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23 Percent Of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed

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Unemployment - Public DomainDid you know that when you take the number of working age Americans that are officially unemployed (8.2 million) and add that number to the number of working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” (94.3 million), that gives us a grand total of 102.5 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now?  I have written about this before, but today I want to focus just on Americans that are in their prime working years.  When you look at only Americans that are from age 25 to age 54, 23.2 percent of them are unemployed right now.  The following analysis and chart come from the Weekly Standard

Here’s a chart showing those in that age group currently employed (95.6 million) and those who aren’t (28.9 million):

Americans In Their Prime Working Years Not Working

“There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of this group—28.9 million people, or 23.2 percent of the total—is not currently employed. They either became so discouraged that they left the labor force entirely, or they are in the labor force but unemployed. This group of non-employed individuals is more than 3.5 million larger than before the recession began in 2007,” writes the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

Clearly, we have never recovered from the impact of the last recession.

But let’s try to put these numbers in context.

Below, I would like to share two charts with you.  They show what has happened to the inactivity rates for men and for women in their prime working years in the United States in recent years.

In order to be considered “inactive”, you can’t have a job and you can’t be looking for a job.  So this subset of people is smaller than the group that we were talking about above.  The 23.2 percent of Americans in their prime working years that are unemployed right now includes those that are looking for a job and those that are not looking for a job.

These next two charts do not include anyone that has a job or that is currently looking for a job.  These charts only cover “inactive” people in their prime working years that are not considered to be in the labor force.

As you can see in this first chart, the inactivity rate for men in their prime working years exploded higher during the last recession and then continued to go up even after the recession supposedly ended.  At this point, it is hovering near all-time record highs.  Does this look like an “economic recovery” to you?…

Inactivity Rate Men

For women, we see a similar thing.  In this next chart, you can see that the inactivity rate for women in their prime working years rose during the last recession and then just kept on rising.  At this point, it remains far higher than it was during the last recession…

Inactivity Rate Women

What are we to make of all this?

For both men and women in their prime working years, the inactivity rate is significantly higher than it was during the last recession.

All of these people neither have a job nor are they looking for one.

So what in the world is going on here?

Are they independently wealthy?

Have these people found rich spouses to marry so they don’t have to work?

No, the truth is that the middle class in America is steadily eroding and poverty is absolutely exploding.  Credit card debt has soared to a new record high, and 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

The issue isn’t that people don’t want to work.

The issue is that people cannot find enough work.

And even if you have a job, that does not mean that you are on easy street.  According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

Tens of millions of Americans are now among the ranks of “the working poor”.  So many families are watching their expenses soar while their paychecks go down or stagnate.  If you are in this situation right now, then you probably know how exceedingly stressful it can be.

Just look at what is happening to the cost of health insurance.  The following comes from Fox News

Health insurance premiums have increased faster than wages and inflation in recent years, rising an average of 28 percent from 2009 to 2014 despite the enactment of Obamacare, according to a report from Freedom Partners.

And I am not exactly sure where they got those numbers.  Personally, I know that my health insurance rates have gone up far faster than that.

Two years ago, my health insurance company wanted to double the health insurance premiums for my family even though we never get sick.  So I switched to another insurance company that offered a policy that was only about 30 percent higher than my last one.  But then when it came time to renew, that insurance company wanted to raise my rate by another 50 percent.

Thanks to Obamacare, American families are being absolutely crippled by the cost of health care.  And of course we are seeing the rising cost of living so many other places as well.  Our paychecks are being squeezed harder and harder, and this is absolutely killing the middle class.  In fact, the middle class in America is now a minority for the first time ever.

And now for the real bad news – this is about as good as things are ever going to get in this country.  As you can see from what I have shared above, we never really had any sort of meaningful “economic recovery”, and now we have entered the early phases of the next major downturn.

So where do we go from here?  Unfortunately, our debt-fueled prosperity has provided us with a massively inflated standard of living that is not even close to sustainable.  As this bubble bursts, the economic pain is going to be absolutely unprecedented.

But it won’t be just economic pain that we are facing.  In my new book, I detail the things that I believe that are coming to this country, and I explain why the entire planet will soon be facing incredibly challenging times.  It is going to be one of the most controversial Christian books of 2016, because it directly challenges many of the things that are being taught in mainstream churches today.  My book is an ominous message of warning and an inspiring message of hope, and I truly believe that it is the most important thing that I have ever written.

No matter how you may see the future, the key is that we all learn to love one another.  The years ahead are going to be extremely challenging, and those that want to chase everyone else away and survive as lone wolves are going to have a very rough time.  We all need each other, and those that have friends, family and communities around them are going to be in a much better position to weather the coming storms.

So let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst…

  • ALWAYSTOMORROW

    I agree with you that there are fewer good paying middle class jobs than there use to be. That should be be even more of an incentive to stay out of debt.

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      Off topic.. I haven’t seen Jazzy post in quite a while.. Maybe he is taking cruises with his recent stock conquests.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Maybe he is taking cruises with his recent stock conquests.
        Maybe he’s off selling unicorns to the rest of the rubes that actually believe his bullshyte lies.

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          I bet Jazzy is a rich hot catch unlike MR M.R.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            If you say so. As with all your prognostications…SWAG!

