Quotes and Sayings about Unemployment



"They keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job, because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does."
- Sharron Angle
(Related: People, Benefits, Job, Unemployment)

"We've set aside tens of millions of acres of those northwestern forests for perpetuity. The unemployment rate has gone not up, but down. The economy has gone up."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Economy, Unemployment)

"In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Idea, Disaster, Economy, Taxes)

"People told me, when I was coming through the ranks, that a mark of a great actor is one who deals with the period of unemployment as well as they deal with the period of employment."
- Claudia Black
(Related: People, Actor, Deals, Unemployment)

"This majority is working for America, and one of those ways is we have tremendously low unemployment. This economy has created millions of new jobs, and we are expecting growth this first quarter of somewhere higher than 4 percent."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Growth, America, Economy, First, Jobs, Majority, Unemployment)

"Our tax policies, the tax relief and reform we passed in 2003 and 2005, helped get government out of the way of America's entrepreneurs, and our unemployment rate is now lower than it was in the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Government, America, Entrepreneurs, Tax, Now, Reform, Unemployment)

"As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge."
- Julian Bond
(Related: Legal, Slavery, Unemployment)

"There's no unemployment in squatter cities. Everyone works. One-sixth of humanity is there. It's soon going to be more than that."
- Stewart Brand
(Related: Cities, Humanity, Unemployment)

"For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Design, Poverty, Statistics, Unemployment)

"Despite our high rate of unemployment, 300,000 jobs go unfilled largely because many of the unemployed lack the skills needed today as a result of technological progress."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Progress, Jobs, Result, Today, Unemployment)

"The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right."
- Robert Farrar Capon
(Related: Right, Unemployment)

"Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Capitalism, Garden, Unemployment)

"If you've got unemployment, low pay, that was just too bad. But that was the system. That was the sort of economy and philosophy against which I was fighting in the 1930s."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: Economy, Fighting, Philosophy, Unemployment)

"When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Work, People, Results, Unemployment)

"When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Men, Work, Numbers, Results, Unemployment)

"When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Work, People, Results, Unemployment)

"And if you like 14.4 percent unemployment, if you like the fact that 70 percent of home mortgages in Nevada are underwater, then stay the course. Vote for Harry Reid."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Home, Fact, Unemployment, Vote)

"Jobs are disappearing from every sector of the economy, from engineering to health care workers, forcing hundreds of thousands of families into unemployment and low-paying jobs."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Health, Care, Economy, Engineering, Jobs, Unemployment, Workers)

"It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Death, American, Civil rights, Journey, Unemployment, Violence, Workers)

"It has to be because unemployment problems in northwest Indiana are similar to those in southeast Chicago."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Chicago, Problems, Unemployment)

"Outsourcing and globalization of manufacturing allows companies to reduce costs, benefits consumers with lower cost goods and services, causes economic expansion that reduces unemployment, and increases productivity and job creation."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Benefits, Causes, Creation, Globalization, Job, Manufacturing, Productivity, Unemployment)

"With a strong domestic economy, low national unemployment at 5 percent, and increasing retail sales, the picture should look rosy. But one look at the trade deficit changes all of that."
- Jo Ann Emerson
(Related: Economy, Sales, Trade, Unemployment)

"In my right-wing politics of the time, I held that unemployment was usually the fault of the unemployed."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Politics, Time, Fault, Right, Unemployment)

"The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Government, Depression, Economy, Unemployment)

"Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Death, People, African, Americans, Country, Population, Prison, Unemployment)

"If you increase taxes now on - at any level, it's going to make it harder to create jobs And we've lost 2 1/2 million jobs since the stimulus package passed. We're at 9.6 unemployment. So I don't think we tax too little, I think we spend too much."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Tax, Jobs, Now, Taxes, Unemployment)

"Low unemployment numbers are clear indicators that Republican tax relief and economic policies are spurring growth and helping businesses hire new workers while providing American families with job security."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Growth, American, Tax, Job, Numbers, Republican, Security, Unemployment, Workers)

"The tax relief package enacted in 2001 was central to pulling the economy out of the post 9-11 recession. It's the reason we've got low unemployment and have created more than two million jobs in the last year."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Economy, Tax, Jobs, Post, Reason, Unemployment)

"Recent economic data shows that our economy is robust, growing and headed in the right direction. The numbers don't lie. Americans are currently enjoying falling gas prices, low unemployment, increased job creation, and a stock market that has reached an all-time high."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Lie, Americans, Creation, Direction, Economy, Job, Numbers, Right, Unemployment)

"Unemployment is of vital importance, particularly to the unemployed."
- Edward Heath
(Related: Importance, Unemployment)

"Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are good times for anyone with a college degree today, particularly African Americans. With a college degree today, you really breach the unemployment rate."
- Alexis Herman
(Related: African, Americans, College, First, Potential, Today, Unemployment)

"People were so keen to get investment. In those days, there was quite significant unemployment in Northern Ireland, and that had been the general pattern in Northern Ireland for many, many years."
- John Hume
(Related: People, Investment, Ireland, Unemployment, Years)

"My father was a civil servant, fairly sort of middle ranking, low to middle ranking. He worked almost entirely in what was then called Administrative Labour, dealing with employment and unemployment issues."
- John Hume
(Related: Father, Unemployment)

