These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering, Pt. 2

*Sigh* Here we are, son. It’s been less than two weeks since I wrote my first unemployment post and things have only gotten exponentially worse. I mean, in my original article, I talked about the 3.3 million people who filed for unemployment during the week ending March 21st. From there, shit went even more off of the rails, man. During the week ending March 28th, the unemployment claims ballooned to 6.9 million. Fast forward to today, another 6.6 million folks have filed claims with the Labor Department. Meaning, damn near 17 million Americans are currently out of a job.

Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, I don’t even know what else to say, bruh. Like, that’s the whole story, brethren. The fact is, the coronavirus is doing A LOT more than ravaging immune systems. Shit, despite the fact that the illness has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people, it’s claimed the livelihood of about 10% of the country’s workforce. All I can say is, even if we go back to “business as usual,” there’s no way to easily make up that difference, son. So, a ton of citizens might be assed out for a while, man.

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. On one hand, I want everyone to stay inside and be healthy. On the other hand, I want people to be able to support themselves. Ultimately, we’re all stuck between a rock and a hard place, bruh. By and by, something needs to happen soon, son. If it doesn’t, we could be facing an economy worse than the Great Recession AND the Great Depression, man. At the end of the day, I truly hope that I’m wrong about this. That is all. LC out.

These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, once the coronavirus started doing its ‘rona shit, I knew that the job market would be negatively impacted. In fact, I got a glimpse of where things could go even before the unemployment claims were released. I mean, once my job told the managers that they could let contractors go, if they so desired, I knew that dark times were ahead, man. However, I’d be lying if I said that I thought things would be THIS bad, fam. All in all, these new unemployment numbers are fucking STAGGERING, bruh!

Ok, for those who missed it, we all might be fucked around here. Now, in the span of a week, there were 3.28 million unemployment claims, according to the Labor Department. Wait, let me say that again, son. In ONE week, there were 3.28 MILLION unemployment claims across the country. Look, for some perspective, the previous high in a week was 695,000, which occurred in October 1982. Shit, even during the Great Recession in the late 2000s, the high was 665,000 in a week. Fam, this ‘rona shit has upped that number by 5 TIMES! Like, I don’t even know how to express my genuine shock in words, man.

Look, like I’ve said in my podcast with Randi B., I always felt like the financial ramifications of this virus would be worse than the physical consequences. Now, I didn’t say that because I’m taking this sickness lightly, bruh. Hell, I still have scarred lungs from catching pneumonia in 2014. The truth is, I might be one of those people with a compromised immune system. But, I’ve always felt like people’s inability to go into work would have a negative effect on the economy. In any case, none of my suspicions could’ve prepared me for these numbers, son. All I can say is, we need to figure this ‘rona shit out ASAP before we don’t have a country left, man.

In the end, I want to send out two messages to everyone out there. First, for anyone who’s lost their job, my prayers are with you and I hope that the world opens again so we can get back on that interview grind. Second, for anyone who still has a job, be very thankful, fam. Yeah, we can complain about working from home and cabin fever, but the alternative is fucking terrible, bruh. At the end of the day, times like this are extremely humbling, son. Listen, anytime we think we’re in control, the universe (or possibly a biology lab) will bring us to our knees. With all of that being said, the ‘rona needs to hurry up and get the fuckity-fuck outta here. We all have things to do, brethren. That is all. LC out.