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Debating Jobs Is Good Medicine

Posted on 20 February, 2011 at 10:49

Not long ago, it was hard to move the meter to spark a conversation about job creation. Talking jobs took a back seat to debating healthcare, even though unemployment has a far deeper impact than health insurance.

Thankfully that has changed. The unemployed will benefit. While the country's leaders are divided on how to create jobs, the topic is sparking sustained coverage and conversation, as this week's headlines attest:

  • Nevada Assembly Passes 'Nevada Jobs First' Legislation
  • For Denver's Next Mayor, It's Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

As lawmakers finally get on the job talk bandwagon, our friends and neighbors struggle more than ever to find work.

If you're unemployed, you are well represented in the story 19 'terrifying' facts about the job market. If you're over 55, your average length of unemployment goes from 22 weeks to 43 weeks. That is a big, big deal.

A bigger deal is how job unrest is sparking worldwide revolt....even playing a role in Egyptian President Mubarak's demise. In America, the demand for jobs will no longer be swept under the rug.  Unemployment has become personal, as family and friends now join the ranks of the previously ignored. In America, unemployment no longer happens to just 'someone else.'

February 20, 2011

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