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Good News For Employed Americans: You Are Now Working Longer Than Ever

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We have some great news for those Americans who are still in the labor force (so that excludes about 92 million working age US citizens) and still have a (full-time) job: you are now working longer than ever! In fact, as JPM's Michael Cembalest observes using Conference Board data, the average manufacturing workweek is now just shy of 42 hours - the longest in over 60 years. And there are those who say Americans are lazy...

Of course, with labor productivity stuck in limbo this is to be expected: corporations, desperate to extract every last ounce of efficiency from their workers, are making them work hard, not smart, in order to boost bottom lines, and activist investors' P&Ls.

One tangent: even as companies are putting more people into the same amount of office space, reducing square footage per worker, the point at which more space will have to be added, or where the lack of slack becomes unbearable, is a long way away: as the chart below shows, while there was over 330 square feet per worker in 2011 when the average workweek was a little over 40 hours, it is currently roughly 20 square feet higher over 350. So yes: the slack if being absorbed. Very... Very... Slowly. In fact at this rate, courtesy of the tens of millions of Americans who no longer have any chance of reentering the work force, all those betting on wage inflation as a result of slack absorption may have to wait another 5, 10 maybe 15 years before the existing labor capacity is hit and office space and new workers have to be added.

Until then, Americans have much longer workweeks to look forward to and not to mention, flat or declining wages to go along with it: after all in the New Normal, corporations - especially those who directly and indirectly control the Fed - have all the leverage.


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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:35 | 4372130 Sudden Debt
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nobody at work knows when to go home anymore...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:39 | 4372152 whatsinaname
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And you are paying more for Nat Gas too compared to last year !!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:42 | 4372163 Sudden Debt
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I have electric floorheating and cook electric.
The only gas in my house is what's comming out of my ass and that's free.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:43 | 4372179 MillionDollarBonus_
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Lol suckers. These workers should have taken a job with the government. Government workers smash private sector workers in almost every category: wages, benefits, pensions, work/life balance, time off, and most important of all, happiness. Too bad the majority of Americans have no sense of duty and would rather chase fortunes in the private sector. Serves them right in my opinion.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:55 | 4372235 negative rates
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Made 2 $15 axes today.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:50 | 4399966 Annoyingserf
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Bask in your serfdom bitchezz.  Learn the difference between needs and wants.  Otherwise, suffer in your ignorance....sell your time to the products that own you.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:56 | 4372237 Master_Blaster
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MDB - most people on this board haven't been here long enough to realize your sarcasm, please use the /sarc.

I remember a time when you don't pretend.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:16 | 4372296 Spastica Rex
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most people on this board haven't been here long enough to realize your sarcasm

Really? How the fuck do you know?

edit: MDB is mind numbingly boring with or without a stupid tag. If you have to tell someone you just told a joke, it wasn't funny. In MDB's case, it doesn't matter.


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:19 | 4372311 moonman
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Just did some checking

most people have been here minimum of 2 years


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:30 | 4372348 BLOTTO
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Work ruins your life.


The calendar rules it.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:31 | 4372780 Antifaschistische
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do these statistics take into consideration all the hours people spend at work....while reading zerohedge?

I'm just wondering if there a hedge.algo for labor and productivity.


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:00 | 4372459 akarc
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That only measures the time snce they signed up. Some been reading since the begininng and only decided to jump in when the homophobic, xenophobic, racist, facist commenters started destroying a much loved site. Let the down votes begin. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:05 | 4372476 Spastica Rex
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Uhmmm, IIRC, "homophobic, xenophobic, racist, facist commenters" have been here since, well, the beginning.

I down voted you because you asked pretty nicely. You're welcome.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:06 | 4372486 akarc
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Thank you.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:09 | 4372499 Spastica Rex
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NP. Up vote for your polite response.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:15 | 4372514 Urban Redneck
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damn double taps

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:14 | 4372515 Urban Redneck
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I upvoted him, but only because he implied that there might be some distinction(s) between racism and xenophobia (which would put him in the top 1% intellectually in the US, which is really unfortunate, hence the green... since we could always use more of the few around here...)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:17 | 4372305 moonman
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Let them figure it out on their own.

Half the fun with MDB is watching people down vote him because they do not understand

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:12 | 4372513 Silveramada
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we are competing with Japan for the most hr worked, least vacation time and all that with less and less vaseline available....

