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  •  Worse -- it's like they're completely forgotten (7+ / 0-)

    Except, of course, when MB writes.

    We here huzzahs when the number of jobs increases a smidge above the population growth rate, or fewer new jobless claims are filed, but long-term unemployment remains a stubborn and terrible problem.

    Having spent 18 months out of work, it makes my heart ache to see people still caught in unemployment's grip.

    Have written them off (and their families -- their children) forever?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:38:52 PM PST

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    •  my brother just got a job after 4.5 years of un- (13+ / 0-)

      employment.  He is paid under $10/hr with no benefits ander max 20 hrs. per week. He took it out of desperation and walks 3 miles for this job. He took midnight shift so he could get the (overnight) premium wage. I hate to see this kind of desperation. But what other choice does he have?

      Republicans only care about themselves, their money, & their power.

      by jdmorg on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:54:36 PM PST

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      •  And that's the truth of this economy. (5+ / 0-)

        I am, however, happy for your brother.

        Bad as the job is, it has to do something for both his hope and dignity.  I remember a time when I thought I'd never work again -- and the first chance to do so (at reduced pay and no benefits) was more important for shining a little light at the end of the tunnel than for the money I made.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 04:12:00 PM PST

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        •  Thank you dinotrac. It's only been 2 weeks, but (0+ / 0-)

          I already see a different attitude out of him.  Something to look forward to, a schedule for a change.  Other than just listless days and nights with no money or hope.  He's is hoping in turns into full time employment by spring garden season.

          Republicans only care about themselves, their money, & their power.

          by jdmorg on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:11:20 AM PST

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