What economists know very well, but most of the rest of us do not is that the unemployment rate never hits 0%. Well duh! What a stupid statement! Of course it will never hit 0%. It never even gets close. It never even gets close? Read on: In fact, even in good times, the unemployment rate has been creeping up over time. During the 1960s, the unemployment rate was below 4% for nearly four years, going as low as 3.5%. During the amazing late-1990s-early-2000s economic boom, though, never got as low as that. The unemployment rate touched 4%, dipping below that only briefly for just a few months. I think that 3.5 or 4% or even 5% is pretty damned close to what we’d all like to see. Close enough for me, compared to almost 10% now, although many believe that number is much higher. In 2008, (still during the Bush administration) the rate dropped to around 4.5% and that was the best it got. The best it got??? How many Americans would like to see an unemployment rate like that right now? In fact, for most of the time during the housing market and credit boom that was the late 2000s, the unemployment rate stood at 5%-7%. Even this is better than what we are seeing now. Good Lord! How stupid do these people at Time think we are?
Read more: http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2010/09/03/unemployment-rises-hurray/#ixzz0yUOIzuGz
September 3rd, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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September 3rd, 2010 at 2:55 PM
You know Steve, if that is the case then we are in a hell of a lot of trouble. This nation cannot sustain the size of our debt or the amount of people who are on government assistance with an unemployment of 10+%.
And I’m so tired of this 9.5% or 9.6% – it’s over 10%, they need to call it what it is. It reminds me of that old “It’s only $9.95!” like that nickle should psyche us all into believing it’s going to be under $10 and it’s a bargain. They need to stop splitting hairs on this. It’s at least 10% – period!
But boy, if you’re right, that is very discouraging.
Glad to see things worked out for you and that you’re back posting. I LOL’d literally when I read your post about eating out with your former wife and family… hungrily? LOL that was hilarious!
September 3rd, 2010 at 1:17 PM
It’s been going around that around 10% unemployment is going to be the new “norm”.