          • Richard O. Mann

            Wish I were a rich, hot catch. Not that I am looking. I would just like to be described that way. HA!!!

      • ALWAYSTOMORROW

        I hope he is.

  • Liberty First

    So, we are moving to Dallas and there will be a period of time during which my income will the sole source of support. My wife is extremely accomplished and will find something, but it will not be immediate. We feel like the location is the best place to ride out the storm, but there is definitely anxiety.

    And amen about the health insurance. Good God, can they repeal it please? Let us buy across state lines? Please?

    • Mike Smithy

      For the most part, Texans are very industrious, level headed and independent minded folks. You’ll be fine Liberty.

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        Too many rightwing nutcakes for my tastes.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          So go to California and be among all the many left wing nutcakes there.

          • Rick

            I think you just solved a huge problem. When the big re-set occurs, let’s just make the Mississippi River the landmark boarder between the land of the liberals and the land of the conservatives. All liberals move east and are resettled, all conservatives move west and are resettled. Of course CA is so cracked and diluted, she’d simply have to be her own country. Sometimes segregation is good.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Been there. Done that. Shoulda kept the one had there I guess. He was a transplant though.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Shoulda kept the one had there I guess. He was a transplant
            though.

            and if you fill me in on who you’re talking about, we’ll both know.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            boyfriend

  • sth_txs

    America is a big country, so there will always be sectors and geographic areas that are doing well even in a recession. There are jobs, but you must have a specific skill set. However, I”m doubtful of the 5% or less national unemployment numbers the news media spouts.

    • Rick

      Where would you put that number?

  • James Dohnalek

    Outstanding article Michael. One of the best.
    I can not believe that no one, AND I MEAN NO ONE has brought this to light of the so called ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF 2016.
    So why do the FOOLS, (the federal reserve) want to raise interest rates when they say the unemployment rate is at 4.9% ??? THE WANT TO RELOAD THEIR GUN WITH AMMUNITION OR BULLETS for the next recession that has already begun.

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      James as you know…The Fed Reserve is corrupt and immoral, is not Federal nor a reserve, and is the head of the snake that is the NWO which by design will bring the USA to financial ruin and a third world banana republic.

  • Enrique R. DéZuardí

    Just checking if is this site still censors comments

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      Type God dess as one word

      • ALWAYSTOMORROW

        G0DDESS
        When there’s a will there’s a way.

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          LOL…Good One! 😀

  • RTL89

    “The issue isn’t that people don’t want to work.

    The issue is that people cannot find enough work.”
    Try telling that to the ignorant baby boomers, who would rather go so far as to believe the fallacy that our current problems stem from a lack of ambition from the millenials. These people were raised in a wealthy environment with plenty of opportunities, so they transpose their economic lifestyle mentality onto the future generations. I guess it’s just because they feel better criticizing people who are younger than them, rather than challenging the “authority figures” that caused this mess.

    • Steeve Girard

      To work you need lots of easy energy… which we do not have. Check EROEI levels of oil.

    • Joltin Joe

      They need to rename the baby boomer to generation DEBT, thanks a lot mom / dad / aunts and uncles. But you’ve all released yourselves of any blame, conveniently

      • ALWAYSTOMORROW

        Your “it’s everyone’s fault but mine” belief and your apparent lock of financial security go hand in hand each complimenting each other.

        My upbringing was, you spend less than you make. Period. Today people look at their bills and look for a job that will pay for them.

        I have been lucky. I have also worked hard to make good decisions. Try that.

        • Joltin Joe

          I’m doing just fine and pay my own way, trying to get out of debt as we speak. I was simply pointing out that baby boomers love to bash the younger generations while ignoring what happened to this country on ‘their watch’

          • RalphEllison

            “I was simply pointing out that baby boomers love to bash the younger generations while ignoring what happened to this country on ‘their watch'”

            Everything in a nutshell.

      • RalphEllison

        Keep it 100, Joltin Joe!

    • VS345

      People would rather blame everything on an individual than admit reality and have to cope with it. Some of them can’t understand anything larger than their own little lives. Meanwhile they perceive people with fewer opportunities as entitled brats, even if those people must work twice as hard to gain half as much. Insane times.

    • Rick

      Many of them (us) are the authority figures who caused this mess by hanging out at the yaught clubs and golf courses when times were booming instead of paying attention to what was going on behind the curtain. And having come from an insurance underwriting background, I must say, the authors of obamacare sure pulled a fast one over the younger generation who statistically are the most healthy least expensive group out there. Extremely low level of claims that insurance companies need to pay out in individuals under 40. However, last I checked, the law mandates that you pay a very unbalanced high premium every month in order to subsidize the now unhealthy, and mostly still wealthy Baby Boomers. So thank you and your generation for voting for Obama, and not speaking up against obamacare when you had the chance.

      • RTL89

        I didn’t vote; not everybody on this blog is American.

      • RalphEllison

        The mandate was an idea created by the conservative Heritage Foundation in the 1990s.

    • RalphEllison

      From this Gen Xer, thank you. One of many reasons I can’t stand Baby Boomers (except my parents, God Bless them).

      • RTL89

        Thank you for your comment. As much as we love our parents, they’re just as much at fault. They don’t want to blame the hand that feeds them; so instead they blame the ones they feed. It’s almost like Stockholm Syndrome, when you think about it.

