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Squidboy June 6th, 2014 1:57pm

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?

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dogsaver new Jersey
06/08/14 7:59 pm

Just because the unemployment numbers are down, does not mean jobs are up! All it means is less people are on unemployment!

06/07/14 6:32 pm

While I cannot say I'm better off than I was, I'm not any worse off either.

duey in a fools paradise
06/07/14 2:06 pm

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

duey in a fools paradise
06/07/14 2:07 pm

middle out! It's nuts! Give me the good old trickle down when unemployment got to 5% based on real numbers.

leilu SoCal
06/07/14 12:59 pm

Business is still down 30% from pre recession. Still losing money. I look forward to our niche to make a recovery.

blitz6799 Chicagoland
06/07/14 11:44 am

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!!!

blitz6799 Chicagoland
06/07/14 11:46 am

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.

Torfin Never Behind
06/07/14 10:07 am

When the economy shrank during that period I have to say No

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/07/14 9:40 am

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.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/07/14 9:41 am

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...

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/07/14 9:41 am

...definitions have we not learned about yet?

bstokosa Connecticut
06/07/14 9:22 am

Only because my SO is unemployed at this time and has been since April.

pietsch Another Adoring Fan
06/07/14 8:44 am

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.

rons Thanks America
06/07/14 8:27 am

We also had 51 month of people joining the unemployment roll.

ScrewU Gone
06/07/14 8:19 am

Wages stagnant, taxes bills gas and food still going up. Same ad the rest of middle class America, or what's left of it.

EarthMunkey The Golden Rule. Always.
06/07/14 8:02 am

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.

closed Lol hi
06/06/14 12:28 pm

Technically yes. 51 months ago I didn't have a job and I was like 13, so yeah, definitely better off lol

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/06/14 8:20 am

I'm in the opposite position of Bethany. My career and financials have skyrocketed, but my overall health has deteriorated.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
06/06/14 10:46 am

Health in what way?! You're too young to deteriorate!

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/06/14 10:56 am

More mental than physical, but I have both working against me. It could be worse.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/06/14 11:33 pm

Yo, if you need to talk, you know where to find me. Feel better, bro.

bethanyq Ess Eff
06/06/14 7:04 am

In terms of my mental health and personal relationships, yes. In terms of my career, oh hell-fucking-no.

06/06/14 2:01 pm

What's going on with your career?

bethanyq Ess Eff
06/06/14 2:28 pm

Not much, which is exactly the problem.