, make the time anyway. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

Joe Doakes January 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

People find work by looking for it because they are forced to look! When I move out of NY I will not be sitting on the couch hoping work finds me!

Susan January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Come to Texas, Joe. We need more patriots like you here…

Joe Doakes January 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Ever see that movie with Lee Majors? One day it will be me.


Vicky Bevis January 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Get out ASAP……….or SOONER, Joe. I retired off the East Coast & things are SO much better-less traffic, less pollution, less crime, less COSTS, & MUCH nicer people-the kind I was raised around.

Best Wishes for a speedy departure! (~..~)

John January 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Before I came to the East coast, the F-bomb wouldn’t even enter my mind. Now, even though I still don’t say the word, it comes to my mind nearly everyday (mostly because of traffic). How I wish I could get out.

Joe Doakes January 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

You ever ask yourself why “we” can’t? Why can’t we just decide to go? I know your answer. I have the same one. But it just sucks so hard that we get caught in these stupid traps set for us by the government and the bankers. It’s nuts.

Jerry O January 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

bobdog. You are exactly right I remember reading that same information
What you subsidize, you get more of. Right again.You subsidize welfare you get more of it.
Also. what you tax you get less of.

john crump January 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

WHY WORK? I f you are getting a check for doing NOTHING WHY WORK? you must be nuts to want a job if sitting on your ass all day drinkig beer watching TV on the BIG screen that you gotwith you un employment check who cares, Good old smiling and wazing Obama is takng care of you, VOTE FOR HIM he is your saviour worship him he is Allah and the all mighty.

Star January 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Actually a lot of people like working. They like contributing, feeling useful, helping others, using their god-given brains, being stimulated, fulfilling their purpose in life. Some people even think of their worth in terms of their job. Ever heard of any of this?

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Yes, a lot of people do. A lot of people are also responsible and will work any job to avoid the public dole. That doesn’t obviate the millions who prefer to do just what John Crump stated.

Star January 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I think it should prevent such a generalization.

Vicky Bevis January 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Star: When my husband of 40 yrs., a work-a-holic by love of the “game,” decided to hang it up, I was shocked. His exact words were: “Business isn’t fun anymore.” Speaks volumnes to me

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Not sure how that fits in this discussion, but I think a lot of people feel that way under this admin.

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

But I am not buying that most people who always worked, who put a value on that, would be happy to scrimp by on $300 or less a week unemployment for year after year.

Jerry O January 16, 2013 at 12:21 am

Correct. The benefits of work go far beyond a paycheck. There is dignity in work and the best social program is a job. One thing to take note of, if you notice the vast majority of people who are government dependent inevitably end up in poverty or close it. That one thing I know for sure is what the government gives is never enough.

srdem65 January 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

I part ways with a lot of my friends when I say it’s not MrObama’s fault and there isn’t anything he can do about the unemployment disaster. In fact, he should do nothing; no stimulus, no passing out our money to his special projects, do nothing but give out awards, name ambassadors, and schmooze with winning athletic teams.

If he feels compelled to do something, then he might direct his cabinet to quit issuing new rules and regulations daily.

Most of those now collecting unemployment benefits won’t be rehired by their previous employer and will find themselves in the same financial predictiment as those who have exhausted their benefits; look for a new job or game the system and claim an ailment that allows for a lifetime of disablility benefits.
The jobs are gone. Overseas, robotized, computerized or just squeezed out of the profitable side of the ledger. All that’s left for those without a specialized resume, or a viable trade is to return to school or give up.

The President or Congress cannot create a single job outside the federal system.

Joe January 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

Roughly 50% of new college grads are unemployed. We need workers with skills, not people with a framed piece of paper with fancy writing on it.

Vicky Bevis January 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Add that we don’t need any more women’s studies, black studies, community organizing, or underwater-basket-weaving. These are all HOBBIES!

The 2 fields of endeavor that will be in demand in the future is:

1. Health Care-78,000,000 Baby Boomers

2. Computer Electronics-esp. the higher & more difficult disciplines-Linux.

Both are science fields & since we put a man on the moon, science has become obsolete in our schools as a field of excellence.

cincycinco January 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

“…name ambassadors..” – srdem65

And, maybe, protect them during sustained military assaults?

