BY: Brian St. Louis
A recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals showed that of all of the currently unemployed Americans, 47% have completely lost hope and given up their job search. Bob Funk, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was quoted as saying,
“This survey shows that millions of Americans are at risk of falling into the trap of prolonged unemployment, and it should give policymakers a greater sense of urgency to focus on the singular goal of creating jobs… We can take heart that in these difficult times the American spirit of confident hopefulness endures, but we can’t accept this status quo—not for our country, not for our unemployed neighbors.”
He seems to think that the simple creation of more jobs would lead America into a renewed state of employment and prosperity, but I disagree. While the number of jobs is an issue and creating more could not be a bad thing, the root of the problem is in the mentalities of unemployed Americans. If someone is out of work long enough, it makes sense that eventually they would start to become used to the feeling, and even lose the drive which is important in any long-term job hunt. What needs to be implemented is focus on changing the attitudes of these unemployed people and remind them of the benefits of having a job over having none.
The report also shows that the majority of people in the study are male (57% vs 43%), with a skew towards the younger population. Just under half blame the economy for their lack of jobs, while about a third blame themselves, and a fifth blame the government. What these stats are telling me is that the government needs to focus more on bringing newer people into the job market, as the problem is less with people who have had a job and lost it than with those who have never had one in the first place. They also need to show people that while their lack of jobs may be due to a rough economy or even the government themselves, it couldn’t hurt to go out there and give it your all when it comes to the job hunt.
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