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So, when exactly is the economy supposed to come 'roaring back'?

Nov. UE numbers just came out and it looks like we are "unexpectedly" back up over 8%.

To be fair (or generous, IMO), the article states:

It is unclear what caused the increase in the unemployment rate in November, although some experts speculate that it was caused by jobs lost as a result of superstorm Sandy. It is also possible that lackluster holiday hiring is to blame.

The article also states that the underemployment rate is 17.2%, up from 15.9% in October.  

Usually the trend this time of year is for unemployment to go down a notch due to temporary seasonal hiring, however that didn't happen this year.  I can see how the storm may have made an impact, but do you feel that this is a glimpse into what is coming or do you think that this is just fallout from the storm and that things will return to our new normal after the new year?  Do you expect the economy to come roaring back and if so, what do you think needs to happen first to make it possible?


*please note that I don't know what the conditions in the worst hit areas from Sandy.


Asked by QuinnMae at 11:32 PM on Dec. 6, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think blaming the storm on high unemployment makes sense at all.

    I think we live in a needy, you owe me, it's free society. Easier for SOME to live off unemployment, free health care., food stamiis etc.
    versus actually getting off their ass and searching for a job regardless of what type of job it is.

    I actually had a patient come to the pharmacy and thank me for working so she can get her scripts for. Free!!!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 11:49 PM on Dec. 6, 2012

  • All I know is that sex sells. October and November were my highest months in 6 years! :)

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 12:04 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • Oh ya thats right, we maybe jumping of that fiscal cliff, and you are going to Hawaii!!!


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:05 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • well it took about 16 years for us to get out of the Great Depression so...not anytime soon.

    what strikes me as odd is that ppl are spending more right now than they have since the recession started...yet companies cant afford to hire as many seasonal workers as usual? but no its all Obama's fault, not the ppl who are too good for "those" kinda jobs or the CEOs who demand to continue to get raises & bonus despite not making more money...

    Answer by okmanders at 12:09 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • LOL@anon....Obama can't 'make' more jobs, he has no control over that. But he can make it easier to open up a small business which in doing that will help with the UE rate, and boost the economy.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 12:21 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • I'm holding my breath ... turning blue over here ...

    This year will, once again, be my worst year since I started in business for myself. School districts just aren't buying as many new books because they, like everyone else, have no money.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:31 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • I'm not trying to point fingers, but there have been a few politicians that have referred to the economy roaring back. I just want to be prepared for the rush of awesome when it happens. I think pretty much everything DC is doing is preventing that from happening, of course that's my own speculation.

    Comment by QuinnMae (original poster) at 12:43 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • politicians think if they repeat something enough times ppl will start to believe them haha

    Answer by okmanders at 1:02 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • I'm seeing different numbers this morning by other sources. Now they are saying it's 7.7% but that 540,000 people dropped from the labor force. Which means less income earners. I don't know who's numbers to trust. I don't inherently trust government sources, but it looks as though Gallup used BLS statistics to come up with their figures. I will maybe have to sit for a while and figure this out this afternoon.


    Comment by QuinnMae (original poster) at 9:05 AM on Dec. 7, 2012

  • I think that many people were very complacent for a very long time. I consider myself well educated, involved. I watch the news but for a long time it was like I was asleep and have suddenly awaken. I cannot believe that jobs were outsourced for years and years and employers were given incentives to do just that and we were all just silently thinking that our world would not change. It worries me that those in power have no idea what their game of chicken is doing to the lives of people. Someone I know is on the verge of a nervous breakdown or suicide whatever comes first as she has been out of work for almost two years. I for one will vote anyone and everyone out of office who is currently in office. It is time for major changes. The only way that things will change is if Americans in force vote every damn person out of office. Regardless of what they say they are all prolonging this situation with them bullshit.

    Answer by booklover545 at 6:30 PM on Dec. 7, 2012