The unemployed AREN'T looking for jobs?

United States
August 9, 2011 12:21am CST
Or so says a Fox News pundit I heard yesterday. Which made me quite angry, two months ago I was let go from my job as a paralegal due to budgetary issues and have had no luck finding jobs, even though I apply to at least 5 jobs a day and as many as 50. These range from office jobs to working at Wal-Mart and not even a single nibble yet. I just can't believe the gall of some people who honestly think that the unemployed are in such a state simply because they are not looking for work. Are there people like that? Well of course! But that doesn't not include the vast majority of the people who are without work. What are your thoughts on the issue? Are the unemployed simply lazy bums by nature or are there more people who can't catch a break?
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@megamatt (14334)
• United States
9 Aug 11
I really do love how the unemployed are all painted with the same brush. Like there is some secret society in a cave underneath the mountains that they come with the same general consensus that they should or should not look for a job. The unemployment people come in all sorts, many sorts in fact to say the very least to say the very least. It is true that some people are not looking for jobs. However its not completely laziness. There are many people who have just given up ever finding a job in the foreseeable future. Some people do in fact have a limit that they can reach with looking for a jobs and these people have really found it. Some people are still trudging along, but for many its like running into a brick wall time and time again. Then again the media making up things to fit whatever view, there's a big shock.
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@GardenGerty (81488)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Aug 11
I like your characterization of us being all cut from the same cloth more or less. I am out of work. Have been for a year. I let go a pretty good job due to an extended recovery from surgery and restriction after surgery, because I did not want to be one of those people who went to work and could do nothing, but still got paid. I have had three jobs since then after full recovery. The first one, my job disappeared due to a merger, my second was only temporary, doing the census, my third one, the company got hit very hard by the economy and by some changes made by technology. I have been on a "temporary layoff" from there for a year. My resume looks crazy, because I have worked so many jobs, but people do not realize that at times it was two or three at a time. I am "older" but not retirement age--and although they cannot ask that, they can tell by when I went to High School. I think I am ranting.Sorry
@francesca5 (1344)
9 Aug 11
you heard this on fox news? you know its a funny coincidence, but there is a tabloid newspaper in the uk owned by rupert murdoch, who, as i am sure you know, also owns fox news, and its a funny thing but that newspaper has similar stories about unemployed people. and there are bound to be a few people, who for some reason or other, can't hold down a regular job and aren't looking for work, but the vast majority of unemployed people are. it is disgraceful that these sorts of news stories that have no basis in reality are allowed to create popular myths. as it turns people who are actually victims of economic downturns into scapegoats. but if its any consolation, you probably won't meet rupert murdoch in heaven, as he won't be there!
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• Philippines
9 Aug 11
However, who said that needed a day to be unemployed. Seriously, I don't get people who assume another people's state or their activities. How can they be sure of what they are saying, unless they experience it firsthand? Do they even know how hard it is physically and mentally to be unemployed? I think that the statement is just ridiculous and outrageous. I was once laid off I could feel the pressure for me to find another job as soon as possible. But fate haven't smiled on me and I don't believe it's entirely my fault since I did make an effort to apply to positions that I can take. I even pulled out a beautiful performance for interviews since I know I will be judged. Being rejected isn't so easy to accept either. It takes pure guts to go out there and try and tempt luck and fate. Some people have their own personal issues and reasons about being unemployed. Surely it doesn't mean that anyone who stays at home isn't doing an effort to work in any means possible. I'm sorry if I got a little emotional over this but sometimes people need a reality check. The pundit might be right on some unemployed but certainly not all. A clear statement should have been made unless the pundit wants a angry mob of unemployed people on their doorstep. I only hope that they will be careful when it comes to their statements and be perceptive of other people.
• United States
9 Aug 11
No need to apologize, I hope your job search goes better in the future!
• Philippines
10 Aug 11
Every individual don't have similar destiny.I do believe also that people who are unemployed aren't looking for jobs ,yet there are exceptions. There are many opportunities around us,you must only be patient to look for that opportunity and every opportunities come take a grab on it.
@GardenGerty (81488)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Aug 11
I am unemployed and I would trade places and let that pundit fill out applications. I already have ranted about my own particular situation, but I will say that I also log into the state job bank looking for work almost daily. Sometimes you go and they are just making a list of people they might call, other times there are hundreds of jobs--for physical therapists, occupational therapists, etc. I am not trained in that. Most of the jobs are at least a thirty minute drive or more from here and barely pay over minimum wage. With gas at high prices it is hard to afford to go to work. I am here ranting again. Better go check in at the job bank online again. I can read through hundreds of jobs that do not fit my skills.
• Philippines
10 Aug 11
I don't think all those guys without jobs are lazy bums. There can be other reasons behind why they were not able to land a job. A good example is the nature of the job that is available. Let's say that the companies are hiring welders but the newly grads or the people are of the office type jobs then how can they land that job in particular? Also, the benefits of the job which they will be applying. If they see it as not fitting their needs and wants then they may not try to apply to it and look for other jobs which will give more compensation and benefits. But because of the competition in the applicants, only the best and fittest guys will be able to land a job. Others will have to look for another post. Sad to say in our country specifically, many students are taking up nursing thinking that someday they will be able to work abroad and earn a lot of money but they neglected that there is no demand for nurses since there is a lot of supply of nurses. They didn't think of these and that there are lots of jobs in our country which they can earn a lot but the nature of the job is very different from what they want. It can be the more technical and more hands-on type of job. We have the mentality in our country that the office work is more respectable job than the hands on but they neglect the other factor which is the value of the job. It doesn't matter what your job is as long as you can provide the needs of your family and your not doing anything wrong.
