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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Jobless rate drops to 9.4 percent

By Debbi Wilgoren and Neil Irwin

U.S. employers added 113,000 private-sector jobs in December, the Labor Department reported Friday, fewer than analysts expected. But the unemployment rate dropped from 9.8 to 9.4 percent--the lowest level since May, 2009.

Economists had expected the report to show significantly more jobs created in December--150,000 or more---but had also predicted that the unemployment rate would drop only slightly, to 9.7 percent.

Instead, the overall number of jobs created was 103,000, the government said. The number of jobs created in November was revised sharply upward, from 39,000 to 71,000.

But more people apparently also stopped looking for work in December, which accounts for part of the larger-than-predicted decline in the joblessness rate. The government does not count people as unemployed unless they say they are looking for work.

The much-anticipated jobs report follows a string of promising economic data in recent weeks. It is considered one of the most important signals as to whether the labor market is picking up.

By Debbi Wilgoren and Neil Irwin  | January 7, 2011; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Budget and fiscal policy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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boehner and the new congress already helping restore this great nation!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Employers have more confidence in the new Congress.

They'll have even more confidence after the election in 2012.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | January 7, 2011 8:41 AM | Report abuse

My comment on the employment is: What percentage of those were temp/holiday employees? That will skew the numbers considerably.

Posted by: carlgoodrum | January 7, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

They'll have even more confidence after the re-election of Obama in 2012.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"But more people apparently also stopped looking for work, which accounts for part of the decline in the joblessness rate. "

It just means that people have stopped looking for work since Washington is taking such good care of them.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I think we're turning the corner from Obamanation...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

That's convenient. We lower the unemployment rate by moving people from looking for work to not looking for work. How many people aren't looking for work? What about the people who can only find part time work or who have had their hours reduced even though they are working? How can you take these "official" numbers seriously?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

boehner and the new congress already helping restore this great nation!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse
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Yeah, must be all that economic policy they've enacted already...

If our country's employers are hiring on the assumption that a GOP house will improve the economy a) do we really need more proof that the GOP is in the pocket of big business? and b) we're screwed.

Posted by: booerns14 | January 7, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

This unemployment indexing system is seriously antiquated. Most people who apply for jobs these days do so by going online. These figures would be completely different if we were to tally up all of the numbers from websites like monster.com, careerbuilder.com, indeed.com, etc...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

This is about the 5th time I have see a Post headline about declining unemployment, each time there is a second article about a week later revising the figures upward to a point that unemployment, in reality stayed the same or went up. Aside from that, the 'RATE' of unemployment only tracks people applying for new unemployment benefits and ignors those whose benefits have run out or who have quit looking for work (discoraged workers) so it is a poor measure of how many MILLIONS of actual unployed persons we have in this country. Obama has wreaked the economy.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh crap, now we have to listen to Obama dray on about how his policies have turned the economy around. Do you think he will attribute the increased number of jobs to the fact that he was "shellacked" in the last election? That businesses see a glimmer of hope that Obama cannot continue his job killing agenda because of those election results? And he will chose to ignore that economists predicted more substantial gains than were realized.

Nope, not Obama. HE did it. HIS policies have proved to be the right policies. (sarcasm here folks.) Wait until next month after retailers lay off seasonal workers. Let's see if business continues job creation. I wouldn't plan the celebratory fireworks display just yet if I were Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As the economy continues to recover, and we start to see stumbling job growth, as shown in today's unemployment report, will older Americans, who lost jobs at record rates during the Great Recession, be able to get back to work? Unemployed older workers need jobs for both current income and to prepare for retirement. The majority of older Americans have not saved enough to maintain their standard of living during their retirement years, and the situation is even more dire for older workers who have been forced to use their retirement savings to tide them over while they have been unemployed.

Based on our video interviews with Americans for our multimedia documentary project Over 50 and Out of Work http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/, we predict that older workers will not be rehired at the same rate as younger workers. Cultural and structural impediments will hinder many older workers from finding new jobs as the economy recovers.

The trend in duration of unemployment to date bolsters our belief that older workers will continue to struggle to find jobs. Although the recession was declared over in June 2009, the average number of weeks that older workers are unemployed has continued to lengthen and reached 45 weeks in Nov. 2010, an all-time record and longer than for any other age group. If increasing numbers of older Americans try to return to the labor force as the economy slowly recovers, the job picture for older workers may actually worsen, rather than improve.

The Great Recession has impacted older workers much more negatively than any postwar recession, and their ability to return to work as the economy rebounds looks like it will be slower than for other age groups as well.