Burke January 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

I couldn’t get a job at Walmart due to fact I’ve been unemployed for over two years, and age 55. Obama, cost me my job in Healthcare in 2010 after the law passed. Hospitals began downsizing. I have no hope of being part of the work force again. Add me to the list of the under class. That’s how Marxist rule.

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Have you considered moving to where the jobs are? I know it is not easy, but sometimes the hard choices have to be made.

Burke January 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

@Marbran – I have applied for jobs coast to coast and overseas – not asking for same pay, Looking for work inside my career field and outside.
There is so much competition for the jobs that are out there. It makes it more difficult to land one. I do believe there is age, and length of unemployment discrimination going on when seeking employment. I have worked for large and small companys as a manager. I know how the game works.

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

It’s not so easy to “just move”–you need money to move, you need a house that is not upsidedown that you can even sell before you move, you need to know the new job will be there, you lose your whole support system, fam friends etc. Sure, there may be pipeline jobs someplace or assembly line in Ohio, but transplanting is a huge decision!!

tim tom January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Wait a minute there Burke! I was older than you when I went back to school. I now have s good job in healthcare. Can you say $10,000 signing bonus?

Burke January 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

@tim tom – There is a God, My Godson (Navy SEAL Ret.) found out about my ordeal. He wants expand his chain of Army Surplus Stores.
Needs someone with business experience to own and operate. He said. he was unemployed for two years also after retiring from SEALs. I am so motivated now – I leave you with with a quote from him “Can’t find a job, create one.” A truly unexpected phone call and motivational call.

God Bless a SEAL for the help.

Desperate January 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I completely understand. I returned to school and graduated in this lovely economy. Worked full-time to put myself through school. Now, I have a bachelor’s and also multi-lingual. It has been 3.5 years since graduation. I am under-employed and making less than before I returned to school. Wonder if it will still be Bush’s fault in 4 more years or will the Establishment have a new bogeyman?

Michael January 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

Another component of what O’Reilly calls the Nanny State.

liberaldoublestandard January 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

I spoke to many plant GM’s and owners that said they were waiting until Nov 2012 before implementing any production expansion. Some were even turning away business because the new business would not fully support the cost of a new line for the entire year. Their rationale while not mentioned (because the media labels those in disagreement as racist) was to clearly wait and make sure obama was defeated. Well the liberal media brainwashed enough to get obama back in office and the FACTS that cannot be denied are that most manufacturers have NOT expanded. Do to the falloff I have even suffered layoff. There must be SOME reason why people that had the intelligence to build a successful business will NOT expand that same business under obama.

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wait! There’s more!

I work in DC. With the fiscal cliff fiasco, and the now pending sequestration, service companies here are furloughing people and also not receiving new contracts while everyone watches to see what Obama will do next. He is actively suppressing the economy at every chance he gets. That’s why we see these highs never before seen. How much evidence do we need before we say enough is enough!

cincycinco January 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Why bother? This is not the time for profits…

“There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses — now is not that time. And that’s a message that I intend to send directly to them,” – Obama

Unless you want to expand your business and put your own capital and future well-being at stake because, well, you just LOVE humanity THAT MUCH, and that Obama fellow is SO inspirational, and -

-And that’s why it doesn’t work. This ain’t no hippie commune.

I like presenting some of the arguments in cartoon form, when possible. The old cartoons sometimes are very informative in an entertaining way, and “entertainment” is just about the only way to get to the low-information Obama voter. This one says more about how Capitalism works in 8 minutes than Obama has learned in 51 years;


It’s not difficult to understand. That’s why it DOES make one wonder if the “smartest guy in the room” isn’t INTENTIONALLY swinging the wrecking ball…

Sadie January 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Date:June 28, 2010
Place: G 20 Summit
Who: Obama
What: “Global recovery requires a level playing field.”

Translation: He doesn’t give a damn, the goal is to reduce the economy to Zimbabwe dollars and have us living like his half-brother in a Kenyan village.

Perplexed January 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

Didn’t you get the memo from obama? We are supposed to pretend there is no long term unemployment problem. Well, I guess since the election is over we can be a little more honest. However, you are not supposed to even hint that extending unemployment benefits causes people to stay unemployed. That is ‘verboten’!!!!! We have to pretend that everything is hunky dory under the democrats and obama. Just don’t get a gander at the U-6 unemployment rate. We got the MSM to ignore the Real Unemployment data that is double digit because it makes obama look bad. Please cooperate.

