Originally Posted by DBruleU
I'm sure they are, but that isn't the point. Point is those people want full time jobs and can't find them. This past jobs report further illustrates that. People are underemployed, or simply not looking anymore.
There are plenty of jobs to be had for the taking in many states, especially the Midwest. Over 25,000+ jobs available on the SD and ND state job service websites, with a lot of them having promising pay (especially for this area) that would give them a good living out here. There are a lot of jobs that people aren't willing to take because they feel it is beneath them. Like working at a Turkey Plant here in my hometown. Turnover for whites there is extremely high, more than 75%, but the minorities in town are thankful for the work and are glad to have it. Starting pay out there is over 10 bucks an hour and it all comes with benefits. Some people are just too picky. Too bad. Grin and bear it. Take what you can get.
That is what I had to do in Colorado. I left a job that paid ~ 40K a year and had every benefit you could imagine (company paid roughly $550 monthly and I had full insurance coverage) and was doing extremely well for myself right out of school. That might not seem like a lot to you, but in North Dakota that is bomb! However, I wanted a change of scenery because the work I did in the legal field was mind-boggling stressful, which is just something I couldn't do with my auto-immune issues (stress is a casual relapse agent) so I moved to Colorado without knowing where I'd live or what I would do for work. I ended up getting seasonal work out there (living in Winter Park ~ actually outside of that, Tabernash) and got my ass kicked in pay and didn't receive any benefits. Had a gig in Denver lined up, but when my grandma got terminally ill, I said F it and came back to South Dakota. The job I have now is less than what I had after college, but much better than Colorado. I'm actually over-qualified for this position (my bosses words, not mine) -- but I told him I didn't care and would be thankful to have any work in this economy.
A lot of the people probably struggling to find work (as in recent graduates) more than likely don't have the skills or working experience to get the jobs they actually want, nor do they have good references. I think Garcia brought this up a while ago about how he found out that someone who he was looking to hire completely lied about his working history. I used to be of the mindset that having a college degree entitled me to a good job with good pay, but that was a horse**** mentality.
In this market, you take what you can get. If that means having 3 part-time jobs to pay the bills, that is what you have to do. I just count my lucky stars that I am not in that position. I think most all of us on here are very, very lucky and blessed.