Good GDP, Still No Jobs
The best economic news in a very long time burst
across the airwaves today, as GDP numbers for the
third quarter of 2003 came out. During that
periodencompassing July, August and
Septemberthe gross domestic product leapt by
over seven percent, the largest such one-quarter
gain since the early 1980s. Experts and
commentators across the board heralded the news as
a strong sign that we're almost out of the
So why am I so skeptical? Because in that same
quarter, the economy continued to hemorrhage jobs.
Despite such a strong surge in the GDP, more jobs
were lost than were created. And that's what has
made the past two years so difficult for so many
people, and why the economy has taken so long to
recover. Companies just aren't hiring. Jobs aren't
being created. People can't find work.
I'm no economic expert, but I have two years of
firsthand "experience" to back up my contentions.
I've gone through some dry spells since graduating
from college, but never have I sent out even a
fraction of the countless resumes I've shotgunned
since Disney laid me off in 2001. I can no longer
keep track of the number of jobs for which I was
eminently qualified, yet whose HR representatives
never once contacted me.
I know the competition out there is fierce, and
I'm realistic about what the employment field is
like these days. Even a form letter or postcard
acknowledging receipt of my resume is a rarity.
Long gone, dead, buried and forgotten are the days
when there was even the slightest trace of personal
touch in the hiring process. It's now a rarefied,
fine-tuned, slick machine run largely by
Yet I still can't help but feel bitter. I know
my abilities, I'm aware of how much I can
contribute to a company's operations, I'm eager to
once again exercise my full potential. I'm not the
world's best employee; there are certainly more
experienced people out there. But I do have a lot
of talent to offerall I need is the
My chief consolation is that many unfortunate
people share the same challenges. It's tough out
there right now, it's been hard over the past two
years, but hopefully things will turn around soon.
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