USA Today reports today that employers cut jobs for a second month in February while the unemployment rate fell as more people quit looking for work in the weakening job market, the government said Friday in a report that led to further calls of a 2008 recession
Yes, lots of ironies here. Jobs lost yet hourly wages are up and unemployment is down. There is no way the government has of tracking those people who have “quit looking for work.”
I talk to them every day and they are not all discouraged and sitting on the curb – many of them have discovered new and innovative ways to create income and have joined the growing ranks in non-traditional work. They got tired of expecting any “security” as employees and have moved into successful income generation and increased “security” as consultants, independent contractors, contingency workers, temps, electronic immigrants and entrepreneurs. They also fall under the radar for U. S. Labor Bureau statistics and thus are categorized as “unemployed and discouraged.”
No – don’t worry about us. We are out here enjoying the new opportunities. Keep your measly paychecks and shaky pensions. We are the new workers – and firmly in control of our time freedom and unlimited income potential. Thanks for the shove!