For a long time I have railed on the current policy of providing long-term unemployment benefits to people out of work. I’ve gone further and documented available jobs in my area. Granted, the jobs are rather unattractive and have, in some cases, offended friends and family who maybe themselves or know someone who has been or is currently, unemployed.
I’ve suspended that series.
However, my point all along is not that people who aren’t taking those jobs but relying on benefits are lazy, it’s that they are rational. The incentives are all wrong.
For example, if I’m unemployed and collecting $350.00 a week what is the marginal value of me taking a job that pays, say $8 an hour for 40 hours? Well, it works out like this:
- $8*40 hours equals $320.00
- The first $50.00 is “burden free”, so that means only $270.00 of my $320 counts against me.
- Because my benefits are $350 and I “earned” $270.00, my unemployment benefit check is now $80.00.
- Adding my wage and my check, my new take is $400.00.
- Because I was earning $350.00 BEFORE my job, my incremental “raise” is 50 bucks.
- For 40 hours of work I earned an extra $50.00.
- That is about $1.25 an hour. And when I say about, I mean exactly.
- Who expects anyone to work for 1 twenty 5 and hour American?
- No one.
And THAT is why our unemployment rate is so high.
Anyway, that’s not my point. This is:
When businesses hire they are looking to hire the best candidate possible. And to that end, they go through a whole process whereby they feel they actually GET the best candidate possible. They have interviews, resume scans, tricky questionnaires and ALL sorts of things that they use.
On a personal note, I have hired a great number of people in my past roles. There is one characteristic that I always notice. And while this characteristic may not assure you the job it almost always disqualifies you in my mind.
Well, in this economy, businesses are being businesses. They are using whatever technique they can to identify a candidate that they feel will bring them the most bang for the buck. And ya wanna know what it is?
The unemployed need not apply.
That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation’s employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work.
A recent review of job vacancy postings on popular sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Craigslist revealed hundreds that said employers would consider (or at least “strongly prefer”) only people currently employed or just recently laid off.
Unemployed workers have long suspected that the gaping holes on their résumés left them less attractive to employers. But with the country in the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression, many had hoped employers would be more forgiving.
“I feel like I am being shunned by our entire society,” said Kelly Wiedemer, 45, an information technology operations analyst who said a recruiter had told her that despite her skill set she would be a “hard sell” because she had been out of work for more than six months.
As I mentioned, folks not wanting to work for pennies an hour is reasonable. It’s logical. I get it. But folks WILLING to work for pennies an hour is a MASSIVE indicator that they are possessing those traits and characteristics that I want in my organization.
Is it any coincidence that New Jersey, New York and Michigan are the most decimated states when t comes to job loss, population gain, unemployment rates and sheer economic disasterness?
It shouldn’t be.
By the way, go read the whole article. It’s just a flippen mess of an example of what life in Liberal America can look like.