Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jobs "Created or Saved?"

Check out this chart.

While I'm not a math genius, I can connect dots. The trajectory of our unemployment is beyond scary, and is bordering on catastrophic. It is only a matter of time before we're firmly into the double digit arena, and by that time, the traditional media can no longer ignore it.

I went through my LinkedIn connections yesterday. I'm connected to 203 people - peers that I've met throughout my work life. People that achieved middle to upper management. People that earned advanced degrees. People that do really good work (believe me, if they did bad work, I'd not be connected to them). They are people who are just like me.

17 are currently unemployed.

I'll do the math for you. That's 8.3% of an incredibly talented, motivated, and effective population.

Our economic Rome continues to burn, and we get more stories about flying to New York for "date night," Michelle's arms, and Obama as God. Meanwhile, in the real world, I wonder who is going to be number 18, and I pray it is neither me nor my wife.

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