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July 2nd, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Frustrated with the economy?

This morning the Labor Department reported that June's unemployment rate is at 9.5%. It's a slight decrease from May, when the unemployment rate was at 9.7%.

The decrease isn’t necessarily a sign of improvement. Discouraged workers, or job-seekers no longer looking for employment, are not included in these figures.

What are your frustrations with the current economy? Please share your stories below and we'll use some of them on the air on CNN NewsRoom with Tony Harris from 11a to 1p.


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  1. Amy D.

    JOBS! I am very fustrated that there are not enough jobs to get American's get back to work! I've been looking for work for almost two years now, sending my resumes to employers everyday with very little to no response in return. And at the same time, I'm trying to participate in my state's (Tennessee) job training program to which I'm starting to realize it's next to impossible when you collect unemployment once a week.

    For the record, I'm *not* lazy....I want and need to get back to work right now! If only employers will give the unemployed (including myself) a chance.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  2. Randy Jacksonville, FL

    Why don't you give the real number? I am still unemployed but not counted because I don't get a check anymore?

    July 2, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  3. Butch from Southgate

    My wife has a job where she is literally abused by her employer. They work her to death. She is at the store from 9am until nearly 10pm on some days. Her employer told her, "there are no jobs out there, you just better be happy you still have a job." They won't hire enough employees to cover the job, instead they work who they have to death. They are so under staffed that they can't cover the shifts without over working their employees and they surely don't care if they do that. They don't pay overtime either. "Just be happy you have a job." is their excuse and ....they are right. We need a workers rights bill to protect employees. We have been looking for a job now for three years with literally no success. Nobody is hiring ....want an answer as to why the unemployment figures are high ....yep this is it. They're working who they have to death ....

    July 2, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There's a million illegals in this country doing the jobs that legal Americans should have sending the cash earned back to Mexico Mr. President enforce our immigration law and keep American money's here and put law biding citizen's back to work.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  5. dan the man

    Prior administrations and the Congress are absolutely complicit in allowing American multi-natonals to close up enterprises built on the backs of hard working American workers and re-locate those enterprises off-shore in the pursuit of foolish short term profits. We hear the experts say that the American Middle Class is the economic engine for a good part of the world economy. Yet we did not hear a peep from these same experts while the multi-nationals, with their predatory employment practises, were allowed to savage the Middle Class. Perhaps we should consider policies that impose severe penalties on each job moved overseas and significant tax breaks for each job created here at home. The concept of "Homeland Security" is indeed hollow as long as we can be subjected to the "economic terrorism" of the multi-nationals. These words are indeed harsh, but we must not be confused about the situation we are in.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  6. Hopeless, Rochester NY

    Beyond frustrated doesn't even begin to describe it. After being unemployed for a year and a half with constant job applications, interviews and workshops throughout this time, my unemployment insurance has come to an end. Now in addition to hunting for work, I have to worry about eviction and applying for food stamps. This is not how I want to live. Quite honestly it's getting harder to find a reason to make it through each day. This is not something any of us should be facing in this country. I'm a fully capable and educated human with credentials and abilities, eager to work.

    Insult to injury is being deemed "overqualified" for even menial minimum wage jobs. This is not the American Dream. It's the American Nightmare with no light at the end of the tunnel.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  7. Dan

    I am sick and tired of the current administration still blaming the last administration. I am not affiliated with either party; however it's time this administration start taking responsibility for the economy. Like one of our former, great presidents once said, "the buck stops with me".

    July 2, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  8. Bev

    BP should be forced to set up a program to hire unemployed citizens to clean up their mess. Have mass numbers of them apply. Even a temporary job is better than no job at all. BP should have to pay for transportation to the Gulf Coast and housing for the employees while there.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  9. Tom

    I retired from the USN. I have a monthly retirement check and great health benefits. I know there are a lot of young people that avoid the military.
    If you are young, have a degree, join the military as an officer.
    Free health care as well.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  10. Jonathan

    You want MY frustrations with this economy? I graduated from college with a BS in Physics December of 2009, but I have been unemployed for 1.5 years. I lost my job as a waiter in January of 2009, so I had no part-time income to support myself for my last year of college, so I had to live off of credit cards to be able to live until graduation. It's been 6 months since I started searching for full-time work, but after sending out about 200 resumes, I only have had a handful of interviews and no job offers. Now I have been homeless for about 2 months, no job in sight, and on the verge of going bankrupt. This recession is more than a news headline, it is destroying my life...

    July 2, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  11. jc

    Obama cares nothing about jobs , the oil spill ...only spewing his dem. talking points- pitiful president..sickening.. comical...

    July 2, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  12. Thomas

    I find it interesting that here in Florida, I am unable to qualify for 3rd Tier Unemployment Benefits, because "you dont have enough credits". Then, the government says we're "Unemployment rates falls". Once again, Lies.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  13. Dave Adams

    The unemployment figures are down because they don't count the unemployed that aren't collecting benefits. Just think, if everyone stop getting unemployment benefits we would have an unemployment figure of 0%.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  14. Matthew Edwards

    Why are you pointing to the 21 dead gunfight like it's in Puerto Vallarte? It was 6 miles from the Arizona border in Nogales just south of Tucson!
    Are you trying to minimize this in some way so that Americans don't get scared because it's far away from the border? Because it was right at the border. I know you make a better graphic than that, come on...

    July 2, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  15. Randy Jacksonville, FL

    I have not dropped out or given up!!!!!!! I am just not counted because I no longer get a check. Report the real number.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  16. Bhavin Jani

    It is time for Govt to get out of our everyday lives..leave us alone and we will survive like the past..Americans are tough..but they have been spoiled by the hand outs by the Govt which has made a lot of us lazy and epend on teh Govt to fix our problems

    Govt should ask for no taxes from small business for 1 year and function from the $$$ they have saved (I bet you they have none saved..it's all borrowed!!!!!) ..I bet you jobs will come back

    Also scrap the Unions and minimum wage requirements and all the nonsense benefits which come with being employed..and forcing employers. Americans have to be on level ground with other manufacturing countries so that we can give jobs to our own people and keep prices fair so the world will buy our products

    July 2, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  17. Stanley Duett

    I am living on a fixed income, Social secutiy disability, and a small pension from my employer. I managed to stay a float untill our government allowed the credit card companies to change the rulings on interest and larger payments. Our government did not give us a cost of living increase, but everyone has raised the rent, the utilities go up and we continue to pay more on taxes. In someways I am better off than others, but I still can not keep up.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  18. k Stewart

    How can the senate go on vacation for a week when millions of us out here got our unemployment checks taken away. We have no money for food rent etc.. They are going on a weeks vacation to celebrate the 4th of July. We can't even afford a package of hot dogs. This is an emergency. They should not go on vacation until this unemployment extension bill passes. This is a disgrace. They should be ashamed of themselves. We are dying out here. Can't they see this? THERE ARE NO JOBS!! I have called every where. Factories, agencies. THERE ARE NO JOBS!! How are we to live. Feed our kids. Pay our rent? I would like an answer.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  19. Emerson

    Unemployment fell because there are thousands of us, who are waiting on our government to extend unemployment benefits, which they failed to do. If they had extended unemployment benefits, I am sure that the unemployment rate would have went up. I can't believe that our government couldn't address this issue before the July 4th holiday. I am not sure how I will be paying my mortgage payment and utility bill now that they failed to extend the benefits. My job was outsourced in December, and my unemployment ran out in May. I have never been on unemployment in my 18 years of working and need the extension to keep bare minimum bills paid until I locate a job. I have been on about 15 interviews, but alas none resulted in a job. Washington needs to get off holiday and pass the unemployment extension bill.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  20. Jim In Houston

    My major frustration with the economy is the disconnect between the hiring in specialized fields like mine (financial auditing) and the hiring. At 57 years old I can't help but feel that it has to do with the fact that I am older and therefore need a higher income and have been among the longer term unemployed (more than 18 months and counting). Companies only want to higher younger, less qualified people. I've been told I am over-qualified. I guess companies don't want over qualified people doing their audits these days! For our personal situation, my wife had to take a transfer to her company's European division to make ends meet while I stay in Houston looking for work.

    I have been an Obama supporter but I am getting more frustrated by the day. We need to concentrate on jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Leave immigration and climate to the second term if there is one. I don't think the Republicans or teapartiers have a clue. I just may sit on my hands for the next election.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  21. Kelly

    The economy has killed the American Dream. I followed the rules and received an education. Instead of the white picket fence I was promised, I've received frustration, heartache and pain. All I want to do is take care of my mother. Even with a a college degree, the poverty cycle seems to be continuing.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  22. Jon

    Tony,
    With the delay in extended unemployment benefits this will only plunge the economy deeper in the hole. Employers not hiring, stimulus programs expiring and a lack of consumer confidence is a recipe for a double-dip. In times of economic downturns is not the time to pull the rug out from under stimulus and pullback. If anything it is a time to double down on stimulus and that will create revenue and defer the deficit for a later time.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  23. Ron, Aventura FL

    It is my opinion that most of the problem is perception.

    The majority of news reported is negative. There is plenty of positive news that could be reported that is most likely more important to most of us and impacts most of us much more than the negative bashing that you continue to air.

    You, not just CNN, but almost all News Media, have determined that you think it is better to air minority positions against almost anything positive that is currently being done by the government.

    How could anyone have a positive outlook without knowing about anything positive that exists.

    I happen to do a little research and use various sources to obtain my news, so I am confident that things are not as bad as you report. However, if this trend continues and you keep promoting the anti-incumbent movement, things will get as bad as you report and we will once again have the people who made such bad decisions in the past controlling the government and if you think that is going to be better, then you better start learning about history.

    It is a shame that we, the American people, as a whole are so poorly educated in this and as a result have little control over the direction of our policies.

    I hope this trend of news reporting changes and becomes more balanced before any more people get any more confused.

    Thanks,
    Ron

    July 2, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  24. lisa gibson

    Supply Side economics is just that, all about the suppliers.

    Well 30 years later we have no demand. Wages are what they were in the early 1970's, the rich wont spend THIER OWN money, and everyone else has no money and no credit.

    I want to know from Republicans were is the demand suppose to come from if not the government when no else is spending?

    $1.3 Trillion in tax cuts in the third month of the Bush Presidency. In response to the "greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, $800 Billion.
    Where is all the economic activity the Bush tax cuts was suppose to create?
    Where is the paying off the National Debt with all the additional tax revenues from all the economic activity the Bush tax cut was suppose to create? Not in the US.

    Supply Side Economics has not worked and we should stop transfer Americans wealth to the wealthy.

    lisa*

    July 2, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  25. allenwarren

    This has been a mind numbing 19 months. Yes i haven't had a job since dec' 08. IT has been frustrating, I have been told i'm eighter over or under qualified to asked why did i even apply for this job "I don't intervue people who have been unemployed for more tham 6 months".

    July 2, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  26. Franklin Garcia

    The government does not honestly and sincerely take care of its people and they are more concern about other projects which does not even help the jobless and stimulate the economy. They just open their mouth and say whatever they want but there is NO ACTION at all!
    I have considered looking for jobs oversees but I have a family and I do not want to leave my daughter who needs me.
    I have been unemployed and had sent hUndreds of resumes but none have responded.ATTN: GOVERNMENT PEOPLE
    PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  27. mr revolution

    in this economy why have they still not legalized marijuana.It could give us (the U.S. economy) the boost we need.Soon another country will get the jump on us.Not only will it free up money from the court systems but also provide a tax boost by those that want to sell it(medical industry included).lastly it will provide community service in the way of punishment for offenders(under age smokers and those in possession of more than the specified amount)as no on eshould ever be jailed 4 an herb

    July 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  28. Curtis

    This is a class example of how the government does not represent we the people, why do the fig. not count people who"s unemployment has ran out? The government can give billions to everyone but it's own people\, why??

    July 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  29. Laura

    I'm one of many that's Unemployed. Like most I've been actively looking for a job and even willing to take take a job a few steps down from the employment status I gained over the years.

    I just learned as of yesterday on line at the grocery store that my Uemployment Benefits were temporarily on hold till Legislation makes their decision. It's very discouraging to be out there looking for a job and then to be cut off from Benefits without a word. As a US citizen we need some hope that there is light at the end of this tunnel.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  30. Trevor L Hastie

    My frustration is the "American People". This financial meltdown and recovery is close to the level of Great Depression . How many years did it take to resolve it 6?8?years . The American people expect to much to fast. Especially when the Republican Party will not help at all.Give it a chance . Soon people will want pregnancies to last 1 month instead of the typical 9 months. I want I want hurry hurry. Grow up

    July 2, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  31. Tim

    I'm a recent graduate with a master's degree in engineering. Promises of numerous job offers at graduation have fallen short. My last paycheck from school has arrived and soon I'll have no income, even with a lucrative degree. The job market is just not growing as the country needs.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  32. Stephen A.

    Tony, how can anyone today plausibly defend "free trade" agreements, after nearly two decades of devastating failure? Nearly all of our major industries and high paying jobs were sent overseas by government policies that actively encouraged that behavior. There's a place for free trade among Western and Asian Capitalist nations and it makes us work for our success. But we've allowed some markets, primarily in Asia, to keep their markets closed to our goods, and we've traded with nations with slave wages we had no business "competing" with at all, since they drive our wages down and lower our standard of living.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  33. paul in utah

    I think it is disgracefull that the congress is leaving for break when they have not resolved the extended unemployment bill. There are many of uss that are struggling from day to day to keep afloat in this depressed economy. Republicans and democrats need to put asside their differences and resolve this quickly.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  34. Dionne

    I have an MBA, and have been unemployed for two years. I have a method where I apply to no fewer than five jobs a day, which is at least 100 jobs a month. I still have had no luck...how does it affect me? It is a personal slap in the face and I have to work extremely hard to stay motivated and strong enough to keep going. I cannot pay my student loans, get tags for my car or insurance for my children. It is enough to make a person want to give up, but if EVER I am presented with the opportunity, I will use this situation to help others avoid such a circumstance.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  35. Paul

    Tony, I went back to college at 48 years old. I got my AA, BA, and MA in 6 years. I want to teach English and have great grades and recommendations. Sadly, I am on unemployment this summer as the state budget cuts have impacted the state university I work at. It does not make sense that I went back to work because my sales job at a car dealership was not paying the rent. Now I have my degrees, am in debt, and no job. When I see my students that want to be a professor, I want to tell (I don't) to NOT be a professor. WHY? Everyone is part-time, we have security for 4 months, no raises, and are paid much less than a high school or grade school teacher. I honestly wish I had NOT gone back to school.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  36. egm11

    Is NOW the time to be worrying over broadband access? There are devices to connect to the internet these days that do not require cable access. My problem with this is $800 million going to this and i believe that money could better be used in concert with the $600 million for border security. Seems Obama likes to keep changing the conversation when he is getting himself into a corner. He has a boat load of serious problems not the least of which are corruption at the DOJ, total incompetience in handling the gulf oil spill, over all foreign policy issues, specifically handling our allies isreal and england. Get something done instead of jumping from one subject to another. I believe the corruption issue as it relates to the black panther voting situation is the most unsettling. We need leadership and it seems all we are getting are sound bites, finger pointing and excuses. If Obama was my child, i would spank him and tell him to take responsibilbiy for his own mess. Bush is long gone, these are the current administrations problems. I dont ever remember hearing JFK, Carter, LBJ, Reagan, either Bush, blame the previous administration for anything, much less as Obama is doing for everything. Obama is a terribly devisive president.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  37. Curtis Fox

    Hi Tony,

    As an unemployed job-searcher, my biggest frustration is today's system of application submissions. It used to be I could walk into a business, shake the manager's hand and offer him/her my resume. Today everyone posts online and HR departments warn you against walk-ins. It's impossible to distinguish yourself or personalize your application. There are millions of Americans sitting at home emailing resumes.

