Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics — America’s Lemming Culture.

You just know I’ve had enough when I quote Mark Twain first thing Monday morning.  But frankly, I really can’t take much more of this idiocy.

I love America and this bull#&*% “hopeless” attitude that is so pervasive in the media – press, TV, radio – is going to kill us all.   Lemmings

Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments or in this case rampant stupidity.

I am of course talking about the latest “sky-is-falling” headlines following the June jobs report: Hiring slows, unemployment rises.

Now I’m not disagreeing with the stats and I’m not arguing that “New Jobs” aren’t important.  They are!

BUT those numbers only tell half the story — and it’s the bad half.

The 1/2 of the news that just sucks and makes people want to throw up their hands and give up.  But it’s NOT the whole story IN FACT it’s misleading.  It’s shallow reporting.  {I  could apologize and point out that reporters don’t have as much time as they need to investigate stories BUT that’s another story.}

One of the great under-reported/unreported stories during the recession is that American employers have jobs they can’t fill.

What statistics reveal in the midst of the weakest economy in several decades and a national unemployment rate stuck around 9%, is that employers have jobs which can’t be filled.   Month after month there are jobs that go unfilled.

How many jobs went unfilled last month?

That’s easy.  It’s a well known number.  At least with me!

Just go to this US Bureau of Labor Statistics link to see  Today it shows that 2.9M jobs went unfilled.   Yes I know that 14.1 million Americans are officially unemployed and only 18,000 new jobs were created in June and that was worse than May, when 25,000 new jobs were created but THERE’S STILL 2,900,000 jobs that went unfilled.  Would knowing that prompt you to wonder why?  {Please say yes or you will be unemployed for a long long time.}

Here’s the real problem.

More than 99% of jobs are not advertised anymore!


Because employers are ill equipped to deal with the avalanche of resumes, each one of which has to be filed, tracked and replied to for EEO reasons.  A typical newspaper or job board add may receive 5,000 or more replies consuming hundreds of hours of time to respond to.  No one can afford to waste the time advertising under these conditions and it only takes advertising once to draw this conclusion.   So, the vast majority of jobs remain unadvertised — they are invisible to ordinary job seekers.  However, millions of people are being hired and if you want to know how many, just Click this link:

Now, the other side of the equation.

Know how many people where hired last month in America?  I’ll bet you guessed between NONE and a couple hundred thousand.   BUT not almost 4,000,000.  But that’s the truth –  4M people.  And nearly 4M the month before.  Again you can see that with this link:

What this means Dear Job Hunter AND journalists who write about the economy and “jobs”, is that at this rate America will have nearly 50M “employment transactions” this year WITHOUT having many new jobs created.  AND – most importantly – without your having seen many of the 50M jobs advertised.

Am I the only one who thinks this is important?

It’s critical for the economy and the psyche of individual job hunters everywhere.  The average job search in America now takes 39.4 weeks!


Because the average job seeker listens to the news and hears how horrible it is out there and concludes there’s not much they can do about it and go back to watching Oprah or Ellen or whatever is on television in the middle of the day.  When what they should be doing is trying to figure out how to find one of the 2.9M jobs that went unfilled last month. This is not rocket-science folks.  It just requires a little ingenuity.

When did America became home to so many job-search Lemmings!

Where have the creative problem solving skills that made America great gone?

Which begs the question: what the heck are the city and state sponsored employment centers teaching job hunters these days?  How to write a better resume!!!! there’s no point.  That’s setting them up to FAIL!  Responding to job openings is necessary BUT it’s also a crap shoot.  No!  You have better odds in Vegas.

For G** sake get people off the web, away from the newspaper and teach them how to find companies that have a problem they can fix and then tell that job hunter how to reach out to that individual with the problem [that’s an opportunity in disguise] and tell them how they can fix it.

So back to “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics — and America’s Lemming Culture.  If you know someone who’s job hunting please tell them that last month there were nearly 4M people hired in America and the nearly 3M jobs went unfilled.  Then after when they recover from the SHOCK!!!!! ask them please, how they’re going to penetrate the hidden job market and find one of those jobs.  One way is to Google creative job search tactics and see what others are doing another is to use some of that American made resourcefulness and create your won strategy.  Pick and chose but GET OFF YOUR ASS and do something today!


David Perry

aka The Rogue Recruiter, co-author Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0

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