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Americans were accustomed to the Bread Line nd the Unemployment Line back in the 1930s, but we’re having these today as well.

Some employees lose their jobs through no fault of their own. However, some other times, there is cause for termination.

Dishonesty, evasion, or lack of integrity on the job can be the culprit, as well as lack of training and misunderstandings. It is important to be honest, straightforward, and forthcoming on the job with your management and then to insist on proper training and fair treatment as well.

via Top 10 Reasons Employees Get Fired, Among Surveyed Companies 2008 – 2012.

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If you are over 50 years old in America, you may be able to benefit from some of the facts and advice in the following article:

How to Cut Costs & Increase Income

Many Baby Boomers are finding that their age for receiving full benefits from Social Security Retirement has been raised to age 66 years. Some of the youngest Boomers are being pushed to wait until age 70.

A big surprise for the now-young Generation Z, though, is that Congress under the Reagan Administration passed actions that raise their age of retirement to 75.

In addition, today’s senior citizens who have no families are in a rough spot. Many are becoming homeless, with absolutely no place to go. While larger cities have a homeless services network, rural communities and many small towns usually have nothing of the sort. Some seniors are even stuck in abusive relationships, because otherwise, they would be homeless.

Employment services are senior citizens are growing, especially in places like Texas and Oregon, and adequate housing is the next step in helping our aging population to survive in America.

They didn’t mean to do it —

Legislators that passed the last increase in Federal Minimum Wage in 2009 and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did not intend for Unemployment Benefits to be reduced in response., but that’s what we all received.

Because of employer workarounds to offset the new increased labor costs, Unemployment Benefits are being decreased because fewer people will be eligible in some industries. Further increases in minimum wage may cause additional wage, hour, and benefits cuts to employees in 2013 and 2015.

via How Increases In Minimum Wage and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act Inadvertently Decrease Unemployment Benefits.

In the early 20th Century, Senior Citizens rioted against then- Boston Hospital in response to continuing high fees charged for healthcare. One hundred years later, America stood on the edge of a boiling national populace nearly ready to riot en masse for decent healthcare and reasonable prices.

During the intervening American century, over 100 riots occurred in protest of many issues that ranged from war, racial prejudice, the draft, unemployment, disability funding cuts, women’s rights, areas of corporate corruptness, even shortages of promised nylon stockings after WWII, and others.

How can the US Constitution help us with that? Constitutional Amendments have helped in the past and they may help in the future. Will another set of riots occur first?

via US Constitution Day on September 17 Celebrates Freedom and Helps Sort Election Campaign Issues.

Out of hundreds, the largest American riot occurred in 1863 to protest the military draft during the Civil War. The second largest was in 1967 in Detroit under the administration of Governor George W. Romney. Analysts place that as the cause of the exodus from Detroit to the suburbs and the decline of the city even in 2012.

Government labor statistics show that from January through the end of April 2012, over twice as many women were lost out of the workforce as were men.

While men lost jobs to women in 2009 and part of 2010, the reverse trend began in 2010 and continued into May 2012. By May 2012, over 488,000 women had become unemployed since January 1. During that same Period of time, fewer than half as many men (net loss) became unemployed in America: about 185,000 men.

Read the details and thoughts about how this trend might continue to 2013 at:

US Employment History: More Men than Women Left the Workforce In the First Half of 2012

Nobody Wants a 50-Year-Old Woman!

A continuing problem has no easy answer. A growing number of  women – and some men – ages 50 to 64 – cannot find work and do not qualify for any type of public assistance. Social Security for a portion of these folks age 62+ is pretty low unless they work to age 70, so many of them would willingly work if they could be hired.

In the past, full-time employment of individuals over age 50 was a burden to employers, because of the significantly higher health and medical  insurance premiums required for this age group. Older workers have been downsized out of the employment pool for many years, with a spike to this event in the Recession of 2008 – 2010.

Under Obamacare, however, this is to end and should make hiring older workers more palatable. Older workers in good health, with flexible attitudes, creativity, and experience are valuable to the workplace. Hopefully, insurance premiums will be removed as an obstacle to their work.

At the same time, even the Unemployment Department of many US States urge workers to start businesses of their own. This is growing easier in the 2010s with Internet business and telecommuting for work, but is an obstacle for those who are not technology-oriented.     

Employment is partially based on appearance, so how old is “too old?” This is especially pertinent for women. A remnant band of employers in the US feel that woman should be paid less than men for equal work, probably should not work at all; and if they are single or widowed, should live with and be supported by family. At the same time, the number of women between ages 50-64 who no longer have any living family and also have no job and no chance for financial aid is growing. What will become of them?

For a look at Aging and Beauty and how the two are compatible, see   

Nobody Wants a 50-Year-Old Woman!

          School supplies are too expensive for most families when only specific BRAND NAMES can be purchased.  Some school families in America have been strapped for cash to pay for $65 to $100 worth of school supplies in Elementary School!  In Middle and High Schools, add an expensive calculator that is required.

Some Parent Teach Organizations are purchasing supplies in bulk at Whole sale Prices to offer large discounts to their students.  Have a look at the articles above and see what you can do to avoid financial problems at the start of the school year.

It is of incredible importance to prepare well for a job interview and to conduct your part of it with a winning combination of words, actions, emotions, assertiveness, ideas, and potential contributions.
These are the Top 10 Mistakes job candidates often make during interviews — But they can be prevented before they occur. A bonus mistake is included that is quite simple to erase and something many people never even think about. It can mean the difference between getting the job and being passed over for another candidate.  
Particularly during a recession with 19.5 million people competing for 3,000,000 jobs, don’t make these interview mistakes: 

How to Prevent the Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Recent research at Ohio State University and University of Michigan-Dearborn have shown Jay Zagorsky and Patricia K. Smith the effects of the American Food Stamp Program, now called SNAP, and Body Mass Index and weight-gain over time.  Very interesting and important for the future of American health, healthcare reform, and the impact on US industry and workers.   

The Ethics of Food Stamps in the Culture of Reduced Circumstances

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