Posted by: susansipprelle | January 7, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I just read the report. It says 103,000 jobs added, not 113,000.....

Am I nuts, blind, or a better reporter than the guys at the Post?

Can anybody check me on this?

Anybody find a month to month revision of job growth for the past year?

Posted by: antiquestrad | January 7, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

boehner and the new congress already helping restore this great nation!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Employers have more confidence in the new Congress.

They'll have even more confidence after the election in 2012.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | January 7, 2011 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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what a bunch of sh.t. heads. Now because the republicans won the house, they are hiring more folks.

How stupid can you get.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Any rate over 8% by 2012 and Obama is a one termer...by then it will be even more clear that big Gov, social justice, progressive, liberalism etc etc agendas KILL jobs...

Posted by: mjandrews8 | January 7, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

When the economic history is written in textbooks for this period, the books will explain, "The failure to create a transitional jobs program during a time when the economy required 20 million additional jobs in order to function, is considered one of the great failures of US domestic policy. As a consequence, the US economy required more than a decade to recover from what was called, the Great Recession, instead of just a few years.

Posted by: googlesmoogle | January 7, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

While this month’s unemployment numbers from the BLS show modest improvement, they do not tell the entire story. The Bureau’s own statistical methodology does not count many of America’s workers who have suffered the most for the longest period of time as shown in this article:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/01/unemployment-statistics-what-dont-they.html

Posted by: Baywoodfarm | January 7, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

SocialistDemocratLiberal wrote:
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!!! WELL REPUGS, YOU'RE IN POWER NOW!!!

WHERE ARE THE JOBS, BONER!!!

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Oh, wait.

John Boehner is elected Speaker of the House and ....


Unemployment DROPS from 9.8% to 9.4% !!!!!!!


Thank you, SPEAKER BOEHNER!!!!!

Posted by: Nobama__in___2012 | January 7, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

What no one in the media is pointing out is that once a person exhausts their unemployment benefits, they fall off the chart. They essentially fall into a black hole. Most unemployed file for their benefits over the internet. Once their benefits are exhausted, they lose that ability to notify the state that even though they are no longer eligible for benefits they are still out there looking for jobs. And there are millions of these people out there that are not being counted.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

With the stock markets being on a tear over the last year and a half, thanks to the stimulus, it is not surprising to have better employment numbers.

The hope now is Republicans will not drive the economy back into the ditch. Boener Heads continuous drinking may be a problem. I'm fearful of this.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 7, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Come on folks. Read the FACTS, analyze them intelligently. The unemploymeny rate dropped due to a number of factors. This is a phenomenon seen repeatedly in past years. Holiday hiring, people dropped from the unemployment rolls, those who stopped looking for work, those who opted for early or forced retirement (hasn't anybody read where more people have taken Social Security retirement earlier than planned due to their unemployment?) A new, Republican congress has not done anything, yet, except for empty rhetoric.

Posted by: R2And | January 7, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

So: more new private sector jobs in December than during the entire Bush eight years. Seventeen months of increased manufacturing. Record profits on Wall Street and record retained earnings, record bonuses. A lower unemployment rate than when Bush left office (Oh, yeah--unemployment when Bush came in was in the 5.6 range, 9.6 when he left.)

How about the markets? Massive losses under Bush, record increases under both Clinton and Obama.

It's not enough, not yet. But we have had more improvement in 23 months of a Democratic White House, than in eight years of Republican.

Democratic administrations are historically better for jobs, the economy, and all of us, and have been, at least since 1928.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Bureau of Labor Statistics - BLS - just take the middle letter out of that and you have my opinion of the numbers game.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

WELCOME TO THE XMASS AND HOLIDAY HIRING.WE WILL SEE WHAT IT MEANS AT END OF JAN AND END OF FEB WHEN THEY LAY ALL THE PART TIME HOLIDAY AND INVENTORY HELP OFF

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Of course the unemployment numbers are down and simply due to the unemployment benefit having ended and people dropping from the roles; then, being restored late in the Lame Duck session will likely increase the unemployment number for January as more will one again be counted. Holiday temp retail jobs would have contributed to the number decrease. The anti-America acting Republicans, who relish wrapping themselves in the flag, will continue to inflict economic hardships on those caught in the jaws of the downturn.

Posted by: louismraskin | January 7, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Is this just a Christmas present?

Posted by: jbeeler | January 7, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"Employers have more confidence in the new Congress.

They'll have even more confidence after the election in 2012."

