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Employment Recovery? 1,600 Workers Apply For Just 36 Jobs At An Ice Cream Plant In Maryland

Ice Cream - Photo by ElinorDThe stock market may be soaring to unprecedented heights, but things just continue to get even tougher for the middle class.  In this economic environment, there is intense competition for virtually all kinds of jobs.  For example, more than 1,600 applications were recently submitted for just 36 jobs at an ice cream plant in Hagerstown, Maryland.  That means that those applying have about a 2 percent chance of being hired.  About 98 percent of the applicants will be turned away.  That is how tough things are in many areas of the country today.  It is now more than five years after the great financial crash of 2008, and the level of employment in the United States is still almost exactly where it was at during the worst moments of the last recession.  And this is just the beginning.  The next major financial crash is rapidly approaching, and once it strikes our employment crisis is going to get much, much worse.

Working at an ice cream plant does not pay very well.  But at least it beats flipping burgers or stocking shelves at Wal-Mart.  And in this economy, there is no shortage of desperate workers that are willing to take just about any job that they can find.  The following is how a Breitbart article described the flood of applications that were received for just 36 positions at an ice cream plant owned by Shenandoah Family Farms in Hagerstown, Maryland...

Thanks to persistent unemployment and low availability of low-skill jobs, Shenandoah Family Farms’ ice cream plant in Hagerstown, Maryland has received over 1,600 applicants for a grand total of 36 jobs. Many of those applicants are former workers at the Good Humor plant that was bought by Shenandoah Family Farms. “You’d think that after 20-some-years working someplace at least somebody would think you area a good person, that you’d show up on time every day, and that would be worth something,” Luther Brooks, a 50-year-old former worker at the plant told the Washington Post. “I can’t get nothing. I’ve tried.”

Anyone that believes that the economic crisis is "over" is just being delusional.  It may be "over" for the boys and girls that work on Wall Street, but even their good times are only temporary.

Of course most Americans are not fooled by the propaganda being put out by the mainstream media.  According to a recent CNN poll, 70 percent of all Americans believe that "the economy is generally in poor shape".

And according to another survey, the economy is still the #1 concern for American voters by a good margin and unemployment is still the #2 concern for American voters by a good margin.

In other words, "It's the economy, stupid!"

The American people can see that mid-wage jobs are disappearing and that the middle class is being systematically eviscerated.  The following is a short excerpt from a recent Business Insider article...

A startling number of middle-class jobs may be headed toward extinction.

More than any other job class, mid-level positions have struggled to recover from the recession, and only a quarter of jobs created in the past three years are categorized as mid-wage. There are high-skilled professional jobs that require college degrees and low-skilled service jobs for less educated workers, but the middle is getting squeezed.

As mid-wage jobs disappear, they are being replaced by low wage jobs.  As I mentioned yesterday, one recent study found that about 60 percent of the jobs that have been "created" since the end of the last recession pay $13.83 or less an hour.

And this is just the beginning of the decline of the middle class.  Another great financial crisis is rapidly approaching, and once it arrives things are going to get much worse than they are right now.

A number of very prominent experts believe that this next great financial crisis could begin in 2014.  For example, in a recent article entitled "Top Ten Trends 2014: A Year of Extremes", Gerald Celente warned that "an economic shock wave" could hit the United States by the middle of the year.  Here are some excerpts from that article...

-"In 33 years of forecasting trends, the Trends Research Institute has never seen a new year that will witness severe economic hardship and social unrest on one hand, and deep philosophic enlightenment and personal enrichment on the other. A series of dynamic socioeconomic and transformative geopolitical trend points are aligning in 2014 to ring in the worst and best of times."

-"Such unforeseeable factors aside, we forecast that around March, or by the end of the second quarter of 2014, an economic shock wave will rattle the world equity markets."

-"Nearly half of the requests for emergency assistance to stave off hunger or homelessness comes from people with full-time jobs. As government safety nets are pulled out from under them – as they will continue to be for the foreseeable future – the citizens of Slavelandia will have no recourse but action."

You can read the rest of that article right here.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, United-ICAP chief market technician Walter Zimmerman in convinced that 2014 will mark the beginning of a massive stock market decline.  In fact, he believes that over the next couple of years it could fall by more than 70 percent...

In what may be the bearish call to end all bearish calls, one technician believes 2014 will be the year of “major reversals,” with the Dow Jones Industrial Average expected to start a two-year decline that could eventually take it down more than 70% to below 5000.

If his forecast is correct, it will make what happened in 2008 look like a Sunday picnic...

“Based on our longer-term time cycles the present stock market rally must be considered the bubble to end all bubbles,” Mr. Zimmerman wrote in a note to clients.

He doesn’t believe the Dow Industrials will hit a long-term cycle low until 2016, somewhere in the 5770 to 4650 range. The Dow hasn’t seen those levels, which are 65% to 72% below current prices, since late-1995 to mid-1996.

So what do you think the rest of 2014 will bring?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...

