The national unemployment rate is currently at 9.1% (the school drop out rate is at 8.1%, but that correlation is for another day). You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the many people that are without jobs. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that our economy is not doing good to say the least. There are people suffering everywhere, however, I would like to take the time to give you a few real life examples of the “unemployment” in our area.
Mr. Mega Millions – “Can you sign my unemployment form while I play my Mega Lotto Card?”
Our family runs a small contracting firm that definitely has been hit by the down economy to say the least. On a regular basis my husband is approached by someone who is drawing unemployment benefits who wants him to sign his “form” for him saying he is out looking for a job. Most of the time this encounter occurs at a local convenience store or restaurant and it is after a short conversation to make certain that we are NOT hiring. The encounter also occurs right before the “applicant” purchases beer, cigarettes or a lottery ticket.
Mr. Hardworker Harry – “Yeah, I’m unemployed now, but I WILL find a job before next week!”
Our business has not been in a position to hire new employees for the last 3 years. However, earlier this year a man showed up at our shop (rural area 15 miles from town) asking for employment. We kindly told him we didn’t have anything for him and he went on his merry way. A few days later he showed again asking if we had any work for him and he went into great detail regarding all his skills (typical laborer skills). We then again told him we didn’t have anything and he left. Guess what, he shows up again the next week asking for work. When we told him again that we didn’t have anything. He looks around and says “can I use your weed-whacker and take care of the weeds around your shop for you?” After a long pause and picking up his jaw, my husband says sure. He is still on our payroll today!
Mrs. Polly Planned – “I know what your company needs and I’m the person to do it.”
I attend an exercise class twice a week at a local church sponsored by the county recreation department. Since the cost of this class is both minimum and during the day it is mostly comprised of “stay-at-home” moms. During 2011, three of our participants have found employment. These women were intentional stay-at-home moms who have raised their children, made wise financial decisions, educated themselves in the meantime and sought out employment in fields that were desirable.
So the question is what do we do? Change the world? Change our government policies? Perhaps change our perspectives? I’m not sure what the answer is but there must be jobs available on Wall Street since there are a lot of young unemployed people occupying it these days!