With unemployment at 6.5 percent and predicted to rise to 8 percent by mid-2009, the impact will be far-reaching. Even to teens. Perhaps especially to teens, whose families could be affected and whose own job prospects diminished.
Poynter’s Al Tompkins suggests ways to cover this story and offers links to helpful background information in his Morning Meeting column today.
- The college student. In four weeks or so, winter graduation will occur, and a whole new generation of freshly-minted graduates will be looking for work. Graduation is often preceded by a job fair. When is the job fair, and what are recruiters hearing? There are also “virtual” job fairs. Do these fairs work?
- The military recruiter. When people get hard-up for work, the military might become a more attractive option, even in wartime. Are recruiters seeing more interest in this? Is a steady job a motivation? The Huffington Post raised the question of whether the military might be a more attractive option now that Obama has been elected and promises to get America out of Iraq.
- Holiday Helpers. Just about anyone who wanted a job used to be able to find one during the Christmas season, when retailers would hire seasonal help. Not this year, though.
This year’s holiday hiring levels are also being depressed by the rash of store closings and liquidations that have picked up in recent weeks.
Find the people in your community who are affected. Talk with them. Spend time with them. Tel their stories.