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  • Drud

    It all comes down to one simple premise: Permanent (infinite) growth is not possible on a finite planet with finite resources. Debt-based fiat currencies (virtually every currency on the planet) require constant growth to function. It seems to me that real growth peaked 30-40 years ago and we have had consumer and financial driven faux-growth for that long. Soon, it will be apparent that we can no longer even pretend to be growing. Then all of the debt-based money (every dollar bill is simply an IOU) stops moving and the enormous mechanism of a corrupt financial and banking system fail. The question is: how does this play out? In truth, this was all beginning to happen in 2008, when the Fed, in collusion with the big banks, Wall Street and Congress, pulled off a remarkable magic trick, stopping the house of cards in mid-fall. Two things here: 1) none of the fundamentals were fixed and 2)they will try the same thing again. Will it work? I have no idea. I am not even sure which way I want it to happen. A banking system collapse (followed inevitably by commercial and government collapse) would be healthiest, but devastating. A slow collapse would keep up the illusion of peace and prosperity for possibly another decade. Which is better? I do not think it is such a simple question.

    • Jimbo

      Like it or not, we are all part of the 1%. Even if we can’t get a job, we are better off than 99% of the worlds population.

      Western economies have prospered on the backs of the third world for over a century and this is coming to an end. We in the developed world are going to experience what the rest of the world accepts as daily life.

      At the moment, we consume too much and throw too much away and we pay for it with worthless paper because we have managed to convince developing countries that our paper is as good as gold. We have made too many paper promises that we can never honour and the rest of the world is waking up to that fact.

      • Dave Jenkins

        Things are changing all over the world…

        Even been to Chile or Peru lately ? I have. There are Starbucks and new malls all over the place in those countries. And they were all packed with people. New cars everywhere you looked too…

        • Jimbo

          I spent some time working in China two years back and the wealthy Chinese are buying cars and the not so wealthy are riding motorbikes. Ten years ago they all cycled everywhere.
          As Chinese consumption rises, demand for oil and resources will increase which will inflate prices for the rest of the world.
          The days of us having it all while the rest had nothing are fast coming to an end.

  • K

    I agree with the great majority of this article. However if we are on the verge of deep philosophic enlightenment, it is disguising itself very well

    • Rookie from Toronto

      The philosophic enlightenment must be coming from the suburbs because the current climate of the labour market is a frenzy in the urban areas….and these Reds are forcefeeding Red curriculum on female students to teach them to be self-entitled guerillas. Just look at the birth rate stats on any Western country, and the most affected is the Caucasian race.

      Do these Reds and Marxists ever realize that when a Caucasian woman mates with another ethnic background, the children are no longer Caucasian or the father’s ethnic background?

      I see no hope for the future at the rate the economy and society is going. Nearly everyone is silent or involved with the disgraceful immoral.

  • James

    I think that the crash will be in 2016. Right now Obama is doing what Bush tried to do prior to 2008. The 2008 crash should have really happened in 2006 but was propped up to delay the crash until after Bush left office. Obama is doing this same thing but with a different party having the majority in possibly both the senate and congress they can counter his policies to create a bubble and force the bubble to pop under his watch maybe before 2016. Thom Hartman talks about this I’d look into it.

  • kathym2

    We probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than we have getting a job.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Of course, that would depend on your skills or lack thereof.

  • Mondobeyondo

    First and foremost – WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION. If you don’t understand anything else I say, understand that much,

    I don’t care what the mainstream media says about a “recovery” or “economic growth”. The jobs being created are not the same as the jobs we had prior to this depression. You’ve swapped filet mignon for a Big Mac.

    And that’s even if you can FIND a job!!

    There was a stock market crash in 1937-38. No one talks about that one.

    • Tim

      And back then we didn’t have the mountain of debt that we have today. And we actually produced things in this country. I recently went to Kohl’s to shop for some winter clothes, and I noticed that even clothes are made in China today!

    • Douglas M. Green

      Never before have we had devaluation of a reserve currency along with other major currencies simultaneously as debt levels skyrocketed. I believe this will end badly for the economy in a way that is worse than the great depression (you better own a gun for starters), but do wonder if stocks won’t crash so much at the same time money is created to prop it up. Hell, the fed could buy stocks! These interventions are unlike anything done before.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      By the way, how is your job search going Mondo? I know that things are really tough out there. If anyone down in Arizona has an opening, please let Mondo know…

      Michael

      • Mondobeyondo

        Same as usual. There’s just nothing out there. Gonna try to see if I can get a job at the Amazon warehouse here.

        • Annette Smith

          Mondo, I had great success at Kelly Services over on Southern in Tempe. They hire for a Pharmacy program, Caremark. See what is going on over there. Pay Pal is in Glendale. They just opened up office there, when we left for Virginia. There is work out here, if you can do factory work. Kraft and Kohl’s is out here. FEMA is here, too. They normally call temps to their call cetner when people are making claims due to a storm. We haven’t had a storm this past year, so no one was called. That’s good for homeowner’s, bad for us. But, go to the temp agencies.

        • Joseph

          This is the sad reality of this whole situation. Further dollar debasement by the Fed, Helicopter Ben handing the keys over to Calamity Jane at the end of this month.
          Mondo and Michael,
          I have sent out close to 800 resumes and have had 4 interviews…4. That’s how awful things are here in this country. I am in NJ and it’s bad to live here with expenses, taxes and all.
          Michael,
          God speed and god help us all. It’s just awful there aren’t enough good people like you today.

    • Rodster

      As John Williams recently said, the US debt is unserviceable. You could take everyone’s money in the rich and poor and you woul still have a deficit. The debt levels in the US alone are at a point where there isn’t enough money to pay off the debt because that’s exactly how central banking wants it.

