Need A Good Job?

Lots of people are out of  work in the US.  The unemployment rate remains  stubbornly high, around 10% nationally. Harder  hit states such as Michigan and California have higher rates than that. Some segments of the work force have really, really high rates. The administration says it is working on the situation, i.e. the stimulus bill among other things. I don’t doubt that they are working on it. Economic issues, bread and butter, you could call them;are probably the make or break issue for a president. Bush 41 never got  a handle on the economic difficulties in his one term and it w as probably his downfall.

So, listen to some things had to say about job creation. In Springfield, Va, along with Transportation Secretary LaHood, he said that  the administration will explore every avenue possible  in their efforts to create jobs and turn around the economy. He was revisiting a  palce he had been to in February, the Fairfax County Parkway Extension project. He noted the progress made in those 8  months  as  a sign we are moving in the right direction.

There are some 8,000 road and bridge projects  in the stimulus project, with 5,000 of them underway. We have one here in our  area that is ongoing. The President added that his goal was for private jobs to be created as a result of these  projects. We shall see.

He made this interesting statement.”…his administration is going to keep going until ‘ every single American in this country who’s looking for work is going to be able to get the kind of well-paying job that supports their families.’ How long would that take- a looonnnnggg time. Maybe even more than two terms if you stop and think about it.

One nagging problem, according to CNNMoney.com, the cost to create i stimulus job is $71,500. Gulp. This figure is arrived at by using White House numbers. Companies receiving $2.2 billion in stimulus money have created  30,383 jobs. Going to have to pick up that pace folks. Remember, FDR’s New Deal probably did not end the Great Depression by itself. There was a significant factor that greatly abetted the process, which no one would wish to repeat.

For all those folks needing work, I hope that the administration’s  plan picks up some steam.


October 15, 2009 - Posted by | economy | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Creating one stimulus job is $71,500 and what happens to that job after the Bridge is finished, I take it was contracted out and maybe the contractor don’t have another jobs ready available so 3 months and the job is gone at a cost of $71,500 to the taxpayers. Can’t spend our way out of a depression. Obama don’t get it, he needs to give tax breaks to companies and then stay out of their business. Have you ever notice the government at work along side the hiway, 4 white hat bosses and 1 worker! Waste spending I would say!


    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Is the U.S. government hiring unemployed people? In my field, the U.S. government has a hiring freeze so I cannot get a job from the U.S. government. In my opinion, instead of spending money to keep businesses afloat, the money should be spent putting people to work.
    The trickle down effect does not reach all U.S. citizens.

    The U.S. Government should be hiring people to do real jobs, instead of making huge payments to so-called “too big to fail” companies.

    Comment by In need of a good job | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. I work for a U S government agency and they have had a hiring freeze for a while. No idea when it will change.

    Comment by tarheeltalker | November 23, 2009 | Reply

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