A staged reading to benefit Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County - July 26 to 28
‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’A Play Based on the Book by Ilene Beckerman A staged reading to benefit Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield CountyPresented by the Carriage House Arts Center and t ... Continue
‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’
A staged reading to benefit Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County
The hit play, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," based on Ilene Beckerman’s book and the award winning writers Delia and Nora Ephron of "When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle," "You’ve Got Mail" and "Silkwood", comes to the Carriage House Arts Center in Norwalk on Friday and Saturday, July 26 & 27 at 8pm and Sunday, July 28 at 4pm.
Directed by Terry Polvay, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" is a funny, compelling and touching tale of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects — mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.
The New York Times called it “Funny [and] compelling. Men...may come and go, but a killer outfit is forever, even if you can’t get into it anymore.”
Tickets are $20. If you donate a woman’s business suit, your ticket is FREE. All shows include wine & cheese at intermission.
For tickets or more information, please call 203-229-9797 or visit the website, www.carriagehouseartscenter.org
CNN Money Focusing on Long-Term Unemployment
Little help for the long-term unemployed - http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2013/06/06/n-long-term-unemployment-federal-government-jobs.cnnmoney Compared to the tens of billions of dollars spent ... Continue
Little help for the long-term unemployed - http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2013/06/06/n-long-term-unemployment-federal-government-jobs.cnnmoney
Compared to the tens of billions of dollars spent on unemployment insurance, the federal government does little to help train and place the long-term unemployed in jobs.Close
Comments Requested on Local Workforce Plan
The WorkPlace, southwestern Connecticut’s regional Workforce Development Board conducts comprehensive planning, and coordinates regional workforce development programs. As one of five Workforce ... Continue
The WorkPlace, southwestern Connecticut’s regional Workforce Development Board conducts comprehensive planning, and coordinates regional workforce development programs. As one of five Workforce Development Boards in the state, we continue to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.
The WorkPlace is preparing a comprehensive 5-year local plan and requests your feedback on its design and content. This document is being submitted to the governor as part of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, DOL Employment Services and Connecticut Employment and Training Commission’s effort to strategically align workforce strategies.
The plan can be found on the homepage of The WorkPlace website or by clicking here. After reviewing the document, please complete a brief questionnaire. Your candid and thoughtful reply will help our evaluation and plan development. Most people are able to complete the questionnaire in a few brief minutes. After the results are tabulated and compiled, we will issue the plan.
Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Long-term unemployed ready to work
By Jonathan Horn About 20 people gathered for a group photo in a South Metro Career Center classroom on Thursday, while one woman held up a sign that read, “Hire me, please!!!” All ... Continue
By Jonathan Horn
About 20 people gathered for a group photo in a South Metro Career Center classroom on Thursday, while one woman held up a sign that read, “Hire me, please!!!”
All but one in the group was over 50 and had been unemployed 27 weeks or longer. They represent the part of unemployment that hasn’t fallen with the rest of it — long term joblessness. While the U.S. jobless rate has declined from a high of 10 percent in 2009 to 7.5 percent in the last four years, the percentage of people who are unemployed for six months or longer has hovered around 40 percent of the jobless for the past four years. And that doesn’t take into account people who are over 50, some learning 21st century job search skills for the first time.
“I was used to looking in the newspaper and then going someplace and turning in an application. And it just doesn’t work that way anymore,” said Christopher Roper, 50, of North Park. “It’s a cold world out in the job-hunting market.”
But Roper and those he posed with have a renewed sense of optimism.
The group graduated from Platform to Employment, a privately funded, five-week program held at the South Metro Career Center, tailored to the long-term unemployed. The class included 21 people who are over 50 and one veteran under the age of 30. For five weeks, they learned a variety of job-search and life skills, including networking, resume writing, and personal finance coaching.
Betsy Landers, 52, of Vista, looking for work in project management, said the class taught what to emphasize on her resume, fixing her previous approach.
“I had too much on my resume and definitely had I taken this class I would have known what’s important and what’s not important,” said Landers, formerly a project coordinator at the Gemological Institute of America. “It’s the point of the targeted resume.”
Moving forward, the program will help its first class find jobs by paying the first four weeks of their employment. That will get their foot in the door. Then it’s up to the employer to decide whether to hire that person permanently.
“Take a chance on these people,” said Mark Nanzer, the director of adult programs for the nonprofit San Diego Workforce Partnership. “We’ll subsidize them at whatever you want to bring them in at for four weeks.”