      If you factor in the debt levels in the world combined it just gets worse. Eventually whenever that time comes like it did in 2008. All these bubbles and false debt fueled economies will pay the price and it’s not just a US problem this time, it’s global because everyone is doing what the US has been doing for decades.

      • Drud

        This is a fundamental tenet of debt-based currencies: money=debt. A federal reserve not is an IOU, only worse, because it is not simply created from thin air as so many people say, but because it is LOANED into existence. It’s very issuance creates immediate debt. That’s the scam perpetrated on society for 100 years by the Fed and the entire fractional-reserve banking system. It is a scam that has been perpetrated on societies for centuries and it never ends well.

    • jaxon64

      Mondo–I was thinking about how or when an orchestrated crash might occur to best assist the govt…
      My guess–and this is not a prediction but just ruminations of possible scenarios–=the govt false flag event in January causes the Govt to announce a hold on all Federal Tax returns until further notice ( and also a ban on any changes to your current withholdings on your paychecks.) The govt quelling of the populace and any martial law or riot control could be done a lot easier in 10 to 20 degree temps than in summer when people are hot and more inclined for marches and outdoor demonstrations…
      If this crash is gonna be orchestrated–now is the time. If they are actually trying to extend this facade as long as possible–then I’d expect a slow death with possibly a major, major event in the USA which would make economic decline and dismay a side issue..
      Just some thoughts–get prepared people…in 2 months, 6 months or 6 years–whenever the apathetic and dependent ( see stages of decline of democracy) finally realize what has happened to them and the center ceases to hold ( a little yeats reference)..you had best be prepared for some real ugliness…

      • Annette Smith

        I need your input. What if there is a war in the middle east, say the middle of April. What would that due to our economy?

    • paul

      i agree we are in a depression.

      • Annette Smith

        Had a bad time with my son, tonight, Michael. He feels no hope for the future. I know what he is going through is what others are facing, too. It will come to a breaking point, and it should be this year. I got my son through this episode. We talk. He and I are all each other has left. I am disabled and the two of us are making it on my disability and food stamps. With all the people with college degrees not getting jobs, he feels that is pretty useless, too. I make a particular item and people order them from me, so I have a bit of hope for the future. I am going to have my son join me in my manufacturing efforts. That was welcomed by him. So, in all the bad economy, maybe two people found a ray of hope.

        • Chris

          Sorry to hear that Annette. I hope things change for the better for you guys, and everybody on this blog who is in financial difficulty. I have a friend who was in a similar situation as your son a couple of years ago. He was depressed, didn’t want to talk to anybody, etc. All because he couldn’t land a job. I had come back from one of my trips and his mother called me up, pleading with me to come and talk to him. So I went over to his house. I convinced him that he had to start his own business. He said, “How? I don’t have any money.” I told him, “There are a lot of jobs that you can start with little money.” I told him, “you’re going to buy a bucket, good soap, and couple of squeegees, and you’re going to go door to door and ask people if they wanted their windows washed.” And he did, and within a year, he had so much work that he hired an employee. My point is, Annette, you have to encourage your son to think outside the box. That was friends problem, thinking that he had to work for somebody. It doesn’t have to be that way. I hope you and your son read this. God Bless.

        • RedZilla

          I feel for you, Annette. How old is your son? You are on the right track in encouraging him to manufacture something to sell. The only way I see it, is that we must PRODUCE our way out of poverty (even if we’re still poor, but we can feed ourselves, it’s better than a black hole of depression). Perhaps he can start something with very little money. I did that once, ran an ad in the local paper to clean houses and offices. I loaded up the trunk of my small car with paper towels, cleaning agents, my vacuum cleaner and a lot of rags. I got a call by 8 am the very next morning, and netted $160 that very day! So, if a skinny redheaded girl can do it, he can too. Tell him RedZilla said so, and God Bless you both!

          • Annette Smith

            Thank you so much, Redzilla! I really mean it!

          • KaD

            And we need to get people back to the land. Grow some food, even if it’s only in a container. Fifty thousand lawyers, bankers, or politicians aren’t going to save this country-but fifty thousand real farmers just might.

    • BuckJohnson

      Exactly, I’ve said it before also. I think we went into a depression and are still in it.

    • Richard

      1937 was th start of a Depression within a Depression. FDR’s tax rates went up to 75%. “The Rich” did not want to risk starting a business if it meant paying the 75% tax rate. No business start-ups = no jobs. We have that same situation now only this time it is the layers of City, County, State, & Federal regulations. Small businesses are getting buried in paperwork & regulations.

  • libsarescum

    they call this the gary economy

    • Rookie from Toronto

      Gary from Spongebob Squarepants? To be honest, that snail is one self-entitled dooche. I remember that episode where Spongebob forgot to feed Gary for a day, and Gary left the home to co-habit with a new owner…..as a matter of fact, that sounds like most of today’s women in Canada! Lolllllzzzzzzzz

  • Rookie from Toronto

    One of my employment counsellors in Toronto said that for every vacant position at McDonalds there are at least 200 applicants.

    I don’t understand why there is a housing gold rush in Toronto, but
    young males, females and transgendered people are competing to find the
    McDonalds jobs.

    • GSOB

      You can lose weight on a McDonald’s diet.

  • Rookie from Toronto

    I’m not an immi gra nt hater, but why does the powers that be keep on
    insisting that Canada needs 250,000 people coming into the country every
    year? Don’t these crooked politicians know that if young people can’t
    find employment they are less likely to marry and raise offspring?
    Tantamount the Wom en’sR i ghts movement has done no good for Canadian
    couples to marry and raise offspring.