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:46 | 4372169 MillionDollarBonus_
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There has never been a better time to work for the government. If you're slaving away in some dead corporate job, I strongly suggest you look for a position in the government. Applying for a government job has never been easier, especially if you're a woman or a minority.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:57 | 4372242 negative rates
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But the gvt tricks you into killing yourself, why would I want to go back there??

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:42 | 4372143 Mercury
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:43 | 4372175 NOZZLE
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What's wrong with working, my grandmother worked until she was 82 at the same job sewing designer dresses for some fashion house in NYC. She enjoyed what she did, same with my mother, kept working as a college professor until she was forced to retire at 80. 

Some clown I was talking to in Switzerland last year was bragging about how he retired at age 55 with a pension asked me when I planned on stopping; "When I drop dead".  

The fuck you gonna do, spend your days fishing, golfing, sitting on your ass doing nothing?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:03 | 4372270 RaymondKHessel
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"The fuck you gonna do, spend your days fishing, golfing, sitting on your ass doing nothing?"


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:08 | 4372285 CvlDobd
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Yeah man! Fuck seeing the world and experiencing as much as possible in this one life we each have. Give me a monotonous task to do until I die. That sounds awesome!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:55 | 4372232 wee-weed up
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Gotta support all the millions in Obama's Free-Shit Army!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:52 | 4372427 akarc
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Appararently you are not familiar with the wealth redustribution occuring. No matter, you will be. Unless of course you ae one of the ones benefitting. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:39 | 4372150 Rehab Willie
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Would you like fries with that

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:40 | 4372151 max2205
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The mall will be the new office eat go to a movie

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:40 | 4372159 Dr. Engali
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Need moar robots.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:41 | 4372168 midtowng
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That chart doesn't include all the hours people work off the clock and don't get paid for.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:43 | 4372176 Spungo
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It's due to healthcare. If you have over X number of full time workers, every worker must have health insurance. It's cheaper to pay overtime than it is to hire another worker, thus causing higher unemployment.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:49 | 4372410 akarc
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Ummmmm, that game was being played long before "Obamacare".   Walmart has been playing it forever. But then maybe your young. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:44 | 4372186 Defenestratus
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42 hours?

Damn I'd kill for a 42 hour work week.  I can't remember a week with < 60 billable hours in a long, long time.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:49 | 4372203 Sudden Debt
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lawyer he?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:42 | 4372818 studfinder
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Nephew works in the mining industry... he had 1 guy last week have nearly 160 hours in 2 weeks...  Nice paycheck if you don't mind the long days.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:45 | 4372190 kevinearick
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Property Control Ism: Monopoly for Monkeys

Females are relatively high frequency, high amplitude. Males are relatively low frequency, low amplitude. Males are adapted to find the forest. Females are adapted to find the tree. Within the empire, the females identify the forest, the males identify the tree, their children have no working example, and the politicians make a living negotiating settlement, by attempting to alter nature to suit the empire, with the expected results, every time.

America has the lowest economic mobility rate in the developed world, but the SF Bay Area (Seattle, DC, etc), where kids are paid more to immobilize kids globally with mobile app eye candy, has a marginally better rate, so it should be emulated as a best business practice...and Gov. Brown wants to reroute water, again, to raise the rate of extortion again, implemented by the passive RE profit morons paying the graft back in the form of property taxes, all of whom vote for income disparity in their favor, ensured by moron education to complete the feedback loop.

That is the state of education in America, stupid emulating stupid, to build scale stupid. When they print ahead of value creation, replacing the value stage with accounting law to emulate value, employing the worst possible example as best practice in a race to the bottom, they are promising slaves to be delivered at a later date. And, once again, the emperor has promised slaves that cannot be delivered, because everyone is not doing it, and everyone does not think that California/China is the path to the future.

The empire pays individuals to organize around the removal of natural resources from effective production, creating artificial scarcity for the purpose of extortion. That's what those empire lines are all about. They replace work with make-work. And the empire assumes it controls everything not so delineated - the air you breathe, the water you drink and the land you would otherwise employ, but it can only do so if you accept its assumption, that government is a public trust, in a community organized to defer individual responsibility to that end.

Owning the planet is an absurd myth/assumption, employed to control its resources to the end of extortion. The real question is who you want to make decisions regarding the world you live in, and that should be you, but that requires you to educate your self, to appreciate what you have been given. Baking the irrational real estate cost into an apple, to sell it for a dollar, which is only worth 2 cents, is certainly not the answer, unless your objective is to create as much contract busy work for middlemen as you can.

