"Nearly one out of seven Americans receives food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's more than 44 million people. If they all stood in a line and someone photographed them using black-and-white film, they easily could be mistaken for people from the 1930s. Instead, they go to a grocery store and spend their credits like money. There isn't even a social stigma to make them stand out as any more glum or destitute than anybody else." Article.
I'm not sure. I think we may well be in a depression, but it's affecting our young workers more than anyone else. I've heard tale after tale of people with master's degrees flipping burgers or worse, they can't even find a job. Patrick cannot even find a minimum wage job, and he's been filling out two applications a day.
Do you know how bad it is out there for our young men and women? Panda Express has "calling hours" for its minimum wage jobs. You know, like casting calls? Where everyone and their dog lines up, gives a good song and dance, and hears, "Don't call us; we'll call you." That.
The drought has caused our giant tree in the back yard to begin the dying process. Its bark is peeling back, and it's being hollowed from the inside out by ants and termites. Some of the branches no longer have green leaves. It needs to be cut down. It's over a power line and being 90 feet tall or so, is going to take some specialized work.
It's the same all over the neighbourhood; I see plenty of trees that plain old look hazardous. But the tree man said our business is a godsend to him. No one is calling to get this work done, even though they really obviously need it done. That's concerning, that people won't spend the money they really need to to keep their own homes safe.
Even our local plumber says you know, you'd be surprised how people put off calling him. They'll wait until two or three of their toilets are out of commission, or until a problem becomes too big to be ignored.
What's your experience? Are people hesitant to spend any money at all where you live? Are they reluctant to hire new workers?