        • RalphEllison

          To be honest, my parents would agree with you and me on this issue.

  • Kent Harris

    Both my health insurance and car insurance continue to rise for no darn reason. My view is they are getting greedy and they don’t care how much of a financial hit it takes on the average American. Putting caps on insurance companies may help reduce the financial pain.

    • David

      The problem is the insurance companies are in bed with the politians so the likelihood of caps is nil. Unfortunate for all of us.

    • Joltin Joe

      Insurance is a scam on all levels.

      • GSOB

        Government mandated insurance is a scam.

  • Steeve Girard

    The is just the sign that something is wrong with system. It cannot create enough richness to satisfy the population anymore. When this recovery cycle will end in 6 years, be prepared: 1 out 3 Americans will not work. And after the next recovery cycle )2030): 1 out of 2 Americans will not work. That will be the revolt level. When the poor becomes the majority, unless they get allies which will make it happen sooner, but it is doubtful in an egoistic individualist society. The main reason for this is energy EROEI bottleneck caused by failing cheap oil.

    • Scott Comin

      Just curious. Why those time frames?

      • Steeve Girard

        It’s the needed time for opponents of a current economical regime, to acquire equivalent tools and know how (the 14 year old becoming 21 years old) to contest the order,.to put a dent in it and break it apart, then rebuild it to their image, while the new 14 years old will do the same when they are 21.
        .
        It’s the needed time for the young generation to overtake the old generation.

        • Scott Comin

          Thank you. Yes!

  • Rodrigo Russo

    Bom aqui no Brasil é dito que os E.U.A não está em recessão e o PIB aumentou em 2,5%

    • Lennie Pike

      Russo em? E’ melhor ir e morar la’ mesmo por que e’ o unico lugar restando que o criminal nao controla tudo incluindo propaganda.

      Foi o governo que falou aquilo – tudo mintira.

      Procurando alguem que sabe falar Portugues? Achou um ne’? Nao escondo de ninguem.

  • Illegal

    These statistics are nice but are not researched. How large is the black market economy in the US? There are many people who are paid “off the books”. The employer who’s business may be legal or illegal wants to avoid paying taxes or avoid being arrested. There are also self employed individuals who claim they don’t work again to avoid paying taxes. Someone could appear to be unemployed, but they are running a drug business, an Internet business, or be a consultant from home. What incentive is there for them to report their “employment”

    • john

      no true, on tax report form they say you must report all income even illegal income…. lol

    • Rick

      Where do you put the true unemployment rate?

  • Mr. Cipher

    “the rising cost of living…”

    Picked up a few bags of groceries the other day. It was $171.64 !!!
    The lady at the register offered me some monopoly game tickets, I guess this sort of game is suppose to distract us from the fact were being hosed.

    • jgt

      Not true. Trump has referenced the real unemployment rate in public.

  • Thomas D Guastavino

    Look at the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders, especially amongst the millenials. Given the political climate what possible reason would there be for the private sector to invest and create good jobs.

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      Bernie has some recent popularity, but he is losing by a vast majority. What;s more, your link between Sanders and job production is unclear.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Still haven’t figured out that link between no jobs and socialists huh…

        • Bunnie

          Lolololololol!!!!

  • john

    why to create new jobs in the USA? to many taxes and high cost for Labour forces. oh! if there is no job in the USA, we will tax on imported goods.
    well though Mr Trump… But don’t hold your breath

    well, what about not selling to the USA anymore. rest of the world can buy from China or Mexico. USA is only 4 percent of the world population and as Americans have no more money, they are not good clients.

    nobody care of the USA anymore. but this you still didn’t figure it out. you all think you are still #1. you are number 1 as a banana republic LOL

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      Please learn better English before posting

    • Lazarovic

      You no speaky good english, eh?

  • billtheguy

    I’m an older, out of work person for 5 months. I have had about 4 interviews and not one call back. Companies want younger workers. I removed about 14 years from the bottom of my resume. The offers poured in, until the interview; again no call backs or the position has been filled. There’s no actual proof of this and that it would be hard to prove. I stay positive, I read where the average time for unemployment is 32 weeks. Thank God I do not owe anyone or anything.
    As far as health care, I am on Obamacare; which is embarrassing. I pay $180 a month for what? I have good health, thank God, with a yearly check up.

    • Rick

      You pay $180 per month for the privilege of not being able to use your coverage when you need it due to high deductibles, co-pays, and rationed care. One of my friends doctors just retired, and when he called for an appointment with his new doc, he was told it would be 6 months. This $180 per month goes right to the insurance companies who fashioned obamacare to assure themselves a guaranteed profit. I’m still trying to figure out which product or service I can come up with that the government will force people to buy. I wonder if I can sell “peace of mind” for $200 per month, and have it mandated that every man woman and child in this country needs to purchase it?

      • Lorungee

        Not too far off the mark. Since they can force you to buy overpriced health ins., why not force you to purchase overpriced MENTAL health insurance as well. But don’t worry…..be happy…..at least by being forced fed to buy the cheapest obamacare bullcrap, you will NOT have to pay the IRS their bulls&it obamacare penalty. My penalty would have been over 2 thousand dollars. Can you imagine…..instead of the IRS paying YOU a refund at tax time……YOU now have to pay THEM if you don’t have coverage.