If a dollar is worth 100 cents to Buffet et al, due to credit control leverage, and it's worth 2 cents to a custodian, who bases self worth on empire participation values, the answer for the custodian is not to join another group to get 6 or 8 cents. Toys, TV and manufactured food are not wealth.

America is not last in every important category but military, trade control, by accident. The more control over trade it gets, the dumber it gets, and the greater the income inequality it fosters globally. Money from extortion is a gravitational force, which reaches a threshold to implosion, big surprise, like that has never happened before.

Why do you suppose all the other nation/state morons wanted America to be the world's policeman, Yellen was chosen as head of the Fed, and Germany is playing last to lose, again? Why do moron replicators rise to the top within the empire?

The majority always prefers to serve itself. Politicians are paid to give the participants the excuse they need, an artificial crisis to ensure additional artificial crises, as the means to gain control over everyone else. That works, until it doesn't, and the majority becomes irrelevant, only to be replaced by the next majority, clinging to power like a cat in a tree, afraid to come down. Don't hang out with mental teenagers and be surprised to find your self acting like a teenager. That's empire education.

Unless you are capable of discounting the empire, rent, you have no business owning property, unless you want to belong to the majority, selling your children into slavery until your family line ceases to exist. In the real world, that piece of paper normalizing extortion is meaningless. What matters is putting 'property' into effective production, for a community that shares your values, the value of that which has been given to you, despite the empire's every attempt to steal it with paper promises representing the labor of future slaves.

Does it really surprise you that the majority seeks something for nothing, ignorance, and is taken advantage of by thieves, with an education propaganda system built for the purpose? Does it really surprise you that they vote for increasing tyranny, no change as change, every time? Emulating ignorance as an inbred assumption is stupid, but that is the empire, for those who choose to accept the assumption, ignorance is bliss and thinking is painful.

Empire property is always a loss-leader, a gravitational rat hole for money, because its participants only understand extortion. Nothing about productivity may be learned in a temperature controlled building among like-minded students cornered by peer pressure to accept stupidity as a way of life. If automation is the answer, why are we here?

Government grants individual rights to toys, tv, and manufactured food as a function of property control to the end of empire, graft, which is why Americans look and act the way they do, subjecting themselves to bipolar control anxiety. The monkeys begin by electrocuting each other, on the false premise of scarcity, continue to electrocute themselves in the political Pavlov swap, and bear more monkeys in self deprivation, absent love, to complete the circuit.

Empire social event horizons are delineated by habits. Build your exit before you enter, and pop out, by habit, the habit of hard work. Devolved human monkeys are creatures of jealousy. Leave the monkeys with their derivative property, income and jobs. They will return to the dust with or without your help, and you have much better things to do, like provide for your children's, and thereby your own, future.

Empires always end in a bust, in a deprived child's game of monkey monopoly. The answer is to build another sand box, beyond monkey recognition, which is not that difficult if you think about it. Tune the empire out and it implodes.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:50 | 4372209 Sudden Debt
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it's better to just paste the link when you want to show a article.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:50 | 4372214 kevinearick
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i just wrote that

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:45 | 4372379 superflex
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A google search of your title says you're a big fat liar.

That same stuff is on the Naked Capitalism site

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:58 | 4372200 Kaiser Sousa
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isnt a miracle how all 3 indexes, Dow, S&P,Nascrap executed a v shaped erasure of losses all at the same time today???????


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:46 | 4372401 akarc
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And it would appear that someone ain't buying it. Last 15 minutes should be interesting.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:05 | 4372480 akarc
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And yepper at 4:00. Prob. not a good sign eh? 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:49 | 4372210 Spungo
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"isnt a miracle how all 3 indexes, Dow, S&P executed a v shaped erasure of losses all at the same time today???????"

It's like that movie Miracle on Wall Street where the guy with a beard insists he's Ben Yellen and nobody believes her.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:50 | 4372211 Australian Economist
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I thought Obamacare meant that no one worked over 29.5 hours?!?!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:54 | 4372226 teolawki
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Gee thanks Tyler. Just what we wanted to hear on a Monday to start off the work week. We are all working more for less.

I think I'll step outside now for a scream break.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:55 | 4372230 Rising Sun
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can't work.  have a fucking hang nail


send me FEWD stamps Barry you pile of dog shit

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:57 | 4372243 Intelligence_In...
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I work full time but I really only think I'm needed at peek hours, my employer is getting ripped off, plus I think I'm over paid.  