Joe January 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

Welfare works the same way. We make it too easy to get and too easy to stay on. It becomes a lifestyle for people and they teach their kids to milk the system so the cycle continues.

joanne January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

Thank the clueless idiots who voted in this liar again.
What a shock they will have when our great country unravels into a banana republic.
I cannot stomach him

Gerry January 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I agree 100%

Mann D. Lifeboats January 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

This is what Pravda said, on Nov. 19, 2012, about those who voted for Obama and Obama himself:

“Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. . .

“He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.

“How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.

“Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

cgent47 January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

We can thank the government leeches for the relection of the welfare president.

DeniseVB January 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

So MrsO tells us to SUPPORT THE TROOPS while MrO stabs us in the back !?–milupdate-0114-20130114,0,112533.story

Looks like the savings will continue to keep the Obamas in luxury vacations for the next 4 years. What hypocrisy.

David Baluta January 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

Technically they are not “Unemployed”, they are Employed by being Unemployed. $530,000,000,000 is more money than most industries generate in any given period of time!
Nice WORK Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid and Mr. OhBie!!

Just2old January 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

We should use the Sam Kinison method of lowering unemployment. You line all the unemployed up and go to the first guy in line and ask him: “Sir, do you have a job or any prospects for a job?” The man answers “no” and Sam shoots him in the head. He then goes to the next person in line and asks the same question. This time the answer is “sir, i’ve got my eye on a paper route that should come through soon”. Now Sam’s method would work!

Capt Phil January 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

Basic economics will confirm even the most ardent Obama supporter does not understand the connection between LT unemployment levels and a lifestyle of entitlement. Whether it be extended unemployment benefits, food stamps or some other form of welfare, once caught up in the cycle of government support, it is very difficult to leave. The only successful strategy is to put those receiving government support to work building infrastructure or some other valuable activity in return for taxpayer financial support that is less than what they would receive in the private sector. Mind you, that flys in the face of of the Obama freebee mentality of something for nothing but a vote. It will get worse before it gets better, I’m afraid.

Julie Brueckheimer January 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

This country will never recover unless it starts over again and brings back/creates new production as Japan had to do after WWII. Incrementally, starting from small. Romney hinted at this when he talked of a new small steel plant in a cornfield in Indiana and about developing our natural resources. The problem is that entitled Americans are not willing nor have the patience to do this. Obama knows this and is bottom feeding. When Americans end up the economic slaves of China, they will have no choice and will be facing something much, much worse than pulling up their socks and setting their noses to the grindstone.

Susan January 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Unions and minimum wage laws make it extremely difficult to create new manufacturing businesses in many parts of the country. It’s near impossible to find products made in the USA because of unions and government interference in setting wages.

Julie Brueckheimer January 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Yes, indeed. I wondered why Obama did not do in his first term what FDR did and create a sort WPA and CCC. It’s because the unions would never agree to lower wages.

Vicky Bevis January 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Julie: My deceased father-in-law was in the CCC so I got a good idea of hwo it worked-AND IT DID WORK! Many young men built Skyline Drive, fought forest fires out West & did other “chores” of a public nature. They were given $5 a wk. The rest was taken out of their checks & sent directly to their families.

This is why I’ve wondered why our government, when it grants student loans, doesn’t pay it DIRECTLY to the institution of higher learning towards tuition, books, fees, labs., etc. They are going to have to pay it back, so at least make it for something tangible, not Master Card accts., clothes, partying, ad nauseum. Then MAYBE they’d actually GO to class!

SofaKingCool January 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hey, here’s a news flash:

When you pay someone unemployment benefits for an unprecedented amount of time (4 years and counting with current and past extensions) NOT to work…then you are going to have increased and unprecedented numbers of “long term” unemployment.

What a concept….

Marbran January 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

One thing that humans are is adaptable. People that are collecting LT UI have already found other ways to make money off the books. They are not merely surviving on UI; they are using it to supplement their other income.

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

At least you now admit it’s not a cushy lifestyle on unemployment.

Andrew January 16, 2013 at 12:50 am

Here’s a lil newsflash for YOU

People do not receive unemployment benefits for four years, as you infer in your remarks. Fucking Moron.

yo January 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

And jobs training programs are a joke. We already have a good community college system in the US. Workers could go there for retraing. They have many good programs and many do not require finishing an AAS degree.