    How can I compete or individualize myself when I submit my resume for an executive assistant job, that received 450 resumes in one week?!!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  38. Terry

    Chicago School of Economics – Milton Friedman – Thomas – Friedman (sp?) – Regan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 , and now Obama. Normalization of the world economies. They knew we would suffer, but.. "In the end it will be heaven! No more unions. Expanded world markets". They have sacrificed us for their wealth and they knew it. They have made a deal with the devil... self interest and greed. Read your bible christians. Stop worshiping the man and start doing what he said.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  39. yolanda henson

    Re the job losses, I rarely hear anyone address the issue of all the jobs lost to foreign countries caused by corporations' hunger for cheap labor and huge profits. It has gotten so bad that the only job some people can find, or keep, are ones that require them to travel all over the globe training foreign workers to perform jobs of laid off American workers.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  40. james

    in nevada state extention benefits expired june 2, and i am 1 of them where do i actualy get figured in too those numbers. i was surprise too see the numbers fall. it that due too people losing benefits and not on the books anymore. whaat is the raly numbers of people in this country not working. and why don't the government pay people once a month too fill out a monthly benifit claim to keep true records of the unemployed if their not collecting benefita anymore

    July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  41. Tami B

    What worries me is the increasing number of people (mostly men) over the age of 40 who are being layed off and not re-hired.
    I know of 3 men (two of them family) who are well educated, highly skilled workers being replaced by less educated workers. They are forced to continue to apply and receive unemployment which just translates into early retirement.
    Why doesn't CNN feature mature unemployed people during their "hire me" spotlight.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  42. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Its clear that this administration can not cope with tasks it requires to run this country all we are getting is a blame game which is true but that dosnt fix our problems if our administration can not fix our country then the American people needs to move them out of office and replace them with an administration that can .

    July 2, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  43. joyce larusso

    I'm 68 years old, on Social Security and have watched our family construction business go into the tank; my husband of 48 years walk out the door and am in danger of losing my home. Other than that, the economy has not affected me at all.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  44. Bob

    With the total lack of leadership in the White House, our private sector leaders are reluctant to spend capital. Until we get a leader we are going to move sideways, unfortunately. Today, they talk about spending more money - contributing to our accelerating deficit.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  45. Falco

    I was promoted and laid-off in the same year...2009. My work of many years was outsourced. The experience was a blow to my dignity and took a lot of strength to overcome depression. What I learned was that I had let my work and higher position in the company define me as a person... not good. Now I'm trying to follow my passions and find work that makes me happy, not wealthy, but alas, even that can be challenging these days.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  46. JOSHUA

    How can the senate go on vacation for a week when millions of us out here got our unemployment checks taken away. We have no money for food rent etc.. They are going on a weeks vacation to celebrate the 4th of July. We can't even afford a package of hot dogs. This is an emergency. They should not go on vacation until this unemployment extension bill passes. This is a disgrace. They should be ashamed of themselves. We are dying out here. Can't they see this? THERE ARE NO JOBS!! I have called every where. Factories, agencies. THERE ARE NO JOBS!! How are we to live. Feed our kids. Pay our rent? I would like an answer.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  47. Patty in Minneapolis

    I am frustrated with those who say we are robbing from future generations if we extend long term unemployment benefits and invest in educating our currant children. It reminds me of a former colleague who contributed the max to her 401K but couldn't pay her bills. She may have a great retirement but she'll be homeless and starving before she gets there. Do they seriously believe saving for future generations is more important than feeding our children NOW?! And what kind of future do we face if we fail to educate an entire generation of our children. I'm one of the long term unemployed. I know, as these people apparently don't, that there are not a lot of jobs out there. Thanks.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  48. James Chaffin

    I for one am dissappointed in the way our governemt handles things. If thye need money some how or another they just call a vote and the money is there for them.
    I recently had to retire due to a medical condition. Now I am having to jump thru hoops to get the SSi benefits I have paid in since 1975. I didn't want to retire but I had to, I wanted to keep leading a productive life but that is now over. I am now waiting on the governement to decide if I am worthy of a disability check that I have rightfully paid in on for years. Whats wrong with this picture. Work hard all of your life then have to prove that I am actually who I am and who paid in my SS benefits. Work hard and wait!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  49. Joe

    Hey Tony, the economy will never recover as long as we keep sending jobs overseas. I work for IBM and the main corporate focus is to please Wallstreet by increasing profits...this is done by sending American jobs to countries like India and Brazil. The end result? Big fat salaries/bonuses for executives and more unemployment right here. The government mantra is "lets create more jobs"... this is window dressing as long as corporations are allowed/encouraged to send jobs overseas. Thx....Joe

    July 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  50. Lorraine

    I'm a 53 year old single female and have 10 years in the mental health field. I was laid-off in December of 2009 and have been unemployed for seven months now. I'm frustrated because the media is no longer focusing on those of us who are really struggling and very little focus on the members of Congress who keep blocking our extensions....and did I hear that number right? Did Congress just approve 37 billion for the freakin WAR???? I don't even want to live in this country anymore...if I win the lottery, I'm taking my family to a different country where maybe we'll be treated with respect and maybe even be able to access some healthcare...IT'S THE JOBS, STUPID!!!! Of course, by funding this ongoing stupid war, there will be fewer young men & women coming back seeking employment....somethin to think about.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  51. Nick

    No longer working? I find it hard to believe that anyone can actually measure how many people decide to stop looking for work. Or are these just the people that are not eligible to collect unemployment. Call it for what it is.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  52. Dan

    The government and the media just dont get it, we are not lazy! There is no jobs. I need the unemployment just to keep my house

    July 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  53. Rodger

    Tony,
    It is ridiculous to suggest that another stimulus bill is needed. We need to fix the problem rather than treating the symptom. Economic stimulus is like a sleepy person drinking coffee when they should get some sleep. Economic stimulus is like an unemployed person applying for a credit card when they should be applying for a job. The root of the problem is government interference with free market capitalism. The government has no right to dictate that banks must adopt bad lending practices. The government has no right making laws which bankrupt the coal industry.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  54. dadowd

    Hey Tony,

    The GTU professor was absolutely right. I am a small business owner and have allowed the marginal employees to exit without replacing them. I now have a smaller, MUCH more efficient staff that has improved profitabilty and allowed me to better compensate the ones who really contribute. Too many of our past workers were just looking for "handouts and their entitled benefits".
    Just a small business observation...we are so much better positioned for the future now!
    LUV UR SHOW!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  55. Sean

    Tony,

    Thanks for the coverage of the unemployment stats. What about some stories, throughout-the-rest-of-the-day (after Senator Byrd's memorial service) about how the House AND Senate are apparently about to go on a PAID ten day recess, while over 1.3 million people (think the population of San Diego, or other major city) are without unemplyment benefits because Congress can't find a way to pay for it!!!

    This is the tragedy. How do you have a happy 4th of July weekend while you're waiting in line at the local rescue mission for a sermon and meal? The stats say we need to add 150-250,000 new jobs PER MONTH to make a dent in the 8 million jobs lost (and more to come due to the gulf coast oil disaster...)

    Any media coverage may embarass Congress into doing its job and passing the unemployment legislation TODAY!!!

    Please email me to let me know somebody on the staff at CNN has read this.

    Thank you,

    Sean

    July 2, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  56. Jessica Gonzales

    I just graduated from college with a degree in education. I've been to several job fairs and it's kinda disheartening to see the long lines of people applying for a teaching job. What's scarey is that my school loans will be due soon and I still don't have a job.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  57. Kathleen

    I I worked 8 years at my last job and had planned to retire from that job. Governor Schwartzenegger cut the funding and I was out of work at the age of 57. I have been looking for a job for a year. I was on my first unemployment extension when the deadline ended my chances for any more extensions. I raised three kids by myself. I have never taken any public services and have never been without insurance for myself. Now, without unemployment, I had to rent out my house just to get it paid off and move in with family. I will have to go without insurance as I can no longer afford cobra. Yesterday I received a notice from a job I applied for saying I was not being interviewed because they had too many applications for the same job. At my age, jobs are few, if any. I am too young to collect my social security so basically I am homeless, penniless, and maybe unemployable. I was a woman who worked everyday since I was 16. I never stayed home with my kids except to give birth and recover for a few weeks. I have always provided for myself and my growing children. Now I am basically destitute and there are no benefits for me, now that I need them. It's depressing when you cannot get a job and you are willing to work hard, then add the fact that there is no unemployment for us and you have a large group of destitute and desperate people. I am sick at heart and very scared. Thanks for letting me vent.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  58. Mary from Pike Creek, DE

    A major frustration: Job boards, recruiters and companies posting fake positions for 'fishing' and 'trolling' to evaluate the talent pool is an incredible waste of time for the job seeker. I am genuinely looking for work. Even government job boards with list jobs that are not available yet.

    Once upon a time, finding a job, even in a bad economy, the job search was straight forward. Between networking, social media, h.r. information systems and formatting for each position posted, looking for work involves a major coordinating effort.

    There is a lot of conflicting information out there. Fishing for talent is cruel, especially if your benefits are running out.

    Thanks

    July 2, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  59. Vince

    I thought the comments of your guess this morning (Mr. Boston) were very interesting and seem to represent the 'hard truth'. I was let go by a security monitoring company back in February of this year due to downsizing. I was hired 3.5 years ago to start up a technical support department and have been praised by senior management for being innovative and helping the company 'survive'; however, my management position has been "eliminated." I'm sure many working professionals feel that the company they work for in these hard economic times can do whatever they want at the drop of a dime (to save a dime) to eliminate employees, that they have no intention on rehiring – as your guest brought out this morning. I appreciate you keeping the public up on the latest news regarding the job situation!

    Thanks!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  60. Mr. Joseph C. Primous

    "Preparing for Economy"
    Unfortunately the only people who will speak about the economy is the professionals at work. I would rather we focus on the Companies; jobs; and positions that went dyfunct rather Private Sector or Public Sector lay-offs, closure. I am observing the reports, yet I "Professionallywill not let fustration lead my day, nor the fustration of another individual, instituitions, municiapal, state or Nation lead my day. The opportunity for employment in "America" is always realistic, jobs & service is a just that. Professions in the industry, Broadcasting, Newspapers, Radio, Music Industry, Law Enforcement, and Medical co-exist withthis same economy.

    The professional must learn to highlight their pursuit to success. Were as service workers of "America", must prepare to share what they need, to other jobs and Professions. "Propoganda of a "Depression" should never happen in this Nation/nor be reported as that.

    Think the source of power: Investors & Policy Makers get high returns, Workers agree with contract that have closures. The public notice of unemployment isn't a government problem, "I must personlize the problem, and seek employment in the "Profession Of Interest"!

    State of Ariozon: Unemployment should under "Education" onlhy work 10 months a Year!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  61. Mr Harris

    Honestly I hate to oversimplify the situation but I work for a top 10 financial instution and the writing is on the wall if not on our face. The only way to get things going is to open the finacial flood gates. I know for a fact that were not really lending, I put in applications for over 40 plus business loans and credit cards and 40 were declined some with great scores. There are certain industries that are being refused credit no matter what their situation. Americans move off of credit and instant gratification so what thats who we are now unless consumers and businesses alike can get access to credit were in trouble consumers buy which means demand for products and services go up companies higher get credit to get more supplies and so on if there would of been verrification on the mortgage loans which i was apart of also losses would of not been so crazy but all i needed was for a customer to tell me they made so much money and i could get them approved credit and some regulation !!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  62. Brenda

    We live in Newberg, OR and own our business in Hillsboro, OR a suburb of Portland, OR. At one time we employed 7 employees and have been in business for 11 years. Our bills were all paid off and when the recession hit, we now have only 3 of us working, all family. We are back in debt now at about 100,000 and tryiing to stay afloat. We tried to get the ARC loan which Obama put out there, however, we were turned down due to not enough cash flow!!! I would like to know if any of the lawmakers have followed up on how many of those loans were given?? Our unemployment rate is almost at 11%. with no help in sight!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  63. Diane Bradburd

    I Want to know why they did.t pass extension before holiday. they left millions of us broke. I have 15.00 in checking acc. my last check was 3/28/30 does this extension inck=lude the 99ers

    July 2, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  64. Misty from Baltimore

    Oh My, This economy has potentially devistated my family in many different ways.

    Relations have broken down to a point that family members who owe me money to the tune of $15,000 to $140 refuse to pay me back.

    After a 01/2007 layoff, not being able to find a job and becoming a government contractor; then not being able to get a contract work performed over 25 years it has been tough.

    Car repossessed, mortgage in foreclosure, then attending Congressman Cummings Foreclosure seminar with Bank of America; It has been a nightmare. After attending a government foreclosure seminar and seeing Bank of America loan counselor and being approved on the spot for a refinance of 31% on June 19th only to be served foreclosure papers July 1st!

    For me, it is in the hands of God.

    My only goal is to have a home until I can find a job to care for my two autistic sons. Child support has been frozen for my family since my 17 yo has been 9 yo and the state of maryland supports this.

    Our comptroller, Peter Franchose from France, employ tactics he would not be allowed to get away with on the people of France get work he and becomes a hired hungry political wanna-be is killing the people with new technology tweeks provided by his new technology network. All the while he is buying advertising from Google to post re-elect ads on the Huffington Post!

