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The following article was written and published yesterday by John Fugazzie. It is hereby reposted with his permission. This is an urgent must read.

The Unemployment Crisis

by John Fugazzie

With Congress not acting to fund the extension of unemployment benefits, 1.3 million job seekers will be cut off December 28th and this will impact 4.9 million by the end of 2014. Much of the media coverage, and biased political and economic chatter, does not reflect the real numbers of people out of work.

Once you are off UE benefits, you do not get counted and there are still 351,767 people who are unemployed here in New Jersey alone while the NJ State Unemployment rate dropped from 8.4 to 7.8 with only 16,900 jobs added from last month, and is not solely responsible for the statistical drop as those off benefits are no longer counted.

As a jobs advocate (, I know first hand, working with these job seekers, that the only solution is to create jobs and change attitudes towards the long-term unemployed.

We have a great group at Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA where peers and others help our members with getting back to work. We have 359 success stories in just over two years.

We soon will celebrate our three years and counting on January 27th 2014. I remember when we had one meeting group in the River Edge Library and then added the second meeting 6 months later. The rest has been nothing short of amazing, 24 weekly groups and the continued motivation of 1200 member job seekers and 2800 in our LinkedIn group.

If you are out of work or fear that possibility at your current job, please join our LinkedIn group and visit our web site:

Our web site was voted top 100 career site for 2013 by readers. Come see why.

Written by John Fugazzie and republished here with his permission.

Note: For even more on the crisis, plus 12 excellent tips for job hunters, by John, go to this article:!

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Christmas Eve Tuesday December 24, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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