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Ruminations on the economy

Watching early-morning TV, and a news story about jobs and the economy. One of the things that was mentioned was that despite the 8+ million jobs gone, productivity is not declining. And methinks that certain business types can't help but say that evidently those 8+ million jobs are not needed.
They never seem to consider that that's at least 6 million people without income.

This is supposed to be some meaningful rant, but I just can't work up the energy anymore. Most of the angst in my life is dealing with my own insecurities, whether they be job security or otherwise. I know that. Does that make it any easier to deal with? Perhaps. But right now it just feels like an albatross.

I want something better.


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Jan. 25th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Eh, that statistic is a lie. Or a half truth. Because what doesn't take into account is the health (physically and mentally) of the American Worker. Stress related problems are up, as is dissatifaction.

The reality is, Companies are still gettin g thw work done, they're just eating through human beings rapidly and because of the job market, there's always more human beings to replace them.

It's like the whole country is now full of sweat shops with email and coffee machines and you have to wear a tie. But you're expected to work obscene hours and accomplish huge workloads because if you don't, there's someone itching for a job that will happily take you paycheck till they get beaten down too.

Um...not that I'm bitter about the American work ethic or anything.
Jan. 25th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
well said
I wrote my comment before reading yours. Sorry to be redundant.
Jan. 25th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Re: well said
Naaaah, it's not redundant. Yer agreeing. :D
Jan. 25th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: well said
And (about) half of us that vote will vote for George W. Bush.
Jan. 25th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: well said
NOOOOOOOOO! Perhaps just slightly less. Of course, less voted for him last time...
Jan. 25th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
gone jobs
Interestingly, with jobs gone out of the economy, productivity would not decline, quite the opposite, productivity increases because the rest of us have to do their work as well as the stuff we were already doing. Its not that those jobs weren't needed, but that others are being forced to do more with the same pay. This happens in every recession, people are fired and those left would rather work harder than get fired themselves. Working extra hours, or through lunch and skipping breaks will increase anyones productivity, as well as possibly shorten their life and cause stress related illnesses to rise.
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