Unemployement

United States
June 5, 2009 10:04am CST
I just read today that only 345,000 people lost their jobs in May and that is the lowest rate lost since last September. 14.5 million people are unemployed and where I live gas is almost $3 a gallon. What is going on in this country? And we still are not feeling the ripple effects of GM filing bankruptcy. I live in an area where many people will lose their jobs as a result of this. I cannot believe that we just sat back while Bush drove this country into the ground. The mess is so big now that I wonder if it will ever be any better, and I wonder how many of you are feeling the same way. If you are, then do you have faith that this will turn itself around? The area I live in not only relied on the steel mill for jobs but many people here also work at GM,Ford and Chrysler. It makes me mad to see people in my hometown losing their jobs, their homes, their cars. It feels like no one cares and no one can stop it. Soon other businesses around here who have relied on the car manufacturers will also close their doors because they will not have work. Does this bother anyone else? I have never felt so hopeless in my life. I lost my job in January (the same week 500,000 others lost their jobs in this country), and if it was not for my daughter moving in with me I would be out on the street myself. Can you tell me if I am the only one who feels such desperation and helplessness as I watch things spin out of control around me.
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11 responses
@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
6 Jun 09
Thats terrible case for your advanced country but fortunately there are much social facilities at your country as I ever heard this unemployments will get money support from your government, while at my country there is no kind of support for unemployments, I dont know the exact number but it is not far than your country, while there are difference figure report. I myself is retired man has no regular earning for the last 2 years sicne the fall of stock price followed your prime morgage and Lehman brothers bankrupt, I dont really understand that this very far distance has big influence to my country - because I put almost all of my retirement fund at stocks. Thanks just want to add my post.
• United States
6 Jun 09
Thank you for realizing what is going on. Many people (those who have money) still continue to insist that we are not in a recession. I hope it gets better for us all.
@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
6 Jun 09
Hello, Juliestick and Imajerseygirl, you are very well come for your reply and comment, hope anything geting more and more better as ordinary people I dont know much, but perhaps if there are any kind togetherness among countries in economy I think it will be better than stressing to competition among nations. see you.
@msb_cw (30)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
i'm sorry for what happen to you.same here, people are mad because of no jobs and it is really very hard to find a job this days.actually i'm currently working at a steel mill, i'm very blessed i'm here but we are really affected with the world problem, though we don't lose the job but we only have 5 days a month of work how can that supplies the need of the family??specially those who have a sons and daughters in school..but don't worry, we have a great big God and a very little problem.God Bless.also remember, the secret of being successful is that we need not to find money, what we need to do is develop our Gods' given gift and money will look for us.hehehhe..i hope you believe on it..God bless
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• United States
6 Jun 09
Thank you for your response and your blessing. I am fortunate for I do not have young children to provide. I hope you are right!
• United States
5 Jun 09
I'm currently unemployed. It's so much worse then it used to be. I used to be able to find a job in no time at all, but now I've been searching for months and either no one is hiring or your competing with 20 or more people for one opening and someone ends up having more experience. It is very hard to find a job at all right now. It will get worse too. My area has a GM less then 10 minutes away and I'm sure that will add to the people job searching here even more. I think it will eventually get better, but being unemployed I just am really tired of trying to find work and getting turned down for job after job.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
I was just talking to a gentleman who told me his dad retired from GM before it got this bad. His dad's health benefits were recently cut 50%. He went on to tell me if the government buys out GM then his dad will lose even that. I really worry about the future and boy am I glad I do not have any young kids.
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• Philippines
6 Jun 09
Here in our country unemployment is normal. the only opportunities we can get to find a job is to look for a job overseas. but there is a global crisis so we can hardly find a job overseas. its a very hard situation if you lost your job because your obligation still there . like payment for rent of apartment , cars and other utilities.
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@Archie0 (4669)
6 Jun 09
Well this thing has hit almost whole world recently, unemployment has got its way out from every biggest solutions and it still is going on, i am also suffering heavily from it.i am a student and not getting my interships also from anywere so i can imagine about my final placements.
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• United States
6 Jun 09
I am thinking of going back to school just so I can generate income from student loans. I feel sorry for you young people. I cannot imagine how hard it will be for you to raise a family. I wish you the best in your future. Thank you for commenting.
• United States
6 Jun 09
Being that I happen to one of those Unemployed individuals that your talking about, The Wealthy, Selffish, Arrogant, Sitting on their A*S'es type of FAT Cats (the one's who really run the Businesses from behind the scenes...) are the one I think you can blame. And Unless you actually have a full 4 year College Degree, it will be a few years yet before anyone will be able to find another decent job again. And I am Not just talk GM, Ford, or Chryler either....I'm reffering to all Businesses. And the 9.4% of people who are currently Unemployed, I'm pretty sure that the main majority are from here in Michigan where I actually live. Of course, I'm sure other will have their own thoughts about all this, but at least you now know mine. Enough said.
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• United States
6 Jun 09
I do know that Michigan has been hit harder than anyone and I feel you!! I think that for the last 8 yrs those FAT CATs have made money off our suffering. I do know I was just told at a fast food chain if you can believe it, that they are having people with college degrees filling out applications to work there. Just goes to show how bad it is. Thank you for your response and I hope it gets better soon. Again, I think Michigan has been hit harder than any other state!
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
I am just trying to keep my head above water. All of these things do affect me even if I live far away. The repercussions are great.
• United States
6 Jun 09
Best of luck to you. I guess I forget this has affected more people other than just here. Thank you for responding.
• India
6 Jun 09
Hey dear, the economy is pretty much going downhill these days and its recession every where. You just need to be positive, try to find sources where you can earn though little, but be able to earn and move on. Companies are either laying off the employees or cutting on wages. Stay positive and try for each opportunity you get. It is painful but then, you have to accept it and move on right? This is what I am doing.
• United States
6 Jun 09
Thank you for your response. I hope things improve soon. I will be out on the street soon. I am sure I am not the only one facing that obstacle. I hope things change and you are right...accept the things I cannot change.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I have been unemployed since November 2008. I have been unable to find new employment. The job market is bad. I am still looking and hoping. I have applied to so many jobs. It seems something should open up soon. Don't ya think? I worry about the young kids that have just graduated. What kind of a world are we handing them? How will they be able to survive in this economy? So many people are homeless and have lost everything.
• United States
6 Jun 09
I have lost about everything. I am going to have to sign my home over to my daughter because she still has a job and can make payments. Thank God I will still be able to live here. I have never seen things so bad. I feel bad for the people who are graduating and those with young kids. I would not want to be in their shoes.
• India
9 Jun 09
hey !! bro dont worry Everything gonna b alright!! its happening everywhere...dis Unemployedment prb is s Really BIG Issues bt it ll need sum time to Get rid of Dis ...Obama Has Launched a Plan of I guess 8.7 billon $ (correct Me if I m wrong) ..n dis paln has started paying off a s d Number of Job lossers has Started shrinking..Dis is a Global Effect ...wich all Of Us hav to Face Hand in Hand ..so Tc.. Hav Faith In God..
• United States
6 Jun 09
I don't think you are the only one feeling like this. I have been looking for a job for the past ten months. Luckily my husband is working right now and we are paying the minimum on bills, but I do think it is insane. People are losing their jobs left and right, and food and gas keep going up. If you look carefully at a bill I am pretty sure that you will even find that the taxes on everything went up. My cell phone and cable bill went up about $10 because of taxes. (the cable is going up every month, I might just cancel it.) I don't understand on how we are going make it through, so with that statement I think right now that is all we have is to believe that it will come to an end soon, (have faith, and hope).