Yesterday, the New York Times ran an interesting story about how men between the ages of 30 and 54 are voluntarily dropping out of work, unable to find a job that interests them, and preferring instead to live at home, doing things that they find more fulfilling. The numbers are hardly insignificant: about 10 percent of men in this age groupâ€”roughly 3 million workersâ€”are out of work and not looking for jobs.
The article mostly delves into the causes of this trendâ€”in particular, there’s the decline of stable, unionized jobs, especially in manufacturing and technology, and the unwillingness of those who are laid off to seek work that’s beneath them, preferring instead to pursue other interests. In that case, the fault resides with an economy that’s chiefly creating low-paying, unfulfilling, and overly stressful jobs.
I posted a comment to this story, not yet published because it was my first time, and they have to check the comment (whenever conveinient for them meaning never) for spam.
Here is what I wrote:
I am the poster child for this story. I am 44 years old and have not had a steady full time job in 2 1/2 years. Not because I don’t want to work, but because there is no longer the fulltime decent paying, job with medical benefits available anymore. I work in the film and television industry in Hollywood. For 15 years I held steady decent paying jobs. I got laid off a few times when companies were merging, but was always able to find another job relatively soon. After my last job I was laid off at In January 2004, (Once again the company was being bought out, and I was let go after 2 years of service, the same day another guy was let go after 8 years.) I once again began looking for another job. I soon began to see that the offers I was getting were for jobs that paid up to 9 dollars an hour less then I was making before. I wasn’t about to take a job that paid more then one third less then I was previoulsy making. The only decent job offer I got was for a freelance part time job with no health plan, no vacations, no benefits at all. The pay was still OK so I took the job. I am still working for them. I get 5 to 15 hours a week, most weeks, sometimes a little more depending on the time of year. I continued to look for jobs, and continued to get offers paying what I was making 10 years ago. I continued to refuse. In the meantime I had starting blogging, and after almost 2 years began to make a little money doing that. Now I spend 8-10 hours most days working on my websites, and I do my 5-10 hours a week part time job. I barely make enough to pay the bills month after month, and have learned to live on almost nothing. This was never what I wanted. I am just doing what I can to survive the Bush Economy. By the way my liberal website is called
The Hollywood Liberal
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