    I guess the unemployment situation is a reason for employers to drive wages down??!!!

    The rent IS TOO DA MN HIGH!

    • Ralfine

      if the rent is high, you could build houses?

  • Chris

    We are in a Depression. Plain and simple. The jobs are just not there. My neighbor just lost her job at GlaxoSmithKline before Christmas. 20 years experience in her field. The head honcho just came and gave her a pink slip a week before Christmas. Told her to pack her belongings and to not come back in January. Just like that. No reason for her dismissal. A cold, heartless SOB.

    • Dave Jenkins

      I feel sorry for your neighbor Chris… that was really Effed-up to dismiss her right before X-mas ! In what State did this happen ? I know GSK has an office in NC

  • GSOB

    Entitlement costs are
    growing at an alarming rate.

    Social Security will be unable to pay full benefits beginning in 2033.

  • GSOB

    When government entitlement programs become insolvent, imagine the massive taxes that will ensue.

    • Tim

      Social insurance programs are already insolvent and have been for quite some time. Government “trust funds” contain nothing but promises to pay in the future. Those IOUs are called Intragovernmental Debt Holdings and are a component of the national debt. (That component is currently over $4 trillion.) Social Security taxes that are withheld from our wages are used to pay current Social Security recipients. It is a Ponzi Scheme, regardless of any politician who denies it.

      • GSOB

        Yes. My point is entitlement programs are not self-funding and are a main driver of deficits.

        • Tim

          I read your comment too fast. Sorry.

          • GSOB

            I edit on the fly

    • Donald Wilson

      The programs you just mentioned will in time be reduced to almost zero. Will be similar to what is happening in beautiful Detroit.

      Good luck and good night.

      Bravo two zero out…

      • Rene Girrard

        Charlie Sierra eight one four clear

  • Mondobeyondo

    The economic vortex we are in is just as bad as the polar vortex. It will take extraordinary energy to break out of it, and I don;t see that happening anytime soon.

    • Mondobeyondo

      And it IS a vortex. The U.S. is caught in it (no one will officially tell you, of course.) If you’ve suffered a job loss, you know it affects you and your family personally. If you don’t hold on to something – friends, family, religion, etc – it will pull you under.

  • davidmpark

    1. Get right with God; pray daily and often.

    2. Get out of debt: some places are bringing back the old Debtor’s Prisons.

    3. Finish preparations now – right now: even if that’s just top ramen and ketchup. Any food is food. Get seeds and cuttings, basic garden and workshop tools, 7 mil plastic (as much as possible), med kit, and some books on basic skills. Build an Arapuca-type trap; charcoal/sand water filter; a wind turbine made from scrap lumber, hardware, wires, and a car’s alternator and battery, and some kind of distiller (learn how to use it first).

    4. Get armed: if you have little funding, look online for homemade shotgun plans using black gas pipe and buy some shells. Have a knife and some kind of club. Download the free manual “Get Tough” for hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting skills.

    5. Meet with trusted neighbors and form a stronger community: bunker mentality is mausoleum mentality. Care for your family first, then the immediate community, followed by the community at-large.

    6. Start getting fit now for obvious reasons. Doesn’t cost any money to fill some empty milk jugs with water and do some reps.

    7. Learn basic skills and practice daily.

    Good luck!

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      I would add walking 10 miles a day if you have time on your hands. I was out of work and out of luck. I started hiking. It’s cheap and allows you to work off your anxiety. It also puts you in fine shape. Doesn’t have to be the Bataan Death March. Stop at the library. Stop and have a coffee. When you get home, take a shower and a nap. You will feel much better. One other tip: No booze or drugs. You must stay clean and sober during these trying times. You will need all your faculties.

      • davidmpark

        Whatever works!

  • GSOB

    Each inherently evil human being should be prepared to defend himself against all other
    inherently evil human beings.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts, Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

    President Calvin Coolidge, 1924
    —————————–
    He may have been “Silent Cal” and not spoken much, but he was a smart man.

  • BlackDog

    Hi Michael,

    In these scary economic times, many people are considering going back to school to get a shot at those ‘high-skilled’ jobs. A phenomenon I have witnessed during every major recession/depression/government miscalculation is that the for-profit schools come out of the woodwork, looking for Federal money and your tuition (even if it’s in the form of loans). For anybody even considering a for-profit school, answer these questions to the best of your ability:

    1) Do the credits transfer? If you can’t transfer the credits anywhere, even to your local community college, that all by itself should tell you something about the ‘instititution’ you’ve selected. Accreditation is not necessisarily evidence that the school is on the level, either. Just ask your local University if credits from the program you are considering actually transfer to that school.

    2) Did you initially wonder if you’d have the money, only to find that the ‘school’ has a ton of it available and can definitely ‘finance’ you? Be very careful and read everything before you sign ANYTHING!! That ‘grant’ might actually be a deferred loan, or contingent on unrealistic milestones that you have to meet, yet still holding you financially responsible for the debt.

    3) You are not going to get to those ‘high-skilled’ jobs without some serious commitment on your part. Don’t believe what the school tells you! Simply passing their ‘curriculum’ is NO guarantee that you’ll be employable. If it was that easy, everybody would have a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and unemployment would be non-existent.

