JULY 2014 UNEMPLOYMENT DATA
(U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS)
Officially unemployed: 9.7 million
Hidden unemployment 13.8 million
million (14.5% of the labor force)
job-wanters* for each available job.]
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is plenty of evidence that unemployment has many far-reaching
effects other than loss of income, including psychological harm,
loss of work motivation, skill and self-confidence, increase in
ailments and morbidity (and even mortality rates), disruption
of family relations and social life, hardening of social exclusion
and accentuation of racial tensions and gender asymmetries.
Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), pp.94-95. [Sen is winner of
the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.]
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TO BE OF USE, Marge Piercy
work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
In truth, the average American not only
wants to work, but strives to do a good job. People don’t
want 20 hours a week; they want a real job—a full-time,
40-hour a week job. And it’s more than just the money. They
want a destination, a place to go when they get up in the morning,
something productive to give their lives structure. Such a pity
that even so modest a goal as having a full-time job is now considered
a “luxury.” David
Macaray, LA playwright and author and former union