Wait until Republicans start playing games with the debt ceiling, and they'll slam the economy into the Great Depression.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 7, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I knew it! Repubs are already creating new stories about how they are the reason that unemployment is improving. It would be even better if they hadn't stonewalled their way through the last congressional sessions.
Repubs live in their own little dream worlds, where everything is the way THEY want it, void of facts. Dumb and dumbers.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

meanwhile real unemployment is 18%. typical WP puke - make this crap of an adminstration appear like they know what they're doing.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I just read the report. It says 103,000 jobs added, not 113,000.....

Am I nuts, blind, or a better reporter than the guys at the Post?

Can anybody check me on this?

Anybody find a month to month revision of job growth for the past year?

Posted by: antiquestrad

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The nonfarm payrolls is 103K
The nonfarm payrolls private is 113K

The first number includes government which lost 10K.

Businesses hire because they have to, not because of an election. Elections don't impact the bottom line; revenue does. Revenues and profits have been increasing for the last 18 months. It sure wasn't in anticipation of Boehner crying at the podium

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Just how long are you people in the press going to publish these BS unemployment percentages. Just who did they exempt from being counted this month. The only thing they track is who's currently getting or filing for unemployment. Everyone else is ignored. When will you idiots get it through your thick skulls that Americans don't want jobs, we want careers like the ones we had before the unmitigated profit-lust of corporations and Wall Street sent them overseas. Boehner and his cronies presided over the ruin of this country's economy and it's only justice that he be standing at the podium when the whole thing comes crashing down around him. Perhaps he should take a look at Dante's Divine Comedy once more. That House chamber and the idiot with the new Masonic gavel look quite nicely tiered, don't you think...?

Posted by: Byrd3 | January 7, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

How many jobs were "saved?" When does the Labor Department release those figures?

Posted by: pyoung66 | January 7, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

This is a stupid article. Of course the jobless rate dropped in December: holiday hiring. A blind person could see that. Duh! The majority of those people are unemployed again, now that the holiday season is over.

It's ridiculous that the media is making this out to be some kind of good news, as though things are really getting better.

Sheesh!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

the only thing that matters is 103,000 jobs were created.

to my fellow GOPers:
trying to give credit for something that happened in December to a congress that just took office in January makes us sound stupid. so give it a rest ok.

let's start working to balance the budget and then we'll have something to hang our hats on.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | January 7, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

meanwhile real unemployment is 18%. typical WP puke - make this crap of an adminstration appear like they know what they're doing.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:16 AM

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If you want the Labor Dept to report statistics differently than they have for decades take it up with the Labor Dept or better yet, Boehner. He doesn't like the way the CBO reports numbers either.

Posted by: James10 | January 7, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

More bogus numbers from the dodo government.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I think that people just quit looking for jobs in December and the month was an aberration. We will likely see the number climb again, at least slightly. People got busy with the holidays, family stuff, and just shoveling out during December. It is likely that all the retail jobs were already filled by the December report, and some retail staff, being seasonal, will now be laid off and back looking for work.

Posted by: Ptoadstool | January 7, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are, if nothing else, excellent story tellers. With the help of outlets like "Faux News" their automotons will spin any good economic news, such as this new drop in joblessness, as simply being due to the success of their policies and to the swearing in this week of 68 new Republican congressmen. Good stories. Of course, they are ridiculous. The facts are that the new jobs were created before they took office and before any new economic policies have even been proposed.

The Democrats, who actually have a good story, are too timid or clueless to tell it. It might go something like this: "Government policies stimulated growth and created jobs." one benefit of a story like this is that it is short, simple to understand, and actually true (not a necessity but an added bonus). But, raw facts are simply no substitute for a good story. It is hard to sell newspapers or achieve ratings with cold hard facts alone. Thus, there are so few to be found in the WaPo or other major news outlets.

It is true that job creation during the 24 months of the Obama administration has already outstripped the total jobs created during eight years of the Bush II administration. It is true that tax cuts during the Bush administration, sold to the public as an engine for job growth, failed. It is a fact, that reducing the role of government, allowed the financial sector to steal trillions of dollars of wealth from the working and middle class. It is a fact, that Republicans, who now decry spending and deficits, spent like drunken sailors and doubled the national debt when they controlled the budgeting process. These facts are little regarded because they lack a good story line to convey them. And the American public, addicted to simple stories told by good story tellers, who reside mostly on the right, are paying little attention to the facts.

Republicans do not like the working or middle class. Tax cuts for the rich shift wealth to the rich. Income inequality destroys the American Dream.

These are the stories the American people want to hear. But, who will tell them?

