Almost Half of Unemployed Have Stopped Looking

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Democrats – the party that says they care about the people, but not businesses, have been so busy destroying businesses that they forgot one thing.

That thing is that businesses employ people. Or at least they would if they hadn’t been crushed to death by an overpowering government that has made it too expensive to open and operate a business.

Democrats are more interested in beating republicans and their supporters into the ground to think about taking care of their constituency.

If course, they still have the illegal immigrants they are supporting with tax dollars, so why worry?

Unfortunately for the incumbent Democrat politicians, it seems the bad news just keeps getting worse.

This time, their bad news came in the form of a new Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals, that was released Friday. That poll shows 47 percent of the long-term unemployed have already given up looking for a job. The poll also shows that sixty percent of those who are still looking for a job find it harder than it was previously, but 10 percent said it’s easier. Maybe that 10% are buoyed by half the long-term unemployed giving up?

Bob Funk, CEO of Express was formerly chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is worried about what this means for the country. He said, “This survey shows that millions of Americans are at risk of falling into the trap of prolonged unemployment, and it should give policymakers a greater sense of urgency to focus on the singular goal of creating jobs. We can take heart that in these difficult times the American spirit of confident hopefulness endures, but we can’t accept this status quo, not for our country, not for our unemployed neighbors.”

Lawmakers are disengaged. They are worried about their own jobs. Perhaps much more worried about their own jobs, to be worried about the people without jobs already.

The outlook is definitely gloomy. One poll question related to the respondents’ previous job interview. Forty six percent said their most recent interview was more than a month ago, and a stunning 23 percent said their last job interview was in 2012. Only 20 percent of respondents said they are receiving unemployment compensation. That means 80 percent must be living on fumes.

Experts reviewing the numbers understand that 82 percent of respondents whose unemployment insurance had run out are looking harder for a job. 18 percent say if their unemployment benefit was cut off, they would be so distraught they’d quit looking.

Forty-eight percent indicated they didn’t look too hard, because they were receiving unemployment benefits, 72 percent said the benefits are a “cushion,” and 62 percent agreed that the benefits had “allowed them to take time off for themselves.”

Things are not good.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the president and the politicians would stop worrying out their own reelection and start putting some real effort into creating jobs?

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. A native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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