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Ask the 1.3 million people who just lost their unemployment benefits if they believe the U.S. is recovering from the current economic recession, and they’ll likely tell you, “no.” These same 1.3 million people who lost extended unemployment benefits on December 28, 2013 will now be counted as having “left the labor force” by government officials. This is excellent news for the current administration, because these 1.3 million desperate people are now off the tally of the unemployed, and within a few months, we will be told the good news that the unemployment rate has dropped again, a sure sign that the economy has turned the corner and is on the upswing. Don’t you believe it!
Those who recently lost extended unemployment benefits and the millions more who will be joining them in 2014 may not have a fallback position if they don’t have loved ones to turn to. It’s unlikely they will be able to tap the equity in their homes now that many in the U.S. are upside down on their mortgages. And forget personal loans. Even the gainfully employed are finding it difficult to secure a loan with ever-squeamish financial institutions. With escalating food and gasoline prices, it’s doubtful even the most conservative of those whose benefits have been cut off were able to put aside a slush fund for this worst case scenario.
Those of us with jobs and homes as we head into the 2014 New Year are indeed blessed. We are blessed in other ways as well; we’re ahead of the curve by understanding the importance of preparedness, we’re brave enough to face the truth, and we have places to go for the information we need to survive.
Each week, the comments shared by readers is nothing short of amazing and together, we’re making inroads. I appreciate each and every one who contributes and asks questions. It increases the opportunity to share knowledge and to learn.
For those who are new to Prepping, or have been waiting for the flag to drop that tells you to kick things in gear, I would encourage you to invest in food storage and prep goods now. Prices continue to skyrocket. Your investments today equates to savings tomorrow!
And judging by the demographics posted below, now is a good time to get up to speed with whatever skill-sets that need work. As David has advised many times over the years, hands-on experience is the best way to perfect those skill-sets. It’s the only way to uncover weak spots, allowing you to make improvements before those skills become critical for long-term survival.
Many are warning that 2014 may be a bumpy ride for the U.S. economy. For some, 2013 heralded economic distress, bringing hardships never dreamed of. If you doubt this, have a look at the economic statistics that should be splashed across every newspaper in America.
Facts The Media isn’t Telling Us
49.7 million Americans are now living at poverty level. Poverty level, as per the Census Bureau, is $11,720 for one person, $14,937 for two people, and $23,492 for four people.
1.2 million students who attend public school are homeless, a 72% climb since the economic recession began in 2007/2008
Since 2000, the number of people receiving food stamps has risen from 17 million to 47 million (this is due, in part, due to increased need and part due to advertising and promotional efforts to get more people to sign up for food stamps)
49% of U.S. households have at least one member who receives some form of monetary benefits paid to them by the government
40% of U.S. workers make less than $20,000 annually (this includes kids and part time workers)
If the government were to count those who exhausted their unemployment benefits, but are still searching for work, it’s estimate the real unemployment rate would stand somewhere between 11%-20%
It has been estimated that 5 million homes have been foreclosed on since 2008. Foreclosures, per capita, are expected to exceed that of the Great Depression. Home prices have already plummeted lower than what was experienced during the Great Depression. In addition, banks are waiting to foreclose on another 2-4 million homes, but aren’t so that the bottom doesn’t drop out of the market
Approximately 30% of 18 to 34 year-olds now live at home with their parents
The exact number of the U.S. homeless is not known. However, it was reported by the New York shelter system that 2013 surpassed 50,000, which includes over 21,000 homeless children, a 19% increase from the previous year
How can these statistics possibly point to an economic recovery?
Another reality not being reported on is the growing number of homeless who have resorted to living in tent cities or their cars due to unemployment or the loss of their homes.
In October of 2011, I wrote an article that was published in The Final Hour, titled Tent Cities: The Secret That Won’t Go Away which discussed the sharp increase of homeless who turned to tent cities which were popping up all over the country. Sadly, many of these tent cities were dismantled, or bulldozed, and the occupants were forced to find shelter elsewhere or were arrested.
Those who tried to lend a helping hand, such as Cross Roads United Methodist Church who offered pancake breakfasts to the needy, were told by a judge their efforts were illegal, and they were shut down. A couple in Houston, Texas who had been feeding the homeless every night for over a year were ordered to stop because they did not have a permit.
For those of us lucky enough to have a roof over our heads, it is difficult to comprehend the hardships these displaced people must endure. If we were to believe what the media tells us about the plight of the homeless, their numbers are a result of addiction or mental illness, but the truth is that many who found themselves on the street were no different that the majority of the populace. They were two paychecks away from destitution when then the unthinkable happened; they lost their job, or had their hours cut, or their mortgage arm loan climbed to unsustainable levels.
Some were making six figures when their fortunes abruptly took a turn for the worse. To view the real-life stories Tent Cities In America has several eye-opening videos.
We will never know just how many people have become homeless since the beginning of this economic recession. Only shelters keep records. Those who had to resort to tent cities or living in ther cars do not leave a paper trail to follow. What we can know is that it’s up to us to plan ahead for lean times, because based upon how those down on their luck are treated by authorities, we cannot expect to be rescued.
Have you noticed an increase of the homeless in your city or town? Do you have family members who are now living with friends or relatives due to a job loss, a pay cut, or a home foreclosure? We might not be able to get the facts on the evening news, but by comparing notes, we can come closer to the truth. Please sound off by commenting below.
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva