Friday, September 7, 2012

Unemployment Rate = Irritated Barbie

Yes, give me a boost up to my soapbox....and this time its about the unemployment rate.

I hear people talk about how times are so hard, the unemployment rate is so high, its the worst recession since the Depression, how good jobs are so hard to find...and blah blah blah.  Maybe its because it's an election year and these facts and statistics are thrown in our face more often than normal.  On the flip side of that issue I hear numerous employers say they can't find good help, places have Help Wanted signs on their doors for months at a time, and pages of advertisements needing help are listed in the paper.  So what gives?  Does the unemployment rate just give people something to complain about?  Personally I don't think that unemployment is a problem--its the people looking for jobs don't want the jobs out there.  So maybe a person has to bartend until a full-time job opens up,  maybe they realize that bartending makes decent money, maybe being a stocker at Dillons isn't a career path that is highly desirable.  You know what though?  It's a job!  And if someone works hard at said job, then maybe a promotion to section manager or store manager is a possibility.  But getting your hands dirty first might be a requirement.  I don't know maybe it's my stubbornness of make something work---but really when I hear people complain about being unemployed I really just want to smack them with a pair of gloves and tell them to get busy.

Ok I'll step down now.


  1. I hear ya'. There are other reasons that aren't so obvious. Sometimes people have health issues that prevent them from taking the obvious jobs out there; they have to wait for jobs that they can physically do.

  2. I agree whole heartedly. It's just that people don't want to do the jobs that are availabe. I'll tell you one thing - if Alix and I were hungry and I couldn't find an accounting job, I'd be okay with stocking at Dillons!! Something is better than nothing.