    4) If it was your company, and you had put your hard-earned money into it to get it off the ground, even in this absolutely awful economy, who would you hire — the kid from Princeton with the Computer Science degree or the kid from the University of Phoenix with a Networks & Technologies certificate?

    I don’t have answers to what else you can do, other than this — try to look 5 or 10 years into the future. Be realistic — an Art History degree is not going to feed you any more than a multi-thousand dollar piece of paper from a questionable ‘institution of higher education.’ Be honest with yourself! And do what makes you happy. But don’t go into debt or sign on for worthless training, just because you can’t find a job. Believe me, things could be much worse than being unemployed!

    • Scared Economist

      There is a big demand right now for $50 / hour welders willing to work outdoors all day in sub-zero weather.
      Female welders are especially prized — I know a young woman who just graduated from a 2 year high school tech program and she had 3 companies bidding against each other for her.

  • bobcat

    A few years ago, McDonalds advertised 62,000 openings nationwide and got more than a million applications … about 6.2%. So now the game of musical chairs has progressed and we’re down to 2.2%.

  • Ben

    I think the economy is on the road to recovery. Below is a partial list of Obama’s accomplishments since he took office.

    Unemployment rate is down to 7%
    Osama Bin Laden was killed.
    Over 7 million jobs have been added in the past 40 months.
    U.S Troops have pulled out of Iraq. (A war started on false pretenses by the war criminal Bush)
    The Affordable Care Act will give health insurance to 40 million Americans.
    In 2013 Auto Sales had their best year since 2007.
    Housing Starts trended upward in 2013.
    Consumer Confidence also trended favorably.
    PMI Indexes were consistently north of 50. A reading of 50 or more indicates expansion

    I am really looking forward to the November mid-term elections. During that time Americans have the opportunity to vote more of these obstructionist Republicans out. Ever since Obama took office they have blocked legislation designed to help ordinary Americans. Republicans stand for maximizing profits and shareholder value at the expense of the environment and middle class. They deny global warming is occurring despite overwhelming evidence that it is happening.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Oh, give me an ever loving tibia fracture,

      Seriously though — I believe Obama is trying the best he can. BUT – he;s encountered a situation that has become next to impossible to get out of. The debt is approaching $17 trillion. Unemployment is rampant. There;s a myriad of other problems.

      If he is successful in getting us out of this Mess, then Obama deserves to have his image carved on Mount Rushmore.

      • Robert (qslv)

        Mondo………read the playbook, Olinski’s ” Rules For Radicals”. This is intentional, both by Bush’s handlers and Obama’s handlers. (Actually the same people behing the curtain running these false flag presidents.) The goal is a 2 class system of Lords and peasants, similar to North Korea. The intention is to convert the whole world to this system. They are well on course for this agenda in the FSOA.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Do you really think the unemployment rate is 7 percent?! Wow. I know Diane Sawyer (ABC World News anchor) is a hottie, but she;s really gotten to your head. Heh!

      • k

        He knows it. He is just trying to get into our head using this democratic ‘talking points’….the same way conservatives use republican ‘talking points’

        • Drud

          The party-line rhetoric is part of the scam of government. Left/Right, R/D, lib/con is all designed to divide the populace and keep us blind to the 30 year (at least) evisceration of the middle class that has taken place regardless of who is in the White House or which letter controls Congressional majority. Politicians are in the business of politics and they answer to the people that sign their checks, throw them fundraisers and buy the their $1500 lunches, they do not care about the citizenry except around election time and then it is just to roll our some soundbites and ad-hominem to convince misinformed and apathetic voters that they are not completely useless. The problems we have are deep-rooted, generational and far more serious than party-line BS. Until people from both sides of the imaginary “aisle” recognize that we are screwed.

    • LivnintheOC

      Unemployment rate is down to 7% – You’re kidding, right? You don’t really believe that do you?

      Osama Bin Laden was killed.– So what? There are many more like him lined up to take his place.

      Over 7 million jobs have been added in the past 40 months — Yeah, part-time, minimum wage. Go get yourself one, try to live off that income and report back to us on how you’re doing.

      U.S Troops have pulled out of Iraq. (A war started on false pretenses by the war criminal Bush) — Ding, ding, ding. One I can finally agree with. We should have never been there. Now what’s happening? Al Qaeda is taking back some of the major cities and so many of our troops came home disabled or gave their lives for what?

      The Affordable Care Act will give health insurance to 40 million Americans. — You mean the Unaffordable Care Act, right? Insuring others at the expense of those who were insured? Now nobody can afford insurance and the ridiculous deductibles and copays and that’s supposed to be good? You’re nuts!

      In 2013 Auto Sales had their best year since 2007. — Sure they did, and why? Because anyone could qualify for an auto loan just like houses in the housing boom. Ever hear of a liar loan? Just wait until these auto loans start defaulting. The auto industry will be whining again soon.

      Consumer Confidence also trended favorably. — Yeah and what does the typical consumer know? Nothing! Go ask your average person at a mall about the economy and see what they say! Kind of like Jay Leno when he does his man on the street gig. They’re all idiots.

      PMI Indexes were consistently north of 50. A reading of 50 or more indicates expansion — Can you say “channel stuffing”?

      • k

        what does ‘channel stuffing mean?

    • JailBanksters

      It’s good your gun-ho about U S A U S A but….
      1 in 5 people expect to get a Government Bailout. And that also Includes those working at WallyMart and McDonalds. So they’re working but can’t afford to live without a bailout. So who is paying for all these peoples Bailouts, it’s going to bought with Bank AmeriCard and paid for by future generations not even born yet. and to be approved by Politicians not even elected yet.

