President Obama is concerned employers are discriminating against the unemployed. This is ridiculous. Many employers will hare an unemployed candidate preferentially to an employed candidate if other things are near equal. Of course, employers have to wonder why some people collect unemployment for up to two years when they have the skills and local job market to support finding a job sooner. Let's face it. In our current entitlement society, there are some people who will suck on the government's teat as long as they can. That's why extending unemployment benefits is wrong for most areas of the country. Unemployment is 9.5% in my state, but most people can still find a job within a month if they aggressively search. They often do have to take a pay cut, but honest work is better than government unemployment welfare and food stamps any-day.
(Huffington Post) — President Obama said during a Tuesday radio show that hiring discrimination against the jobless “makes absolutely no sense” and that he supports legislation to ban the practice.
Sybil Wilkes, a co-host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” asked the president about long-term unemployment and businesses that tell applicants, “If you’re unemployed, we don’t want to hear from you.”
Obama noted that the long-term unemployed have a tougher time landing jobs and said a stronger overall economy would make employers less choosy. “But we have seen instances in which employers are explicitly saying we don’t want to take a look at folks who’ve been unemployed,” the president said.