Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

If We Make It Through December

December 29, 2020

“If We Make It Through December” written and recorded by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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Unemployed? Donald Trump Just Cost You $300.

December 29, 2020

Unemployed? Donald Trump Just Cost You $300.

Lame duck President Donald Trump spent Christmas on his Palm Beach golf course, diligently dithering and refusing to sign the latest COVID economic relief bill, so supplemental payments to 14 million unemployed Americans expired. He finally was cajoled into signing on Sunday, but states could not begin cutting checks until he did, so the delay means January’s first payments could not be processed. Since the supplemental weekly support must end on March 15, Donald Trump trimmed the extension of benefits from 11 weeks to 10.

When unemployment benefits ran out, Mr. Trump was on his golf course with Lindsey Graham, Vice President Mike Pence was skiing in Vail, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a private jet down to his vacation home near Cabo San Lucas.

More:

“Trump just cost jobless workers one week of federal unemployment assistance after he failed to sign the relief bill by midnight on Saturday,” Kelsey Vlamis and Joseph Zeballos-Roig, Business Insider

“Extra unemployment benefits may take weeks to arrive. Fewer checks may be coming.” Greg Iacurci, CNBC

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Ivanka Retooling for White House Exit Strategy

November 13, 2020

Ivanka Retooling for White House Exit Strategy

Presidential Advisorsweatshop shmata merchant, book marketer, multimillionaire wifenanny-hiring mother, retail brand and former runway model Ivanka Trump is also an hôtelièr, earning millions by renting out rooms in a publicly-owned building her Dad’s company leases in Washington. Recently, she became an administration employment coach, urging the 30 million Americans who lost jobs during the pandemic to “Find Something New,” implying that their rich daddies can find them something.

Facing her own unemployment, Ivanka is looking for “Something New” herself, possibly a reality TV show. Good choice. she’s been a cast member of the White House reality show for the past four years.

More:

“What will Ivanka Trump do next? Probably try hard to stay in the public eye,” Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

“Goodbye, Ivanka,” Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Related:

“Ivanka Trump obsessed with status, says former friend in tell-all essay,” Rory Carroll, The Guardian

“Six Things We Learned About Ivanka Trump From Her Ex-BFF’s Vanity Fair Essay,” Mimi Montgomery, Washingtonian

“Ivanka Boldly Highlights Trump Administration’s Big Pandemic Success,” Brian Kahn, Gizmodo Earther

“Ivanka Trump Applies for Job as Biden’s Daughter,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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The Real Unemployment Rate.

October 21, 2020

The Real Unemployment Rate.

The U.S. Unemployment Rate is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Deparment of Labor, but BLS recognizes several joblessness measures. The one you read in the media is called U3, the percentage of unemployed civilian adults actively seeking fulltime nonfarm employment. Right now, the U3 rate is 7.9%. A broader measure, U6, includes those working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs and people who want to work and have looked for jobs anytime in the past year. The latest U6 jobless rate is 12.8%.

But those aren’t the only — or most realistic — measures of unemployment. The Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity, founded by Gene Ludwig, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, has a yardstick for U.S. functional unemployment, and it’s unnerving:

“A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can’t find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1% ….”

“If you measure the unemployed as anybody over 16 years old who isn’t earning a living wage, the rate rises even further, to 54.6%. For Black Americans, it’s 59.2%.”

“Only 46.1% of white Americans over the age of 16 — and a mere 40.8% of Black Americans — now have a full-time job paying more than $20,000 per year.”

— “America’s true unemployment rate,” Felix Salmon, Axios

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Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) website

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Ivanka Trump, Employment Counselor

July 21, 2020

Ivanka Trump, Employment Counselor

Presidential Advisorsweatshop shmata merchant, and former runway model Ivanka Trump is also an hôtelièr, earning millions by renting out rooms in a publicly-owned building her Dad’s company leases in Washington. But wait; now she’s an employment counselor, urging the 30 million Americans who have lost jobs during the pandemic to “Find Something New.” Maybe their rich daddies can find them something.

“Find Something New” is a great slogan. Remember it when you vote in November.

More:

“Ivanka’s Tone-Deaf Advice to Millions of Unemployed Americans: Find Something New,” Mother Jones

“Unemployed Should ‘Find Something New,’ Urge Heirs to Fred Trump’s Fortune,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Ivanka Trump: Let The Jobless Eat Cake,” Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

“Ivanka Trump’s Find Something New career campaign is more hype than help,” Michelle Singletary, Washington Post

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Mass Layoffs in the US, But Not the UK

May 15, 2020

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis. But it didn’t have to be that way. Liz Scheltens of Vox explains.

More:

“Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets,” David McHugh., Associated Press

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Shutting Down Our Town

May 10, 2020

“Shutting Down Our Town,” written by Troy Cassar-Daley, recorded by Jimmy Barnes, 2019.

Jimmy Barnes website

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COVID-19: Trump’s Easter Parade Death March

March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Trump's Easter Parade Death March

While Americans shelter at home to slow the spread of a deadly virus and the number of US infected and dead grows, all President Donald Trump can see is plunging numbers on Wall Street. Public health officials advise months of social distancing and the closure of all non-essential businesses, but Mr. Trump wants the lockdown to end by Easter.

“We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter,” Trump told a Fox News virtual town hall. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.”

“Easter’s a very special day for me,” he told (you guessed it) Fox News. “Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?”

Maybe the White House Easter Egg Roll can be replaced by a Toilet Paper Roll Roll.

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If We Make It Through December

December 10, 2017

“If We Make It Through December” written and performed by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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Plumber Loses Job

September 6, 2017

Plumber Loses Job
It’s getting harder to find good help. Well-know plumber Mario has been fired by Nintendo.

” A newly-uploaded profile … of everyone’s favorite Player One describes Mario as having worked as a plumber in the distant past, suggesting he’s a plumber no longer.”

“But to remove Mario from his plumbing origins is a disservice to the fans who fell in love with Nintendo’s hero long before his days of racing, playing tennis, or flying through space. Mario is a video game hero we can all relate to—one that gets his hands dirty under the occasional sink.”

— “Mario is no longer a plumber,” Jean-Luc Bouchard, Quartz

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