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I’m watching the CNN show right now about innovative businesses and jobs being put in place across America that is on right now. Happy Labor Day weekend.

It has me thinking about what the basic need was that I had identified when I created the America the Beautiful Show in the first place, two years ago.

I also read these articles – very interesting – The Burger King story has really been a nightmare for the last ten years, at least with stores being closed by the health department (among other things.) And the most horrendously awful advertising in the history of advertising – they get the prize. I don’t know what company did it – what ad group created those ideas – but it looked like the product of some really, really bad drugs or psychoses.

When I was a little kid, the Burger Kings were a great place to go and then as I was older, they started freezing their burgers with nitrogen or something and I couldn’t eat them anymore. People who were cooking them by the large broilers got sick and the stores went downhill from there.


What went wrong at Burger King

by Dan Mitchell, contributorSeptember 3, 2010: 12:17 PM ET

FORTUNE — It’s not yet clear what Burger King’s new owner, the Brazilian-backed private equity firm 3G Capital, has in mind for the troubled No. 2 fast-food chain. But a total strategic revamp is in order. . .

(from among the comments – )

Danny Nabors3:00 pm

I think it all goes back to when the company went public ,the stores went down and so did the food . The ceo ‘s don’t care what people want it all about the money then, the ads and TV spots is what draws people in. The food is bad and bad for you but it’s fast . The conveniences of not having to cook and getting out of the house. Most of the burgers Kings are hard to drive into and get back out. Then there all the people in the back doing nothing. When the tables are still nasty even after they have been wiped down, and the floors are sticky or slick, and let’s don’t even talk about the bath rooms !!!
I think the Burger Kings need a complete over haul from the top down to managers, and more training for the cooks. By the way, how do you get a patty that thin ?? I can not get mine at home that thin with putting some fillers in the meat. and what about wheat buns.
It boils down to bad management all the way around !!
(and bad choices consistently, my note)


Jobs: ‘Stopped firing, not yet hiring’

ADP and Challenger’s numbers set the stage for the government’s closely watched jobs report due Friday. Economists are expecting the report to show there were 120,000 jobs lost in August, an improvement over July’s 131,000 job loss. To top of page


and this one –


August jobs report: Signs of life for employment

The economy lost a total of 54,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Businesses added 67,000 jobs to their payrolls in August. Economists had forecast a smaller gain of 44,000 jobs. It marked the eighth straight month that businesses added jobs, following nearly two straight years of job losses.

*(nice chart)*

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My comment made on the article –

In a recent news broadcast when employers reported adding 2.9 million jobs a couple months ago, the story noted ( I think it was a CNN broadcast) that although the jobs were added – no one was being hired for them. It looks like the same thing is continuing to happen. Jobs are added as reported by the business community to the Labor Department but no one is hired in those jobs.

(And, it doesn’t seem right that businesses can claim jobs added when they aren’t hiring anybody for those positions. In fact, if you look at how they come up with the number of hours worked, the jobs added and similar things, it comes from questionnaires sent to 800,000 businesses across the US who fill it out voluntarily as it suits them. This can be found at the Labor Dept. explanation of how they get the numbers that they are publishing. It is usually found with the numbers on a link or accompanying brief.)

– cricketdiane


The show about innovative businesses and new employment being built in America on CNN is linked on their site –

This Labor Day weekend CNN looks at how Americans are using smart ideas to create jobs in a tough economy. Join CNN’s Tom Foreman today at 2 p.m. ET for “Building Up America: On the Job.” FULL COVERAGE

It is shown on their first page at the top center box. After watching the show today with Tom Foreman – pretty nifty and very inspiring. It leads to a lot of possibility thinking.

And, I’m going to focus on what the basic need was that I had seen which yielded the America the Beautiful Show idea in the first place and then I’m going to write it down, or find where I’ve already written it somewhere.

Also need a sentence or two that describes the distinction and unique selling proposition (the uniqueness and improvement) found in doing the America the Beautiful Show events to meet the needs in the communities it is intended to serve across America.


Maybe there is a better way to do it – I took some notes during the CNN show about adding jobs to America as I was watching it. And, one of the notes about customer focus – really has me thinking in a more detailed way about some of it. That and the need to work into global markets with the things that we create, produce and do as businesses.

– cricketdiane



From Labor Secretary –

Hilda L. Solis is the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

That’s why I’m so excited to announce www.myskillsmyfuture.org— a new online tool to connect workers with high quality training and local employment.

By visiting the site and adding information about your most recent work experience, you can see exactly what skills you need to qualify for a broad range of careers. You can also find local training and education providers and, yes — you can see local job postings.

In other words, what’s next … is up to you.

There are jobs out there. And, this Labor Day — and every day — I’m going to continue helping people find them and employers fill them. If you’re ready to embrace a 21st century career, I want you to know your Department of Labor is here to help you. And, if you’re an employer looking to fill positions, we’ve got a list of great candidates for you.




Laid-off workers retrain but end up in same spot: Jobless

USA Today –

Updated // <![CDATA[// 6/11/2010 10:22 AM

Even when employers do communicate, they may overestimate their need for workers. “It’s in their interest to have a large pool of people from which to select,” says Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College.

Experts say much of the hit-or-miss nature of job training is rooted in a fragmented system. The guidance that job centers give trainees is based on localized versions of federal job forecasts that may be off the mark.