My job bores me, may automation come fuck me in the ass.  Maybe then I'll get motivated to find a whole new way to rip people off for a living....more efficiently 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:59 | 4372254 Jack Burton
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My last job, before going into my own small business and taking a part time teaching job, my last job the guys who work there are working 6 days a week, 9-11 hour days, it is near impossible to use their vacation days, and the only way to get off is to be sick, and then you risk being fired for being sick. I am sorry, but those who claim workers are lazy and overpaid while the 1% earn all their income growth, I am sorry, that story line is bullshit, and those who push that line here on ZH are either deluded or so deeply invested in a certain right wing FOX thought pattern that they don't know reality if it bit them in the ass. All the people I know who have jobs are being pushed every day to do more, do it faster, do it better and do it for less pay. Time off is a luxury, and workers know it. I hate to see young people without jobs when I have friends with jobs who would kill to be able to work 8 hour days 5 days a week, this would require hiring a few young people, but that just doesn't happen!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:42 | 4372381 akarc
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" I am sorry, that story line is bullshit, and those who push that line here on ZH are either deluded or so deeply invested in a certain right wing FOX thought pattern that they don't know reality if it bit them in the ass."

Not to mention the multitudes of workers who get no vacation, sick days, retirement plans, etc. 

It is either that they have no clue of how the real world works or it is an army of Koch/cock brothers employees trying to spread the propaganda. Probably geting paid in cash while getting ebt at the same time. Ah the irony..... 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:01 | 4372256 Spungo
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"isnt a miracle how all 3 indexes, Dow, S&P executed a v shaped erasure of losses all at the same time today???????"

Here's a fun thing I just tried. Look at a month long chart of the Dow Jones. On a sheet of paper, write down the date for every day in January that had a V shape or a sudden move up. Now compare your dates to this list of Fed POMO dates:

I did pretty well on this test. I only missed 3 of the dates.  

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:04 | 4372275 bh2
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It is always cheaper for US employers to pay a certain amount of overtime to existing workers than to hire new ones. Particularly in uncertain times. This isn't something new. It's just basic math.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:32 | 4372786 sethstorm
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Uncertainty is so overused that it has lost its meaning beyond "some nebulous excuse to not hire".  It lost its meaning at least 3 years ago.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 22:52 | 4373603 bh2
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It's never "lost its meaning" to the (admittedly few) people who must write checks to keep a business running above the waterline as a matter of continuing survival. Unlike the USG, business owners cannot print their own money at will or continuously operate at a deficit without going under. Both are exclusive privileges of incompetent national governments.

The purpose of an ordinary business is to provide a valuable service to the market at a profit sufficient to assure its survival (which includes paying the owners' living expenses). Hiring labor may be an unavoidable necessity to meet that requirement, but hiring is not part of "the mission" of any profit-making business. Not a few businesses have grown, added employees, and then figured out they were making less money than back when they were a one-person operation.

I suspect virtually any business owner today would readily agree that hiring should (typically) be avoided until the last possible moment.  One of the reasons family businesses tend to operate at lower real cost (and therefore higher chance of surviving during bad times) is that the kids can help out without expectation that noble politicians should plead on their behalf to pay them a "living wage". They are also less likely to bitch about how wretched their lives are because they "get" the connection of the success of the business to whatever food is served on the family dinner table.

As to "excuses not to hire", there are plenty. The question is actually framed as "whether to hire". If there's no increased demand requiring additional labor input, the answer is "no". The other question is "whether to lay off". When significantly less labor input is anticipated for a considerable period of time or the business is plainly under water and existentially threatened, the answer will be "yes". If only a brief downturn is anticipated, the answer is usually "no". Hours will be cut, but not people. The exception may be non-performers already proven more costly than odds of another bad roll of the dice by hiring a new person to replace them when (and if) the time comes. If there's a union involved .... oh, well, nevermind. The owner has already given up the right to manage anyhow. Relocating to another state will solve this problem, of course, and any jobs associated with the business are relocated also. California doesn't seem to notice this steady erosion and Phoenix has been a primary beneficiary.

Expansion of employment in anticipation of a seemingly certain and sustained increase of demand may make good sense if the present profit level can safely absorb the sunk costs paid now, which will be returned only later and only if management guessed right. The safer decision is to go with the slightly elevated costs of overtime as far and as long as it can safely delay a "yes" hiring decision. Preferably forever. And possibly forever if technology can replace high cost of "folks" with relatively lower cost of capital equipment. No brainer.

