You may have seen Julia’s post below. She’s one of the many Oregonians who have lost their job in the past year. No issue has been raised with us more than unemployment since we’ve been here, and of course the problem’s not confined to the States.
But should Julia be prepared to do any job that is offered? In terms of its impact on her self-esteem and finances, is taking a job below her previous pay grade a step in the right or wrong direction? And if there are some jobs she could take, does this make unemployment a choice rather than an enforced state of affairs?
We’ll be live from The Dalles in Oregon on Wednesday and there will be cherry farms all around. Would Julia be willing to go picking? She’ll be helping me host tomorrow so we can find out what she thinsk about all of this.
Often during discussions on immigration (whether in South Africa, the States of the UK) we’ve heard how there are some jobs locals just won’t do anymore. Is it about time those attitudes change before the state offers help to the unemployed? Is this a case of what people are prepared to do, rather there being no jobs?
Is picking and choosing the work that we do a luxury that this economic downturn has removed? Is it time many people adjusted their expections of what work can pay and bring to their lives?