Tag: Bessie Smith

Nobody Knows You, When You’re Down and Out

Why is the most common unemployment stat now 8.9% instead of 11.5%?

Because so many unemployed workers have given up looking for work and “disappeared.”

Millions of jobless Americans are no longer on the radar screen because they’ve stopped looking for work. The percent of the total workforce either in jobs or actively looking is at its lowest point in 25 years.

If the share of Americans who are either employed or seeking work was the same today as it was before the Great Recession, the current unemployment rate would be 11.5 percent instead of 8.9 percent.

There’s worse news, too.

The biggest losses during the Great Recession were jobs paying $19.05 to $31.40 an hour. By contrast, the biggest gains over the past year have been jobs paying an average of $9.03 to $12.91 an hour.

In other words, the big news isn’t the slow return of jobs. It’s the drop in pay.

Original v. Cover — #7 of a Series

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The Original v. Cover offering appears one day early this week, due to an extremely busy weekend schedule ahead. I will try to respond to comments as time allows, but will likely have little time to do so until Sunday evening.  Your patience would be sincerely appreciated.

For most of the songs featured in the six preceding diaries of this series, I was able to narrow down the list of candidates to four or five, however, cannot think of a single version that follows which could justifiably be excluded from the body of this article. Please remember, if you choose to participate in the poll, you can choose more than one favorite.

Singin’ the Blues(grass) Pony Party

Bessie Smith, a personal favorite (sorry about the static in the first vid):

The Pony Party is an Open Thread.  Please do not REC the Party!