    Enough already! We teach people how to treat us and citizens of state need to take a stand for what is right or we fall for anything.

    MsTy of Baltimore

    I hope this post make it to your broadcast.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  65. Dmitriy Kleyman / AwesomeChannel.com

    To bring our economy up we need to start to be more focus how to bring American businesses back to America which left USA to get more profit for less money to spend. Our politician forgot who placed them in their offices. They way our policy is now that we support economy in China, Mexico and other countries but not USA by shipping more and more companies over the sea. Solution to bring our economy up is very simple, STOP spending money because when you spend money the way you do now YOU ARE NOT CREATING A PERMANENT JOBS IN USA its only temporary solutions so we not going to be in the deep whole sooner then we expecting. What we need is MANUFACTURING base, that's what will create JOBS in USA. Why don't you want to bring our IMPORT taxes up so when companies think to leave USA they will think twice if it worth it because of the IMPORT taxes, and HOW LONG WE as United States of the America will play under China's business rules ??? WHY We are not more tougher on them to bring their currency up ?
    The solution is simple, the problem is OUR POLITICIANS, they do not want to see this solution.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  66. Shaun

    CNN and Tony you are HILARIOUS! This is an injustic ein our system where we care more about those on foreign shores than our own..this story has been out there and not covered by CNN until the day the adjourn for vacation. Maybe if our media outlets weren't on the payroll you could have covered the story enough to put more pressure on those clowns in DC. Shame on you COngress and shame on you CNN!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  67. Rob

    Scott Brown and Ben Nelson need to get there finances inspected, they wanted to vote for wall street money but either could have passed this unemployment which means my friend Shane won't be able to pay August rent if they don't do something. Do they think people aren't trying?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  68. JD

    In my opinion the economy will not recover until people have more confidence that our government is not heading towards socialism. We have socialized medicine, "bad" big business, people with "too much money" and now talk of a national civilian police force (read history & see where that leads!). The large employers will not be hiring the work-force they had on a full-time basis because now they have to pay sky rocketing health care benefits - the pharmaceutical industry nor the insurance companies cut their costs when the healthcare bill was written. They could have done a lot to make healthcare less expensive. See what a heart stint costs in Australia versus the U.S. for instance.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  69. Mr. Joseph C. Primous

    "My Income"

    Makes you dumb. Yet I am busy in school and seeking employment, I have not quite determine the need to admit a "Career Change", yet I must rely on this State to address my qualifications. The system of human evaluations is the problem, not the current economic evaluation at any level. Maximum Unemploymnet Insurance in my home State is $240 weekly x 4 weeks. My Employer dyfunct was a European Company, which choice to move investments in the Spring of 2009. I understood, understand and yet to recieve any unemployment to the term of that salary.

    Arizona does not stand alone, I have begin to seek employment in the Industry of "Media" so keep in mind "I must be positive' I must establish new direction in Higher Education, and I must understand the "Competive World", and move my personal story out of public news, for purpose of confidentiality and the liability ofmy next relationship with an Employer, Media Policy!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  70. Damian

    Unemployment rate down – what bs! Unemployment rates are NOT down, simply if the GOP in Senate that can swell the Fed deficit to 13 Trillion on Wall St. and Insurance company bailouts are the same GOP that won't support the private citizen. Playing games with unemployment benefit extensions do NOT mean that the unemployment rates are going down. If they stop paying, they stop COUNTING!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  71. Bill Knight

    Low CD rates – For us older americans trying to live on CD interest rates it is terrible. When a 5% CD comes due to best you can do is 2.5%. If they bail out the banks why not give us better rate for retirement?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  72. Brenda

    Just wanted to add to the comment I already made. I also had to start drawing my SS to help with the loss of income as we didn't pay into unemployment. My husband will now have to start drawing his early in Oct. also. Instead of getting ready to retire, we are in debt and will probably work for the rest of our lives. Glad those people in congress can go on vacation as we haven't had a vacation in 3 years!! I don't think those in Washinton are in turn with the rest of the country especially in the Northwestern part of the US.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  73. G. Martinez

    I lost my benefits over a 6 months ago & used my student loan money to pay bills to get by. I am going to move from Indianapolis to Texas to look for better government jobs. Good thing Congress is not having to live off unemployment benefits while they take a vacation.

    On usa.gov there are suggestions of working/volunteering with Public Service or Americorp to have student loan reduced – can someone look into that avenue as a means to get an education without a large loan to repay.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  74. Deborah Holden

    I am a baby- boomer, back in college, no Soc. Sec. increase for 2 years, we bail out the banks, we give illegals a free ride, and while all this is going on my space rent in my senior park goes up; my income goes down. Where is the justice for all the Americans that have worked hard and are losing everything?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  75. Scott

    im frustrated that we bailed out the banks,but not the people.
    Why don't we just give the stimulous to the people.
    Then people would spend money and stimulate the economy,and for alot,save their livelyhoods.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  76. Racheal Torres

    We can talk about the unemployment bill on you comments page here, but you can't take 5min. a day to discuss it on the air- no updates no nothing. I am disgusted with CNN and most other news stations. Bring us the news we want, need, to hear. For my family it is just another example of how the "woorking class" does not matter.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  77. Frank

    I'm frustrated because I have been unemployed for four months I have sent numerous resumes several job applications and still no results. My employment benefits have stopped my rent is do and bills are still coming someone please help I'm a hardworking man that can't support my family right now. This situation is depressing.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  78. Craig

    Unemployment Benefits: I returned from overseas teaching because of bad economy and layoffs. Since I did not work for an American company I am entitled for no unemployment. People who was able to receive some benefits should be glad. Better than getting nothing with no possibilities of any extensions except you get nothing and a Good Luck comment!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  79. ZP

    How about reporting about the BILLIONS it would cost this country to keep all these people on unemployment? Why do I see "help wanted" signs all over? People do not want to work for minimum wage.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  80. Milllie

    I am a 62 y/o unemployed Registered Nurse. I did everything right, worked full time nights and went to school during the day in the 70's. I had to apply for Social Security early, which I have yet to collect on. Why do these people thing we are lazy drug addicts?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  81. Curt

    What frustrates me the most is the Republican trying to vote against anything that might help the economy. This has become so political it is really making me mad.
    They won't vote for unemployment extension because it add to the deficit. Give me a break. Some of these people are one unemployment check from being without food or homeless.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  82. Donna Levin

    I get so offended when I hear some of the representatives who think that if they take away our unemployment that then we will get out and “get a job”! I have sent out hundreds of resumes since December of 2009 and want nothing more than to get back to work. Unemployment does not even begin to cover all my families needs but at least I can put food on the table.

    One huge variable in the job search equation are the shear amount of qualified, talented individuals competing for the same job! I never had to interview for more than one job before gaining employment, now it seems in the rare instances I have gotten in to interview there is that slightly more qualified candidate. SO FRUSTRATING!!!! I think corporate America is still very hesitate.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  83. Greg

    Let's face it, we live in a corrupt society where many only care about themselves and their retirement. To not extend benefits to the many who need it, will only end up costing society more. I look for crime and corruption to only rise, like we never could have imagined!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  84. Chris Lacey

    Tony,
    My name is Chris Lacey and I live in Phoenix Arizona; I have been un-employed since February 2009, when I had full employment, I worked as a procurement manager for Pulte Homes. When I lost my job the housing crisis was at full tilt, and since then, my wife has left me, my home is foreclosing, and I had to put my dog up for adoption. I have been able to find some work here and there but nothing permanent that was substantial, where I could support myself and daughter.
    I currently live in downtown phoenix with my sister and working on my MBA in hopes this additional degree will open doors for me.

    I am losing hope with this economy, and maybe we should just stop complicating things, and just realize the economy has shrunk.
    I see no end in sight.
    Regards
    Chris Lacey

    July 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  85. Tommy O'Rourke

    I am being very optimistic about my situation in our present economy. I am still job searching after a year in this situation. Employers are frozen and are keeping the staff they could afford. I moved on to the option of starting my own business...the banks aren't lending to startup businesses. I am presently networking with friends and family just to see what sticks. As an American I live in the land of opportunity, and my opportunities are running out. I do want to continue my purpose and responsibility as a productive American in our workforce, but what do you do when you options are running out ??? That's for your daily broadcast on CNN. Keep up the good work.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  86. Jim

    Tony,

    Why don't we stop giving away billions of dollars to other countries and start using those funds to support and invest in the American people? If our government stopped giving away money to other countries that don't do anything for us, then we would have enough money to pay for things like unemployment compensation extensions. And where did they find that lady senator who said that most people would rather draw unemployment than look for work? News flash: In order to draw unemployment compensation in most states, you have to be actively seeking employment. If your not seeking employment, the unemployment checks stop coming!

    Thanks for listening,

    Jim

    July 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  87. Roger

    Frustrated. No, totally do not believe anything our politicans say. I have never been unemployed for this long of time. Our leaders are leading down the road to no return. I need unemployment, not what these out of touch people say. I used to make 1800 dollars a week and now 425.00. GIVE ME A DAM GOOD PAYIN job and I will go back to work. No I will not work for 6.00 dollars an hour that requires me to pay taxes out that measly money. Yeah all the rich people talk but have no idea what is to live on 400 dollars a week. I really can not say what i feel here.

    But on a side note. Lets all get rid of offshore drilling so that we can pay more of the measly money for gas to get to the unemployment offices.
    HAHA. DOOMED

    July 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  88. Karen

    It has been two and one half years since I was laid off from my full-time job. I have worked various part-time and temporary jobs (including the census), but they do not pay the bills. I am already in bankruptcy and may lose my home. Even worse, my elderly mother lives with me, and she will lose her home also. This while CEOs collect their millions, and sell the American workers down the river! I have never been more disgusted and angry with this country!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  89. Reggie Ringgold

    I was just watching the segment on the 1.3 million Americans losing unemployment benefits and i found the senators comments to be insulting. They had no problem bailing out the banks twice on the backs of tax payers and they cannot extend benefits for ordinary Americans. There are no jobs and for the senator to say that it encourages people not to go look for work, where are the bleeping jobs. I would gladly trade my unemployment check for a regular paycheck any day.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  90. ed conley

    these people who think unemployed dont want to work need to be unemployed themself, then we we would see a differance. what are we going to do here in east ky coal feilds no work to get. move to the big city and eat and feed our family from the dumpsters?? congress get up off your *** and do the right thing,you all sound like a bunch of kids on the playground pick me pick me...............

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  91. Rob

    G I hear the indy airport is hiring for screeners just so you know

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  92. Carmine Vietri

    To get people back to work and off of unemployment, which is so easy to collect without even proving you have went for a job interview, I suggest random drug testing. Don't mail them the check make them pick it up with a signed off job interview form which could be collaberated again randomly.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  93. Kay

    Tony, the unemployment rate is much high than you think. Hundreds of thousands have lost their businesses. They are not receiving unemployment. There are no records.

    Also,

    Talk to any foreclosure defense attorney anywhere in the US and you'll discover a lender scam of colossal proportions. It's all about confiscating citizen's properties. Many foreclosing banks don't even own the properties and are perpetrating fraud and forgery in the foreclosure process to confiscate them. The banks have already received TARP funds, but the unemployed citizens received nothing in assistance to retain their homes. The modifications are a joke!

    Additionally, many of the properties have already been charged off so they are double dipping when the properties return to the lender! At foreclosure hearings, the judges are ruling for the BANKS and won't listen to the attorneys who try to argue their cases against the scamming banks.

    I believe this is one of the most insidious and far reaching banking swindles since the inception of the opening of the Philadelphia's Bank of North America, chartered in December 1781 by Congress, and opened for business in 1782.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  94. marcos garcia

    I truly think that this country should stop selling jobs overseas. Economy, I don't beleive that the CEOS or president of compmanies are the reason why this country is in a depression. The person who should be pointed the finger at is the CEO of this country: the president of the United Sates.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  95. Jody Thellen

    Our government is a joke. The numbers are not getting better because so many people can not collect anymore. The only reason unemployment looks better is because people are taking part time or low paying jobs to survive. I had to take a job making less than $8/hr. You tell me how to survive on that. Wait until the fall when all the summer jobs end. This economy is getting worse and our government doesn't care anymore. Bail out the banks and wall street. That helped the economy didn't it. We are making BP pay for all the job losses they caused. How about making wall st and the banking industry pay for the job losses they created? Think about it. Its time for americans to elect new people. Get out and vote america !!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  96. Beverly Craig

    I live in Martinsville VA. here there is no jobs except in the medical field. I am now working but for much less than I was making on unemployement. I took the job knowing this. So that republician is dead wrong about it encouraging laid off workers not to work. We all want to work. My brother still can not find a job, he has been out of work since July 2008. He has not had a unemployment check for the past 4 months even though he still has over $1400 in his unemployment account. I also know several others that still have money on their account but did not receive their money for the last 2 weeks. What does the republicians want us Americans to do? Do they want all of us to live on the streets with our children. That is what it is coming down to. Let them come here and find jobs. 95% of us in Martinsville and Henry Co. wants to work but can't. If they have money to send to other countries to help the poverty or even war. How about starting here on our home land.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  97. Mike Romano

    I find it appalling that the Republican's in the US Senate and U.S> Congress can bail out their rich friends in the Banking and Insurance Industries, and then back stab Unemployed and or Under-Employed American's (How dare they take off on a Vacation, without approving an extension of Un-Employment Benefits for all Un-Employed American's). Now these idiots are talking about bailing out BP (They should be convicting BP Executives for MURDER, Ingraved Indifference (A Criminal Offense and Class A Felony), Criminal Willful Blindness), on top of all this other crap! President Obama and his Administration better start doing their jobs of a Republican will be in the White House come 2013! The DEMS et. al. need to do a better job in promoting White and Blue Collar American jobs in both the Private Sector, in Domestic Manufacturing and Marketing of those goods and services, in addition to Green Jobs and Bio-Fuel Production. America was a great nation once, we can be a great nation again! Our nation and our people are facing many extremely serious problems and we need serious elected officials willing to do the deed and reconcile these problems with due diligence and compitence! GOD BLESS AMERICA, but not the GOP / Republican's (they will surely go to hell)......

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  98. Jamison

    Tony,

    Please show the job growth graph from January 2009 through June 2010. The curve had us losing 800,000+ jobs per month. The fact that we have had even minimal job growth the past five to six months is actually evidence that a lot of good is being accomplished because the job losses have stopped. Again, go back to the graph, look at the difference!

