The Department of Labor announced this morning that the unemployment rate for October was 9 percent. The initial estimate of jobs created last month is 80,000.
An average of approximately 100,000 jobs per month have been created this year. But since between 90–120,000 jobs (depending on the labor participation rate) need to be created per month just to keep pace with the number of new entrants (e.g., recent graduates, immigrants), the unemployment rate has remained essentially unchanged. The unemployment rate has now been 9 percent or higher for 28 of the last 30 months.
Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting sir, I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. While I thought it wouldn’t be a large measure, I would feel it in some small measure. I have two children in private school, and the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked that we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. And quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring through that that might be where we’re headed.
And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer honestly, is this my new reality?
The unemployment rate when Ms. Hart asked that question more than a year ago was also above 9 percent. Is 8–9 percent unemployment America’s new reality?