Today the US Department of Labor reported 51 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Are you better off today than you were 51 months ago?
Not much, which is exactly the problem.
The question is whether we can believe the reports. Can we believe the inflation numbers when they purposefully leave out energy and food from the calculations - the things that are going up.
In terms of my mental health and personal relationships, yes. In terms of my career, oh hell-fucking-no.
Oh, and after I get a home I plan on shopping myself around to see if I can find work with better pay, two of my closest friends have been successful doing so within the past 4 months.
Can we believe the deportation numbers when they change the definition of a deportation so that it suddenly appears that Obama has deported more people than any president before? What can we trust that government tells us? What special definitions...
...definitions have we not learned about yet?
Wages stagnant, taxes bills gas and food still going up. Same ad the rest of middle class America, or what's left of it.
We also had 51 month of people joining the unemployment roll.
I'm in the opposite position of Bethany. My career and financials have skyrocketed, but my overall health has deteriorated.
Technically yes. 51 months ago I didn't have a job and I was like 13, so yeah, definitely better off lol
It's still terrible. We have lived like vagabonds in order to keep our business afloat. We've downsized and changed locations, gotten rid of employees, eliminated every possible expense. It's the hardest work I've ever done. But we are still here.
Much better for me. I'm house shopping, have a 401K, have dental, vision, and health insurance, about 12 months or less from paying the car off 3 years early and the school loan are next! Don't want any of it jinxed!!!
Business is still down 30% from pre recession. Still losing money. I look forward to our niche to make a recovery.
Yo, if you need to talk, you know where to find me. Feel better, bro.
It's a lie!
Only because my SO is unemployed at this time and has been since April.
Much appreciated, irony. <3
What's going on with your career?
Same really. Well as a family better. My wife is now a practicing Physical Therapist.
She has had two travel jobs, which only sucks because she is away, and she starts her residency in August.
Yeah we're better off.
Even better if I advance in August...
Over 92 million people have given up. -1% growth in most recent GDP. What would the real unemployment numbers look like if 92 million were added back in? And what is interesting people seem to like Obama's growing the economy from the bottom up
middle out! It's nuts! Give me the good old trickle down when unemployment got to 5% based on real numbers.
Health in what way?! You're too young to deteriorate!
Soooo much more, yes.
When the economy shrank during that period I have to say No
While I cannot say I'm better off than I was, I'm not any worse off either.
Just because the unemployment numbers are down, does not mean jobs are up! All it means is less people are on unemployment!
More mental than physical, but I have both working against me. It could be worse.