Don’t believe the sugarcoating articles from mainstream media and comments from some politicians about recent improvements to the economy.
These baseless statements are political deflections to influence a presidential campaign. While some areas of the country are enjoying a slight bounce in housing and job growth, the overall national economy remains dire.
Poor numbers during the last few months and re-adjusted numbers for earlier periods indicate that the country is driving toward another recession. Jobs continue to be lost. Large and small companies refuse to expand operations and cannot hire new employees as the government places corporate tax increases, more regulation and the implementation of a costly national health care plan on the horizon. Returning the current administration to the White House with the continuation of its fiscal policies of big government, big spending and higher taxes is expected to extend for years the poor performance of the economy.
The bottom-line solution is growth. Growth will increase corporate investment, increase employment, increase take-home pay and increase tax revenues. Only with growth will the country be able to have the resources to help those in need, pump life into and repair entitlement programs, and pay down the debt. Policies implemented during the last four years should have created the start of an upturn by now, despite the comments of former president Bill Clinton that no one could have changed the course in just four years.
All sectors of the population have been hurt and continue to suffer during this time of high unemployment. College graduates are not finding jobs. Unemployment continues to rise in the African-American and Hispanic communities. Many are unemployed, under-employed, or have stopped looking for work.
Also hit hard is the older worker. Those who are 55 years old and older, and caught in the middle of prime earning years and retirement while supporting children in college and caring for elderly parents, fall within the most vulnerable sector. They are losing their homes. They are diving too early into retirement funds. They are the owners of suffering small businesses that are unable to expand.
Help For Nassau Residents
For Long Island’s Nassau County residents who are at least 55 years old, several employment workshops have been scheduled in various neighborhoods through December. The presentations are sponsored by a government agency, which usually is not as efficient in helping people find work as private companies such as employment and outsourcing agencies. But, this is an opportunity for individuals and small business owners to learn more about searching for a job during this sluggish economy.
The workshops are sponsored by the Nassau County Office for the Aging. The topics include updating resumes, polishing interview skills and creating a plan to search for work by using the Internet. Each workshop is free and lasts for two hours. Registration is required by calling 516-227-8945 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The following are the dates, places and times for the upcoming workshops:
- Wednesday, October 3, Massapequa Public Library, 2 p.m.
- Friday, October 12, Wantagh Public Library, 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 24, Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park, 10 a.m.
- Thursday, November 8, Baldwin Public Library, 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 28, Franklin Square Library, 10 a.m.
- Thursday, December 6, Bryant Library in Roslyn, 2 p.m.