@cal141 (3)
• Philippines
10 Aug 11
Fox News pundits are not low class or middle class. They have their heads in the clouds. Better to stop feeding attention to Fox and ignore them.
@Shankerj (241)
• India
9 Aug 11
This can be true in few cases where an unemployed might be having a sustainable financial resource. There are many unemployed who are looking for jobs and some of them are ready to take any kind of job. It all depends on ones need.
@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
9 Aug 11
It depends on the period of time you are talking about. Now if this were in an area where the employers are hiring and begging for people to work, then unless one is a homemaker or is unable to work because of physical or mental ability, then those unemployed are lazy bums. However things are different. The people are looking for work, and the employers are not hiring. aFter a while, there is the desire to work from home, do telemarketing at home, deliver fliers, pick strawberries, etc. sell your goods in a garage sale. One just gives up. I remember that recession back in Canada in the 1990s where the employers were laying off people and did all those telemarketing started. The trouble was that they were not making anything since no one had any money to get things done. Oh and what happens n the States will happen here up in Canada. They already lowered our dollar to below par and that means it will cost more to get goods from the states.
• Malaysia
9 Aug 11
From employer and business point of view i think there is something missing in the way the approached of finding job applied. If applying at Wal-Mart maybe try not to highlight on the paralegal terms. They might want someone who is less legal person to work with them as they have their own culture to play with. When we act agaisnt the the norm we might trigger the shock. Use the words that stir them away which we can choose.
@slico79 (212)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
In my own opinion, I think all unemployed started the same. Either they are fresh graduates or employees laid-off/resigned. These people started with the same intensity during job hunting. Fortunately, someone gets hired while the others remain unfortunately unemployed; if your one of the unfortunate ones then the hunting continues... but with lesser intensity. Those who still remain unemployed after many job interviews will start questioning themselves why? and morale will slowly decrease and then they will start to feel discouraged and eventually they'll stop looking for a job. I really don't think unemployed persons are lazy in general, most are just burned-out from all the frustrations of being let down from job interviews. They just lack perseverance and needs a good friend or family to boost back their morale.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
9 Aug 11
I guess I am a bit of a mix. I recently found a job but hadn't been looking as hard as I should have been. It'd been awhile since I had my last job, but I am really greatful this one as I really needed it. Fox News Lies, no offense if you really like that channel, but they pretty much are like the national enquirer, only in news form.
• United States
9 Aug 11
I heard that story as well. I think that there are some people who cannot find jobs and are looking very hard, while there are others who are not looking hard enough. I have been busting my tail looking for work and have had no luck at all. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, but between a bad economy and the state of Idaho wanting to change the education system to where people must take online classes in order to graduate. I know that the stores will be hiring for the holidays, but I have a feeling that there will be less jobs and more people competing for these jobs. I have been thinking about selling my crafts online, but I am not sure if they will sell because of the bad economy.
@ddaguno (3111)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
Hi AllenWiggs. Im so sorry that you are having a tough time landing a job right now. I hope you fidn one soon. I have always been lucky in finding jobs I don't know why but I dont think that those who dont have jobs are lazy and sit on their butts all day without doing anything. I have a friend who visited me for two months and I have helped him to look for a job. We have sent numerous applications but he did not get a call back so I know that it had nothing to do with laziness.
@scheng1 (22901)
• Singapore
9 Aug 11
Hi AllenWiggs, I think the news is probably targeting at the government. If the unemployed people are taking up a course, they are not considered as active job seeker. They will not add to the unemployment figure. In this case, the unemployment data will show a false positive. I think that is the reason that many people believe the actual unemployed people are more than the official statistics. The government can try to lower the actual figure, and gives a better impression of the economy. As someone said a long time ago, statistics is a pack of lies.
@alquizar (480)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
I know a lot of people who are unemployed did not find time to look for a job in which they should find one so that they can sustain their physical and mental needs.Their is also self fulfillment if we had something to do that keeps us busy all the time rather than nothing to do at all.
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
It really depends on the person you're talking into. I am with you that not all unemployed are the lazy ones. This can be of different reasons. Today, the competition on getting a job toughens specially when a lot of companies are sensitive when it comes to the budget for their employees. That's the reason why so many companies prefer experienced (this is really a bias, how can a fresh graduate gain experience with this kind of qualification?) people from those without any experience specially when it comes to big companies. I also experienced having troubles looking for a job after I finished my course. I thought it would be easier for me because I finished my studies in a reputable school but it proved me wrong. I have been working for over a year now and I'm considering transferring to another employer. But I did not resign yet until I can find a new job. It is because its so hard to find job nowadays. I know of someone who is trying his best to find a job but often get disappointed. Though I admit there are really people that have no intention at all on striving to land a job.