“Data for the United States has been decidedly weak over the past couple of months, with private-sector job growth lagging expectations and the unemployment rate stuck at 9.5 percent. That has fed concerns the economy could be at risk of a renewed recession or face a debilitating bout of deflation as the bleak jobs market pressures incomes and prices,” according to a Reuters articles posted in Yahoo news today
This is more than a cyclical downturn. Yes, the economy crashed but as companies rebound and recover their focus is on making money wherever they can, not to bring jobs back to America. Then can just as easily sell Coke and Pepsi to India as Indiana, why would they be worried if consumers are employed in the United States? Further, manufacturing costs are lower off-shore.
The dilemma we face today is scarce employment opportunities. The adjustment is going to continue to be painful as competition increases for each position, expectations for a better future decrease, and basic survival demands continue.
We all need to respond to change with flexibility and a positive view. But adjusting our perspective in a consumer-driven economy to appreciate a simpler life is the greatest challenge.