Percent job losses during this recession way higher than usual

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The dotted line shows the impact of Census hiring. In May, there were 564,000 temporary 2010 Census workers on the payroll. Starting in June, the number of Census workers will decline – and the two red lines will meet later this

Scary, isn’t it?


  1. What, is it ‘remind the unemployed of their plight day’?

    From my limited experience, the blue side is more accurate than the red. But then I’m not unemployed, I’m un-employ-able – at fifty-six no one will ever hire me again! So… silver-linings: grow/smoke weed, spend the day researching topics that fascinate, spend quality time with the grandkids…

    Forty-one years ago I got a Social Security Card and went to work on a cattle ranch a hundred miles the other side of Burns. When I first cashed that first paycheck, I entered into a social contract with The United States Government – specifically if I pay into the system for the next forty-five or fifty years, then after forty-five or fifty years of paying into the system the system will pay me back. I faithfully met my part of the contract, faithfully paid into the system.

    Now the government wants to take away what I’ve paid for the past forty-one years, just nine years short of honoring its end of the social contract… to steal it from me and give to the bankers, and the jews. Violate the social contract we entered into forty-one years ago. Rip me off, and give it away.

    I no longer consider myself a part of this country, nor bound to its laws, its standards or its mores. Rip me of…

    • You and way too many others. I hope you can find something and / or get by ok. In Imperial County in California, the official unemployment rate is 32%. Yow.

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