Shovel Ready

As I’m about to join the ranks of the millions of unemployed, I’m looking around and trying to figure out where the next job is.  And the prospect of being employed in Michigan isn’t only daunting, it’s downright depressing.

While the national unemployment rate is 8.1%, Michigan’s rate is a staggering 11.6% and rising.  CNNMoney reports that job loss for 2008 was 2.6 million with 1.9 million in the last four months alone.  So far this year, the stats are just as grim: January saw a job loss of 535,000 while the February job loss was 651,000.  Nationally, there are 8.9 million people looking for work.

Add one more…me.

But what about the “shovel-ready” projects promised by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?  Unless you are in the road-building and construction business, you’re out of luck.

Personally, I think that the shovel-ready projects promised by President Obama, Congress, and enacted through the pork-bloated American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a lot of smoke & mirrors designed to pacify the populace by sending the message is that government cares.  There’s another, more graphic opinion below:

So far, I haven’s seen anything for the small business owner except for higher taxes, and the government is wanting large businesses to get their act together.  Of course, the big business’s Pavlovian response is to cut people, which just exacerbates the unemployment problem.

And I’m not holding my breath for any relief anytime soon.


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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6 Responses to Shovel Ready

  1. Old Soldier says:

    Tom, come to LA (that’s Lower Alabama). AL trails the nation in many areas and recession impact is one of them – thank the Good Lord! I will remember you (and the many more who are unwillingly joining the swelling ranks of the unemployed) in my prayers.

  2. Mustang says:

    In past administrations, we seldom noticed an incumbent president falling apart until he’d been in office for eighteen or so months. Obama has been in office for a little over 50 days; this does not appear to be a good sign for the next four years. The cartoon is spot-on, by the way.

    I’m not one to offer advice, Tom . . . only you can decide what is best for you and your family’s long-term interest. You may want to contact a no-fee recruiter; you may want to review how willing you are to relocate or move laterally into another field, even if that requires additional course work.

    My good friend at Political Yen and Yang tells me the medical field is wide open right now, and probably will be for decades to come; there may be something in medical engineering, which as I understand it is close to your field of expertise.

    Whatever you decide, I will continue to remember you in my prayers and hope for the best for you and yours.

  3. You hang in there. We’re all pulling for you.

  4. ablur says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    You are right though, employers don’t understand how to deal with a recession and usually react by cutting jobs. There are much better ways to deal with it and still keep the company prepared for the future. Unfortunately, most companies limit there future when they limit their employees.

    In times like these, you better build your resume and cover letter so it enhances the viewers bottom line. It’s hard to pry open the purse strings without some immediate reward. Short sightedness is driving the unemployment rate and the market down. They are only looking at strength and profitability with NOW as the focus.

  5. I hear that lots of jobs are coming to the D.C. area.

    However, my husband and I never wanted to work for the government. Taking a job like that would be an act of desperation for us. 😈

  6. Tom says:

    Old Soldier – I was talking to the wife last night, and she was telling me that we should explore all options including relocating out of state. While we could lose money on selling the house at this time, there is the possibility of renting it out until the market picks up, or to use the buyout $$ to partially offset the loss. Thank you for your prayers.

    Mustang – My field is more of the industrial electronic and control, although my experience with Chrysler is more of a project engineer. The medical field is a thought, however, but would take time that I may not be able to financially afford. Thank you also for your prayers.

    Pasadena – Thank you!

    ablur – Thank you for visiting my little corner of the Internet! Unfortunately, long term planning isn’t in the typical business plan at the moment – everyone is trying to make the next bill payment.

    AOW – My wife worked for the Federal Government for 22 years. It’s not all that bad, and it did pay a lot of bills.

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