Sunday, September 4, 2011

Unemployment and the baby boomers

"If the national black American unemployment rate is 16.7% then it is at least 50% among the baby boomers.
Unemployment among black citizens over 50 years of age is the worst in history and there has been no enforcement of age discrimination laws. I have associates who have lost their jobs since 2006 and not one of them has received a full time position of any kind regardless of credentials. Many people that I know between the ages of 50 and 70 have mortgaged their home or borrowed money from other sources to improve their skills or to get another degree. We actually speak to each other before 6:00 AM because many of us get up in the wee hours seeking work and hoping for temporary placement reporting by 8:00 AM. Going into debt to further education has proven to be a high risk gamble resulting in further unemployment and mounting debt for black Americans. Many feel they are in too much debt now for start up costs for new business. Most unable to get further loan approvals. Many feeling ripped off having paid too much for their education only to look to people who have not invested in education as potential employers. It is difficult to tolerate people having jobs who do not understand the application, the technology, the history, or the recommended legal, civil rights or human rights history bearing responsibility for the position. Slavery is also at an all time high. Though too many people pretend not to understand a thorough definition of the word and look the other way. It is ineffective and inefficient for the huge numbers of our experienced, best and brightest workers to remain among the long term UN-employed. There is only one power: Awareness. There is nothing that beats experience. It is in America's best interest to put its best and brightest back to work. They will tow the line. They will work the extra mile not only for their own stability but for the greater good. History says so. I hear from hundreds of people, most are baby boomers exhausting their nest egg." - Veronica German

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