        • Rick

          Right, that is the first thing Trump says he will end, the F’n Mandate. If I were to be without insurance, i would have been “TAXED” $6,800. But of course this is not a penalty (thank you John Roberts), it’s just another tax… Like we need more taxes right?. All of these criminals including the SCOTUS need to be behind bars, or under earth.

      • Bunnie

        We took the lowest priced policy just to avoid the penalty fees, I figure I still have to pay out of pocket so might as well keep most of the funds to myself

    • JF

      Went through that several years before turning 60. They love what they see on paper until you walk in the door. Then they realize you’re older. You can see it on the interviewer(s) faces. They realize they have somebody who actually knows something and won’t be easily manipulated.

      • algol2000

        Exactly right. My advice, leave for the township, become a self-sufficient farmer. Take a page out of michael’s book.

        Except a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies it abideth alone. But when it does, it produces thousands of tiny seeds.

        You can opt out of their game anytime you choose.

  • Ryan

    I just don’t get it. From Long Island NY. Here and 11 other states I have
    friends family etc. honestly seems like they all doing good. I guess I just know all the lucky ones. Public school salaries here are another bubble that needs to burst. Asst principals making $180k, asst!!! There is a lot more Long Island crime tho. Just babbling here. Seems like all the samples of friends relatives I see all over country are doing very good.
    Any word of USA slowing from me makes them laugh. Sadly I think tptb can fraudulently keep all these bubbles from bursting. Good day all

    • Mark

      I was laid off from 3M three months ago with 1500 other fellow employees that made a six figure salaries and great benefits. I have an econ/marketing degree and MBA. However, I have had no luck finding work or anyone willing to pay me what I was making. Many companies want to know your last salary which was never the case before and most never get back to you. I have applied to over 75 companies with only 3 phone interviews. The job market is a joke. I have decided to do a career change and apply to Federal and State government jobs. Also applies to Universities and am planning to go back to school. Fortunately, I have no debt except a mortgage. I have 3 retirement accounts and cash. They did give us a severance which was also a joke but that’s 3M for you. My wife is a registered dietician with a chemistry degree that makes ok money but is not setting the world on fire. I know many friends and family that are working and it seems they are doing ok but if you really get to know their financial situation they really do not have much saved or have many assets. They are keeping their standard of living but not saving anything or they have high credit card bills. One friend is a nurse with a new car and seems to be doing well. However, after really discussing my situation with her she actually has about $15,000 in credit card debt. She makes ok money but no savings. Image and reality are two different things. I do not doubt there are some doing well but I believe it is a small amount. There are probably close to 100 million that are not working. Look at welfare going up from 35 million to 50 million. Also, many companies are laying off big time such as Astra Zeneca that is not far from me with over 4000 gone. Where do they go? I doubt they will find similar work with the same benefits and pay.

      • Creepy Pedro

        Part time jobs are the new norm….unless you are lucky.

        • Mark

          Ya, your right about that one. How depressing.
          Take care

      • Lennie Pike

        And you still have the Dollar crises to look forward to – any day now.

        • Mark

          Yes, the currency and debt/credit crisis. I totally forgot about that one. Yep, we are all screwed.

      • Bunnie

        Worked for Jeff Immelt when he was at GE, what you say is no joke, I was told by my state’s department of labor not to list my college and post grad degree if the application didn’t specifically ask for it, dud that on the next three applications and got immediate callbacks for jobs that paid less than I made in college part time, worked one just to find holiday spending and my own biz setup. My parents started out in the world with dirt yards on the midst of the Great Depression and both became professionals with successful practices. I mused to my husband who didn’t go to college that my parents’ roadmap to success was as outdated as Harvest Gomd appliances.

        • Mark

          Yes, I agree. I believe we are heading into scary times.

  • DJohn1

    I think the fault lies in a society that wants to make every person a college graduate instead of training people not made to be college grads other ways of making a living such as the trades.
    I would like to see people trained in the service trades necessary for the function of our country.
    Meaning they learn things like how to fix an automobile with all of its government mandated equipment.
    Meaning people learning practical ways of making a living.
    I want a return of the coop system of training people. Whereas kids in high school learn a sample of different kinds of ways to make a living giving them a choice as to what they want to do with their lives.
    I want the schools to teach something in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The hell with common core teaching them round about ways of math. Because some people down the road are just average everyday people that want to raise their families, maintain a car, buy a house, and live the life.
    Some people will never ever need advanced math skills to make a living.
    What they will need is judgment. Meaning learning to fix problems that arise when an appliance goes wrong, when the car goes wrong, when you need to change a fuse or a circuit breaker in your house, when you need a new part on a kitchen faucet.
    They need to learn how to run a budget and how to determine how much they can afford to spend on various items like transportation and insurance.
    They need to know how to navigate the government system of welfare when and if they are slapped down and out by the economic circumstances that so many of them have encountered in the last few years.
    We need to get rid of college by credit.
    If you cannot get the grants then an alternate choice of making a living and getting by needs to be given people in the form of knowledge of the system.
    The jerks in the school system that determine who actually gets the grades and who doesn’t needs to be changed. And there are far too many teachers out there with way too much power over which students make it and which do not.
    We need a system of people being able to use their practical experience to get credit by challenging out of courses that are basically a waste of money for someone who all ready knows the material.
    But that is going to be a major change and overhaul of the entire educational system of the country.
    Far too many of our people now owe way too much money to a failed education system that fails to provide a way for those people to make a living.
    I think the entire thing is on the verge of collapse.
    I think Donald Trump is right about one thing. We need a new deal world wide.

