Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So you think Unemployment isn't a problem, we're on the road to recovery? Think again

The three million people who lost their jobs in the second half of 2008 will exhaust their benefits by October 2009. When you add in dependents, this means that around 10 million folks will have no income and virtually no savings come Halloween.

Throw in the other four million who lost their jobs in the first half of 2009 and you’ve got 13 million people (counting families) who will be essentially destitute by year-end.

How does this affect the stock market?

The US consumer is 70% of our GDP.

SHOOT: You can't fix this using sentiment and spin.
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A lot of the bull-tards in the media have been going wild that unemployment claims are falling. It strikes me as surprising that this would be true given the fact that virtually every company that posted the alleged “awesome” earnings in 2Q09 did so by laying off thousands of employees:
  • Yahoo! (YHOO) will cut 675 jobs.
  • Verizon (VZ) just laid off 9,000 employees.
  • Motorola (MOT) plans to lay off 7,000 folks this year.
  • Shell (RDS.A) has laid off 150 management positions (20% of management).
  • Microsoft (MSFT) plans to lay off 5,000 people this year.
  • So unemployment claims are falling, that means people are finding jobs right? Wrong. It means that people are exhausting their unemployment benefits. When you consider that there are 30 million people on food stamps in the US (out of the 200 million that are of working age: 15-64) it’s clear REAL unemployment must be closer to 16%.

    And they’re slowly running out of their government lifelines.

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