Posts Tagged ‘joblessness’

Will “Ho-Ho-Ho” For Food

December 21, 2010

Will 'Ho-Ho--Ho' for Food

 “Craig McTavish — a.k.a. Santa — has the beard. He has the belly. He even has a few tricks up his sleeve, like pulling up to parties on his Harley-Davidson in full Kris Kringle garb.

But there’s one thing he doesn’t have: work.

“For freelance Santas, this holiday season has been more ‘no, no, no’ than ‘ho, ho, ho.’ Bookings have declined as paying $125 an hour for Santa to visit a holiday party has become an unaffordable luxury. It’s the second year of declining parties and events, Santas say.”

— “In tough economy, Santas are also suffering,” Tamara Lush, AP, via MSNBC.

 

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The Other Christmas List: Unemployment Rate

December 3, 2010

The Other Christmas List: Unemployment Rate

As we approach the holiday season, many Americans are out of work. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been naughty or nice. The meaningless unemployment rate in the headlines: 9.8%. The real unemployment rate: 17% (includes people who no longer get unemployment benefits, need work but have stopped looking because it’s futile, or have only found part-time work).

Congress put coal in the well-darned Christmas stockings of many unemployed Americans. It failed to extend jobless benefits.

Happy Holidays.

Image (“Santa Got Laid Off!”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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