Participants said the job search skills they learned have been vital.
Roper, who has been unemployed for 18 months after losing his job as a student supervisor in the library at the University of San Diego, said he no longer plays the numbers game when it comes to job ads.
“I’m not sending as many resumes out, I’m not sending as many cover letters out, but every single one I’m sending ... it’s much tighter, it’s very focused,” he said.
Cynthia Patrick, 62, of South County, unemployed for several years, said she’s looking for work in communications or public relations after her last job as an airline agent. She said the frustrating part of today’s job search is the Internet.
“One thing that kind of really screens out people like myself is when you have to fill out the application it asks you what year you graduated from either high school or college. And you know once they find that out, it’s not going to be good,” she said. “What I’ve learned from the class is that I need to step up my networking.”
San Diego was one of 10 cities to host the program, which began last year. Currently, there are no additionally scheduled courses, however the San Diego Workforce Partnership is looking at ways to develop similar programs, spokeswoman Lindsey Eaton said. The $500,000 course was supported by the Walmart Foundation, the AARP Foundation, Citi Community Development, and developed by the Connecticut-based nonprofit called The WorkPlace.
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CBS: Chicago To Test Job Assistance Program For Veterans, Long-Term Unemployed
To listen to the radio announcement, please visit http://cbsloc.al/ZarCVZ CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago and Cook County officials have teamed up to kick off a pilot program to help veterans and ... Continue
To listen to the radio announcement, please visit http://cbsloc.al/ZarCVZ
CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago and Cook County officials have teamed up to kick off a pilot program to help veterans and those who have been unemployed for a long time.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the new program called “Platform to Employment” was designed by officials in Connecticut. Its aim is to help the long-term unemployed and veterans who haven’t been able to find jobs.
Karin Norrington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, said those people face discrimination from employers.
“They look at the résumés, and say ‘Well, what’s wrong with them if they’re out of work?’ when it could be nothing to do with their skillset, nothing to do with the way that they conduct themselves in the workplace; that it really could just be a situation where there’s been a reduction in force at a firm, and that individual was unfortunately affected by that through no fault of their own,” she said.
The pilot program is seeking employers willing to hire workers who have been retrained and redirected.
Norrington-Reaves said the program will focus on finding jobs for people over the age of 50 who have been unemployed for at least 26 weeks, and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. It will also have a component targeting unemployed veterans.
She said the longer people are out of work, the harder it is for them to find a job.
“This program is really designed to help those folks address the variety of issues that they face, and quite frankly get their mojo back, so that they know how to better market themselves and sell themselves during an interview,” she said.
The pilot program will serve only a couple dozen people, but the plans are to expand it with the help of employers willing to hire participants.
Sky Valley Chronicle: The Dirty Little Secret of Improving Unemployment
May 5, 2013 - Sky Valley Chronicle article (NATIONAL) -- You may have heard the good news this week about the improving employment picture for Americans in the still fragile economic recovery from th ... Continue
May 5, 2013 - Sky Valley Chronicle article
(NATIONAL) -- You may have heard the good news this week about the improving employment picture for Americans in the still fragile economic recovery from the brutal Great Recession.
The latest report from the Labor Department Friday seemed to bolster the theory that the U.S. job market is improving despite higher taxes and government spending cuts that took effect this year.
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated.
Those job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.
The only sectors of the economy that cut jobs last month were construction and government.
But behind those rosy numbers lies a dirty little secret: capitalism seems to have no further use for anyone over the age of 55.
A charge that sounds a bit strong? Go talk with someone 55 and older who has been looking for a job.
OVER 55 AND LOOKING FOR WORK: A STRUGGLE
A new report by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) says that despite the rosier jobs picture in April, for those Americans ages 55 or older who have been unemployed long-term, "the prospect of finding work is greatly limited."
And that may be putting it mildly.
A recent PBS report centered on "The Work Place," a job training center in Bridgeport, Connecticut and the report highlights the massive hurdle that older workers are up against in an American economy where employers seem to want only the youngest, cheapest workers they can find.
Joe Carbone runs The Workplace and he knows what these people are up against. " I was unemployed once for eight-and-a-half months. I used to drive 20 miles to do a little grocery shopping so I wouldn't meet anybody who would be able to look at me and ask, “Did you get a job yet?” So, I know what it can do," said Carbone to PBS.
One woman sitting at the table with Carbone said, "I have been on the Internet daily, all day, eight hours a day. I can't find anything."
