The Recess shall be a blog about my experience with the recession. I’m about six months into unemployment/underemployment. This may also serve as a professional blog or portfolio so I can eventually get a job and evolve into a full-fledged adult. Umm…more to come.
I just found out that this guy I work with graduated from the same college as me two years earlier. I feel like I met my future self, and he is a loser. I’m doomed to work at this shit job forever.
Since the depths of the recession the only type of credit to notch growth was student loans. Credit to students also stands out when looking at delinquency rates.
Younger workers have continued to face the most difficult conditions in the labor market. Workers between 20 and 24 years old…
My current student loan debt
Despite being almost out of credit card debt, I still get overwhelmed and anxious by my debt load, most of which is in student loans above. I know, rationally, that there is no reason to be so scared since they are federal loans and I can easily postpone or…
(Since its obviously not helping me now).
1) Invest it.
2) Bought a new car.
4) Completely pimp out my room.
5) Wore a different outfit for every fucking day of the year.
7) Studied abroad.
8) Could have had work done. (For those of you whose into that kind of thang).
9) Paid for graduate school.
10) Lastly, I could have use the money for something actually USEFULL, like idk, MY WEDDING, DOWN PAYMENT TO A HOME, ETC ETC ETC. -_________-
Feel free to add to the list.
Of course, the 9.1% of unemployed Americans in our country would gladly take even the worst of jobs to put food on their tables. But as recent Census data reveals, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010 — many of whom have jobs, just not jobs that are good enough. In fact, for all American workers, the Census Bureau found that media household incomes (adjusted for inflation) declined by 2.3% in 2010 over the previous year — even as worker productivity and corporate profits rose.
America needs an economic recovery not just on paper but on principle — where the quality of life for workers rises as the quantity of jobs and our overall economy grows. Which is why it’s deeply troubling that so many in our government are trying to undermine the quality of current jobs, let alone create more and better jobs for the future.
Union jobs = good jobs
There’s a reason the protesters at Occupy Wall Street are linking arms with unions. Unions raise wages for all workers. Studies have shown that a large unionized presence in a given industry raises wages for all workers in that field. In draconian, anti-union “Right to Work” states, all workers make on average $5,438 less per year than workers in states that allow free bargaining. Not to mention the fact that many benefits non-unionized workers now expect on the job — from health insurance to sick leave — were first established because unions fought for them and such benefits became the norm.
In the prosperous 1950s, nearly one-in-three American workers belonged to a union. Today, thanks to attacks on union rights by big business conservatives, closer to one-in-ten workers is a union member. In the intervening decades, data show that as unionization rates have declined, so have middle class wages and income.
Some voters are put off by the political power of unions, understandable in a political system that is more controlled by special interests than ordinary citizens. But unlike corporations that lobby Washington so they can make more money, unions are advocating for better jobs — to raise your quality of life, increase your pay and benefits and put more money in your pocket. The conservative case against unions is entirely political. From an economic perspective, unions are essential to creating good, middle class jobs.
So about two weeks ago I was let go from my 16 hour a week job, in other words, I’ve gone from being underemployed to plain old-fashioned unemployed. I’m still not sure why but it looks like I worked with a giant clique, didn’t fit in, and it was decided that I wasn’t good enough at my job…
Official unemployment numbers – which have been hovering close to the nine-percent number for an uncomfortably long time – represent the number of people who are actively looking for work and can’t succeed in that search.
Sometimes that perception can become distorted. A lot of Americans think that the unemployment rate more simply represents the number of people that do not have jobs. As much as I wish that were the case, it’s not.
Those who do not have jobs and are also no longer looking for work are called discouraged workers. In November of this year, there were 1.1 million discouraged workers recorded in the United States…