    Thanks.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  99. Sylvia Armijo

    I can't believe that those uncaring and ignorant Republicans have
    voted against the extension of unemployment benefits for for
    millions of Americans out of work. Then they go on vacation while
    people of desperate. WTH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Unemployment benefits is a stimulus for the economy. The money
    goes right back into the economy for food etc.

    The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. All they do
    is vote against anything our President Obama represents. We voted
    for him and wanted change, but the Republicans don't even try
    to help the American people. Unbelieveable!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  100. Rita Martinez

    I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada is among the highest states of unemployment. I am a single mother and own a home. I went from a salary of $700 a week to $350. My unemployment still forces me to get financial help from family each month to cover our basic needs. Americans do not care where the money comes from, we need help. I don't understand how the republicans care so little about those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It's despicable! Rita

    July 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  101. Brian Henderson

    My wife was a contract worker at an environmental firm. She was laid off without warning two months ago. We have been trying to file unemployment ever since, but Florida is fighting tooth and nail to keep from paying benefits. Her last paycheck was April 30th, and yesterday (7/1) the agency told us it could be up to six weeks more before we see any unemployment checks.

    We are in danger of losing our vehicle, which the finance company reminds us of three or four times a day. Not to mention how difficult it is to survive with 5 kids without any income. Our savings is gone.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  102. Jackie

    I would like to know where are they getting these numbers?

    I worked for a company for 13.5 years and they lost a major contract and had to do a reduction in force. I have never been without and job and really don't like being without a job. I'm use to doing office work but at this point I'm willing to take on anything. So I say STOP helping the rich get richer and stop assuming they know what everyones situation is and start doing something that REALLY helps. I won't need unemployment if they come up with more jobs.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  103. Sheldon L. Curtis

    How are you Mr. Harris my name is Sheldon Curtis I've been unemployed for alittle over two years i wasn't laid off i was wrongfully termainated. I worked for the Senate offices and i have a story that needes to be heard really need your help please please contact me. I am in need of help. I worked for the Senate when Barack Obama was a Senator and have tried to reach out to him and havent heard a thing from him or no one from his staff. I wrote to him almost a year ago a ten page letter that told what happened to me not only was it a ten page letter it was pictures with him and myself things he signed for me and still no answer. Again please Mr. Harris i need your help i was sitting here watching CNN and you said you would like to hear our comments you would want to hear my story its a BIG STORY!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  104. Misty from Baltimore

    795 million broadband access...
    If this runs the same as disadvantage minority business opportunities, only the insiders will get the work.

    This is a good idea on top a bad operation. Those needing help to gain access to this money will be left out as always in Maryland.

    Democratic officials who want to their jobs have no control over the people who are career officials; they see elected officials as temporary talking heads and I do too.

    That money will only go to the same people.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  105. terry johnson

    I'am frustrated with our political system. I would like to know if their are any people democrat our republican who just lost their unemployment extension if they are thinking of their monthly bill's our the DEFICIT!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  106. Mike Romano

    I have learned that the National Unemployment Rate is 26.25%. In Los Angeles County, where I live it is as high as 38.5%. The State and Federal Government deliberately stop counting people who are long term un-employed when they stop receiving benefits (to make it look like the rate is lower then it really is)! FROM THE ROOT TO THE FRUIT......

    July 2, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  107. Phillip M. Swaba II

    Ok we need more help we bail out these companies for what they can keep our jobs overseas where they could bring back this work by opening more call centers over here. I have been out of work since October 2009 still can not find a job because of this I have been off of my meds and this has hurt me even more because of my mental state of mind and does this government care no they only care about there lobbyists bottom line if the government cared they would start taxing these company more for the loss of jobs that they have sent over seas that could of stayed here to give Americans jobs. We used to be at the turn of the 20th century the greatest exporter off good now we are not because these company and politicians only care about what goes their pocket at the end of the day and not what’s good for America.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  108. Diane C.

    Tony
    I'm unemployed one year this month. i'm and Lpn in the state of arkansas. for each job i apply for their are probably 5-10 people applying. my umemployment ended last month. my 20 year old son
    is in the navy stationed in panama . i had to ask him to pay my rent this month. I am so afraid of what i'm going to do next month. I applied for food stamp but because i attend a community college i don't qualify unless i work at least 30 hours. when my food run out i don't know what i'm going to do. everyone that vote against the extension would think differently if they woke and found themselves in our position scared to death of how to pay to eat or keep a roof over their head. Tony where is the compassion. I've listen to the unemployment extension debate on c span and for the life of me i can hear it coming from the republican.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  109. Rob

    If I hear the word socialism one more time I will scream...we have been a socialist society since we paid taxes. Hamilton wanted a national bank system which sounds pretty good right now. What should we do everyone seems to screw everything up public or private so where do we turn because anarchy is totally not an option?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  110. gwen chamberlain

    Greetings Tony,
    I am one of the thousands of frustrated recently laid-off educators. Because I live in one of the highest cost-of-living cities in the country, San Diego, I'm afraid for my future. I can barely "make it" working for two school districts. Now to be asked to live off of a fraction of my regular pay is insane! Although I would love to live in a more affordable city (even state), where do you go in this economy and be able to live even an "average life"? These are extremely difficult days, now and ahead!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  111. Lee

    Before I share my comment, I have a comment for you: Why wasn't CNN covering this over the past several weeks. It was barely a mention on your station until just the past few days. This situation has been debated in one bill or another over the past several WEEKS but CNN became the "All Oil Spill All the Time" network while MSNBC was proactively covering this issue.

    As for me - I've been out of work since last fall. I send out resumes every week; in terms of 'networking', I've talked to everyone with a pulse; I've signed up with three temp agencies and I check the job boards every day. I sometimes research companies in my area and send resumes whether they have a job posting or not.

    To suggest that extending unemployment benefits is a disincentive to look for work is not only incredibly insulting, it's an ignorant statement and is flatly untrue. The number of unemployed are no doubt much, much higher than is reported in the media and think about it: who would CHOOSE this? Who would choose to have to count every penny, decide which bill is to be paid this week and which one can wait, the isolation, the loneliness, not to mention the constant stress. Who would choose this?

    For those of us in midlife, we already know that we are likely to be the last hired anyway, even though we have been in the workforce for 20 or 30 years. And now we're going to have to start over with higher bills than younger people but with barely enough to keep a roof over our heads. Who would deliberately choose this?

    How can Senate members blithely go off and celebrate a July 4th holiday while Americans are in such peril? How arrogant, insulting and infuriating. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  112. Bobbie H

    How dare Congress leave for a break, and not vote for unenployment exrentions for all including the 99 ers. It is deplorable to be held hostage by these folks. Where is the compassion and understanding? They need to hear very loudly, that we are doing the best we can and we are not lazy and we continue to look for jobs. Why are they not initiating and providing jobs for us in their communities? We will remember how we have been treated come time for voting.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  113. Michael Alarcon MPA

    The banks need to "loosen their purse strings". Lending is a driver in most industries but inparticulary in the Construction Development world. The lack of funding has lead to major layoffs at my previous employer which is systemic throughout the industry.

    On a personal note, being a experienced diversified professional with contacts has not helped my plight to find employment. I wish everyone the best in this difficult time.

    Michael Alarcon MPA, LEED AP

    July 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  114. Angela- MS Resident

    Hi. I am a Mississippi resident, and I am just wanting to comment on the unemployment crisis that's happening right now. I am a bonafide Democrat, but I have to agree with the Republican senator on this one. I do think that unemployment has become a crutch for so many people. I think that it is necessary, but only for a certain period of time. I feel as if a lot of people have begun to depend on the government, and think that it is the responsibility of the government to take care of their households and monthly bills. They could not be more WRONG! I think that it's time for America to wake up, and assume responsibility for themselves! I think that Obama is doing what he can (considering he is being fought tooth and nail on anything he tries to do for the American people from the Republicans), but I think that we as a people have a certain degree of personal accountability that we are refusing to assume.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  115. Sandra

    We better remember history. The rich told people to eat cake, until their heads were cut off. You help out wall street with billions of tax payer dollars. You send money to other countries with corrupt gov. It's easy to dictate when you have a cushy job with perks. When you have to walk in the shoes of millions like be who will lose unemployment ben., then maybe you'll have a change of heart. People are going to do what they have to do to survive. My family isn't rich, but we are poor enough to get foodstamps or any other government help. We have children who want to go to college, but my husbands income, (pension, disability), disquailifies them for pell grants. I've been applying for job with no response from anyone. With my job lost our credit has become so damaged we can't even get a small loan from our credit union. Our homes value has declined so, we can't even get a home equity loan, we've never used any equity. So everybody better go back to their history books, history does repeat its self.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  116. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The democrats hold the majority of the house so dont blame the republicans for holding up progress .

    July 2, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  117. ZP

    I hope all of you that voted for Obama and the Democrats are enjoying "the change".

    I'm not loyal to any party, but I do believe the people and the government have overspent for years, and it will take DECADES to dig out of this hole. When you penalize business by TAXING them over and over, they cannot afford to hire. When is the government going to realize this?

    The more we make, the more they take.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  118. Kevin / NE

    What I've seen is the private sector isn't hiring...people of color. 20 yrs in the industry and I'm over qualified for a supervisor job yet; my boss is a 20 yr old white "boy" who can't even read. Told; "he needs a chance at a good start"...What?

    Unemployement has kept a roof over our heads but I guess I not a citizen (jk), 2yrs in and I'm happy I'm still alive.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  119. Lorraine Brewer - New Hampshire

    I have been unemployed for two years with two temp jobs inbetween. I have not been able to find a FULL time/permanent job. I have sent out countless resumes and filled out countless job applications, still no job to date. I am furious at congress taking "a vacation" without helping us "americans" by extending unemployment benefits.

    United States can find the money – meaning our tax money – to fund the war but we cannot seem to find the money to help us here in america who have worked most of their entire life (I am 53 years old) paying into the system.

    United States needs to help its citizens first and formost because inturn it is "our tax money" that helps the United States.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  120. Nancy Shore

    My daughter, my grandson and myself are all out of work. When I was advised that benefits were cut off a few days ago, we had to give notice at my apartment and my daughter's rental house that we had to move out of state to find jobs. We live paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford this interruption on the money that we have paid and our employers have paid into the system just for emergencies such as this. I have been working for 50 years straight and am in my 3rd extension. People before me are in their 6th extension, but we all must be worth less thatn all the banks and auto companies that have been bailed out for billions. If this isn't fixed, I believe there will be violent crimes that normal people would not be a part of if their basic needs were being met until times are better.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  121. Kevin / NE

    Those people who say; "get out of our lives government"...must be doing alright. Those business people don't want the government involved cause they're not doing right from the door. Yet, these businesses blame the government for THEM not making money. What?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  122. Dana

    Tony,
    I have been unemployed for over a year. My last check will be on 7/7 and that will be used toward rent. After that I am not sure what will happen. I have done all the right things. I have paid taxes, I have applied even for minmum wage jobs and have been turned down or else I am over qualified for the positions. Because of this I have decided to return to school but did not qualify for Pell grants and the tuition was paid for with no additional funds for living expenses. I had to rely on unemployment to cover these expenses.

    Why is it that the unemployed are the scorge of the earth? We are not any different than anyone else in today's society. Maybe it is because some of us are near retirement? I have no idea. Those of us who are in their 50's never expected to lose our jobs. We haven't been on welfare, or foodstamps or other assistance. We have raised our children, went to school, have degrees and yet the business community decides to leave us without a way to pay for retirement, save and or live life. What happened to America? What happened to "Yes we can" Apparently no we can't.

    The question, The senate apparently has individuals who are obviously not aware of what it is like out here. They don't realize that the unemployment checks keep people in their homes and at least be able to cover the bare essentials of life. Does the government have the right to increase the homelessness? Our states systems are overburdened with people who can't support themselves and who are chronically unemployed. People choose this way of life, I don't. I believe that whether I am 50 or 85 I can give back to society in a productive way, the senate and the republicans are the ones who are being unrealistic in the unemployment arena. They have the jobs, we don't, we pay them to advocate for us, but are they?

    All I want is my life. The deficit we are facing is the accumulation of past decisions made by previous administrations. Obama is faced with a monumental task of bringing American to its feet. I believe he is doing a good job, it will take time but in the meantime the Senate needs to get their heads out of the Sand and pass the extension.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  123. Mac

    If you were able to get the truth from most company CEO's they would tell you that the only thing important to them is the amount of money that they can make for their shareholders. This is clearly evident in the fact that they are holding on to their profits instead of creating jobs or investing in the health of our country. In fact, most of wealthy Americas are only interested in the amount of wealth they can accumulate. Not that they need it only that they have more that the next guy. By the way, it is the driving force around capitalism, not that I am opposed to capitalism. It is the best system in the world but we should not fool ourselves into believing that anyone charged with the leadership of a company or part of a company is thinking any other way. The recent BP disaster is clear evidence of this truth. You can be sure that BP is concerned with only one thing, the damage that this is going to have on their profits. I believe that their primary concern is and has always been saving this well for future use. That is why all of their "solutions" involve capturing the oil leaking out of the well. It seems to me that if they could drill the hole, they could also close the hole. President Clintons Idea of blowing the hole closed seems like a reasionable solution but that would destroy the well and end any hope of reopening it which is what I believe is the primary consideration of BP. BP is getting all the grief right now, and rightly so, but lets not fool ourselves into believing they are the only ones who think this way.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  124. lily

    The solution for so many of today's issues seems so obvious to me. We need to revisit our method of taxation. Get rid of all taxes except sales tax. Have all the brilliant economists come up with a tax rate which would cover our national, state and local budgets. Include education, health care, welfare(oops, public assistance)...all of it. This would ensure that everyone pay their fair share, including "illegal aliens" for services provided by our country. Folks who only spend money on the basics would pay very little tax with this system while leaving more money in their paycheck. Folks who have money for the extra's, no matter how many extra's they buy, would pay a little more. Folks buying the jets, multiple homes and other luxuries would pay the most.
    It wouldn't add any work to businesses as they already collect and send in sales tax, it would just be a larger amount. Folks who can afford to pay people to find tax loopholes would be S.O.L. The IRS could go away. We could bring home all those "boots on the Southwest border" because Illegals would not be as tempted to come if they knew they would be paying into our system. I do not understand how all these brilliant business people that we send to Washington lose their common sense once seated. Also, impose term limits so our lawmakers know that they will have to come back home and make their living on the economy after service.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  125. jane

    The company I work for FIS (Fidelity information services) will be laying off 300 people as of 9/28/2010 ...some have already left...they are moving our jobs to the Philippine's so they don't have to pay us 12.00 an hour they can pay them 9.00 dollars a day.. I don't think this company's should be able to do that.. It is a company that deals with information about your credit card and your checking account info..... I don't know about you but I don't like the idea of my info in another country, so that just put more people on unemployment here.. what is wrong with this people do they not want to help the American economy or what...they say it is because they are a global company and they need to be global..I think that is a cop out.
    very mad
    Jane

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  126. Cooper

    RE. UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS – BANKS TELETHON

    Now that the banks WHO CREATED THE CRISIS in the first place, then made BILLIONS using TAXPAYERS'S MONEY – the EX-EMPLOYED – playing the very profitable stock market, wouldn't it be FAIR for them to have a TELETHON FOR BANKS AND BIG BONUS RECIPIENTS so they can make a VERY LARGE POOL OF FUNDS in order to carry on the unemployment benefits for the deserving?
    Makes sense to me! Why telethons for the SMALL PEOPLE to give the little money they have, that they may need some day? THAT does not make sense!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  127. John

    Tony,
    I just want it known that I have been unemployed since October 2009.I am still looking for work everyday, I send out resumes everyday. I am not lazy but I need to find work that pays close to what I losted in wages, being on unemployment allows me to keep looking for this job, when unemployment runs out I will get whatever job I can get but I am afraid My family and I will lose our house and car because these low wage jobs won't cover our mortgage and car loans and credit card debt. I see those hi up politicians don't care about the average guy.Will Govenor Terminator drop his wage to minumum wage also? Our those Senators I voted for being payed while on vacation. I beleive we will see more home forclosures and bankruptcies when unemployment is lost.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  128. ed allen ky

    no jobs, no hope, no need to worry its getting better. just read the graphs but in oder for it to get better here we need to be invaded like iraq was. we have no big plants or factories here. there is no better any where else. when someone fingures this all out let this 54 year old know

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  129. Bill M.