Posted by: ChickDante | January 7, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Any rate over 8% by 2012 and Obama is a one termer...by then it will be even more clear that big Gov, social justice, progressive, liberalism etc etc agendas KILL jobs...

Posted by: mjandrews8

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After 8 years of Bush the economy was bleeding 700,000 a month. What does that show, conservatism's success?

There was negative GDP growth after 8 years of Bush. Also called a recession. Yet another conservative success?

Th DOW was lower at the end of Bush's 8 years, then it was when he took office. Another success?

The equities markets had the worse decade in history with Bush at the helm for 8 years of it. And that's with Clinton's last year and Obama's first year as better than average years. A real success that Bush was.

The DOW has gone from 6,500 to 11,700 in the last 20 months under Obama. And you think that's a failure?

Posted by: James10 | January 7, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

More from the "no news can be considered good news", a 0.4 drop in unemployment is deemed a failure by the NeoCon Post.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 7, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

COOKING the books. Hogwash.

Posted by: eaglesnest1 | January 7, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

THe unemployment figures for December have nothing to do with actual unemployment. The drop in unemployment only reflect part time Holiday hires.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Cooking the books. Hogwash

Posted by: eaglesnest1 | January 7, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

While it would be nice to say that he Nov. elections turned things around, I don't think that would be correct. Let's see what Jan. and Feb. have to bring.

If the DOW increases to a level above 12,100 and the un-employment figures are less than 8.3 %, then we've made some real progress and have started to see a recovery.

Anything else is just random noise in the system.

Posted by: richard36 | January 7, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Incredible.

The Republicans ran the economy into the ground and handed it over to Obama. It took them only a few months before they blamed him for the ruin they'd caused.

When his adminstration moved to restore the economy Republicans opposed him in everyway possible. Over their objections he bailed out the financial markets, the auto industry, protected unemployed Americans from losing their benefits, and sent money to the states to create jobs.

Now that recovery is underway - having actually begun back in October - Republican ideologues want to credit the seven days their party has controlled the House as the cause of the turnaround. While many Republicans believe God literally created the world in seven days, one would think this seven day miracle, not directly involving God, would be too much even for them to actually believe in.

Posted by: Banquo'sGhost | January 7, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope that this digging out from the wreckless path of much the the first decade of 2010 is not undermined anew by the new wrecking ball in the 112th Congress. Boehner and his denialists think they are less partisan than the CBO in their projections of the deficit, so it looks like they might refuse common sense and the middle road.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Hello! it was December Christmas shopping, more people in the stores, more temporary hires. The number of new hires will go down when the shopping ends and the unemployment number will go up again. This is basic high school business 101. I'm sure Obama and his minions will ride this farce as long as they can since they have nothing else to promote. I am surprised that many of the TV and newspaper organizations are promoting this hype as upbeat reality. I suspect most of the lower number is attributable to more people giving up on finding work than applying for benefits. Even the Mexicans have stopped sneaking across the border like theives in the night because things are so pitiful here. If there was opportunity they would certainly be coming to take what they could get legally or not. Thank you Obama and your underlings Mug America Reid and Scarecrow Pelosi specifically for making a bad situation with Bush a nightmare. I spent a lot of years in the military fighting for peoples rights in America. Had I realized my efforts would have given opportunities to idiots like you three I would have stayed home. I could have drawn welfare, unemployment, food stamps, section 8 and all the other entitlements for doing nothing. Instead I placed myself in harms way. However I now realize now how stupid I was, now I know its better to be a sympathetic/pathetic deadbeat than dead. The Obama administration asks not what have you done for your country but what can your country do for you? I would like to be one of he newest voices in support of all things Obama and openly admit I am to simple minded to take care of myself and my own finances. Obama please continue to take over everything and manage my life for me. I can finally have a good night sleep knowing you have my back. Unfortunately when I wake up I know I will see you and your devils behind me with a knife in your hand.

Posted by: AmazedattheBS | January 7, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The unemployment calculations became seriously out of line when the media began widely publishing them. Then they found a way to game the system and keep the numbers looking better than they actually are.

