Out of Work, Too Down to Search On, and Uncounted

New York Times Labor Day 09-07-09

They were left out of the latest unemployment rate, as they are every month: millions of hidden casualties of the Great Recession who are not counted in the rate because they have stopped looking for work.

But that does not mean these discouraged Americans do not want to be employed. As interviews with several of them demonstrate, many desperately long for a job, but their inability to find one has made them perhaps the ultimate embodiment of pessimism as this recession wears on.

Some have halted their job searches out of sheer frustration. Others have decided it makes more sense to become stay-at-home fathers or mothers, or to go back to school, until the job market improves. Still others have chosen to retire for now and have begun collecting Social Security or disability benefits, for which claims have surged.

Rick Alexander, a master carpenter in Florida who has given up searching after months of effort, said the disappointment eventually became unbearable.

“When you were in high school and kept asking the head cheerleader out for a date and she kept saying no, at some point you stopped asking her,” he said. “It becomes a ‘why bother?’ scenario.”

Continue Reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/us/07worker.html?_r=1&hp

I have known way too many sisters both transsexual and transgender who are overly educated and under employed in the best of times.  The retail clerks with master degrees.  The sex workers with BAs.

The unemployment stats for TS/TG folks are up in the 50-60% rates in places where these stats are kept.

One Response to “Out of Work, Too Down to Search On, and Uncounted”

  1. Emily Says:

    Having been through a horribly shocking time where I lost one job and spent six months searching for another (neatly destroying my GRS and FFS fund in the process), I can understand how these people feel.

    There were moments where I thought seriously about giving up, especially after the countless discussions by phone where they were hugely enthusiastic only to have that enthusiasm evaporate when they work out I’m trans.

    Luckily, I got a very good job after that six month search and am building my fund again. I have never been so thankful to get a job and I will never take having a good job for granted again.


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