The Job Blog: The February numbers

on March 9, 2009

Hey you! Welcome to The Job Blog. My name is Brittney and I am a 23-year-old television student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As I inch toward graduation, I find myself trying to avoid all of the negative news about the economic crisis, as it will decide whether I live in my own 250 square foot apartment or work as a live-in maid in my parents’ basement. Although times are rough and the chances that I’ll get a decent job in my industry often seem pretty tough, I have to stay focused and positive– and so do you! This blog will keep track of employment news with special emphasis on how people like us can achieve it. Please feel free to share your tips and experiences. Let the journey to employment begin…

I hate to kick this baby off on a not-so-positive note, but the latest numbers on unemployment are pretty bleak. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 651,000 people lost their jobs last month. And to think, there are only 28 days in February! To my surprise (NOT!) blacks are the hardest hit. Ok, so don’t think of this post as depressing, consider it motivation to work even harder. The truth is the unemployment rate in the Black community is typically higher than the national average, in good times and bad.

Read more about this issue here: http://www.suntimes.com/business/1465536,CST-NWS-unemploy07.article.

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