MN Unemployment

May 16, 2011 by USA Post 

MN UnemploymentMN Unemployment, Chuck Davis has 15 years experience in software testing, but in the last two years, has learned a thing or two about roller coasters – the emotional.

Davis, 54, lost his job in Minneapolis in March 2009. Despite the depth of the recession at that time, Davis was optimistic about the prospects of their work. After all, knew a lot of people in Fortune 500 companies across the Twin Cities.

Armed with that confidence, took a few months off and had a bit of remodeling the house he shares with his wife in north Minneapolis. When Davis began a serious job search, she was surprised by what he found.

“I would say that my network of people down,” he said. “It was like everybody was fired, and some of his works were, moving to South America, India,” he said.

Thousands of Minnesotans know the kind of desperation that Davis has experienced. Over the past year, an average of about 73,000 state workers have been without work for six months or more.

The long-term unemployed workers constitute about one third of the total unemployed population of the state. Nearly two years after the official end of recession, its ranks have grown steadily and show no sign of abating.

Unable to find a job through their network of contacts, Davis, 54, went to the entire popular sites online job. A Navy veteran who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, networking events attended by a group of veterans.

For months, he had no perspective. Then, last year, as extended unemployment insurance was running out, there was a flurry of interviews. The roller coaster shot up, then fell back when it leaked out.

As for job ads

After two years of unemployment, Davis became more desperate. Last week, he found himself looking help-wanted ads on the corkboard in the coffee shop near his home.

One person was looking for a driver to take her daughter to swim practice after school twice a week. Davis asked and never heard back.

“I see nothing at this time,” he said.

The “long termers” reflect the continued weakness in the labor market, “said Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley.

“We have a work situation that has never been in progress, has not found its equilibrium,” Allegretto said.

Minnesota has lost 150,100 jobs since the recession began in December 2007 to the low point a couple of years later. Since then, employers have returned less than a fifth of jobs.

Stigma long-termers

As if the tight job market is not difficult enough, the unemployed also face the potential stigma that is undesirable in the eyes of employers.

The number of unemployed workers is making it big, said Phillip Swagel, an economist at the University of Maryland. Concerned that long-term unemployed will be unhappy and lose their connection to the workforce.

Swagel said it is bad for the individual and society.

“For the economy, which is in fact a generation of workers whose skills are deteriorating as the economy continues and technology happens,” he said.

That means a less productive work force and bigger bills for the government and taxpayers.

Swagel said many older workers go on disability when they cannot find jobs. He thinks it would be better to use those resources to help people trained to work in industries that are hiring, and requests that the key to reducing long-term unemployment.

Davis, software tester, has come to that conclusion. He recently learned how to operate a machine used to manufacture computer. On Wednesday, it marked a temporary job.

Davis does not know how long it will last, but hoped that shows how much you can work after two years of unemployment.

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