    • Peter

      Trades are the big lie, just look at who drives the trucks low wage Illegals. I wish they would stop, 1st the education lie, now the trades one. I’ve done all the trades, and got out. Everyone left that I talk to is doing the same. We need to stop giving kids bad advice where they go to school and walk away with massive debt that will follow them to their grave.

      • robert

        fffvffvfvvffvv

      • robert

        Trades are the only way to go . Carpenters and wall boarders have to compete with illegals but electricians, plumbers, hvac, iron workers, pipe fitters are immune. They have to be licensed and take long apprenticeships, with lots of schooling. I was a electrician and refrigeration tech, no competition from down south. These trades are screaming for help. Tremendous shortage cause everyone went into computers in 80s and 90s.

  • mister_roboto

    I agree that Obamacare is proving to be a slow-motion disaster, and I can only conclude that the mainstream media has decided to support it despite its errors and terrors, because nowhere in the mainstream media do I see any discussion of even the possibility that Democrats haven’t been doing well in elections since 2010 because of it. If Donald Trump is our next president, I believe the boondoggle of Obamacare will have a lot to do with that.

  • Peter

    Trades suck, you will compete with Illegals. Factories move to low wage locations, so the high tech jobs go with them.Education is a myth, best thing can do is stay out of school and debt. Take that 100,000 you would spend, and buy land, chickens and ducks, live debt free.

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      I don’t think we get many youngsters on the board.

      • Steeve Girard

        The problem is that the education system lied. Students are not on an obstacle free path to acquire a trade. They are on a path of competition for the available trades. Only those who paid the most and made the most horrendous sacrifices at the expense of people around them, can make it. Those who say no to this BS, will end-up in “Mc Jobs”.

    • JF

      These days people want good plumbers, carpenters, etc. Too many wannabes out there who can’t do squat.

      • Mr. Cipher

        These days people want CHEAP labor and there’s an infinite supply streaming from the South.
        Being a Carpenter was once a noble trade. You could support a family. Not any more.

        • algol2000

          A good handyman always has his price. If you are the best at your trade, you will survive.

          • Mr. Cipher

            You can not work at all in this country and “survive.”

          • Bunnie

            You have just described my father in law to a T.

          • Truthing

            That IS my husband you are describing!

        • REALIST

          What? you don’t believe in equality?

        • Lennie Pike

          But unlike many Americans, those coming from the south can support a family since being illegal aliens they’re exempt from paying taxes and receive many government benefits that Americans are not entitled to. Americans also help support their families through inflation that is caused by creating the money needed to pay for those benefits illegal aliens receive.

          Isn’t that pathetic – Americans allow their destruction and do absolutely nothing.

          The U.S. government wants illegal aliens here to destroy America, just as Germany’s government wants to destroy Germany, etc. etc. etc. – all the while sounding the terrorism alarm while backing terrorists and leaving the border wide open.

          It’s up to us to stop these criminal traitors who are the enemies of freedom, the rule of law, and The U.S. Constitution.

          • GSOB

            Pray the Lord will guide you on how to protect yourself and your family. Look for His leading in your circumstances.
            Providence.
            You’ll find that He has went before you, to prepare your part of arriving.

          • Lennie Pike

            Thanks.

      • L. A. McDonough

        Agree, hubby retrained in the early 80’s for HVAC got good civil service job. Electricians, auto mech. and aircraft mech., semi drivers, other skilled trades cannot be shipped overseas. Muslims coming in here will get on welfare and never work. This country is really trashed and patriot websites would do best to close shop and get into survival mode with family. Patriot activities for sixty years has utterly failed producing zero.

        • REALIST

          That is why War is coming.

        • RalphEllison

          But the Muslims here are not on welfare and are hard workers.

      • Peter

        Wrong, people want cheap, I’ve done more trades and have more tickets then most.Years ago the trades were unionised, you were guaranteed a certain wage. There were union schools, and today that’s not the case. Truckers could make $90,000 in the 1970s when you could buy a house for 40,000. My last pay check for two weeks, behind the wheel was $801.40 (before taxes and expenses) for 24/7 work. You can make that at MacDonald’s and have a life.

        • Mr. Cipher

          Over the toad pay should be criminal. Everyone else gets overtime pay. It’s BS!

      • Bunnie

        Ain’t that the truth? Can’t even change a lightbulb without phoning it in

      • Last Responder

        Absolutely! And if you have kids or grandkids, get them to learn a trade and they’ll always have work. My brother in law was a top executive in a major company. When the company was sold he was laid off. He’s 67 and needs to work because they always spent what they made, even though for the last 20 years he’s always made a 6 figure income, with the last years over $200K per year. He’s still got 20 years left on his mortgage to pay. His youngest son just got out of college (which he paid for and should have made the kid pay for, but that’s another story) and can’t get work. He told me his father was an electrician and always told him to learn the trade so he could fall back on it. Now he wishes he would have listened. He told me he would be able to work for himself or someone else now if he’s listened because people need electricians, plumbers,carpenters, etc.

