By now, we’ve all seen the most recent scary jobs report numbers. It’s not pretty: just 69,000 new jobs were added last month. That’s down from every other month this year so far. The report also showed that the unemployment rate has ticked back up to 8.2 percent. We’ve seen a slowdown since March, when job creation totaled 143,000, followed by April’s 77,000 — down by nearly half.
But here at Recessionista, we’re the glass-half-full kind of gals. And here’s the thing to keep in mind: the country is still coming out of an economic disaster. You got it, girls: we’re doin’ okay.
We’ve had more than two years of job growth, and, sure, it’s been slow, but it still means we’re moving in the right direction. And the private sector added 130,000 jobs last month. Also remember that the jobs numbers aren’t typically as reliable in the summer months as more recent grads are flooding the system with their resumes and skewing the numbers.
We say: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Are you going to listen to these numbers and sit at home and cry? No. You’re going to get out there and do something about it. You’re going to follow your dream, your destiny. Wake up! It’s time to change, to adjust to this new normal.
Close to 40% of people are entertaining starting a business. We hear from chicks all the time who have taken the recession into their own hands and are following their passions to fulfilling and lucrative careers. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well!
Don’t want to start your own thing? Well, contrary to what the jobs report might tell you, companies — and big ones at that — are hiring. Our Recessionista-in-Chief was just talking to the CEO of Dunkin Donuts — it’s National Donut Day, after all — and he told her that they’re hiring all over the place. Dunkin’ is a large company made up of larger franchises, which means there’s plenty of room to make it big on a smaller scale.
There are also specific sectors that are growing — energy, tech firms, manufacturing — and where you’re more likely to find job growth. Look outside your door: has that package from Amazon arrived? If you order online as much as we do, you know that e-commerce jobs are on the rise, too.
So buck-up, ladies: with a little creativity and a lot of chutzpah, there’s room for you yet in this economy!
Click here to check out our Recessionista-in-Chief discussing the jobs report on Headline News.