    Jobs you say. My last job as a Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ was OUTSOURCED to China and the Philippines through NO fault of my own. Due to this I've lost my lovely wife, our house was foreclosed and I had to find a new home for my Siberian Husky. I am very fustrated that there are not enough jobs to get American's get back to work! I've been looking for work for almost two years now, sending my resumes to employers everyday with very little to no response in return. And at the same time, I'm trying to participate in my state's job training program to which I'm starting to realize it's next to impossible when you collect unemployment once a week. This country spends more time taking care of other countries, 3/4 of them don't like us, instead of addressing the needs of the unemployed. We need to pull out of Iraq immediately and bring our military home. Relative to Afghanistan the big-shots of the military can't look outside the box. I have the solution. In the military inventory, there has to be either a atom or hydrogen bomb laying around. Use the B-2 Stealth Bomber to transport and drop in Tora Bora locale & drop. 1. Most likely the Taliban is put out of business and 2. the opium business is rendered useless. Bottom Line – Take care of Americans NOT foreigners. My 2-cents.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  130. richard

    Ok I am going to tell you this. I havent worked for a year and a half I had a hear attack in 2008 I lost my job and benifits and after loosing my benifits i lost my medical so no medications I had a stroke So now I am lossin my unemployment benifits and no extentions our state in pa no more weeks after teir 4 So i ask why cant I get work I have medical needs but know I feal I am a liability and no one will give me work The goverment needs to give us folks jobs or extend unemployment In this country we are tought to work hard but when u have a life threating problem were is the help employers dont care about u anyways they would rather get ride of u and could care less if u or your family is taken care of i lost every thing when my heath whent down hill I was in the hvac field for 17 years know I have nothing so were are u mr president when we the american worker needs u give us what we need JOBS or extend the unemployment .THANK YOU

    July 2, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  131. CJP

    The economy and my frustration with the current state of it...I've moved beyond frustration, I'm now indifferent and deflated. I lost my job with the Federal Government seven months ago NOT due to workforce reduction or cause, but due to an error made by a VA HR Department. Numerous hasty solutions and promises were made and none of them materialized. I was given seven days notice, half of our household income was removed unjustly, and I was sent out to try and find another job in the midst of this anemic economy. So yes, I'm frustrated and deflated, but more than anything else I'm sad about the inept nature that is one our Federal Government's glaring characteristics...but what can we really do to turn it all around...???

    July 2, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  132. ed allen ky

    the jobless rate is still very high even though it looks better people who lose ther unemployment are no longer counted so is this better??

    July 2, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  133. Euliver Dizon

    Dear Tony,
    Why can't our leaders see the big picture? The bad economy causes scarcity, which in turn, our leaders in haste makes laws focused on immigration that will hurt America in the long haul. Why? Because even if the ideals are at best and the actions seem justified we become blind to the repercussions of its morality in the real sense. The children are the future of this country!!! As you featured, children of illegal immigrants that are U.S. citizens are being stripped of their opportunity in the pursuit of happiness. Why do we have laws without the safety nets in society especially for the children? It is so sad that with all these budget cuts in education even well minded people are suggesting to remove children from school who have at least one parent that is illegal. The children of this country is the future of our nation be they white, black or any color in between. We are already loading them with debt at the same time decreasing their chances in this competitive global workforce. Please help that we do not get blind sided by today's dilemma and let our lawmakers know that the implementation of laws need to be checked by its future repercussions to the future of our nation.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  134. Susan Lepre

    Many individuals who are highly-trained, but are not able to use their skills to help the general public ( during this giant recession).. In the field of public health since the jobs are largely in state and local governments, many staff have been laid off and there is a freeze on hiring. Public health employees operate substance abuse programs, run vaccination programs and inspect restaurants for food safety.

    Despite qualifying for a national certification in public health that only 900 individuals in the US have achieved ( as well as 2 Master's degrees) I have been unemployed for over 18 months.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  135. NKing

    Why do the lies continue? Americans are not lazy, the ordinary citizen has no "mic" no voice – so much air time is given to the politicians and 'experts". Dare to the media: take your "mic" to the street for a day, or two days and talk to the real people. Elected officals saying Americans are "lazy and don't want to work" need to be voted out. They have no sense of reality, they (repubs' and demos') need to work together – instead they continue to tear this country apart, and the media helps by their participation for sensationalism.
    None of this helps America – who are the real terroist that we should fear?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  136. Educated and Unwated

    I went back to college after about two years in the workforce after high school. Friends, family, and even school counselors, had advised me to pursue a degree even though I could not afford one. They expressed that taking out student loans would be always being worth it. I graduated from the university in December with a Construction Management degree that once was highly in demand. After I graduated, I began to apply for as many jobs as possible all over the country, with a solid resume that included a Bachelors of Science, and multiple summertime jobs that were related to my field. Unfortunately even though I have sent out about 200 applications to date, I have only been interviewed twice. Those with years of experience are taking jobs that were once considered entry level. I am hesitant to take a minimum wage position because that would not provide me with enough income to pay for my forthcoming student loans. In addition, older individuals who have been laid off have taken the more desirable unskilled jobs. The worst part is that, I am not considered unemployed by the government. I have not been apart of the fulltime workforce for some time, nor am I eligible to collect unemployment benefits. Apparently, I am so unimportant to our society that I can’t even be considered in the employment statistics. I feel that I was lied to. My education is appears to be useless, and I am in an extreme amount of debt with no job prospects. I am educated with little experience, and therefore unwanted by employers. I am loosing hope in the American system.

    Regards,

    Charles from Chicago

    July 2, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  137. Cooper

    re. Chris Lacey's note.
    Losing hope cannot be an option. We have to carry on.
    The one thought that we can keep in mind is THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE AND EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY.
    The other thing is that EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE. This particular time is showing us HOW WE CAN LIVE WITHOUT ALL THAT STUFF THAT MAKES THE 'AMERICAN DREAM'!!! And that includes the BIG HOUSE AND ALL THE TECH STUFF IN IT. It will teach us NOT TO EXTEND to a point that we can't sustain if one of the elements that make up our life is disturbed. NOW, if you have an AMERICAN DREAM house, put IT to work; dig out the lawn, buy seeds and start planting you fruit and veges. Get a pig, well, or at least a few chickens – no roosters please! – and a couple of rabbits – one won't do!!! –
    Now, if you say that you are going to crash at your sister's house, maybe THAT will be your contribution, if you can't participate in the financial bit. Start digging her lawn all around the house and planting!
    Either she'll say thank you for getting her started, or she'll get YOU started... to walk out the door!!!
    Hope this bit of PRACTICAL HUMOR WILL HELP EASE THE PAIN. That's another thing: keeping a sense of humor as much as possible saves on the colon! But that's another problem!
    ah ah ah ah
    Good luck Chris!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  138. Praying in La.

    My husband drives and owns a dump truck. We just got a loan to pay our bills and to eat because he has not worked for more than 1 day in 6 months.

    I'm still not even sure of the reason. I believe it's many factors.

    -We live an hour from the gulf coast in Louisiana and are feeling the effects here.
    -The company he has done work for in the past 6 years has jobs all over the state, but have trucks of their own they are using.
    -They and all other construction companies are using trucks owned by people who do not live in this state and are hiring illegal aliens to drive for a pitance.
    -No one NEEDS any dirt, rock, etc because that's a luxury that no can afford these days because they're out of work and need to spend the little money they have on food!

    I have read all the comments posted so far and see that we are not as bad off as some of these people and I feel so sorry for them and continue to pray for them. But, the ones that commented we should just be patient: How are we supposed to be patient, when we don't know how we are going to feed our children.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  139. Matthew Edwards

    Let's face it people, atlest 40% of the people are not employable. For many reasons, undereducated, health issues, no common sense, not dedicated, etc, etc.. The only they get jobs is when the economy is going so strong that companies need more heads even if they don't produce very much.
    People in this country need to wake up and realize that they are living in a different time now and can't just sit back be stupid and expect to get by.
    Dedicate yourself, educate yourself and you will be amazed what you can accomplish!

    I'm out

    July 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  140. Chris

    The unemployed and underwmployed is much greater than reported. The only option is to move those people to welfare food lines and for the baby boomers to go ahead and retire and join them.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  141. Dan O

    We need help out here. We want to work. That's what we do. DOS

    July 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  142. Ann

    It's so frustrating. I have worked for many years. Now, I am collecting unemployment benefits and looking for a job. It has been 18 months. All I want to do is work but so far the doors are closed. I don't think the government is doing enough and since I am an older American, so far no one wants to hire me. I have skills and talents to offer.

    Frustrated,

    Ann

    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  143. Gene Lucas

    Internationalism is the reason, and there may be no solution. With 2 million Californians out of work, 15-20 million Americans out of work, and 212 million workers out of work worldwide (2009/U.N.) what does the world need or want that it has money to pay for – nothing. Therefore, some radical approach is needed – not the band-aids presently being applied.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  144. John P.

    Will Gov. Arnold and the Senators work for minimum wage, Why do they expect us to work for less than we were previously. Not looking for a bail out like the banks but I do want to provide a home for my family.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  145. George Spies USA

    Tony,
    My biggest worry is if we don't get a handle on the jobless rate now, what are we going to do when businesses that are in direct support of the war in Afghanistan have to cut back, when we do start pulling troops out. We can't afford any more "quick fixes" we need a long term plan for our country to grow.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  146. Colorado Guy

    I'm employed, but making less than 1/3 of what I was making a year ago. While this makes me a national employment "success", I'm not exactly plowing gobs of disposable income into the local economy.

    Call me "seriously under-employed" – a statistic the government is seriously-cautious to discuss.

    I've had "job offers" and "employment opportunities" offered to me from:

    > telemarketing companies that want new-hires to pay for their training and then start working for minimum-wage+commission after meeting extremely unrealistic sales targets given the true nature of the economy

    > every insurance company in the United States seeking me to become an "account executive" in a "fast-growing field", but never disclosing a salary and/or hourly rate of pay because they readily admit they're talking about me starting my own business and they seldom pay any thing beyond sales-based commissions

    > "franchise operators" who are more than happy to train me to sell their product door-to-door, as long as I provide them a list of people I know in Colorado after passing their background check and before we have an in-person and/or telephone interview

    Have completed more than 250 on-line job applications – some taking up to three hours to complete – only to either never hear from the "company" or receiving a one-sentence auto-generated email informing me the submission "did not meet minimum criteria for the posted position". Mailed over 200 customized letters/resumes in response to job postings from the web, newspapers, State of Colorado, LinkedIn, and networking leads with only three responses (none related to my current jobs).

    For those of us barely getting by and still working hard to find better, more meaningful work, the rosey depiction of the government stats ignores the thorns.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  147. Carol Taylor

    What frustrates me, as a 72 year old, is that there will be nothing for the future generations but debt. Our country is reaping the rewards of sending the jobs overseas, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and protecting the corporations. The average American is sinking fast financially. The housing crisis is not solved as the banks & mortgage companies are still playing games. It is past time to get rid of the lobbyists and for the corrupt government officials to be voted out.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  148. Turray bynum

    What is this country gonna do if the city and state doesn't step in to help.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  149. Douglas

    hey tony my name is doug and i own a company in indiana and we have had the worst 2 years i own a towing and roadside cmpany here and like i tell people we do work for a lot of insurance companys and so the tow is usualy free to the member but if they can't afford to get the car fixed they will not have it towed. and they talk about the small company loans for us and i called about this for the last year and i have been told that indiana does not have any bank here that can or will do the loan what is realy going on i think it is all about saving face now i like mr. obama but something has to give thx for your time doug

    July 2, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  150. Young but not Stupid

    Tony im 17 and even i know that in bad economic times "tightening the belt" may save YOU money in the short term, but int he long run can hurt hte economy, we need to spend spend spend, pay the bills, by the extras, the more people buy the more job will be created, the more jobs thier are the more money thier is flowing around. Im luckey i found a job, but my jobs not secure if i cant sell the the product, but i cant sell the product if noones in the store or people only buy 1 $10 cd.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  151. Curtis Powell

    To all who are saying "have patience" – Patience does not feed my kids, or pay my bills. The reality is that everything being done is too little, too late.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  152. Linda O'Briant

    My husband I have worked hard all of our 42 years of marriage...he is Director of Golf at private club and I am a wardrobe consultant for Doncaster....it is heartbreaking to be working harder than ever for less..through no fault of our own....the need for greed in our country is epidemic...abuse of power in Washington...is over the top...we need term limits so desperately...Senator Byrd had to die at 92 to finally empty his seat...that is so wrong...they have become so elite and reckless in spending "our" $$$$...there is nothing our government can do without OUR money....I am so over it all....