        My kids have been lectured to push their kids to go into the trades instead of some high-debt college degree that won’t give them anything.

    • VigilanteCaregiver

      Don’t forget your dairy animals, either.

      • L. A. McDonough

        Goats, not cows. produce better milk and meat.

        • Jacynthia Read

          Yes, they do.

        • VigilanteCaregiver

          Goat’s milk is much closer to mother’s milk than dairy cow – much healthier, especially for folks with heart problems. However, dairy cows produce much greater quantities per animal. Depends on what your available space, personal goals, finances, and abilities are.

  • Steeve Girard

    It’s not a religion of peace. It’s Philosophical Satanism. Individualistic Ego and Greed incorporated.

    • JF

      Rick was being sarcastic

  • JF

    Older workers are finished. If you lost your job (layed off not fired), and you’re looking around now – forget it! Went to too many interviews where you can see the looks on the faces when they realize you’re older. You might actually know something for goodness sake. They don’t want workers like that. They want these young know nothings who can barely read. It’s true. Notice how many times you have to explain things to people on the phone these days. They are either foreigners you can’t understand, or dummies who can barely put 1+1 together. They screw up orders – online ordering is the only way to go these day. “Team players” are more important than people with skills.

    • toadsticker

      I’m 60 years old and I got a job at the post office delivering mail at $16.06 per hour. I don’t get benefits, but it’s kept me going for a little over a year. The post office is hard work. I walk 8-12 miles a day (in all kinds of weather) delivering mail and parcels. I am timed and they push you to meet your times. It is a very demanding job. I’m happy for the job and hope my body lasts until I am 70. If you are in a large market apply at the post office. They don’t discriminate by age and hire according to your test score and position on the list. Most older people wash out quickly, but give it shot if you are in reasonably good shape and are willing to work hard almost every day (including Sundays). Smaller markets are different as they may only hire one person every 3-5 years so you have to be at the top of the list.

      • REALIST

        GOD bless you (and I am a pagan, worthless, infidel, souless atheist). Show them YOU CAN TAKE ANYTHING.

        The exercise you get is awesome and good for you. Eat really healthy, non-processed food, and keep going. You are about to have the best time of your life. Stand up strong. Take it like a “man”. Smile and never give up.

        I admire you. You don’t sit on your @$$ and expect “society” to feed you.

        • GSOB

          How old are you?

    • REALIST

      Want a job? I am probably as old as you but since you learned NOTHING in your life, I will educate you.

      You are worth NOTHING to anybody else but are PRICELESS to yourself. As long as you have to beg (and that is what you are doing) another for a job, you need to be HUMBLE and take what is out there.

      Be nice. Be polite. Be willing to do anything. Work for LESS pay than anybody else and DO MORE than anybody else. Tell those interviewing you that you will work for LESS and work MORE. In fact, tell them you will work the first few weeks for NOTHING to prove yourself.

      Or, if you are so damn amazing, open your own business.

      • Bunnie

        JF is right, if you were laid off you cannot use your current resume, you have to retrain for a different field. Or create your own hustle which is what I did. Ironically I net more $$$ reselling designer crap college students dump at Goidwill than the job for which I obtained post grad education because I no longer have the hellish commute, exorbitant day care and wardrobe expenses.

      • RalphEllison

        Please stop with the John Wayne BS. Older workers are screwed out here. It’s a fact.

    • Jacynthia Read

      I agree.

  • df NJ

    23 million sounds like a lot but for the math literate google “employment-Population Ratio bls gov”

  • Lazarovic

    When work doesn’t pay, it doesn’t pay to work. Most jobs don’t pay enough to cover the costs of child care, so what’s the point? Most jobs don’t pay enough to do anything beyond spinning your wheels, with no hope for the future. That’s why so many Americans just don’t see any point to working a low wage, no hope job. It pays just as well to live off food stamps and hustle on the side, sell scrap metal, barter, do odd jobs for cash, etc.
    That’s what free trade has done for us. Still wondering why we’re voting for Trump? Wealthy establishment Republican types? Anybody?

    • REALIST

      Actually, prostitution pays really good. Also, home invasions and stealing cars. Ever thought of that , loser?

      • Bunnie

        Lol! Stealing trucks is the hot new thing in the former Mayberry we live in, if you drive a late model Ford truck it will be stolen while you’re in line at QT.

      • Lazarovic

        It’s not necessary; I make 6 figures, loser. My point was, when work doesn’t pay, it doesn’t pay to work. That’s why so many Americans refuse to participate.

        • RalphEllison

          Thank you for keeping it honest and real.

    • Jacynthia Read

      I hear you, but I know that once the government pays you they own you. I would rather work for what I get because then I know it is really mine and I am not beholding to anyone for it.

    • Bunnie

      Food stamps are only for single women popping out multiples by different men. I dare the average wasp middle class mom struggling while Daddy works two jobs to try to get them — it won’t happen

      • RalphEllison

        Most people on food stamps are White. Can we have serious discussion without devolving into racist lies/fantasy? For once?

        • Bunnie

          Provide a city by city breakdown of food stamp recipients and I’ll show you where you are the one indulging in racist fantasy

          • RalphEllison

            And how will that negate the FACT that most people on food stamps are White?

