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How the unemployment rate SHOULD affect you

The WSJ’s reporting on the unemployment rate for June and lower amount of jobs added last month:

“Bad news for the U.S. economic recovery. New private-sector jobs barely outweighed government job losses, causing the unemployment rate to climb to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent. It’s the third straight month the jobless rate has risen, and unemployment is now at its highest level since December 2010. In total, the economy added 18,000 jobs, far fewer than expected.”

Read it at The Wall Street Journal:

Don’t let this affect your attitude in your job search. These numbers are the big picture and are important, but read them and move on. Go back to focusing on YOUR picture right away. If you focus on these numbers, you won’t be as confident in your search and that will not help you.

You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose your reaction to what happens. Take the reins. We can sit around bemoaning the low numbers or we can get out there and network to find a job, start a business, do what we need to do. I read an article in Time Magazine last night about a farming family in Nebraska who, for years, took odd jobs to make ends meet and had to sell off much of their land. But through persistence, courage and determination for years, they were able to hold onto their farm and have since purchased more land and surpassed where they were before the recession. Remember successful people don’t AVOID obstacles, they learn how to overcome them.

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Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach