The New York Times hit another graphic home run with the simple and dramatic illustration of the competition for jobs during this recession. On average, according to its analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are six unemployed people for each job opening. Even government openings are down, despite certain areas in which the government is hiring.
Since not all jobs are alike, there are regional differences in these statistics. In addition, a major source of pain shows up in the drop in open manufacturing services positions. Many of these jobs do not require specialized certificates or education, and so career-switchers can think about manufacturing openings (as opposed to an open registered nurse position, for example). But competition remains fierce.
This state of affairs makes the unemployment insurance extension all the more necessary.