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  153. Larry

    Wake up America, government can Not fix this, they will only make it worse. Free enterprise is dying, our only salvation is less government!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  154. Chris elchuk

    I am hiring. I could potentially hire 100's within the U.S. But the government will not let me post the jobs because we pay on a 1099 status. Isn't it more important to put people back to work? Funny I can't hire a workforce because of these restrictions even though as reported 14,600,000 americans need jobs.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  155. Ryder

    Tony, This is nothing new. This has been going on for many months and a lot of us have contacted CNN before to ask for MORE coverage of the unemployment dilemma. Millions of us are now OFF any rolls so don't get counted and millions are now in limbo to continue on Tiers as Washington again takes another holiday while we are all losing everything we have. If you are over 50 you are even more screwed, as I am. Some days I do as many as 50 job applications/resumes and in almost 2 years I have had 5 interviews. There is a HUGE AGEISM problem in this country now. I, along with others, am very well educated and have a great employment background but because I am over 50 I CANNOT get a job. I have applied for everything and I am too old or don't speak a foreign language. After paying taxes to Washington most of my life I, along with millions of others, see NO reason why we can't get back some of our money to survive and money that Washington continues to misspend.They have no conscience nor concern for our plight as we sell what little we have to survive and still look the face of homelessness straight in the eye. Shame on Washington!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  156. frank dileo

    this economy is ridiculous. im educated and able yet i cant get a job that even matches my unemployment. even wal mart wont call me back and i have a college education!! now those who were complicit in this whole mess decide not to extend benefits. i am suffering for the sins of others and by the way to reply to one of the viewers comments that we expect too much too fast....spoken like a person with a job! try not being able to pay your rent and being evicted im sure you would change your tune fast!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  157. CKing

    I think it is disgracefull that the congress is leaving for break when they have not resolved the extended unemployment bill. There are many of uss that are struggling from day to day to keep afloat in this depressed economy. Republicans and democrats need to put asside their differences and resolve this quickly.

    Why do the lies continue? Americans are not lazy, the ordinary citizen has no "mic" no voice – so much air time is given to the politicians and 'experts". Dare to the media: take your "mic" to the street for a day, or two days and talk to the real people. Elected officals saying Americans are "lazy and don't want to work" need to be voted out. They have no sense of reality, they (repubs' and demos') need to work together – instead they continue to tear this country apart, and the media helps by their participation for sensationalism.
    None of this helps America – who are the real terroist that we should fear?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  158. Ryan

    This is just unacceptable Obama's planes have failed and I strongly believe we are heading in a double dip. I don't see reelection for him in 2012. PALIN 2012!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  159. ariel

    Who has those jobs that teenager usually work during the summer? Do you really have to ask? Ummm, 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants in this country undercutting and undermining American workers..

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  160. mike

    Add up all bailouts, in the last couple years, and the clean up efforts in the gulf. That will come out to trillions of dollars. If we give every american household either solar panels or wind turbines to power their houses for about 30 thousand dollars each., we would have free energy for every american. Electric cars = no gas required and better yet, FREE!!. This means about $300 per household put back into our local economies. Car plants should reopen to produce these panels and turbines. Put Detroit back to work and give us clean air, water, and land. This can be done, don't tell us it can not be. We don't need wind farms or corporate interference.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  161. Pepe Nillo

    A little love from the Banks – instead of buying up and consolodating each other – would be helpful. While the banks keep being pampered and nuzzled and teen job programs are taken away, what do we expect? How about hire on our idle population to clean up the oil spill... no, because that'd be too rational.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  162. John Hiatt

    There is no doubt in my mind that the stimulis package prevented a total collapse,and a second stimulis is inevitable. You can't fix 10 years of destruction in 2 years.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  163. Susanna

    I'm frustrated about American expectation of handouts and that someone else will provide an American with a job.

    Be a self starter, create your own business. As a child we had 9 in the household. We didn't waste. With meals, whatever we didn't eat we'd put back in the pot.

    I've never been on welfare, unemployment or food stamps. As a kid, I collected bottles, cans and stripped wire to make money. I sold penny candy . I didn't expect any money from my parents, I made my own.

    I'm tired of Americans complaining and being so pessimistic yet not preparing for changes with additional education. Americans must be adaptable, quit spending more than they have. Education and common sense goes a long way.

    I retired before I was 50. I'm creating a new business now so I can fund art, math and science projects for local kindergartens whose schools score at the very bottom. I'm not waiting for government to do something. Not only will I make a profit, not only will I help raise academic scores and quality of life for those children, I'll get a charitable tax deduction, too!

    I'm frustrated with Congress who has been slow in passing other energy credits. I'm waiting on projects I want to do because of that. I'm doing projects in $5000 increments so I can qualify for the full energy credits but because there's a cap, I have to wait if I want those credits.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  164. Jacki

    On the US Senate Republicans voting down unemployment benefit extension....when I called Sen George Voinavich's office to ask for suggestions on how to stay afloat, his staffer would not even give me her first name! Inspires confidence in our politicians. While they take a nice long holiday, us poor working (OR NOT) stiff are given the boot. At 62 years old, I am looking at complete ruin. I am to OLD to be this SCARED!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  165. Eileen Murphy

    Our family is suffering from this economy, I am over 55 and exhausted my 401k and had to sell my home at a short sale after losing my job in March 2008, cannot even get an interview. Teens and people in their twenties and thirties have a better chance but not much better. I am caucasion so it is not just affecting latinos. I have worked for 40 years and never collected unemployment so it is insulting when people say the jobless are lazy and not looking. My son who has six children has been unemployed for almost 2 years they have lost their home and with no prospects in sight , with 6 children I doubt you can call him lazy and living off the system. It seems employers don't want to increase their staff after cleaning house in this ecomony it gives them a chance to run their businesses on skeleton crews.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  166. Cris,in Los Angeles

    With such a large cheap labor force overseas, foreign working visas, cheap imports and the fear of losing a job for workers here, why would companies make an effort to hire us? They can offer lower and lower wages for less hours and still come out on top.
    This country has not been self sufficient for a long time and globalization encouraged greed and laziness at corporate level.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  167. Penny

    800 million for broadband? If you do not have a job, how can you pay for broadband? And if broadband continues to increase its prices, more of us will be going to the library to use the broadband. Broadband with no users....Then what?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  168. Joyce Prager

    Are you folks kidding? Get real! There are people falling off the benefit since unemployment expires-that may show a reduction in taking a benefit but does not mean someone got a job. I have been unemployed for more than six months, sent out hundreds of resumes, hold two post graduate degrees, and more than 25 years of experience. So why can't I get a job? Living on unemployment is not living-it is juggling what you can to survive until you find a job. If I didn't have a savings, I would be doomed..... It's a lie-unemployment is much much higher! than reported.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  169. Tre Mcpherson

    Its too bad that congress got rid of the unemployment extention because a lot of people could use it at this scary time.But at the same time congress got rid of the 19 billion bank tax that was in the financial reform bill and replaced it with TARP money.I thought that was tax payer money.Why are we helping the banks again?Didn't we give them enough.Couldnt putting some of the benefits back help people more than bailing Wall Street out AGAIN.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  170. Paul

    The economy today is a throw-back to the Great Depression. Workers are treated withou consideration, are dismissed at a moments notice and are losing benefits and wages. Gone are seniority, COLA's, pensions and job security. Workers are now a disposible commodity. Meanwhile, wealth has risen up and out of the middle-class, corporate leaders are rewarded for poor planning and management, and bailed out when they fail. Unions were an equalizer to this, but 3 decades of vilification are not going to bring them back anytime soon.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  171. Jessica

    The economy will never recoup unless we do something different. We keep trying the same ol' things, and yeah.. it helps, but for how long? . Wages are unacceptable, jobs are worthless.. it is a day to day struggle. Now you have stories about kids not being able to find work? They're still being supported by their parents!!! What about us? What about the adults who can barely pay their rent because they're working a min. wage job?

    Change needs to come.

    Stop handing out unemployment checks and use that money to create more jobs! Use that money to train people in the medical field or in a trade. Stop handing out money to unemployed people because that is not helping them. Stop handing out money to corporations because they "need" to be bailed out.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  172. Moby

    As your guest just indicated, the majority of jobs lost in this downturn were due to corporations taking advantage of the situation to hide the wholesale off shoring of jobs to Asia and South America. The situation will not improve in the next 10-20 years unless the US government stops subsidizing companies off shoring jobs or allowing them to bring in 1000's of low skilled H1B visa replacements. It is clear that globalization, and the corporations exploiting it, is going to create a permanent US underclass that pays no taxes and has no work. That will certainly drive more socialism as companies cut benefits and wages further growing the underclass. The alternative is outright revolution led by the have-nots struggling to feed themselves.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  173. Jemmise

    The economy may be bad but I don't think that's the problem. Has anyone ever heard of the "Lean" process? We (Americans) are facing some issues with the economy, but the problem is that companies have learned to live with fewer people doing more. Overall, it is not a bad concept, if saving money is what the company is about. The bad part of the "Lean" process – it misplaces workers. What I would like to know is: CNN has all of these experts on the economy but who is the expert on company behaviors and how they save money internally? What Americans need to do is get more creative about working . By the way, I am unemployed too!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  174. Scared in Ohio

    We are having a hard time in Ohio. 4 of my immediate family have lost their jobs. They are running out of unemployment benefits and can't find jobs to support themselves. My husband found a job making less than half of what he made before he lost his job. We are worried that we will lose our home. I'm afraid that the decent paying jobs are never coming back.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  175. Milllie

    Stop blaming the unions. Our jobs went out of the country. because we (Americans) bought products that were cheaper instead of items made in USA. To compete the companies started making their products in countries that take advantage of lower salaries n no benefits, even slave labor situation. NOW the advantages are on the employers side instead of being a partnership between business, employers and the community. Corporations have no conscious nor community responsibility only the bottom line. Corporations want us to be dependents on them to the point of being abused. We need to be more responsive. Each individual whether working or not need to defend against abuse and greed. Corporate leaders need to think of collateral damage of all their decisions not about how much their shareholders will receive in monetary value.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  176. Paris

    Our un-united political parties, always going against each other no what. Only about half of the people that compose our government actually have good intentions and character to purpsue their role in our country well and to the fullest. The rest are self-centered and stubborn. I would say foolish, but they fool us day-to-day. If they would just cooperate a bit and set a few differences aside, maybe we could get somewhere, ya know?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  177. M Vance

    When you receive comments, you need to ask if they are driving an american car, buying american goods, and doing their part to keep their neighbor working. Most could not care less. Protectionism has as it's root, protecting what is dear to you.......... a job for everyone. We need to start protecting ................

    July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  178. Dave

    This is no surprise, it's the new reality. For too many years we've been giving American wealth away...both here and abroad. We want "friends" and "allies" abroad, so we try to buy them with foreign aid; we want cheap consumer goods so we buy them from China; corporations want huge profits and they get them by moving manufacturing and call centers offshore; we feel sorry for the millions of illegal immigrants who have invaded our country, so we give them free medical care, education, and myriad other social services; we want the government to do everything for us and protect us from everything that's bad, so we create more and more expensive bureaucracy. All this cannot be supported by our current tax base and the service-based economy we are left with here. In her current state, America is not sustainable. We need to go back to thinking like a superpower and acting like a superpower, because that's what our economy is based on, for better or worse.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  179. Cathy Goorman

    Good discussion! I am applaud that the GOP thinks that people on unemployment are lazy! I know of PhD's, Mechanical Engineers, high tech workers, teachers and other well educated people who have seen their jobs disappear. If you look at that auto, defense, education are all taking hits, were are we to look for a job? McD's, retail, Starbucks won't hire us because we are engineers, teachers, experienced workers. And what if you are over 50, the kids won't hire their "Mom or Dad". When I hear the GOP say that we are lazy my blood boils. Guess what I vote and I will vote you out.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  180. kevin

    why in these times witlh no jobs and no extensions for unemployment where people have to get into there 401k's does the government get to take additional 10% tax on top of the regular tax if your younger then 55 which most are this is just wrong and should be modified.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  181. Sheri Miller

    How can obtaining broadband for 'all Americans' be of serious importance in a time like now? We have lost jobs, are losing our homes, while the banks continue receiving their bailouts and financial aid...how does it help the economy to put a homeowner out of their home because they are underwater and the because the bank/investor refused to modify the loan, yet the home will then be resold at a much reduced price, to a new owner, who will receive help qualifying AND closing the deal, something the PREVIOUS owner NEEDED, and the bank/investor still gets a write-off, and all of this on the public dole???HOW does that help us recover???President Obama AND President Bush AND our government needs to FORCE these banks/investors to comply....NOW!!! WHO will pay the taxes in our cities for infrastructure and basic governmental functions??? The lack of sense/sensitivity in OUR government is UNbelieveable and has made the 'American Dream' become another Endangered Species!!! I have NO hope left, NO home, and NO faith in my government now....

