APRIL 2013 UNEMPLOYMENT DATA
(U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS)
Officially unemployed: 11.7 million
Hidden unemployment 14.3 million
26.0 million (16.1%
of the labor force)
[There are now nearly 7 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
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the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.]
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.