Just2old January 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The Job Corps was a miserable attempt by Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ to retrain workers. Didn’ work in the 60′s and won’t work now.

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I do think companies should pay for their own training programs…Train people to do it YOUR way. The companies should pay.

Desperate January 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Bingo Just2old! Just like “anti-bullying initiatives”, “job training”, and other feel good solutions, it is all window dressing so the politicians can crow how they “did something” to a mindless public. Another boondoggle, another couple billion flushed down the drain.

blurtle January 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

If you follow the policies of the Depression, you will get the Depression.

M A R 100 January 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Why would someone go back to work when the government is giving out checks? Why not stay home watch the kids and let the wife work. Even on minimum unemployment I’am still ok, gettting food stamps, free medical care for the kids so who cares, as long as someone else is picking up the tab. Sadly this is the attitude of many who are not working. As long as the checks come why work!

KCEddie January 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Bush stole his laser ! LMFAO

SpendusMaximus January 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Sadly, the folks who voted for, and support, obama don’t really care how bad the unemployment rate is. They don’t intend, or want to, have a job anyway. It’s truly sad that America has become a ghetto nation. I for one truly “HOPE” for “CHANGE” but will probably have to wait four years to get it.

KCEddie January 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I’m sure the Butcher of Benghazi will address this at his State of the Union ? Free Contraception for Everybody ! LMFAO

Gerry January 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

And free guns to the Mexican cartels…through our wonderful Fast and Furious program!!!

AZ Granny January 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

What will unemployment and our economy look like when all the power plants using coal are shut down because of EPA regulations? Thousands of workers (power plants & coal miners) will be without jobs and with them having less money to spend plus utility customers will have less money to spend because their power costs will skyrocket. What about all the banks and large companies that are due to lay off workers? And then Obama is going to flood the job market when he gives amnesty or citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens. What about all the people working now that are having their hours cut to 28 hours or less per week because of Obamacare?

Remember the lady that voted for Obama because he gave her a “free” phone. She was interviewed and there’s videos on youtube of her saying he lied about not raising taxes on anyone but the rich because her paycheck is less now. She says she darn sure wouldn’t vote for him again.

Just2old January 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Not a pretty picture! You reap what you sow…

Just2old January 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Why are people unemployed? Because there is no work. Why is there no work? Because people are not buying products and services. Why are people not buying products and services? Because they have no money. Why do people have no money? Because they are unemployed.
Craig Bruce

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm


Janet January 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

You said it, simple and brilliant.

R.G. Frano, A.-E.M.T.-4-Paramedic_Preceptor, A.C.L.S., (Ret.) January 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Re: “Employers seem to be throwing out the resumes of the long-term unemployed and only hiring those who have been without a job for less than six months. Meanwhile, with the guarantee of benefits rolling in, the long term jobless might not be looking aggressively enough for work, the paper states…”

I have 32 commendations, from a single (municipal) employer, covering the 2nd. half of a 22 year paramedic career.
I am alive, were 359 co-workers aren’t, because a former employer outsourced my position just 6 weeks before Muhammad Atta & co. struck in NYC.
I’, over 50, a college graduate, a post college graduate, and have sent, literally 12-15,000 resumes since my (miraculous? / coincidental?), ‘post-1-World.Trade.Center’ survival.

…Despite one of my 32 commendations being awarded for steady on-time performance, potential employers DON’T even show the courtesy to send a ‘F#$K Off!” in reply to my inquires!

A generous relative is the ONLY issue standing between homelessness and my significant Other, (who’s in similar career circumstances), 2 cats, and myself!

This IS the sort of behavior I’d expect from the (former) Bush Whitehouse, as opposed to the O’Bama Whitehouse!

I returned O’Bama to HIS employment!
The least he could do is STOP G.Bush-era incentives to outsourcing / other employment travesties!!!

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I have done a site on coping in this economy since Obama came in. I just KNEW people would need it.
I post daily on it.

tim tom January 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Grady hospital Atlanta has 14 Paramedic/EMT openings.

alan lowe January 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Remember that this is all he thinks about….JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Ehat a sad joke he is.:(

Shofar January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

This administration’s plan to make legal approx. 11 million illegal aliens while so many Americans are out of work is preposterous. Not only will it continue the problem of long term unemployment, people with their new legal status will take many of the lower paying jobs, but it will actually push out those currently working. Employers looking for cheap labor will be more willing to hire someone who will work for minimum wage vs. some who have a dollar or two more.

