June 27, 2011
THE EXPERTS WHO calculate these things say the Great Recession has been over for two years now. But you would have a hard time persuading the 25 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed or too discouraged to even look for work. Or the countless others who fear they may join their ranks. Last week's report from the Labor Department confirmed what many Americans knew without needing a cable TV pundit to tell them: The mild improvement in job creation that we saw early this year is fading fast: First-time claims for unemployment benefits have been above 400,000 for the past 11 weeks, making for an official unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.
April 26, 2009 |
At 7:25 a.m. on Feb. 20, Dan Perry arrived at work at his Malvern industrial-parts company, as he always did. Five minutes later, Perry's weeping supervisor told him that the company had eliminated his job of four years. By 7:35, Perry was back in the parking lot, holding a box containing a few items from his desk. In the gut-punch moments of nascent unemployment, Perry looked up at the sky and asked, "What just happened to me?" The married 49-year-old executive with two teenage children was filled with a cold dread.
December 16, 1990 |
Chester County has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania, even though unemployment is up. Unemployment rose from 2.5 percent in October 1989 to 3.5 percent in October 1990, according to state Department of Labor and Industry figures. Unemployment rose in the other Pennsylvania counties in the Philadelphia area as well. The greatest increases were in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties, according to the Labor and Industry Department. But all five counties are faring well in a softening economy, according to a department analyst.
November 29, 2012 |
Great news, jobless Pennsylvanians. I've found folks feeling more tortured than you by the state unemployment system: New Jersey residents who worked across the river in Pennsylvania. Once upon a time, Elefterios "Lefty" Mitsos was a respected Philadelphia police officer. Now, the 72-year-old Voorhees resident makes the case that no voice is easier for the Corbett administration to ignore than that of an unemployed person living out of state. Readers may recall a trio of columns this fall about how myopic Harrisburg belt-tightening led to the firing of 100 unemployment call center workers in an already overtaxed system.
November 1, 1989 |
Cutting bloated factory payrolls to comply with economic reform has cost three million Soviets their jobs since 1986, and the number could reach 16 million by 2005, Pravda said yesterday. In some southern Soviet republics wracked by ethnic violence, about 25 percent of the work force has been unemployed for the last three years, the Communist Party daily said. The Pravda article gave no overall jobless rate for the country, which has a work force of about 130 million. Moscow has never revealed overall unemployment figures, declaring for decades that full employment was a virtue of communism.
April 9, 1991 |
We are young, urban and professional. We are literate, respectable, intelligent and charming. But foremost and above all, we know what it's like to be unemployed. Forced into dishonesty to survive, we have bounced checks to keep ourselves in Oxford shirts and Ann Taylor dresses. But we have no solid ground. Our parents continue to help. Our grandparents send an occasional check. Some of us have trust funds, but the majority do not. Our parents must wonder, "My child turned 18, then 21, got the right to vote and to drink, graduated from college, found work, then was out of work - and we're still providing the support.
January 4, 1991 |
Pennsylvania is among 28 states the Department of Labor says might not have enough money in unemployment compensation funds to last the year. The department said yesterday that the spreading recession and layoffs could bankrupt the compensation system in the Commonwealth and elsewhere. Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry defended the fund's solvency. They say it should not be included among the troubled states. There is enough money, they say, to fund unemployment claims for the next 15 months.
August 22, 1991 |
Chester County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in June, another sign that the ailing economy is slowly recovering. June's job boom is especially encouraging because traditionally - even in more prosperous economies - unemployment usually rises in June, employment experts say. "It's kind of interesting. This doesn't usually happen," said Douglas Schmidt, director of the Chester County Job Center in Coatesville. That's because some seasonal workers, such as school cafeteria workers and bus drivers, collect unemployment benefits during the summer in June.
December 17, 2001 |
THE U.S. economy is now in a recession. October and November 2001 saw the largest increase in unemployment in over 20 years. The numbers of workers who have run out of their unemployment benefits is up 42 percent this year over the same period in 2000. Congress and the President are currently debating proposals to stimulate the economy. President Bush and Republicans in Congress are pushing a massive tax cut for corporations, with little help for the unemployed. Unemployed workers and supporters are calling for a stimulus package to aid the jobless.
September 27, 1988 |
The unemployment insurance system has enough reserves to last only five months in a severe recession and would have to borrow billions of dollars from the federal government to keep paying benefits, congressional watchdogs said yesterday. Because states had to borrow $11.8 billion to keep paying benefits during the 1981-82 recession, most have tightened eligibility requirements so much that only one of every four jobless workers in October 1987 received unemployment checks, the General Accounting Office said in a report.