    • JJ

      You are truly a useful idiot! I guess you believe everything that comes from the Ministry of Truth( mainstream media).

    • Annette Smith

      This is a joke, right? Sarcasm?

    • libsarescum

      please share your drugs

    • Stephanie S

      Baaa Baaa Baaa…

  • Christine

    Stock market exuberance is part of the biblical “delusion”.

    Zechariah 10:2 says, “For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.”

    And 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 confirms, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…”

  • Saintmatty

    One teaching job receives over 1500 applicants in my neck of the woods.

    • Mondobeyondo

      That;s a shame. It shouldn;t be like that.

  • Mondobeyondo

    If you want humor to lighten the mood, I;ve got some of that as well.

    Elvis Presley was born on January 8th, 1935. So, happy birthday, Levi;s!

    (Yes, I know he’s really dead.)

    Why won’t this apostrophe key work?!

  • ConcernedAmerican

    I think the unemployment is planned. There was a time in America where if an employee wanted to change careers they just quit the job they were at and went to a new employer. The new employer trained them for their new job. Now, since people need a degree or a license for almost every job, people are either not qualified or are overqualified. Degrees, licenses, and certificates were just a way to prevent people from getting jobs and changing careers and it got the employees to pay for the job training (just like how employees are now expected to pay their own retirement and medical). Employers keep taking away more and more from the employees that make the employers what they are while the employers rake in record profits. Requiring all of these expensive degrees, certificates, etc. is also a great way to put a heavy burden on small businesses. The same way they violate rights and then yell “It’s for YOUR safety” is exactly what they have done by requiring degrees, licenses, and certificates. Honestly, many jobs need hands-on job training more than they need a degree. How many people are prevented from reaching their callings and life purpose because they can’t afford the degrees, licenses, or certificates? How many hard-working people have to skip getting a degree because they have to help their family financially? There are brilliant Americans missing their callings and life purpose because of all of the red tape presented by degrees. There are Mathematicians that will never reach their calling because they don’t want to take English classes to earn a Math degree, or they can’t afford the time or cost to do so. Those in power are stealing our jobs and our God-given right to pursue happiness.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      And degrees are not even American. They are Prussian. Did our Founding Fathers want Europe’s systems? Then, why did we accept Europe’s school system and degree system so easily? And why are we still clinging to a system from Prussia when we now know the purpose of that system was to create Social Stratification and a Class/Catse system?

  • Mondobeyondo

    Anyone who;s been through hardship, learns to put up the walls.

    You know what I mean. Your world is falling apart. You get on the bus, people ask you “How you doing?: And you always reply, “Fine”.But they see through you. They start to ask “What’s wrong?” – and you reply “Nothing”.

    Yes, I know you .It’s tough, incredibly tough. to get through it..

    You know you’re not fine. They can see it in your eyes. And even though you’re blind (because you either refuse to see it, or simply can’t see it) – well But you must let everyone else know all is well….All is NOT well.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Stupid keyboard still won’t work! How much will it cost to fix it , $120? Don’t have it! Apologies when I type the ; key in my msgs. I;m getting a smartphone

      • DiscouragedOne

        Have you tried cleaning it with compressed air?

      • squashpants

        Dude, you can get a new one for less than $20…

    • K

      Good words. Beware of exhaustion. Have not hardly slept in the last few days. Things seemed a little dark yesterday. Fell asleep in my chair last night. Just woke up eleven hours later. Nothing has changed except me, I can and will deal with this. Maybe not the same for everyone, but exhaustion really messes up my thought process.

  • JailBanksters

    That’s only 44 per job which is a good turn out.
    It really depends how far people are prepared to travel and what age they were.
    I would think it’s odd having 36 vacancies at the same time. Unless they are converting all Full timers to Part timers.

  • Alasha

    excellent job, Michael

  • chilller

    Does anyone see anything our 160 rounds of golf POTUS doing anything to help rectify our current situation? Because it’s obvious to all here what he’s doing to exacerbate it: ACA…PTP…never ending debt…never ending wars…new taxes…spying on Americans…lost freedoms…Agenda 21…etc…etc…etc…

  • FounderChurch

    The American Middle Class has been a target of Democrats, and even some Republicans, for a very long time. All degenerate declining nations turn on, and cannibalize, their Middle Class.

    Rome did and Greece did, and England did and they all did. The Middle Class is the productive class and the best a nation has. Republicans have done a grossly inadequate job of protecting the Middle Class from Democrat Slavers, who faithfully serve the interests of both the Parasitical Rich, and the Parasitical Poor.

    They have even allowed the slave owning Democrats to steal and prostitute the words Middle Class.

    We need to organize to fight back, but I don’t see much stomach on the part of the “Ain’t it Awful” whiners to organize and fight back. I see most whiners as rolling over and taking it. “FounderChurch”

  • Mondobeyondo
  • darr

    I have a college degree and can’t get a job, just wait until the Student Loan bubble explodes.

  • jake

    yeah yeah yeah. the economic collpase. 100% by 2099, no doubt! buy pasta now!

  • Rand0Mone

    At a local optical fiber manufacturer, over 700 applications were received for 1 software job. The company “leaders” decided it was too expensive to review that many applications, so the job was farmed out to India. :(
    Obama’s repeated claim that “Jobs is our number one priority!” is among his worst lies.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Do you write software? Utah seems to have a thriving demand for developers and has for about a decade.