Obama’s plan to legalize the illegal simply show how he is throwing an entire group “under the bus”. Black unemployment is double that of the national average, and to bring in hundreds of thousands of new workers all vying for the same jobs is unconscionable. It shows his true colors, that of being against his very own people. His policies are shaping up more and more to make the black community forever in the debt of the government, and taking away any chance of empowerment. This is closet racism at its worse. If any conservative were to try and totally destroy the black community like Obama and his ilk are trying to do, they would be pilloried in the press and on blogs everywhere. Yet, Obama gets a pass because he is who he is, the anointed one.

Obumma Messiah January 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Anointed by Satan.

toledofan January 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

And where is the outcry from the mainstream media? The devastation this is causing to families is just incomprehensible. Any man or women worth their weight wants to provide for his family and I’d venture to say more than three quarters of those unemployed would rather get their hand dirty rather than take a government handout. People wonder why we are in the predicament we’re in today but it’s clear to see why the breakdown of the family, the disregard for life, extreme violence, are occuring. Just look at the media and the lifestyles they are promoting. Look at what we are being asked to accept as normal.

John January 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm


John January 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Imagine that! This is Odumbshit’s America.

Tommy January 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Funny, the chart shows that since we went off the gold standard the trend is longer unemployment times. Hmmmmmm

Ibulena January 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I believe there is indeed a “plan” to ruin the USA.

Andy Weinberg January 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Like you writing

John C January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm


The wealth of the nation depends on how much it produces, not on how much it spends.

You can install socialism and capitalism is destroyed is a by spending the country into bankruptcy, increasing taxes to depress the economy, violent revolution, or accommodation of these things.

Gerry January 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

All these comments and we haven’t even inaugurated this zero for his second term.
Buckle up ladies and gentlemen…the next 4 years will be a wild and dangerous ride!

David Baylis January 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

As you sow, so shall you reap..

BikerBen January 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

The fact that the Obama economy continues to be so bad is why the democrats continue to divert our attention elsewhere, as they’ve done since Obama was first elected. This week’s diversion is gun control. Obama is about to unveil 19 executive orders pertaining to gun control, even though he knows that doing so is unconstitutional. All he wants to accomplish is to inflame the masses in order to take their minds off the incredible unemployment problem. He will never “focus like a laser” on employment unless he sees it getting significantly better. At that time, he’ll be right there to take the credit.

BillyBobzx January 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Welcome to oBozo’s world!

Jack Kinch(1uncle) January 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

USA is just another example that socialism does not work. Creates parasites.
Thank you demorats.

Star January 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

It also created the paramedic who posted above…remember that.

tim tom January 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

There are plenty of paramedic jobs available. Grady Hpspital Atlanta has 14 openings. IIRC one is an instructor position.,

Wayne McMichael January 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

You can certainly see where Obama took office:) Funny, the debt chart looks just like this too:) …man what an utter failure…

srv January 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

he has no intention of fixing economy. his agenda is right on course… cloward / piven…

Barb January 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

But to all he’s cronies ,unions and your stupid Sheeples he’s the greatest King that ever lived.

Barb January 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

But not worry they will fudge the numbers and make it all better .

Booboo January 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Obama seems to always find a way to address the economy. Thanks all you wet headed Obamabots for thrusting this inept community organizer on us.

Obama, emm,emm,emm

Yes we can.

America is too stupid to continue.

Dennis D January 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Biggest problem we have is media. They hide stories that hurt Dems and over report ones that hurt the GOP. They also lie. I remember reading a Bloomberg News article one day where the FIAT CEO said he will make Jeeps in China. Romney jumped all over it. Media called him a liar.

Garr Obo January 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I see that the groid is still blaming Bush.

Americanman2012 January 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

All 23 million of us job less workers are all waiting for those Algae Growing jobs to come in play. Those solar panel jobs went to China, way too far to commute , and those wind mill jobs are in Europe, but who wants to work in that depressed hell hole.
Oh how smart, create a major poverty pool in America, take the guns away and you figure you the big man can be a Ruler, well guess again.
We shall never bow to a King.

Mark Els January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

[Replying to Doug Lynn]