The unemployment rate fell from 9.2 percent in June partly because some unemployed workers stopped looking for work. That means they are no longer counted as unemployed.
As a result, the number of unemployed people fell to 13.9 million, down from 14.1 million. Still, that’s nearly double the total before the recession.
The participation rate, which measures the percentage of people working or searching for jobs, fell to 63.9 percent, the lowest in 27 years.
Workers did see some pay gains last month. Average hourly wages rose 10 cents to $23.13.
The number of people working part time who would prefer full-time work declined, while those who’ve given up looking increased. Including both groups, the under-employment rate declined to 16.1 percent from 16.2 percent.
Given these numbers I have to share with you a disturbing story about a young, single mother, 27 years old, living in a small town, in the county of “lack of options”. She was called by the owner of the local grocery store and asked if she was still interested in working at the store. She excitedly replied, yes and an interview was set up for the next morning.
She walks into the interview very confident. Hair was up and nicely styled, conservatively dressed she was ready to start work a.s.a.p. The interview itself was less than 10 minutes. She said she could work nights, weekends, what ever they needed she was a single parent with responsibilities and so she would do what was needed. They told her about some other interviews for the day and they would call her either Monday or Tuesday. I tried to encourage her, telling her, don’t let that get you down; remember they called you, trying to keep her spirits up.
The weekend went by, so Monday afternoon, she called the grocery store introduced herself and the young lady who came in for the interview and asked for the manager. I wanted to let you know I’m very interested in working at the store and I was wondering if you’ve made a decision yet. She was told to call back in the morning. Tuesday morning her cell phone rings and it’s the owner of the grocery store, he was calling to tell her “I’m sorry but we gave the job to the girl that wanted it” and hung up.
Wow, my opinion, what an absolute B*TCH slap in the face to a responsible single parent trying to support her child. I just wonder what part of “I’m very interested and can work what ever hours you need. My mother and I share a house so I have no problems with a babysitter; I don’t drink or do drugs so you won’t see me socializing at the local bar”, did this manager or owner not fine appealing?
There is more to this story than meet’s the eye. You see this same person went into another store owned by the same people 1 year prior to the interview at the grocery store. No, she did not get the job because she was a single parent. Maintaining a single parent household is difficult. It shouldn’t be complicated further with discrimination at the workplace.
27% of custodial single mothers and their children live in poverty and 12.9% of custodial single fathers and their children live in poverty. However, there are many cases of discrimination on single parents in the workplace. While several companies deny this, this type of discrimination is rampant and accepted by most people in the workforce. This is because there is no federal law prohibiting this type of discrimination. The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) has laws against discrimination.
Profile of a Single Parent According to the report “Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005,” released by the U.S. Census Bureau in August 2007, there are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States, who are responsible for raising 21.2 million children (approximately 26 percent of children under 21 in the U.S. today).
According to this report:
- About 84 percent of custodial parents are mothers.
- 16 percent of custodial parents are fathers.
Of the mothers who are custodial parents:
- 44 percent are currently divorced or separated.
- 33 percent have never been married.
- 22 percent are married. (These women are usually remarried.)
- 1 percent was widowed.
Of the fathers who are custodial parents:
- 57 percent are divorced or separated.
- 24 percent are currently married. (These men are usually remarried.)
- 18 percent have never married.
- 1 percent was widowed.
Of custodial single mothers, 79 percent are gainfully employed, and:
- 50 percent work full time year round.
- 29 percent work part time or part of the year.
Of custodial single fathers, 92 percent are gainfully employed, and:
- 74 percent work full time year round.
- 18 percent work part time or part of the year.
Also according to the report:
- 27.7 percent of custodial single mothers and their children live in poverty.
- 11.1 percent of custodial single fathers and their children live in poverty.
- 31 percent of all single parents receive public assistance.
- 6 percent of single parents receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- Of custodial mothers, 37.7 percent are 40 years old or older, 56 percent are raising one child from the absent parent, and 44 percent have two or more children living with them.
Reference: United States. Census Department. Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005. By Timothy S. Grall. Census, 2007. 17 Mar. 2008