Friday, March 6, 2009

Unemployment over 8 percent

The new jobs report just came out, and unemployment is now up over eight percent. This is the worst it's been in two decades, according to ABC.

I'm not sure what to think about this. Being unemployed (if you look at it one way), I don't have a lot of time to reflect on this crappy state of the union. Heh.

I choose to look at it another way, though. Getting laid off right before Christmas was one of the best things that could have happened to me. As long as I had a great health care plan and regular paychecks, I probably could have gone on forever as a happy consumer managing "just enough" credit card debt. But when you're thrust out into the snow without much more than the shirt on your back, you have to get creative. Especially if you have a family to provide for.

All my life, I told myself that I couldn't do this or that. Being laid off has shown me that I can do almost anything. And if I can do it, anyone can.

So, chin up, my unemployed brethren and sisteren! Don't get down. Turn off the TV and roll up your sleeves (assuming you still have a shirt with sleeves). Time to reconnect with that long-eschewed "can-do" American ingenuity.

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