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Who Are The 99ers?

Because of the presentations I do online and in the community on job search, networking and LinkedIn I have met a lot of people with heart breaking stories about how the Great Recession has impacted them and their families.

I also know many people who have been completely untouched from the economic hell that many are going through. Yes they worry about what might happen and they may save more than they used to but generally have been untouched.

On the other end of the spectrum are a group of people who are now called the , those who have exhausted all unemployment benefits.

60 Minutes did a story on them and I thought it would be a good idea to post the video here as sometimes I hear people make comments about the long term unemployed being lazy, unwilling to take any job or being unskilled.

For the folks who I have met, this could not be further from the truth.

Here is the video (there maybe a 1 minute commercial inserted in it):



Dear Paul,

Thanks for posting the 60 minutes video on your blog. Although I watched it last night, I viewed it again this morning on your blog and will do so again and again because it reminds me that I'm not alone in what I've had to deal with.

I cannot be referred too as one of the 99ers because I never received any unemployment compensation. I just left one job for a better offer....which was then frozen four days before my start date. Had I qualified for unemployment help for 99 months, I would be in much better shape that I am right now......which is homeless.

This story has been produced in many different ways through many different media outlets over the last year or two, but how does it change anything? People who haven't been affected by the economy can feel sympathy for those who have, but what else can they do? The government has levereged itself to historic proportions and simple can't do anymore.

I and so many others have written numerous blog posts and stories about the plight of the homeless which is a full blown epidemic, but it just doesn't seem to get any traction. As the story pointed out, we haven't seen these types of unemployment numbers since the great depression. And if you remember from your history book, the only way we climbed out of that was because of World War II.

There are a lot of talented people that are over the age of fifty that are unemployed, paniced and even homeless. If you or someone you know is in the position of doing the hiring for your company and you have an opening, THIS would be the time to look more closely at candidates that are over fifty....because they can't move in with there parents.

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