Call them the new poor: people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives — potentially for years to come.
Yet the social safety net is already showing severe strains. Roughly 2.7 million jobless people will lose their unemployment check before the end of April unless Congress approves the Obama administration’s proposal to extend the payments, according to the Labor Department.
Here in Southern California, Jean Eisen has been without work since she lost her job selling beauty salon equipment more than two years ago. In the several months she has endured with neither a pay check nor an unemployment check, she has relied on local food banks for her groceries.
“I pray for healing,” says Ms. Eisen, 57. “When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got to go with what you know.”
Warm, outgoing and prone to the positive, Ms. Eisen has worked much of her life. Now, she is one of 6.3 million Americans who have been unemployed for six months or longer, the largest number since the government began keeping track in 1948. That is more than double the toll in the next-worst period, in the early 1980s.
Men have suffered the largest numbers of job losses in this recession. But Ms. Eisen has the unfortunate distinction of being among a group — women from 45 to 64 years of age — whose long-term unemployment rate has grown rapidly.
The problem is that we could easily be talking about the Irish unemployed
Anybody of that age group (40 to 65) here in Ireland is effectively consigned to the scrapheap!
There is a lot of talk from the politicians about “The Unemployed” but nothing else is happening
FAS is a joke and the likes of Bill Cullen telling us on the Frontline last night to get up and find a job is adding insult to over 500,000 honest people who would love to get the money the taxpayers have just given him
Cullen is just one of a string of well healed individuals who from time to time come on our screens and tell us we got to help ourselves at the same time they are getting bailed out themselves from taxpayer’s funds
Another example of this is yesterday the central bank governor said that wages must come down
What was his salary again?????
Bet it’s not the minimum wage!
Sooner or later the New Poor will not take anymore platitudes from the real leaches sponging off the taxpayers .the well paid spin doctors, the overpaid top civil servants and top government Minsters
And what about top presenters in the public owned media
Beware of the ides of March I say to you all