Claiming that businesses hire because they think Boehner is going to lower taxes or other hypotheticals is just insane. If you raise that argument you show your ignorance of business.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This is a lie, if they go back 5 years like they mentioned last week, these figures are a fantasy.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

there would be lots of jobs if the feds would send the illegals back to there home country or send them to the white house to work .illegal for president

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The repuggies and their TP fellow travelers are very sad today... what with everything they have done to get us in a depression.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 7, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

These "news" stories are another example of how biased folks are against President Obama. It doesn't matter what happens, it's always painted in a negative light. Every time there's good news, it's tainted by the simple sentence, "Analysts are disappointed in the figures." Every single time there has been job growth, which has pretty much been since President Obama took office (as the U.S. economy was losing over 700,000 per month when he began), we have seen improvements. But, they just cover it up by always calling it disappointing and NEVER putting it into perspective so that Americans can see the progress that America has made under Presidenet Obama's leadership. Now, the Republicans want to undo that progress by repealing healthcare reform, which was created jobs and which will reduce the debt by $1.2 TRILLION over the next 20 years. And, they want to give tax breaks to billionaires and multi-millionaires while calling him a pinko, red-faced Commie?!!! What will these clowns think of next? I know, when the unemployment rate finally falls to 5% under President Obama's watch, the Republicans will take credit for it, even though they will not have done anything but vote no on every piece of legislation the president has passed.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I know this was intended to be a short item, but thoroughness called for some information as to how the statistics are affected by seasonal end-of-year employment. Perhaps that's factored out, but perhaps it explains the apparent anomaly.

Keep up those journalistic standards, please.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | January 7, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate these comments, but doubt that many of you are unemployed. I am and have been for two years. I don't count anymore because after 99 weeks you are dropped off the unemployment statistics.
The TRUE unemployed rate is somewhere between 16% and 25%. (That includes welfare mothers that aren't employed).
The real problem is the US isn't the world's manufacturer anymore. Other than agriculture and natural resources, we are merely a service economy.
At the risk of sounding unAmerican, the only answer to the DEPRESSION we are in is protectionist trade policies. Place tariffs on these Chinese and third world sweatshop goods. We will have to make them ourselves or pay more at Walmart with the duties paying down our debt.
You certainly don't increase the debt limit. It will all go to the Chinese. Who does Geithner work for anyway? You can't reduce the deficit by increasing the debt limit. I know this is financial suicide for me since what's left of my 401K is in an IRA tied to government securities. Better bite the bullet before it gets worse. Turning on the printing presses at the Treasury is doing the same thing to the American Dollar.
Let the world take care of their self and America take care of Americans.
This DEPRESSION is NOT Obama's fault but nothing he has done has helped it and SOCIALIZED MEDICINE will definitely aggravate it. Wake up before it is everlastingly too late!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Employment is not a Republican, Democrat or Tea Party issue. Sadly it's a promise unrealized by all three parties.

Management-employee (union) loyalty partnership can jolt employment momentum upward. Businesses, universities, states, counties, cities worldwide are into a phase of creative disassembly. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are being shed. Even solid world class University of California Berkeley led by Chancellor Birgeneau is dismissing employees, faculty via “Operational Excellence (OE)”: 1,000 fired. Yet many continue to cling to an old assumption: implied, unwritten management-employee contract.

Management promised work, upward progress for employees fitting in, employees accepted lower wages, performing in prescribed ways, sticking around. Longevity was a sign of good employer-employee relations; turnover was a dysfunction. None of these assumptions apply in the 21 century economy. Businesses, universities, public institutions can no longer guarantee careers, even if they want to. Managements paralyzed themselves with a strategy of “success brings successes” rather than “successes bring failure’ and are now forced to break implied contract with employees – a contract nurtured by management that future can be controlled.

Jettisoned employees are however finding that hard won knowledge, skills, earned while loyal are no longer desired in 21st century employment markets.
What contract can employers, employees make with each other?

The central idea is simple, powerful: job is a shared partnership.
• Employers, employees face financial conditions together; longevity of partnership depends on how well customers, constituencies needs are met.
• Neither management nor employee has future obligation to the other.
• Organizations train people.
• Employees create security they really need – skills, knowledge that creates employability in 21st century economies
• The management-employee loyalty partnership can be dissolved without either party considering the other a traitor.

Let there be light for employees and employers

Posted by: Transparencynow | January 7, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. President, now watch the repugs try to take credit.

Posted by: audrey2010 | January 7, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Why is it so hard to figure out that when they extended unemployment lots of people who were looking due to expiring benefits stopped looking again. I myself know 3 people who did and if most people ask someone they know they will find one too.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2011 7:10 AM | Report abuse

my take on the job market,,personal knowledge,a family member ,long time engineer-unemployed in his field for two years,1 prospect in calif of all places,hundreds of applicants for the position.A neighbor having to find work in his field in abroad on a year contract,surviving a murder attempt and a malaria infection,,prospects locally dismal as most waiters in mexican resturants are mexican.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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