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December 28, 2009 / Toby Dayton

18 Minutes? WTF?!?!

From the Harper’s Index in the current issue:

Average number of minutes unemployed Americans are spending looking for a job each day: 18

While extending unemployment benefits is no doubt justified for millions of Americans, this shocking statistic (if true) raises serious questions about the manner in which states are administering those benefits and the oftentimes lax requirements they impose (or don’t) to receive them.

By the way, the source for the statistic is the Department of Labor.

14 Comments

  1. barbarasafani / Dec 28 2009 11:43 pm

    Toby,

    Fascinating info…do you have a link to the U.S. Department of Labor statistic on this?

  2. Anonymous / Dec 29 2009 5:43 am

    Toby,

    Fascinating info…do you have a link to the U.S. Department of Labor statistic on this?

  3. Ejly / Dec 29 2009 5:05 pm

    Interesting. Like @barbarasafani, I'm interested in your source. I checked the Bureau's tables (http://www.bls.gov/tus/#tables) and didn't see this data. I checked Harper's Index (http://harpers.org/index/?q=unemployed) and didn't see this there either.

  4. Kate-Madonna Hindes / Dec 29 2009 5:49 pm

    Eighteen Minutes speaks something louder. The emotional barrier to job search, (“I can't believe I have to do this,” and “I'm not going to find anything today anyway,”) is not only draining GOOD people of their passion but taxpayers of money.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ejly / Dec 29 2009 11:05 pm

    Interesting. Like @barbarasafani, I’m interested in your source. I checked the Bureau’s tables (http://www.bls.gov/tus/#tables) and didn’t see this data. I checked Harper’s Index (http://harpers.org/index/?q=unemployed) and didn’t see this there either.

  6. Kate-Madonna Hindes / Dec 29 2009 11:49 pm

    Eighteen Minutes speaks something louder. The emotional barrier to job search, (“I can’t believe I have to do this,” and “I’m not going to find anything today anyway,”) is not only draining GOOD people of their passion but taxpayers of money.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Toby Dayton / Dec 30 2009 9:30 am

    The stat comes from the current issue of Harpers Magazine (the issue with Warren Buffet on the cover). The stat was actually fact-checked by U.S. News & World Report, who posted the stat in an article they ran on their website that stemmed from my blog post. They contacted the Department of Labor (I'd guess someone in DOL's media relations department) who confirmed the stat. I'll continue to look for the original DOL source (did they do a poll, interviews, contact state workforce centers, etc.) and post anything that I find out.

  8. Toby Dayton / Dec 30 2009 3:30 pm

    The stat comes from the current issue of Harpers Magazine (the issue with Warren Buffet on the cover). The stat was actually fact-checked by U.S. News & World Report, who posted the stat in an article they ran on their website that stemmed from my blog post. They contacted the Department of Labor (I’d guess someone in DOL’s media relations department) who confirmed the stat. I’ll continue to look for the original DOL source (did they do a poll, interviews, contact state workforce centers, etc.) and post anything that I find out.

  9. Toby Dayton / Dec 30 2009 3:30 pm

    The stat comes from the current issue of Harpers Magazine (the issue with Warren Buffet on the cover). The stat was actually fact-checked by U.S. News & World Report, who posted the stat in an article they ran on their website that stemmed from my blog post. They contacted the Department of Labor (I'd guess someone in DOL's media relations department) who confirmed the stat. I'll continue to look for the original DOL source (did they do a poll, interviews, contact state workforce centers, etc.) and post anything that I find out.

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