      • Rand0Mone

        There are indeed still some areas where high-tech is doing fairly well, but when taken as a whole, America has lost far more jobs than it has created in the high-tech arena (not just software, but hardware, systems, etc).
        Friends of mine in various HR departments comment often about the high number of applications they get for a given position; far higher than 10 years ago, for example. The overall salaries are lower now, too…..more in some areas than in others. In New England, a typical systems engineering position that paid $180K 6 years ago now pays only $120K, and often the posted requirements are broader, too. As a result, the government receives less tax revenue, and people in those positions have less disposable income. Local economies feel the pinch of such, depending on the number of people impacted.

  • Boo-urns

    And of course the other side effect of this is that many qualified candidates for these jobs get lost in the shuffle. When there are thousands of applicants for tens of jobs (of any skill level), the hiring managers and HR folks simply cannot give each application or resume its due diligence. It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack, and the one(s) that rise to the top are purely happenstance and good luck.

    And let’s not even get into the whole online application thing, where people simply apply for any and every open job whether they are qualified or interested or not, or if they are even in the same state or country. Back when I was involved in hiring for our department we used to get applications submitted from Taiwan and India and Singapore, with not a mention of looking to relocate to the US. It was a complete waste of our time, even the small effort it took to toss them in the trash.

  • bigjg

    In 2008 my manufacturing company laid-off 25% of our workers… Administrative and Production positions. 5 years later we have hired a grand total of 1 new worker. I’m not looking forward to this next crisis, which could easily just sink us completely.

  • DJohn1

    And their skill level was what? Their marketability was what? OR were they all people with no skills and no training?
    Ross Perot said it best. That vaccuum sound you hear . . .
    What it is going to take to put things right is to put a real business man or woman in the White House.
    That person is going to have to be backed by both houses of Congress and the entire financial ship of state is going to have to be turned around.
    I am not talking about a bankruptcy specialist. I am talking about someone that knows how to make a business work. Someone that can put a business back together and employ people.
    Then we are going to have to revise every law concerning imports into this country. We are going to have to kick every illegal resident of this country right out the door.
    Then we are going to have to support new businesses at every level with a more fair way of taxation that allows these businesses to get a good start towards establishing themselves.
    There is no way possible for us to compete with an oriental country with an almost infinite number of people such as India or China.
    The ultimate goal is to put us on the same economic level as them. That will not work for this country.
    So we have to take the place of those economic nightmares with a system that we supply ourselves with goods first and them second.
    That means we either equalize the currency with theirs(which I think won’t work) or we start supplying retail goods at a lot higher prices and restrain trade with these nations. (Might be too late to even make that work.)
    We need a major reform.
    Part of that reform has to be a much better way of taxing our people and our corporations.
    We have to put people back to work at any cost.
    Here is what other countries do:
    Free education for anyone with the ability to do the work. That means engineers and doctors are paid to go to school just like a living wage and their education is paid for.
    In return, they have to have to grades to justify it.
    We need to revise the education system and get rid of the deadwood. That means standardized testing regardless of who teaches the class.
    It means getting rid of poor teachers that can not cut the mustard when it comes to teaching normal intelligence individuals. I know teachers that deliberately fail people because they do not like them.
    It means putting those teachers to work. That is difficult in a classroom but it can be done.
    If they are poor teachers get rid of them.
    The only sane system of fair taxation is to use a sales tax INSTEAD of an income tax. It cannot be over 10%. Which means we have to cut expenses of government all over the place. That may or may not be possible at this point. We have a lot of dead wood in government.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Wow, you certainly can dream, but the things you want are not part of their plan.

  • Alan

    Bob Evans waitress’s say they were all cut back to under 28 hrs work as of the first of the year. They already lost all their insurance. So I said to a couple of them, are you looking for more work? They are trying and for insurance they will need to be on O Care. THEY Are WORRIED!

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    The reported tab for Obama’s vacation: $4MM, which I believe is grossly understated. Obama will now lecture us on Inequality!

  • Selaretus

    The best thing we can do to bring this clusterf*** down is simply walk on all your debt; all of it. Especially student loans. If we agree and stop paying on all debt PERIOD, the top 1% will nose dive and do a major face plant just like they deserve. ANARCHY!!!!!

    • nekksys

      That nose dive is coming anyway. Bailing out on debt repayment would accelerate the process.

  • Kent Harris

    Blood moons = Sword will come to Israel.
    Solar eclipses = Sword will come to the world.
    God throughout the Bible used astronomical events to mark important events and today is no different. Christ – Star of Bethlehem and a solar eclipse. His life and death.

  • Wally

    I think there are areas of the country that are still surviving and doing well. I live in San Diego and things seem very normal here. Just in the area where I work a bunch of new construction of new high end restaurants and luxury condos. I go to Vegas quite a bit for business and gaming revenues were up 11% in august and almost 8% in September they dropped a bit in October but still you go to the Venetian on a weekend and every gaming table is packed just wall to wall. Vegas is a very good barometer of the economy. Malls around here were packed as usual during the holidays. If you came out here you would have no clue how bad things are. My niece who lives in the San Antonio area says things look great there as well. She just got a job as a dental hygienist that pays pretty darn well. I know there are depressed areas but until the time hits I am afraid a lot of people will not realize what just hit them.