            You need to be more concerned about the heroin epidemic destroying White folks on America.

          • Bunnie

            You’ve provided zero proof, his launched into another self-righteous tirade

  • Rhialto the Marvellous

    I highly recommend self-employment.
    I own two companies – I’m the only employee of each – and the only drawback I see is the huge burden of constantly having to do my own taxes. Other than that, it’s the best thing I ever did. I’m free of the rat race/ladder-climbing treadmill. I don’t have some stressed-out idiot constantly looking over my shoulder.

    Find something you like doing that people are willing to pay for and go for it!

    • REALIST

      YOU understand

  • Dio Jones

    obama-nomics… aka Saul Alinsky…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

    • REALIST

      Obama, a negro, and Saul, a Jew, HATE the White Race.

  • Michael Dubin

    Michael is one of those Rapture Evangelicals. That explains his support for worse-than apartheid Israel.

    • Jacynthia Read

      You don’t believe in Jesus? I hope that’s not true, because the rapture is real and is a blessed hope Christians have shared for nearly 2000 years.

      • Michael Dubin

        I am spiritual, I don’t believe in any one religion. My point is that I find it strange that Rapture Evangelicals support a state like Israel, which is the biggest violator of international law since its founding in 1948 and whose religion rejects the idea that Jesus was the son of God and died for our sins. This is the basis of Christianity. American Christians in general support Israel. It’s a mystery to me.

  • Marks Sivad

    I always wonder when I read an article like this, how much the unemployment is due to age discrimination (yeah, I know it is against the law but it definitely seems to take place).

    • billtheguy

      Your wondering is correct. I am proof, however try to prove it happened. As I blogged earlier, “the position has been filled” after you interviewed is the answer you get. I even took off 14 years off my resume and like JF blogged “look at the face of the interviewer when you walk in because of your age.”

      • REALIST

        Want to get hired?

        When the interviewer asks you why you want the job say:

        “I want to help prevent and solve problems for this company and I want to help this company make more money. In addition, if I don’t work out here I will never sue you for any claim but will clear out my desk, thank you for the opportunity, and move on”.

        You will be hired on the spot.

        Never ask about “vacation time”, “sick leave”, “health coverage” (your health is YOUR problem) or any other social crap that the business does NOT care about. IF these things are important to you, go work for the Post Office.

        • Bunnie

          Realist, stop assuming folks here have no life experience. This recession claimed educated workers, not morons who can’t get a job at McDonald’s.

    • REALIST

      Please, grow up.

      I have opened and operated many businesses. I have never worked for another person (revolting) but have always been on my own.

      I ONLY hire those that will help MY business. I discriminate and hire who I WANT and those of you who don’t “get it” are nothing but fools.

      Supposedly, one is not allowed to ask the age, sex, race of an applicant. That is why we have interviews. The MOST IMPORTANT thing about you is your age, sex and race.

      If you have any intelligence you will know why. I won’t tell you “why” since I am not allowed to speak the Truth here in America (check my blog in Cuba and North Korea where I can explain it to you).

    • Jacynthia Read

      It’s real. My husband has been affected by it, but if you find a small company that needs a skill you possess, then they do not care how old you are. Tesla Motors is such a company.

  • Richard O. Mann

    The Beast, aka Industry, has pretty much been built on cheap labor and continues to follow the cheap labor. First, from the northern states of America, to the southern states of America. Then to Japan, Mexico, China, etc. Where ever there is cheap labor, look for manufacturing to go there, leaving those behind who they no longer want nor need, to fend for themselves, and slowly sink into despair. Pretty close to where the US is right now.

    • REALIST

      If you want to sell something in America, you should make it in America.

      • Jacynthia Read

        If we get rid of the globalists and their “fair trade”, we will be able to make it in America once more. But sadly I don’t see that happening.

        • REALIST

          Do you have any idea who is behind all this? The world has been controlled since 1815.

          • Jacynthia Read

            I do, which is why I cannot support Ted Cruz. I don’t want to get into it here as this is not what this forum is about

          • jtprime

            I don’t know. Would you direct to an appropriate forum?

      • Bunnie

        Toyota certainly figured that out.

  • Richard O. Mann

    My wife and myself were playing that game for the longest. We ran up about 90,000 in unsecured debt, mostly credit cards. Now, we are both retired, getting by on Social Security only. With unsecured debt, you either file chapter 13, if you wish to pay it off, or bankruptcy if you don’t. We are paying about 800 a month on chapter 13. We can no longer get credit cards needless to say. Makes getting by each month an adventure to say the least.

    • Rick

      Richard, I commend you and your wife for your courage, and will be praying for you. God Bless!

    • headonstraight

      Maybe you and your wife retired too soon. What, if anything, kept you from remaining on your jobs and working to reduce your debt? Not criticizing you here, just looking for necessary details to fill out your story.

      • Last Responder

        I’m in my 60s and lost my job in 2008. I’ve had a few temporary jobs since, but cannot find work. Being old makes it very hard to get work. I have a long track record of successful employment and work in senior management, but that’s not wanted these days. I’m “over qualified” I’m told. So, I’ve dumbed down my resume but there still isn’t much to be found and certainly no permanent employment. We live very simply and eat simple things repeatedly like rice and beans, soup, or macaroni and cheese. We always buy food based on cost, not based on what we want. We did pay off our mortgage years ago, but our health insurance is $1700 per month for the 2 of us and our deductible is $5000 per person per year. My spouse is disabled and I have health problems but can’t afford the deductible so we live without going to the doctor unless it’s a life-threatening emergency.

