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Dropouts: Discouraged
Americans leave labor force

Associated Press, by Paul Wiseman and Jesse Washington

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Posted By:Ribicon, 4/6/2013 3:42:46 PM

Washington — After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She´d already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn´t land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she´ll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis. (Snip) Baebler´s frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still so discouraged that they´ve given up

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Utter rubbish. Says right there in the article that the recession ended the day GWB left office, and we know the Kenyan Messiah won his second term fair and square, not even a hint of fraud... so where´s the problem? Everyone should go on welfare while Dear Leader unravels the mess Bush made. (Scary, but some people think this way.)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 4/6/2013 4:15:53 PM     (No. 9262986)

Don´t get caught telling the truth, AP!

But seriously - is anyone else sick of the ´human interest´ opening to these pieces? Susie Smith can´t afford steak etc. etc.

Why aren´t reporters obligated to reveal just how and why they know so much about Natasha Baebler? Why does our dumbed-down society need to focus on one single person when millions are in the same boat? Why doesn´t the AP deal with the macro rather than the micro, especially since the macro would tend to shift the blame back to The Pipe Cleaner Prez?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pickle1, 4/6/2013 4:39:02 PM     (No. 9263015)

They were forced out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 4/6/2013 5:03:30 PM     (No. 9263035)

"Fundamentally transforming America" by "fundamentally transforming one life at a time." Right into the toilet.

Thanks a pantload, Stinky.

#2: Most reporters know little about anything, yet never hesitate [as far as I can tell] to "report on" and "explain" anything under the sun. They´re far more at home with an anecdotal story than with anything meatier [hmmm -- are they "mental vegans"?]. And to recognize a fact, many people can / will read such stories who won´t read the ones we want, ones that really dig out some facts. And of course, you recognize the intractable, underlying problem for the AP in your last sentence.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 4/6/2013 5:14:33 PM     (No. 9263050)

Solution?

Simply ban anti-Americans in American (read: dems).

Vote in only true, American-culture citizens.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/6/2013 5:58:23 PM     (No. 9263093)

Is this Obama´s hope or change?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/6/2013 6:16:36 PM     (No. 9263120)

#1, they don´t focus on the macro because that would require them to actually understand economics.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kar120c, 4/6/2013 6:34:31 PM     (No. 9263140)

It´s a good thing that Natasha Baebler was not named Joe, and want to be a plumber. Paul and Jesse would have had to write a very different story.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/6/2013 7:45:18 PM     (No. 9263192)

I like the human side of the story. We hear the numbers constantly but the lo-fos need the stories to understand the situation and everyone needs to hear how this is affecting the average American. We have destroyed our country - twice! - and for what?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: greyseal, 4/6/2013 7:54:51 PM     (No. 9263196)

As my momma used to say "The world needs ditch diggers too..."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Tigergirl, 4/6/2013 8:02:49 PM     (No. 9263206)

Why is she getting disability? For what?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: shamus, 4/6/2013 8:06:55 PM     (No. 9263209)

The article states that Natasha Baebler is blind.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: beancounter, 4/6/2013 8:11:33 PM     (No. 9263213)

Look on the bright side. Here are all these still conscientious people who want to work in spite of all the obstacles put in front of them.

All we need to do is get the government off our backs and things will be back to normal.

By the way, I don´t think the labor force participation isn´t really dropping so much as it is going underground.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: grampstosix, 4/6/2013 8:45:30 PM     (No. 9263238)

If people like Natasha were inclded in the figures the unemployment rate would be twice what is being reported.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: gillyo, 4/6/2013 11:52:28 PM     (No. 9263407)

I was laid off in June of 2008 and have sent out hundreds of resumes and haven´t gotten even one response. Before that I had never been out of work for more than a week in my life. Every other time I´d had multiple job offers.

Fortunately, my husband has a good job, we´re debt free, and we always made our purchasing decisions based on only having one salary, (mine went into savings). We´ve been through a few recessions so when the going is good, we save. I feel sorriest for the young families who thought the good times would last forever. Hopefully their children have learned a hard lesson about saving for a rainy day.

I will say that although I still look for work, I´ve accepted the fact that at 53, and having been unemployed for 5 years, the odds of my ever having another "real" job are slim to none.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/7/2013 1:54:46 AM     (No. 9263443)

#14 - Mr. and Mrs. Wisdom. As Dave Ramsey would say, you two are the folks FOX should have on regularly
to talk to these disillusioned young folks. You found (as we did) that you can weather any economic storm when you are debt-free. So many people were all living beyond their means for YEARS and the poo has now hit the fan. Just like during the Depression, there were those who refused to give up, found new ways to look at things and it was amazing how well things eventually turned out.

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