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My Life

The good news: the jobless rate in Lancaster County continues to decline as of April. The bad news: a job is still tough to get, and the majority of jobs added in April where in the seasonal and typically fragile leisure and hospitality sector reflecting the prospects for summer tourism.

As I tell my friends, “Sure, I’m still looking for work. I can find a job, but getting that job is still difficult.”

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I learned today that this week is my last week for unemployment compensation: my 99 weeks are up. While grateful the financial help over the past two years, the occasion marks both an anniversary and a sad reality. [more…]

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Perusing the classics at a Barnes & Nobles recently, my eyes settled upon Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, that minor political treatise from post revolutionary America. I don’t think I have read this since my political phlosophy class in college, better than 20 years ago. There are some strong hints of caution and wisdom in Thoreau’s words. Perhaps it is time we contemplate them once more.

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The Unemployed (50 Something) White Male is back, now 16 months unemployed!

August 26, 2010

After a short sabbatical, the Unemployed (50 something) White Male is back. Currently, I’m in my 16th month of unemployment with little to no prospects for future employment. Fortunately, there’s still a little bit of unemployment compensation available for me. Meanwhile, I hope to add something to the site, at the minimum, once a week. [...]

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Unemployment rate rises to 8 percent in Lancaster County

March 16, 2010

Sure, the economy is improving! Yeah right! Readers of the Lancaster County morning newspapers were greeted with more happy news of an improving economy. The combined Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era is reporting that the unemployment rate in Lancaster County rose 2 percent to 8 percent in February. Nationwide, the unemployment remained stable at [...]

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Senator Jim Bunning and Extending Unemployment Benefits for the Lazy Unemployed Worker

March 2, 2010

Once again the unemployed are under attack again by our representatives in Washington. The Federal extension for unemployment benefits ran out at the end of February.

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LETA’s Job Club a Surprising Aid to the Unemployed?

January 20, 2010

I discovered Lancaster Employment & Training Agency’s (LETA) Job Club through in article in this past Saturday’s Intelligencer Journal. The Job Club is taxpayer funded service of the agency that helps the unemployed.

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