The reality for the over-55 worker is scary and even scarier for the more than four million Americans who remain out of work six months or more.
"For those 55 and older, it takes about a year on average to find work, longer than for any other age group," says the PBS report.
Joe Carbone: "They're carrying a double whammy, not just the long-term unemployment, but they're 50 and older. It makes things that are bad even worse."
THE FIRST TO GO, LAST TO COME BACK
From the report:
Fifty-nine-year-old facilities manager Frank Rende lost his job four years ago. Rende says, "We got here in the first place because we were in the highest salary range. We were the first to go. We're going to be the last to come back."
Software developer Geoffrey Weglarz, 55, has been looking for two years. He says he's applied for 481 jobs.
Weglarz says none of those applications has produced a thing because,"They (employers) think that anybody over a certain age is going to be used up."
Asked if she thinks employers are purposely trying to screen out older workers from being hired, unsuccessful job seeker Debora Ducksworth says, "Exactly. And now I'm thinking, I'm going to be 60 in October. Is anyone ever going to hire me?"
Is it age discrimination? Boston College did a survey a few years ago where they asked Human Resources people how they viewed older workers. The survey found that " human resource managers were skeptical of workers like those in Bridgeport. They said they worried about their ability to learn new things, about their physical stamina and basically how long are they going to stay."
Essentially the HR types, when looking at the whole picture of "their assessment of older workers, you really wouldn't go out of your way to hire one."
And there's another reason employers might not want to hire an older worker: If things don't work out, will they be sued?
Mary Corbin thinks so. She believes that age is the reason she was let go a year-and-a-half ago. "No one under 50 was laid off, and it was a large amount of people. In the package that they gave everyone, they emphasized, for signing the package, you will not come back and sue us for age discrimination," said Corbin.
There's yet another strike against the older worker who needs a job just as badly as a younger person needs one.
Some employers say the older worker gets "more expensive on the health care front just because they have more ailments," according to the report.
AND ALL THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME
According to unemployment stats from January of 2011, "Thirty percent of those who are jobless have been unemployed a year or more (long-term unemployment) as of December 2010. Equaling 4.2 million people — roughly the population of Kentucky — this is 25 percent more people affected by long-term unemployment than a year prior (December 2009, 3.4 million)….Using the CPS data, Pew calculated that the persistent problem of long-term unemployment is occurring across education and age groups but those who are older than 55 are most likely to remain jobless for a year or more.
Additionally, a high level of education only provides limited protection against long-term unemployment — the rates are similar across degree attainment: 31 percent of unemployed workers with a bachelor’s degree have been out of work for a year or more, compared to 36 percent of high school graduates and 33 percent of high school drop-outs."
In May of last year a Forbes report said, "Talk about the dangers of losing your job at age 50 plus. Older workers who lost their jobs during the Great Recession experienced steep pay cuts when they became reemployed...if they were lucky enough to get new jobs at all.
Median monthly earnings declined 23 percent after an unemployment spell for reemployed workers aged 50 to 61, compared with just 11 percent for workers aged 25 to 34, according to the Urban Institute report. For workers 62 and older, post-unemployment earnings plummeted nearly in half (47%), although most of the decline in that age group stemmed from a shift toward part-time employment. “For many workers laid off during and after the Great Recession, the financial ramifications of job loss may persist for the rest of their lives,” the report, Age Disparities in Unemployment and Reemployment during the Great Recession and Recovery, by Richard W. Johnson and Barbara A. Butrica, concludes.
So what happens to the older worker as the worker goes month after month with no job, sometimes stretching into a year or more?
They go through all their savings and 401K retirement plans. That's what happened to older worker Geoffrey Weglarz. He went through everything and then said, "My last unemployment check is next week. I have about $2,000 dollars to my name, and, after that, I don't know...I have no fallback position. I'm behind on my mortgage. I'm on food stamps, and I'm on financial hardship for both electricity and for gas."
Joe Carbone who runs The Workplace notes, "We have got special programs here for veterans, and we should, for people with disabilities, and we should, you know, for dislocated workers, and we should. We see a new population that are unemployable because of the length of their unemployment occurring during the worst recession since the Great Depression, and we're just ignoring them, ignoring them.
I can't tell you what that does to me. I love this country so much, but I can't imagine that we would ever leave any of our citizens, any of our brothers and sisters, to be part of a process that's declaring them hopeless. And that's what's going on."
The full PBS report can be found here.Close
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