On June 4, 2010, the Department of Labor announced that the national unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in May. In May, the job market increased by 431,000 jobs. Many news outlets have already reported that almost all of those jobs were temporary and created by the Census. The counterpoint to that is also extraordinarily significant -- according to Fox News, the private sector only created 41,000 permanent full-time jobs. In other words, the economy is not creating enough jobs to even make a dent in the unemployment rate.
Perspective: National Unemployment
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Report also reported that 15 million Americans were unemployed in May. It does not take a math genius to see that the economy is not creating enough jobs for the America's jobless. It also does not take a political scientist to know that Congress is failing American workers in two ways -- 1) refusing to extend unemployment aid and 2) failing to stimulate the economy enough to create permanent jobs.
The politicians must do both -- create meaningful, long-term jobs across all industries, services and professions and provide a new unemployment system that keeps long-term unemployed Americans above the poverty level. Keeping money in the hands of the long-term unemployed should not be viewed as a needless addition to our deficit, but as ongoing stimulus money. These unemployment benefits have a direct impact on the economy because they are being used to buy groceries, clothing, transportation, etc. In turn, those businesses remain open and keep the economy going. Common sense seems to be lost on our current politicians.
Perspective: Local unemployment
On June 3, 2010, the BLS reported that unemployment in Metropolitan areas showed some decrease in April. These numbers are lagging indicators, meaning they are a month behind the statistics for national and state unemployment. The unemployment rate for the Indianapolis/Carmel area was 10%. This was a drop from the March unemployment rate, but an increase from the unemployment rate of April 2009. On May 11, 2010, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced that he intends to use proceeds from the sale of the City's water utilities to create jobs re-building the City's infra-structure and deteriorating neighborhoods.
What does all this mean? In addition to fixing the unemployment benefits system, voters need to push local, state and federal politicians to create jobs now, not promise jobs later. Follow the links below to become involved.
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