January 2013 Jobs Report Statistics

United States
February 13, 2013 6:02pm CST
I was going through the Environmental Career Center website looking for a specific position when I cam across one of its news article about the recent job market. If the United States economy created 157,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate hiked up to 7.9% per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, then why am I still hearing of so many people saying they still can't find jobs. Where are those 157,000 and in what sector of the job market? I look for Customer Service Representatives, Administrative Assistants and Receptionists positions, which is where I am the most skilled. Once I start looking at the details of the requirements though I'm starting to see a new trend in what companies are looking for. They are setting unrealistic requirements for the positions or I automatically am ruled out applying because they want experience in a specific application process such as on a computer. It further indicates in the article that in order to see a difference 125,000 jobs need to be opened every month. I'm still waiting to see the impact on that in my job sector. How has the economy changed for you in 2013 employment? Please, read the article below for further detail to stay on topic. http://www.environmentalcareer.com/2013/02/january-13-jobs-report-u-s-employment-unemployment-rate-up/
4 responses
• United States
14 Feb 13
In the six and a half months that I've been actively searching, I've gotten only two requests to come in for interviews (I don't really count the real estate interview). I've had a number of jobs in a number of career fields, but I had specific reasons for taking those jobs-and very good explanations for the changes. But now my health requires that I take a seated job, but they want the really young, CHEAP labor and that leaves me out in the cold. We're trying to make due on one income, but it's tough sometimes.
• United States
14 Feb 13
That is very true. Everywhere I go, even the grocery stores, I see younger people holding jobs, and, especially, if they are barely out of high school. Summer is the worst time to look for jobs because many high school students take work during that time and a portion of them are able to keep them upon returning back to school. I'm now 41 and I've noticed how difficult it is to get a chance. I've been out of work for two years and it's starting to really get me on edge. I haven't been out of work this long before.
• United States
14 Feb 13
This is the longest I've been out of work too. I'm the same age as you, and this just scares me. I'm not considered disabled enough to file, but if I just wait until age 70 to declare SS, I won't have enough to live! And the worst part is that I tried going back to school to get my Bachelor's, but had to drop out halfway through because of mounting student loans, currently in deferment and more than $53,000.
• United States
15 Feb 13
That must be hell in itself to try to figure out how to pay off.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
14 Feb 13
I've been doing home health (minimum wage, part time) for the last 6 years, but the reason is partly because I am retired from the state and get retirement there. I don't HAVE to work, but money would be really tight if I didn't. If something were to happen to my client, I wouldn't continue doing home health.
• United States
14 Feb 13
It sounds like you are describing, IHSS (In Home Supportive Services). I am inactive but passed the state's requirements when I was in El Dorado County. I want to reactivate my file but I need to find out if it can be transferred to Sacramento County. If your client passes away, what other job sector can you appeal to?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
14 Feb 13
Its more like a part time cook/maid/helper. Didn't pass any requirements except that I was willing to work.
• United States
15 Feb 13
Oh, I see. Okay.
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@agent807 (723)
• United States
19 Feb 13
I had a job. It was very hard work lifting tires, and the pay was low, but I had a source of income. I found another job that paid more and was supposed to start but at the last minute, I found out that there was no money in the budget for this project. At the moment, I am unemployed. This is the second time that I have been burned like this, but I don't blame the people who hired me. The project was put on by another group and they are having serious financial problems, along with political turmoil. I don't believe that these politicians are telling the truth when it comes to the economic and employment situation. Things are still pretty bad if people still can't find work, not even menial jobs are available. The politicians love using the unemployment rate for their statistical reports, even though this is a false number; a number which is the crucible for people receiving unemployment benefits. They tout that the unemployment rate is down but there are quite a few reasons for this, other than someone actually gaining employment. Their benefits ran out, they could have given up looking, or may have found a venture on their own. At least in Michigan, I don't know about other places, the extensions are tied to the federal unemployment rate, if it drops under a certain percentage, then someone would lose their benefits. They are touting how well things are in Michigan. I am still skeptical about this state making this miraculous turnaround after decades of ruin and being the 'one-state recession', while at the same time, we are still bleeding jobs and people. I see this place having a great divide soon because it is trying to attract highly educated people for the types of jobs offered, and is not offering much in terms of training the people here for better career prospects.
• United States
20 Feb 13
I don't think Michigan is doing any better. I have three friends who live out there not doing so great. One has been holding his job for a long time but he wants something else, and can't find anything. The other one was out of work for so long that he was fortunate to get something part time so that he can take care of a young girl. My good friend has had a couple of jobs but they were in a fast food restaurant, and those didn't last long due to weird circumstances. Her husband got a job as a trucker but just on his income it's hard for her bills. They get their services cut off often. This place is going to hell in a hand basket really fast. I'm in California and I have to say that Sacramento is really hard on me to get something. If these statistics were accurate then I should be at least getting some call backs.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
Hi WildHorses! =) How are you doing? I think it is true that companies have also tried to be more intelligent in terms of them searching for applicants. Most already do set higher qualifications that would already intimidate would be applicants, the real thing is that it can be a lot lower when in actuality of the job being offered. Also a lot has tried to find jobs, and most of them have work experiences already but rarely would they get a call from the companies that have openings. My take is that there can be about two secnarios of a company's hiring process depending on what their objective is (1) companies would sometimes want to get fresh grads, or those with only a year or two experiences for jobs to do some senior tasks because they would most probably are still eager to work, to prove themselves and at a lower cost (lower salaries). (2) Employees who already have knowledge gained by years and years of experience. This way they do not have to provide for training and development of their employees and that they should be able to produce valuable outputs on their own already.
• United States
16 Feb 13
Over here, it's really difficult because we are competing with college students. It does push the older people out of a job and with more than enough experience.