    July 2, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  182. Shirley

    retired seniors are being killed by the gov't. controlled low interest rates. work hard, save your money-stock market way to scary,we are earning nothing on our savings!!! Shirley

    July 2, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  183. Phil Terrana

    The natural progression for a nation is agricultural to industrial to service. We are in the service stage but we just have to do a better job of it.
    Service that accomplish something has to be more than fast food, tanning booths and video stores, although they have their place. The service that is going to do the country the most good in the long run is more and better health care, which will derive from the recent health care bill.
    Jobs in the future will come in the form of more doctors, nurses, lab technicians, hospitals and neighborhood health centers. The recent health care bill was a jobs bill if we can just take advantage of it.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  184. Kris Olszewski

    I have been out of work since the end of October. I have spent nearly every day of that time looking, researching, applying and interviewing for a job. I have come close several times but another candidate was chosen. I'm very frustrated and now very near the end of my benefits and money. I have borrowed money from my parents to pay this months rent. My savings is gone and I am about to dig into retirement to cover this months bills. Its going to take me years to get back the savings I have spent once I get a job. I started my search locally and at the same level of the job I was laid off from. I am now applying nationwide, offering to relocate myself and applying for jobs at any level.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  185. Frustrated in CALIFONRIA

    Hey, ask why AIG got away with fraud and white collar crime. Ask if any AIG executives are losing their homes or having their severances cut in half? They screwed a lot of middle management folks by cutting their severance packages in half ? Greed is still strong and keeping us all down. Something is really wrong here and no one is doing anything about it.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  186. Ruth Moore

    For all of the fools that are uninformed that say that people receiving unemployment compensation would rather be on unemployment than work – I say "Get a Grip!"
    First, they should bear in mind that people receiving unemployment PAID into it when they were working. Therefore they deserve to receive the 'benefits'. Second, if those fools think a family can live solely on unemployment had better go back to school and learn something. Unemployment 'benefits' do not pay mortgages or rent, plus health insurance, plus food, plus transportation, plus – plus – plus! Get real!
    There has been no 'bail-out" in this country for the folks that do the work that makes this country great. The fact that highly educated people who have been successful in their careers and have been employed for years, and then laid off, now cannot find a job is inexcusable. Employers should face stiff tax penalties if they send viable AMERICAN jobs overseas to India or China.
    I have been out of work for over 2 years – I spent over 20 years in high-tech only to be laid off when the economy began to tank. After sending out more than 1000 resumes in the past 2 years, I have been lucky enough to get -4- interviews! That is unacceptable.
    My prediction: Americans will begin to flee this country and become ex-patraites – someone should be watching those numbers!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  187. David Morris

    I am 58 years old, have been working steadily for 38 years and lost my job 6 months ago. The company I worked for, over an 18 month period, went from 48 employees to 19. They are struggling to keep the doors open. The job market at this point is a total wasteland. I've lost my job twice before and was back to work within a month. I've networked, sent and emailed my resume, stopped in at potential employers and attended numerous job fairs and not any response at all because they are also fighting to keep the doors open. I don't know where this is all going but I do know that the recovery, if it has made any progress, is in it's infancy and the people looking for jobs are in for a lot of heartache and pain. Retirement? On hold right now.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  188. David Klein

    We refuse to wait around for the ineffectual leaders we have put in office to try and fix the economy. They are too busy trying to bail out their cronies (corporations and banks), some of who have outsourced a large percentage of our jobs to other countries in the name of higher profits.
    My wife and I began our own business to seek financial freedom and to create jobs. Growth begins at the micro level with the entrepreneur. We are the people of America who are right now creating jobs in America for Americans. To amount of money will bail us out of this problem. The simple solution is to create jobs. Why is it that the politicians make starting a business so difficult? We all know the answer to that one.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  189. Marlene

    My last edd ck was the first week of May. As of this month, I have exhusted all savings. This morning I've sent my 421st resume. I have been called for 6 interviews over this past year, the last being yesterday. I dont feel like myself, I think it's called dispare... and a question the interterviewer asked made cry...I didn't have any control over it and needless to say, I was so embarrased. At least I didn't get the job due to "being over qualified" this time. I have changed my resume to highlight only my minimal qualifications.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  190. Victor Fleming

    With the Economy in such dire shape, and with so many professional looking for work, this seems a bit dismal for quite a while (years) . . . I ask my self if the minorities are taking the brunt of the unemployment numbers . . . there must be a huge resevior of excellent talent and skills out there. What a great opportunity for Black Enterprises or new business (African American Businesses) to stand and start hiring our own people. And for African Americans to Support our own businesses. I use that word Own . . . but isn't that the heart of Capitalism.
    Yeah, I know if that happens, many are going to cry – reverse discrimination . . . but it is in fact already happening and has been happening for quite some time. How else do you explain why Minorities takes on the brunt of the unemployment numbers. Everyone knows what's going on . . .everyone. This is a Great Opportunity for African Americans Businessmen to focus creating business in Infrastructure (Agriculture, Transportation, Technology, Manufacturing, Hospitals, Pharmacuetical, Military, Education, Textiles, Furnishing, . . . etc) and build new dynasties – there is plenty of room. That way these businesses can hire from all across America.

    Victor

    July 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  191. Bob in Tulsa

    The U.S. will not regain it's financial prowess until it rebuilds it's manufacturing base. We've abdicated manufacturing and manufacturing jobs to what were once depressed, third-world countries. Those countries are now loaning us billions so that we can keep our economy afloat and continue buying products from them. Pogo was right – "We have met the enemy and he is us."

    July 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  192. Bryan

    It's so frustratingly obvious – our economic problems are caused by big business, not big government. We are the government and it's time we cleaned house. If the Tea Party really wants a groundswell of support, they would quit picking on Dems and refocus their anger where it belongs, on the greedy corporate elite who are the root cause of our Nation's problems.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  193. Pepe Nillo

    Why all this talk about corporate earnings and how that might raise confidence? Why not put a little change back in the people's pockets? Why not raise confidence by creating jobs out of this oil spill? Why not limit our government's allowance? If the higher power structure is performing poorly then it is only logical that the people who depend on and trust in it will too!

    July 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  194. Rob in NY

    For those in Government who think that I would rather sit home and collect UI benefits instead of working need a reality check. Those of us on UI or recently unemployed have careers based on discipline, dedication and commitment to our families, country and careers not sitting home waiting for a UI check that can barley put food on the table. It is an insult to say that UI benefits encourage us to sit at home. This is not some fantastic vacation where I can relax and sunbathe without a care. I look for jobs and try to figure out a way to feed my family and keep a roof over our heads. We who have been caught up in this mess have made a lifetime of working and contributing to the country and our fellow Americans.Now that my UI benefits have been exhausted I have no where to turn but to state aid. Well after visiting my state aid center and scheduling an appointment I have to wait for 6 to 7 weeks. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that all of the people who are no longer counted are ending up in welfare. The numbers reported are misleading as is now widely known. Maybe our government officials who keep shooting down UI extensions and taking breaks while WE THE PEOPLE starve to death can look in the mirror and honestly ask themselves "Am I doing the right thing by and for the people" who put me in office?

    July 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  195. Cynthia

    How has this economy changed my world? Three years ago I was in the midst of putting my last child through college. She is an extremely hard working woman and had high hopes for her chosen career in Library Science. Lots of great connections and part-time work in her field through college. After college she was able to secure 2 part-time jobs at local libraries. Going good! That was 15 months ago. Now my daughter is completely unemployed. And she knows the stakes...her last job search in which she got those two jobs, there were at least 400 people in the application process. So she knows she is capable since she was chosen out of at least that many people. But there is nothing for her now in library science. I wonder if we will even have functioning libraries in the next decade. For me personally, I have nothing left to give my children. Of course I could bring them both home and support them. And work till I am 70, post-poning retirement. My children would never do that or ask that. So they both live in poverty. They are both on assistance and are humbled. They both have degrees which I supported and paid for. And sacrificed future wealth. And now the 4 or us work to keep each other uplifted. Both my children volunteer to keep busy. They reach out to friends and make use of the time in meaningful ways. But they do not see them having much of a future. Neither want to bring children into this world. Both of my children know this stage of unemployment will impact them well into their 40's. As for my hard working daughter she is preparing to return to school. This is a wise choice and I am so proud of her to gear up and do this. And she will because she loves learning and always has. But she has learned the cruelty of this world and the greed of others that has irreversibly hurt so many of the average hard working Americans who really make what American is.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  196. Matt Vraspir

    Ever since the election of president Obama, my life has been great. That man has really put this country back on its feet. However the republicans I congress are blocking everything that he and the democrats are trying to accomplish. I think it is the Republican in Congress and the Senate who are to blame for this economic issue, simply due to their former president George W. Bush. The dow will come back and the republicans will lose their seats.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  197. Morgan Smith

    I am a unemployed taxpayer. I lost my job working with major banks, marketing credit cards around the US. No one likes being on unemployment benefits. Its a helping hand doing hard times. I much rather be working. The unemployment benefits extension help peoples stay a float during these hard economics times. Here an idea for the members of Congress who blocking the unemployment extension bill because they don't want to add to the National Debt.. How about giving your yearly salary back to the US to bring down the National Debt. Now that an ideal. Thanks Tony

    July 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  198. Brian

    Hi Tony,

    I am extremely frustrated with the state of our economy and the laws that make it easier for employers to get rid of honest, hardworking Americans during these tough times. I was recently wrongfully terminated from my job of 7 years and because I live in an "At-Will" state, I am not sure how things are going to work out. I am blessed with the fact that I was "wrongfully terminated" and am able to receive unemployment because there are people out there being terminated without the ability to receive any benefits. This is a disgrace and the fact that our governments have allowed this employment law to pass shows their complete disregard for U.S. Citizens.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  199. Jeri

    If republicans want democrats to make cuts to pay for the extension of unemployment benefits, then democrats should make those cuts. How about taking it out of corporate welfare, particularly out of funds and tax breaks going to the oil industry and Wall Street. And lets not forget the military budget. Cut funds for the projects that even the pentagon doesn't want. Set up a tax structure to allow the wealthy to start repaying some of the 'unpaid for' Bush tax breaks that helped drive up the deficit. The wealthy received a disproportionate benefit then, and we can't afford the loss of those funds now. Republicans would scream, but just let them try to justify not making THOSE cuts. I'd love watching them squirm in all the news interviews. Democrats really need to learn to make better use of the news media to accomplish their goals.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  200. Paul Yates

    The CEO's of the major corporations in this country are to blame for the
    financial problems in this country moreso than any reason. They are the
    reasons for all of the financial bailouts that have taken place, their greed
    and selfishness is ruining our great country. Wall Street and Bankers at
    the high levels of finance and their selfish greed nearly brought this great
    country to the brink of a depression, they are intentionally trying to kill the middle class of our once great country. It is such a embarrassment that
    this country is in such a horrible state because of such greedy people.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  201. Al Whiting

    Hey, the country is beginning to know what it feels like to be an American Indian--our unemployment rate on reservations is much higher and it's been like that for decades. It takes a lot of spiritual strength to endure and tolerate such poor conditions.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  202. Benjamin Mireles

    Look, did you realize that we all talk about how the NBA cares. Did you know that they could add an addition $22+ million dollars to the nation in which they are apart of if every player(15) from 30 teams would donate once a year of $50,000 to the funds to help people who have no homes, no place to live, education, youth programs and even possibly helping with people keeping their jobs by offering a small monthly payout to small businesses that have lost so many workers?
    Also that lady that talked about the government helping the people by offering that extension and believed they shouldnt because the people fail to look for jobs? I think she is a joke. I am unemployed and don't receive anything from the governement. I have been in management and a basketball coach and trainer over 10yrs and it is difficult to find work in these fields. I moved to another state where the job loss is horrible but was scamed out of money for this position. Does the government get my money back? No!! Trust me, most of the Americans want work, But instead of helping small businesses keep their employees, they pay these politicians more money than necessary. Politicians talk about people finding work, I could be a politician because it is easy to lie to get into your position. The politians dont care about the people and only care that at least they have a job and money to get a check. What about the rest of the americans around the nation, when is someone going to take all that money and give it back to the people that pay their taxes and continue to help those who actually need it. Even insurance is a joke and to expensive. When is there going to be a time that politicians KEEP their word and help the people, communities, education, health care, and other important factors. Stop making the rich richer. I believe in an equal opportunity for everyone. It's not just about a degree. I have experience in management over 10 yrs, 4 yrs in sports management, 10+ in customer serivce, and 4 yrs in advertising and and still cant find work. What is going on with that?

    July 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  203. Beverly

    My husband lost his job last summer. He was a welder and ther are no shops left here in Erie looking for welders. We need the unemployment exstension. I had to stop paying on our COBRA ins. due to no income. Once again we are left uninsured. My husband is on 5 perscriptions due to a heart attack 12 years ago and needless to say we need coverage.My husband could of gone on disability back then but he chose to continue working and then this happened. My husband would go to work this minute if there is a job available. We need the Insurance.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  204. Larry

    I find the drop in unemployment as no surprise. I believe the economy would improve at a greater pace if the Republicans would work with this administration versus saying no to everything the Democrats are trying to accomplish. But, then again the Republicans did say they would do anything to ensure that President Obama fails. I guess they are succeeding! The business leaders are unsure as to the direction the economy will go due to the uncertainness of our elected officials. Wall street regulation we need, but the Republicans say no; insurance regulation we needed, the Republicans said no; we need continued unemployment benefits, the Republicans say no. When will saying no stop! We need bipartisan cooperation to get this economy going so the American people can find jobs to support their families. I think it is a disgrace that the elected officials do not care about the average American. It is a slap in the face to hard working Americans who have lost their jobs due to no fault of the own. I know we can turn this economy around, but it will need cooperation from the elected officials to work.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  205. Colleen

    Dear Tony,

    I hope you air this on your show because this situation is very disheartening. My husband and I watch CNN religiously and hear day to day all the problems our country is facing, and their are several reasons why unemployment is still so high. We both lost our jobs in November of 08 and since then have been applying for jobs and the problems are myriad. First, employers are requiring a high credit score, (over 600) do invasive background searches to find out if youv'e ever had ANY "trouble" even something as insignificant as a traffic moving violation, post signs saying "if you are unemployed, do not apply" (discrimination ?!), assuming if you were laid off, it was due to job performance, and the fact that want ads have moved from newspapers to internet, such as Craigslist and other "websites" that require you fill out surveys unrelated to the job itself. At the end, you never hear back from the job, so there is no way to follow up or even know who the company is!!! Also, employers are now requiring Bachelors and even Masters degrees to do something as simple as working in a warehouse lifting boxes?? Being out of work is not a Republican or Democratic notion and right now, the senate needs to allow benefits to go through; even conservative fiscal economists are stating that we are not in a normal sluggish economy, this deep recession is rare and people all across this nation are going to suffer even more if not.

    Colleen in Washington

    July 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  206. Josh Sider

    Every one talks about the unemployed, but they forget the effect the Federal Reserve near-zero interest policy on saving accounts and money market funds has had on retirees who have watched their retirement incomes vanish for the last year and a half. The loss of income to a retiree is the equivalent of loosing a job. But no one in Congress or the administration seems to care.

    Loss of income also means loss of consumer demand, the engine that will get us out of the recession. Has anyone in Washington investigated the impact the Federal Reserve near-zero policy has had on retirees and the economy? Perhaps CNN should.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  207. doriyeon christon

    Since federal jobs are here to serve the public there should be a decrease in federal jobs and that funding should go towards jobs for the American people. It would only be fair that the federal government should experience the same percentage in job loss as the states it serves. There is a zero percent job loss in goverment so it seems as though they really don't care. Downsize the federal government and cut federal spending!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  208. Stephanie

    Some are beginning to characterize unemployed workers as lazy. Some political leaders and media personalities are fueling the fire. Some employers are buying into stigma and telling the unemployed they need not apply. Politicians need to stop positioning themselves for the next election and help the unemployed who are, in reality, desperately trying to find jobs in a ridiculously competitive environment.

