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Visual Essay #1

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FC: Under-Employment, a social nightmare By: Mike Laughlin | Over educated & Under Employed January 11, 2011

1: Over the past 10 years I have worked along side hundreds of fellow Oklahomans. Their stories are many times like our own. They are students, moms and dads. They have skin of all colors and come from every background imaginable. But, there is one thing they all have in common; it is not education, skill level, or even desire to work. They all struggle daily with the effects of being under-employed. Our communities, families, and future generations are at great risk of holding the burden for the masses of under-employed. This is why I want to draw your attention not only to the problem and plight of the under-employed, but also to the effects it has on all of us, and why it is such a huge social problem. | Hire Me March 16, 2012

2: According to the U.S. Department of labor: Under-employment has risen 112% in the last 4 years. Oklahoma City ranks in the top 30% nationally of cities with high under-employment. Under-employment – unlike unemployment, means people are employed. They are simply under employed. They are working jobs beneath their skill level, education level, or below their desired level to work. National statistics state the Average livable income for our region is between $14-$16 per hour. | This means people like Stephanie, a personal friend, single mom, and certified teacher working in a dress shop has to at times choose between rent, food on the table or gas for the car. | Single-Parent Families live in Poverty January 15, 2011

3: Many college graduates will be heading off into the job market this summer. And many just like those struggling, working two jobs to make it, will be hit “head on” with an economy in decline and a declining job market. | Over educated & Under Employed January 11, 2011

4: Since the 1970’s jobs have shifted from a manufacturing economy that supplied thousands of livable incomes, to a service generated economy. This doesn’t mean our need for manufactured goods has decreased, it just means the jobs that once supported thousands of families have moved overseas to a cheaper market. Corporations look to the bottom line and find outsourcing to be the answer. And our societies need for a strong bottom line breeds under-employment and leaves families struggling just to survive. | De-industrialization of America December 12, 2010 Mark Heayn

5: Single moms are doing everything they can to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads while their kids are forced to grow up in public housing and violent neighborhoods. | Solve the Housing Glut November 17, 2009 | L.A. Streets of Death June 12, 2003 New York Times

6: Food Stamps and Racism February 9, 2012 Marc Jampole | The government throws program after program and handout after handout at the problem hoping it works. But, the problem is not better services, or more food stamps. The problem is a country, a community, and a society that has bought into the bottom line mumbo jumbo and failed to care for the needs of the people that make up their country communities, and society.

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  • Title: Visual Essay #1
  • Social Problems: Under-Employment
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  • Published: over 5 years ago