– Good article – lots of really interesting and specific information about what is really happening



Job openings flat at 2.9 million in June

On Wednesday August 11, 2010, 10:30 am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job openings were flat in June while the number of new hires slipped, according to a government report on Wednesday that underscored the persistent weakness in the labor market.

The Labor Department said there were 2.9 million job openings in June, almost identical to May’s tally.

With some 14.6 million people unemployed in June, the figures indicate there were five job seekers for every available position.

The hires rate, a measure of how many people were added to payrolls in the month, dipped to 3.3 percent in June from 3.5 percent, while the separations rate edged up to 3.3 percent from 3.2 percent.

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My Note –

See, if they add jobs but none of the places with those jobs are hiring for those jobs – then they aren’t added, now are they?

Why do they even get to count those?

– cricketdiane


Looking for work? Unemployed need not apply

By Chris Isidore, senior writerJune 16, 2010: 4:25 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The last thing someone who is unemployed needs to be told is that they shouldn’t even apply for the limited number of job openings that are available. But some companies and recruiters are doing just that.

Employment experts say they believe companies are increasingly interested only in applicants who already have a job.


“Most executive recruiters won’t look at a candidate unless they have a job, even if they don’t like to admit to it,” said Lisa Chenofsky Singer, a human resources consultant from Millburn, NJ, specializing in media and publishing jobs.

It is not against the law for companies to exclude the unemployed when trying to fill positions, but Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, said the practice is a bad one.

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Disturbing Job Ads: ‘The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered’

First Posted: 06- 4-10 11:52 AM   |   Updated: 08- 8-10 10:57 PM

Still waiting for a response to the 300 resumés you sent out last month? Bad news: Some companies are ignoring all unemployed applicants.


A company’s choice to ignore unemployed applicants and recycle the current workforce ignores the effect of the recession on millions of highly-qualified workers and could prolong the unemployment crisis, said Judy Conti, federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project.

“In the current economy, where millions of people have lost their jobs through absolutely no fault of their own, I find it beyond unconscionable that any employer would not consider unemployed workers for current job openings,” she said. “Not only are these employers short-sighted in their search for the best qualified workers, but they are clearly not good corporate citizens of the communities in which they work. Increasingly, politicians and policy makers are trying to blame the unemployed for their condition, and to see this shameful propaganda trickle down to hiring decisions is truly sad and despicable.”

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(also on Huffington – )

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Steps Up Scrutiny Of Possibly-Discriminatory Hiring Practices

WASHINGTON — Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps…


(from May of 2010 article)



Large jump in private-sector jobs, but unemployment increases to 9.9%
Heidi Shierholz
May 7, 2010


My Note –

That chart is a little hard to understand because it is in thousands but actually indicating millions and it doesn’t say how it derived those numbers – it could be anything, however – the subtraction of jobs with some college or a bachelors degree at the bottom of the right hand column – does show some of the problems – it doesn’t apparently include the underemployed nor what has become chronically unemployed that is the highest in history at the current time.

There is a great article that goes with this chart – but as I said, it would be worth looking at where they are getting the numbers (as with all of these reports that show up around the news and the internet – even when found at government agency sites.)

– cricketdiane


From a more current article at the Economic Policy Institute –

Labor Day by the Numbers
Anna Turner
September 3, 2010

(Note that all numbers are current as of September 3, 2010. States numbers are current as of August 20, 2010.)





  • Highest unemployment rate: Nevada, 14.3%; lowest: North Dakota, 3.6%
  • Highest black unemployment rate: Michigan with 23.7%; Highest Hispanic unemployment rate: Nevada with 18.4%
  • Total change in number of state and local government jobs over the last two years (since the peak in August 2008): -282,000 jobs

Total decline in assets from pensions, 401(k)-style accounts and IRAs between 2007 and 2009: $1.5 trillion

  • Share of income growth going to the top 1% of households from 1989 to 2007: 56%; Share of income growth going to the bottom 90% of households: 16%
  • Ratio of average CEO’s pay to typical worker’s pay in 1973: 27 to 1; Ratio right before the recession in 2007: 275 to 1

CHANGE IN MEDIAN COMPENSATION 2002-07: -0.6%** (that’s a minus .6% )


  • When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will cease to provide any boost to growth rate of GDP: Last quarter of 2010
  • Change in size of the economy since the start of the recession 31 months ago:* shrunk 1.3%
  • Portion of unemployed who have been jobless more than six months: 42%
  • Portion of unemployed who have been jobless more than a year: 21.9%**
  • Underemployment rate: 16.7%; Number of under- and unemployed, marginally attached, and involuntary part-time workers: 26.1 million
  • Unemployment rate for young (16-24) black workers in January 2010: 32.5%; For young Hispanic workers: 24.3%; For young white workers: 15.2%
  • The average student debt of graduates from private four-year institutions in 2000/01: $16,906; Average debt in 2007/08: $25,350



My Note –

These numbers from the Labor Dept where they seem to have found them – do not include 1/3 of the population that are in jails, prisons, institutions, disabled, and unintentionally “retired”. I’m not sure that people are continued to be counted once their unemployment compensation and interaction with the unemployment programs at the Labor Departments in each state have ended.

– cricketdiane


I think I’ll post some brilliant ideas and innovative businesses – maybe we could expand ideas that are already working anywhere they are being done as one of the options to help fix the unemployment problem.