    I have been unemployed for just over 6 months and lost my benefits 3 weeks ago. It was devastating. Fortunately for me, I received a job offer TODAY! I'm one of the lucky ones – but unemployed folks need another extension and employed folks need to remember anyone can end up in an unfortunate situation. Don't judge, show compassion and extend a helping hand to your fellow Americans.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  209. Greg, Ontario

    Do you really think this is news to anyone? The employed don't care and the unemployed know all to well. All this doom and gloom helps nobody and only serves to killl moral and spread fear and unease.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  210. Janice Craumer

    Hello,
    I am one of the many unemployed. I do feel the system knows an overhaul, I will be out of work for a year in Oct. Now there is not enough benefits for extensions, but know many people that have been on it for four years or more, which one of them quit her job. I dont think it should be that long for anyone that has quit their job and is not trying to find another one.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  211. Jackie

    Unemployment went down because I, like 1.3 million others are not a stastic anymore; we no longer recieve benefits!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  212. Robert Jean Turrell

    I just saw Tony's spot on the unemployment issue in our country. I am a 32 year old man living in California and am currently getting unemployment. I have an apartment that I pay for with my unemployment and I also do cash paid odd jobs under the table occasionally for extra cash to help with living expenses. I called the unemployment department this week and heard a recorded message explaining that congress had not made a decision about federally funded unemployment extensions. The last time I was physically in the unemployment office was January this year, a few weeks before I moved into my new apartment. I was told by the employee at the office that until I found a job, I would most likely receive 4 extensions, each extension lasting roughly 5 months. The money I receive is the same pay I would get for a 40 hour/week job that pays $11/hour. Right now it is not easy to find a job that pays $11/hour and gives 40 hours a week. The spot I saw on CNN presented an opinion from woman who said people are afraid to find and accept work because the unemployment pays more than the jobs being offered. She has a point. Obviously I think most people would rather get a check in the mail than have to work. By the way, most jobs that pay $11/hour are not glamorous gigs. I have talked to quite a few other adults who get unemployment and typically for people in career/trade industries the checks they get are a lot less than what they used to make. I was intrigued to see this story because the unemployment checks that pay my rent are being held up because of this congressional decision. I have received unemployment two other times in the past 14 years. In both cases the benefits lasted 6 months and served basically as an emergency fund for me to survive until I could find work. Part of me is a little amazed that in today’s economy I can receive unemployment for two years but that’s what I have been told and that’s what I’m planning and budgeting on. Basically I think the government needs to pay what they have promised first and then re-structure the unemployment benefits. I like my landlord but now I might have to pay an attorney to get me a few months free rent with legal red tape (detainers, three day notices, evictions…..) I don’t want to do that because that tarnishes my reputation as a renter and is going to make it hard for me to find a place to live in the future. I agree that the government might be paying too much in unemployment benefits, but they need to pay out what they have promised before they stop sending the checks I survive on.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  213. Dennis Anderson

    We need a Declaration of Independence II: SEPARATION OF CORPORATION AND STATE. Where is the money that pours into our government officials’ hands from the powerful and obscenely wealthy lobbying and special interests groups who, it turns out, can simply buy their way around laws, guidelines and responsibilities? We now face the gravest economic time in our history if all the factors are weighed in. The greatest triumph in our history will be ours when we solve our problems. Like president Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon within that decade, President Obama should declare that America will be functioning on clean energy by 2030. We already have most of the technology and it will create millions of jobs for Americans in every walk of life. Oil companies must now go the way of the blacksmith and candle-maker (imagine how things would have turned out if blacksmiths had lobbied oil companies out of existence!)

    July 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  214. danielle

    Have they not learned yet back in 2006 they was saying all the house thing was not bad and look what happen. Now they are saying the job thing is not bad and the unemployed won't help the economy.
    I have not literally spent a dime in the grocery store, walmart or anywhere because I have no money to spend we are living off one salary and that goes to the cars, insurance and mortgage.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  215. danielle

    Give the unemployed money to go to school I want to take a course that cost $2,000 and I can't pay for it because I have no unemployment check. I was just getting ready to sign up thinking I had money coming until November which I was wrong about.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  216. danielle

    You can go buy a house since the tax credit is being extended.
    Are they crazy we don't have no jobs to buy a house.
    Tax credit or not Interest rates low or not.
    I am renting and will be for a while I was a homeowner and they conned me out of that. So I might never get a mortgage again ever maybe when I am 55 and move to the over 55 community. lol

    July 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  217. Bill Riley

    Americans had better get used to a lower standard of living and fewer
    good jobs available.As a nation we have spent our way into this crisis
    and the way out will be long and hard. Those that endured the great depression of the 1930s are gone. This generation will have to relearn
    those lessons of that era.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  218. Dale Marsh

    Do the Republicans think that only the Democrats are out of work? Do they not know that they are hurting all of us? Republicans as well!!!! My husband has had a stroke and I was laid off from work....so how do we suvive until I can find work

    July 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  219. sean hantz

    I was a construction electrician in the phoenix area from 95-07, then changed careers and got my foot in the door of industrial maintenance in early 08. That temp contract ran out at the end of that year. I've now been without a job, and am subsequently receiving unemployment benefits, for the last 18 months. i agree this is completely ridiculous, Im only 39, in the prime of my life, perfect health, with all these construction skills, and no one will hire me. i estimate ive submitted 150-175 resumes in 2010 alone, with one interview, and that was for an auto mechanic trainee. needless to say i didnt get the job.
    i cant afford to go back to school to learn a new trade, the few construction jobs that do open up here in phoenix are snapped up quickly, nor can i afford to relocate in search of work. my last unemployment check was june 6, and even though im still eligible for benefits, and have funds remaining in my extension, congress takes a weeklong vacation instead of voting to release the funds already awarded to me. i am now unable to pay rent or utility bills for july.
    my fury is almost more than i can contain. i cannot believe that the politicians voted into office BY THE PEOPLE are content to relax for a week while the unemployed are wondering if they can afford their next meal.
    the french revolution is starting to look better and better.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  220. Mike J

    As a recently unemployed, 24 yr old, married student it angers me to do the right thing, pay taxes, get an education, pay my bills on time and for what? To continue to keep working hard, going to school to obtain the slightest chance of getting a job which by the way the economy is looking probably will not get the job. So after I graduate I will be another statistic left with student loans piled up to pay back with money I do not have! This is why so many people my age and younger continuously stray away from obtaining an education because it is becoming a waste of time and money to get an education that will not benefit American citizens in the future! Something definitely has to be done or changed ! Because it is so so so SAD and we should be ashamed of ourselves that someone sends out 800 resumes in a year without 1 job offer!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
  221. James Sanson

    The solution to the future of real estate

    We act as if it is rocket science, and perhaps I was made to be a rocket scientist then, but I do not see this equation as a complex as you all make it seem to be. Starter, I see nothing wrong with 100% financing. I call financing risk based investing. People who get 100% financing should have a lower debt to income ratio, longer job history, and a slightly higher interest rate or PMI. I believe that our finance system should be a down payment system that goes from 0% to 30% down. All of the programs are available when the market is soft, so the consumer will not always be able to get 0% down programs. We would base the down payment on of local market conditions based on their 10 year average appreciation. For each % we appreciate higher than the 10 year average we remove a program starting with 0% down and working all the way up to 30% down. While at the same time we slightly increase the rate too for each percent we are above the 10 year average. Each year we calculate a new 10 year average, so we can have some valid appreciation happen, but we slow it down from taking us out of control.

    I want you to think about a store or a business, which the general public uses. There are certain times the store owner holds their cards firm, and certain times they fold. We see them folding when business is not at a certain level, so they will discount something or everything to get the people on the fence into their store, so this should be true in the mortgage industry.

    If the Government is going to be willing to bail these banks out then the Government should be able to tell them that they will follow this system. We clearly saw the devastation of allowing the market to run without common sense or what others call rocket scientists.

    We right now need to have a sale to get the real estate market going. We do not need another tax credit. We create urgency with the consumer not knowing when the zero down program will become 1% down, and eventually all of the way to 30% down. We hope we never see the system have to get to 30% down until the new yearly average comes out to adjust things back slightly taking into consideration the new 10 year rolling average.

    I have seen our many years and many markets become jerkily and not smooth and automatic, and when they get jerkily they fall head first into disaster. My system would make things smooth and keep the real estate economy running smooth and save it from itself.

    July 3, 2010 at 3:48 am |
  222. sandy

    It makes no sense that we can extend the federal deficit to bail out companies whose leaders acted with reckless abandon and greed; we can push through some sort of health care bill just to say we did somethng; we shove through bank/financial reform that leaves financial institutions coming up with new and exciting–neverending fees and ways to collect money from those that don't have any. We cannot, however, find it in our fiscal conscience the guts to extend jobless benefits to the people who have been out of work for an extended time. I do not understand how creating jobs has never made the top priority of our current president's list. This mess belongs to the current administration and they better start owning it or they will have no chance for a second term. I know I will not vote for them.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  223. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I do not think Dennis Anderson that your idea the Republican nor Democrats will patronize. Although the separation of Corporations and the State is necessary is impossible. The obscenely wealthy will never come close. They always know their way around laws. Yes, we face the gravest economic time in our history but the factors do not impress the President. Like the People with Disabilities, our triumph will be ours when we solve our problems thanks to democracy.

    July 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  224. Luther

    Opinion: Jobs are created by having money. The American people should ask these questions.
    1. Why do we allow our government to continue to spend money on people in the Mid-East that do not care about themselves or suicidal I would not spend my personal money on lost causes. Most aren't aware that our troops help protect poppy fields in Afghanistan that eventually end up in someone's arm here in America.
    2. Wouldn't we feel safer if our troops were protecting our Mexican and Canadian boarders? Wake up and smell the coffee. Mexico has had a Revolutionary type government sincere 2000. Isn't clear by the 22,000 civilians murdered by the Mexican drug dealers and boarder patrols.
    3. Why do we allow our government to give the same individuals money that has at least loss half of people's savings? When we give the same individuals our tax money we are going to get the same results. They are called the stock market and banks. Imagine the banks get our tax money at no interest, because they are told to give businesses loans to create jobs, yet all we have seen through the news media are the bank staff lining their pockets with our tax money and not loaning money to businesses and other customers.

    Final analyses dictates that those that fight hard to keep the war going are those that personally profit from war. Just like the banks and stock market that get free rides at the taxpayer expense. Why is GM getting all that extra money? They probably are producing more war equipment at taxpayer expense.

    This is painful to say in my opinion. America has a high population of illiterate people that get "F"s for reading skills. The majority of the school population have the tools to cheat on their exams, which make them appear as scholars, yet they are incompetent. I have lived in a earlier time, which the tools such as Internet weren't there to cheat in high school and college. This is also a factor of high unemployment.

    It will not be clear until our youth become older for them recognize that they were cheated out of a good life. Some of the things that I see in many products over the years that are sold are flawed right out of the package. Something that our youth should understand that when those before the baby-boomers and baby-boomers pass on and the transfer of technology does not happen the America we be in deep trouble.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  225. Elena

    I do not believe the purpose of the Arizona law encourages racial profiling, nor do I think it is an issue in the well meaning enforcement of it. It is a just way to begin to protect Arizonans from the demonstrable danger they are legitimately experiencing. The video will help of course as it warns officers to sidestep the unconscionable "baiting" that will occur by detractors that are not concerned with the purpose of the law, the safety of Arizonans, but with decriminalizing illegal immigration.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  226. Ray

    I am a veteran of the military. My "MOS" – job in the army was 77W : Water treatment specialist – a job no longer available due to outsourcing in favor of "water bottles". Could not obtain employment within the city of Detroit doing a job I had done for 4 yrs in the army because i did not have a biochemistry degree. Since '91 when i separated from the military I have graduated from a broadcasting school(Radio&Video/film) I have fifteen yrs of pc/mac/internet skills. Recently I applied for a technical support position with a community college – a job i have been doing for the last ten years – rejected! why? no degree. I have been unemployed and homeless for three years – UI benefits have expired. I have sent out what seems to be thousands of resumes – attended several job fairs = no luck. I could go on and on but you'd have create a whole segment based on underemployed,fake jobs,employer job fair(surveys with no intention to hire) etc etc..... thanks for allowing me to vent. Disenchanted American.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  227. Nick

    I just graduated from college with my Bachelors with Summa Cum Laude honors. I cannot even get an interview.

    Now I am about to caught in a beaucratic loophole where I wont have health insurance for 6 months. I know this pales in comparison to many people around the country and certainly around the world. But it sucks for me.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  228. Jonas

    Hey Tony,

    You want to know what sector will create jobs? One word, Energy. It's time to ween off foreign oil and oil all together. Ever heard of the Pickens Plan? For every 18 wheeler converted to LNG creates 3 jobs. There are currently 3 million 18 wheelers on the road. That is 9 million jobs. Also, the move to electric vehicles will force the creation of new power sources to support a grid. Quick charge stations will have to be built to support long trips. So you will need a nat gas infrastructure, an electric infrastructure, and alternative energy. It is better for the enviornment and will create millions of well paying jobs that cannot be exported and that will keep tax dollars here in this country. Six letters:

    E-N-E-R-G-Y

    July 5, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  229. Robert Drake

    They don't talk about the Government and State hiring Freezes. I am in New York City and the Economy is really bad. The only thing that is Hiring is the Government in DC. The White House is talking about a War in Afghanistan, there is a War against Poverty in the United States. I have a B.A. in Business Administration and still can't get a job. Why would they extend Unemployment benefits for so long, because there are no jobs to get off of that Unemployment. Obama inherited a mess and now the House wants to be Fiscally responsible..smh...lol...I tell you this, just ask Obama to come visit New York City or Newark, NJ...Unemployment is serious....Perfect example, the State of Texas only needs 900 million from the Feds to plug their Budget...New York State needs about 2 Billion and Texas is way Bigger than New York...lol...smh...We ain't gonna Talk about California...Minimum Wage for State Workers...That was one of the Best ideas from Arnold I have ever heard...New York should try that...Wall Street got us in some of this Mess to.....Bloomberg Who???

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  230. Chris elchuk

    I am a small business owner that is trying to hire and grow my company. I could actually hire hundreds of people looking for work. My problem is I can't post on any of the government sites because I pay on a 1099. With the cost of using job engines, I'm stuck. Any suggestions? My company is in an industry that could grow very large overnight. But if I can't hire a workforce, I'm still stuck.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  231. Jade

    Hey Tony,

    This summer has been terrible because I could not find a summer job. I am a college student on break and I have filled out so many applications for jobs to no avail. I tried looking early for internships during the school year but there was nothing. I fear i will not be able to save money to get my book for next semester and I will have to take out more loans. There are people worried about spending but at this point anything we do will cost money. Not providing summer jobs for kids or extending unemployment benefits for those out of work will just cause crime to rise and we all have to pay for that.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:33 am |