An article in Yahoo News is titled Nearly 20 percent of U.S. workers underemployed.
Combine that with about 10% unemployment in the U.S. and you have about 30% of our workforce that cannot generate any, or enough, income.
I’d guess (with NOTHING to back this up, just a guess) there is another 10% who have moved from the gov’ts misleading stat of “unemployed” to whatever they move to after they run out of unemployment insurance, and we have about 40% of the population that wants to pay their own way but can’t.
I don’t know if this includes long-term, multi-generation welfare families… but I won’t even add them in since 40% is a pretty bleak number.
That is 4 out of 10 people.
What’s worse, it doesn’t include those who are UNHAPPILY EMPLOYED.
That probably covers another 50%.
Don’t ask me why people aren’t happy at work. Maybe they don’t make enough. Maybe they don’t get the recognition they want. Maybe they think they are destined for greater things. Maybe they feel trapped. Maybe their boss sucks, or their company isn’t green enough.
Maybe they wouldn’t be happy, no matter what.
But put that 50% on top of the other 40% and you have 90% of our workforce that is misused (is that a good way to put it?).
What’s the answer to unemployment and underemployment?
- Play the “numbers game” – send more resumes… etc?
- Find work out of state (I hear Detroit isn’t the best place to look for a job)?
- Wait for the economy to correct itself so there are more openings?
What’s the answer to unhappily employed?
- Look for another job?
- Start your own business?
- Quit and go live on a mountain?
- suck it up, do your job, and find fullfillment outside of the office?
The answer will be different for different people, and their circumstances… I don’t know what your answer was, but I’m working my tail off on “my answer,” which you can read about in my Multiple Streams of Income posts.
Whatever the answer is, I guarantee it doesn’t include you asking to meet with your boss or HR to see how secure your job is. I can tell you how secure it is.