Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On the Dole: The Effects of Economic Recession on Employment (part 2 of 2)


Economists, until now have not yet formally labelled the economic downturn of the United States as an economic recession.  Amidst falling home equity, the rising cost of food, health care and housing along with disturbing number of unemployment, economists is still claiming that there is still growth in the economy, even though it is small. People found it unnecessary for a formal announcement to actually feel the recession coming in.

According to Miami Herald, people unemployed are starting get desperate.  The number or people out of work for six months or more increased from 160,000 from July to August.  There are 10.7 percent of people who would like to have a full time job but
are unable to do so.  Due to unavailability of working positions.

It does not matter if you have a college degree under your belt.  College graduates this year are also experiencing the highest unemployment rate since 2004 with 2.7 percent.  Meanwhile, 9.6 percent of high school graduates are unemployed and this figure is  also highest rate since 1996.

Most of the job losses are in the manufacturing sector, which lost 61,000 jobs this year.  In the manufacturing industry, Miami Herald cited 20 percent of job loss even though the export numbers are increasing.

Even though the pay or salary is increasing, a 3.6 percent increase compared to 2007 salary, it is insufficient compared to the fast rate of increase in the prices of primary commodities.  The consumers’ buying power is still low.  Food and beverage costs are 5.8 percent higher than 2007.

For those who were left employed and thanking their lucky stars, there is still a hitch.  Companies are already cutting the health coverage for their employees.  Currently, $694 and $3,281, respectively, according to the most recent data by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Economic recession is an event which is very difficult for everybody.  Hopefully, the real economic status will be recognized immediately to be properly addressed and solve.

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