        At best, life is hard. We have no complaints, but we aren’t seeing our old age as “golden years” like people always talked about when we were growing up.

        The best thing we ever did, and this is my advice to everyone, was to learn to live on almost nothing by only buying absolute necessities and getting out of debt. That is the only reason we survive today.

  • Bill

    The greates significance of nearly one third of the American population not having a job, is the destruction of the country itself.

  • REALIST

    I wonder how many of these losers voted for Obama and are against Free Enterprise Capitalism (versus State Capitalism). I am sure they want “equality”, “fairness” and “inclusiveness”. Thus, these morons are unemployed with their worthless “women’s studies” degrees or “black studies BS” degrees.

    Serves them right. The world needs SCIENTISTS and people who can build things. Not a bunch of Sociology crap that has absolutely no value to people. We need MATH because MATH is the basis of everything and not some LIE by a slave holder who made up the crap that “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL”. Only an @$$hole would come up with that.

    • Jacynthia Read

      Wow. You’re the paragon of compassion, aren’t you? I’m glad Jesus felt differently. Well, I guess I’m an A$$ then because I believe all people are created equal, and I thank God daily for His mercy and grace. Without Jesus there would be no hope for mankind

      • REALIST

        You mean Joshua ben Joseph? The earliest “Gospels” written are 60 years AFTER he died. Not a single eye witness in the Bible. The only writing of eye witnesses, Judas, Peter, James and Mary, are banned. Why is that? Because NOT a single one of the eyewitness accounts talk of any dead body coming back alive. No “virgin birth”, no resurrection….” can’t have that, can we.

        Compassion has nothing to do with this.

        • Bill G Wilminton NC

          You are incorrect sir……….

        • GSOB

          “Christians are distinguished from the profane and atheists, that they dare not live without prayer; and they are distinguished from Jews and pagans, that they call on the name of Christ. “

        • RalphEllison

          Please stop with the lies.

    • Bunnie

      Ah, but now we have Common Core deliberately mucking up math and science. What to do about that outside of homeschooling and hiring a kid from India to tutor?

  • REALIST

    We get what we vote for

    • Ken

      Not exactly. We get what the “lobbyists” pay for. The two party system chooses the candidates, the RNC just confirmed the fact on the Republican side. Only a brain dead voter would vote for the criminal psychopath known as Hillary. Unless of course you are among the oligarchs that fund her campaign for their own purposes. But there are plenty of them out there. The two parties are two cheeks on the same but.

  • RTL89

    Maybe I’m wrong here, but it’s my belief that voting doesn’t matter anyway. I voted for NDP up here in Canada (as did so many of the people I know, since they are the LEAST corrupted out of all the parties… which isn’t saying much!)
    But Trudeau won anyway! And he’s running the country further into the ground already.
    You already understand this, but I just want to reiterate for the record – when you have baby boomers who can work full time jobs and afford food, clothing, cars, houses and luxuries all while holding together a family – but then you transcend that mindset onto an average millennial who does the same kind of work but can’t even afford to feed THEMSELVES, let alone a family, clearly there’s a problem. And this wasn’t done by accident. But boomers still cling to the idea that it’s somehow our fault. Now our prime minister is implementing a “basic income guarantee” for all Canadians by the time we get to the fall. I suppose they are legislating this socialist ideal because the economy must be doing so great!!! lol
    I don’t get it lol. I am just an individual example of the devastating effects that economic depression is having on the next generation. When you don’t feel like eating, sleeping, or socializing because you worry about your economic future and/or see no point in anticipating the future, those emotions hit hard.
    I’m just glad I’m not one of those misinformed millenials who toiled away in useless college courses just so I can burden myself with gratuitous debt.

    • Rick

      No, I agree about the voting. Just look how the GOP has turned voting into a circus in the primaries this year, and the DFL rigging the process with something called “Super Delegates”, which allows them to vote for whoever they want, (even a felon), regardless of who the people want.

  • Richard_Throbbin

    Deports the 20,000 illegals, stop taking in “refugees” and put the American unemployed back to work…………..

  • Hans Geiger

    He loves the stupid ‘right now’

  • A Mosley

    People are just lazy and incredibly prideful, which hinders their opportunity to find and stay committed to work. I assume that of that outrageous 23% of unemployed individuals, they are probably underqualified for the positions they want, or simply don’t want to work. I don’t have much, but at 24 years old, I work two jobs to get by and to love my life. It’s not ideal, but you can’t always take the easy road out.

  • Dave Howard

    The solution has always been to reduce the working population to have a single income family. If that means bringing women back to the family and out of the work force, well we would have a 0.0% unemployment rate and a stronger nation. My 2 cents.

  • Scottar

    I’ve read this everywhere. The problem is half of the country expects big government to fix things when the answer lies closer to home. As Reagan put it, government is the problem IE- too much government and their micromanagement draconian regs.
    I like Rand Paul but I’ll take Trump over Sanders or Hillary. No body else on the horizon yet, and not likely to be.

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