What happened with farming is what will happen with virtually everything else, eventually. This does not provide a strong case for training millions to fill positions likely to number only in thousands in the future. But it does sound swell when earnest pols boast about how "job training" will help cure unemployment. Unfortunately, that's mostly nonsense. The labor participation rate isn't going to recover. Ever. And that's the "big number". It also isn't going to have any impact in Port Gibson because there are no jobs there and never will be. And probably not in Detroit, in the short term, since (ironically) it's now more suited to farming, given the many hundreds of empty acres standing in tall grass. Detroit may come back, but (like Pittsburgh) its economy probaby won't be based on heavy industry as in the past. Creative destruction is truly a bitch where it strikes, but it remains the least worst economic alternative. At least a robust future is likely, rather than assurance of only a burnt-out shell with no hope of redemption. But betwixt now and then will not be a time for robust "hiring" except by government spending other people's money to sooth "caring" voters.

When the future is an even bigger crap-shoot than usual because the central government cannot get its act together and is wildly shooting from the hip on a weekly basis, and as the financial wizards protected behind closed doors by that same government are newly brewing god-knows-what insane and lawless ventures with other people's money, then even a solid increase of market demand may be woofully insufficient incentive to broadly hire with confidence. Better to "just say no", pay some overtime if necessary to meet current demand, and hunker down to await whatever new and nasty surprises will surely arrive on the next breaking wave.

Now, if you're a recent college graduate flipping burgers while looking for another "job", do give some thought to starting your own business. Even with all the grief, at least you'll be the last person laid off if it fails. And even if that happens, the experience will make you an infinitely more valuable employee.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:12 | 4372286 q99x2
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You Are Now Working Longer Than Ever

I don't think so. I got up from the couch once to go to the store and twice to go to the bathroom. On a daily basis it seems pretty much the same as last year. But I'm not sure Bitcoin investor is a form of emplyment. Still waiting for the Government to let me know.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:15 | 4372302 Mad Muppet
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That's paycheck still looks like I'm working part-time.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:35 | 4372359 DOT
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Wow, a paycheck !

Way better than a thank-you card.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:17 | 4372308 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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You are working longer than ever and your grocery portions per item is getting smaller and smaller.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:29 | 4372339 Unstable Condition
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:47 | 4372405 RaymondKHessel
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"You are working longer than ever and your grocery portions per item is getting smaller and smaller."

But our waistlines are getting larger and larger!!! What gives?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:25 | 4372562 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Shitty processed sugarized manure we call food nowadays.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:23 | 4372322 Colonel Klink
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FASTER!  (14 second clip which explains it all)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:24 | 4372327 dipsit
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wages in AU is higher compared to last year

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:26 | 4372333 Unstable Condition
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I remember 42 hour work weeks in a mind numbing factory job. I remember waking up every day wishing I would die in a firey crash on the way in to Toyota line hell ... then, just before the repitition of it all had me ready to really off myself, I started my own company.

Now I work 50-80 hours a week and never think about suicide and enjoy work.

My boss is still a dickhead, though.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:51 | 4372416 madcows
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well somebody has got to pay for the FSA

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:31 | 4372782 sethstorm
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This is what you get when you don't take every avenue of circumvention out for business.

One could go a long way by:

1) Removing the part-time classification by making the full-time classification instant.  No sense in playing classification games to deny benefits.

2) Addressing the long-term/entry issue by making employers have to pursue the unemployed versus the workers pursuing employers.  No sense in giving employers power by default position.

3) Modifying Taft-Hartley to consider any contingent/contract/non-direct-hire labor as a labor union and thus not a mandatory condition for employment.  This will make the entire South's worth of employers collectively explode their heads, but it adds freedom.

4) Reverting immigration law to the 1952 statutes.  It might anger the employers that depend on subservient labor, but all one has to do is promote it as a freedom-enhancing, fraud & waste killing repeal.  We have the people and they have the skills .

...none of which require any increase of the minimum wage.


In short, take all the means for the employer to circumvent.  They are not entitled to hold geographic areas hostage if they're not treated like divinity.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 19:10 | 4372890 GubbermintWorker
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Screw this shit. I have all my debt paid off except a small mortgage. I'm retiring at 62 which is 7 months from now.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 19:20 | 4372926 NoTTD
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Everyday when I awake, aroumd 10, I give thanks to Obama that I'm unemployed.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 19:23 | 4372933 NoTTD
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Obviously, we, as a country, have finally learned how to grind the faces of the working poor.   Things are looking up! 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 19:38 | 4372986 RaymondKHessel
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Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

60, 42 hours ... Try 15 minutes.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 22:06 | 4373546 pitz
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How many of the 'workers' were actually doing work of actual value?  Probably not many.

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