    • nekksys

      I live in a county where the poverty rate is double the surrounding counties. If it’s bad in those surrounding counties, it’s worse here. There may be varying levels of “bad” but, let’s face it, things are bad all over.

    • Fedup

      I live in North Carolina, and things are booming here. Lots of new construction, restaurants, new whole foods, new trader joes, new shopping malls going in. And lots of new breweries! Lol

      • DiscouragedOne

        I would not call 7.4 unemployment great.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I bet the 8.5% that are unemployed don’t think it is so great.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Rudy Vallee, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” 1931
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llhRGUYMcfU

    My mother told me often, that she hoped we’d never have to go through that again. “That” being the Great Depression, She’s not among us anymore.

    I used to joke about it – you know, “stop telling me stories about the Great Depression”. It was so boring when she brought up the Depression, Potatoes, pasta, and stuff.

    But now, I get it. Oh, how I GET IT.

    • Guest

      It’s about… It’s about…
      It’s about… to explode.

  • Mondobeyondo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK0GgLKUU_I

    Don;t worry, everything’s fine.
    Um, okay…
    This is how revolutions begin.

  • GSOB

    Even though God had destroyed most of mankind with the flood, i.e., mankind whose every intent of the thoughts in their hearts was only evil all day long, he knew that Noah’s descendants, who would populate history for the remaining time of the existence of the present realm, would be no different from mankind before the flood. Therefore, instead of God’s bringing about more floods periodically to exercise justice in the present realm, he assigned the responsibility of social justice to the very beings who all deserve his eternal
    condemnation.

  • 2Gary2

    The
    real problem here is that Republicans have become caricatures of their
    extremes. These are people so absurdly out of touch with real life and
    with humanity that they have to be coached on how to respond to human
    crises like unemployment.

    No
    one ever asks Republicans how we have money to give corporations tax
    breaks and why this kind of welfare is okay, but helping our neighbors
    through tough times is not okay. If a corporation can’t be successful on
    its own, if they can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps during
    tough times, then their failure is due to their own inherent
    unworthiness (applying the standards Republicans use on people to
    corporations) and thus they do not deserve a tax break/welfare/state
    subsidy. If we stop giving them subsidies, they will find a way to
    become profitable or die.

    It’s time for Republicans to get out of the fictional world Ayn Rand
    presented in a novel we all read in 5th grade that has absolutely no
    bearing on reality.

    • Drud

      Gary – you can’t afford to be so naive. Everything you say in this post about the republican party is true about BOTH parties. Do you really believe that all the politicians with D’s by their names are genuine civil servants who would never dream of taking a cent from a lobbyist and lose sleep at night over the plight of the average citizen? The 2-party system is an enormous scam and it is people like you, in other words good, well-meaning, but gullible citizens that allow the dangerous megalomaniacs on both sides of the imaginary line known as the “aisle” to extract too much freedom and wealth from we citizens.

      • 2Gary2

        You are correct. The Dems are by and large much better than the repubes but admittedly that is a low bar to get over. I am 100% in agreement that the 2 party system sucks, however, that is the system we have at this time.

  • KaD

    I agree with this. I lost my job in August 2009 and have had only ten months of work as a temp since then. I’ve got six years experience in my field as a paralegal. I’ve tried everything, bank teller, BK, Starbucks, Sears, nada. At this point I still do the stupid online assessments, personality tests, skill assessments, etc. but don’t really feel like there is hope anymore.

    • Stephanie S

      One word: move. You have good experience but must go where the jobs are. Have you thought about North Dakota?

      • j h

        Easier said than done. Do you uproot your family from there friends and the schools they attend? What if you can’t sell your house. Do you move to North Dakota with two house payments.

      • Mark Caldwell

        10-20 million people cannot all move to North Dakota. This has been a standard reply to people discouraged about job searches. I believe there is good intention in the recommendation but it’s becoming cliche and almost absurd in the light of the middle class evaporation and wide open border, and fiat debt monetization and record breaking trade deficits, etc.

  • Ed Smith

    Well, lets be fair about the number of applicants.
    The jobs were in quality control.
    :)

  • piccadillybabe

    Reminds me of when I was at the Metro Center in Phoenix this past October. I passed the ice cream place there on the way to see Gravity in 3D. The lady working there was very old (about 70) but spry, smiling and friendly. Ya gotta try some of this she said, homemade. So I took a kiddy cone of chocolate chip mint (my favorite) and off I went. It just seems where ever I go these days, all these very old people are working at these places of business. Saw this guy working at WalMart the other day and he looked to be 70 and could barely move. The younger ones want no part of it. It’s the older people that get the jobs. Probably most of em are on SS and Medicare and they are cheap help but they also have a work ethic.

  • Chocolatini

    A recent job I applied to had 150 applications for 1 job, and it was not entry-level — it involved 3+ years of experience. This is in vancouver canada. The bankers just love manipulating the labor markets.

  • Stephanie S

    About two years ago I talked to an exec at a large property management company in LA. He told me that when they advertise a receptionist job, they get 700 – 800 applicants for that one job.

  • Roman Melnychuk

    THE RECESSION NEVER ENDED !

  • Tristan

    1600 workers apply for 36 jobs at an ice cream plant and the 88 acre organic farm I work on can’t even find the 12 people we need to be fully staffed this season? People might need to broaden their idea of what work they can and will do

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