"My father was unemployed and I was the eldest of seven children. We were very poor. And when you ask how did we support ourselves, the only funding that we had was unemployment payments."
- John Hume
(Related: Father, Children, Poor, Support, Unemployment)

"It is sensible to have a safeguard against unemployment."
- Glynis Johns
(Related: Unemployment)

"Mr. Vice President, the most fiscally conservative thing this government has ever done, is to invest massively in the green part of the recovery. Because those green dollars are the hardest working dollars in the history of American politics. That same dollar that is being used to cut energy bills, is also cutting global warming gas emissions, is also cutting unemployment, is also cutting poverty, through retrofits it's also raising the value of homes, is also by cleaning the air, cutting asthma rates."
- Van Jones
(Related: Government, History, Politics, American, Being, Conservative, Energy, Global warming, Poverty, President, Unemployment, Value, V)

"We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation... but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: People, America, Inflation, Problems, Promise, Trying, Unemployment)

"The internal conditions in Iran are worsening in all aspects. Poverty and unemployment are becoming more severe, despite the fact that Iran has turned into a developed and industrialized country."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Country, Fact, Poverty, Unemployment)

"Well, our economy is very strong and growing. We have created 5.4 million new jobs in the last 3 years. Our unemployment rate is better than the average unemployment rate of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s."
- Ric Keller
(Related: Economy, Jobs, Unemployment, Years)

"I'm a political scientist and I study these things, and I know that economic problems, with the rising unemployment and inflation and low productivity and so forth, were a factor in that election, in that defeat of President Carter."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Defeat, Inflation, President, Problems, Productivity, Study, Unemployment)

"We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction."
- Dennis Kucinich
(Related: Home, Destruction, Poverty, Unemployment, Weapons)

"Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Destruction, Hunger, Poverty, Unemployment)

"Enterprise Washington is economic development in areas of high unemployment around the state of Washington."
- Mike Lowry
(Related: Development, State, Unemployment, Washington)

"I had to think ahead. How much would I really enjoy committing five or seven years to working on this? When you're an unemployed actor offered a TV pilot, no matter who you are you're tempted by the good hunk of change to be made. It keeps you out of the unemployment line."
- Gerald McRaney
(Related: Change, Actor, Unemployment, Years)

"In the 1930s one was aware of two great evils - mass unemployment and the threat of war."
- James Meade
(Related: War, Unemployment)

"My job was to teach the whole corpus of economic theory, but there were two subjects in which I was especially interested, namely, the economics of mass unemployment and international economics."
- James Meade
(Related: Economics, Job, Theory, Unemployment)

"Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our future for the first time since the Great Depression. I don't care whose fault it is, it's the truth."
- John Mellencamp
(Related: Time, Truth, Care, Depression, Fault, First, Future, Sky, Unemployment)

"It is a fact that, if I single out Germany, our rate of growth is too low and we have very high unemployment."
- Angela Merkel
(Related: Growth, Fact, Germany, Unemployment)

"I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems."
- Angela Merkel
(Related: Idea, Germany, Now, Priorities, Problems, Reflection, Unemployment)

"More broadly, we are going to have to examine the safety net programs to make sure they are poised to catch the families before they fall even more, especially in the areas of unemployment benefits, child care assistance, and foster care."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Benefits, Care, Safety, Unemployment)

"Prices are going up. Unemployment is continue to go up. And we have not had the necessary correction for the financial bubble created by our Federal Reserve system."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Financial, Correction, Unemployment)

"We have a country that is $5 a gallon gas, $4 a gallon gas, we got unbearable unemployment and a federal government that is out of control. We have to take back this country and we've got to get off the sidelines and take it to President Obama."
- Tim Pawlenty
(Related: Government, Control, Country, President, Unemployment)

"I mean, the reality is unemployment today - over 14 million Americans are unemployed. That's exactly what it was a year ago. I mean, this - the American people know we can't borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, American, Americans, Economy, Reality, Today, Unemployment)

"I did go through a period where I was on unemployment. That was my low point: Martha Quinn on line at unemployment, hoping nobody will recognize her."
- Martha Quinn
(Related: Unemployment, Will)

"We don't have a major problem right now in our country, and life is normal. Things like unemployment, which the youth are suffering from, and the rate of inflation - these are chronic conditions and we have to solve them."
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Related: Life, Country, Inflation, Now, Right, Suffering, Unemployment, Youth)

"The automatic stabilizer is unemployment insurance, food stamps, additional coverage of Medicaid."
- Franklin Raines
(Related: Food, Unemployment)

"Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Unemployment, Vacation)

"Any degree of unemployment worries me."
- Gerhard Schroder
(Related: Unemployment)

"I would say to my colleague that the misery index, inflation and unemployment, when added together is the lowest it has been in the last series of Presidents, even going back to Jimmy Carter. So I think the Bush administration is doing a good job."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Inflation, Job, Misery, Unemployment)

"Since 1994, unemployment rates are lower. Median household income is higher. A greater percentage of Americans are graduating from college. Home ownership rates are higher. And the violent crime rate has decreased."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Home, Americans, College, Crime, Income, Ownership, Unemployment)

"Certainly, the poverty, the discrimination, the episodic unemployment could not but strike an inquiring youngster: why did these exist, and what could we do about them."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Discrimination, Poverty, Unemployment)

"Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: People, Influence, State, Unemployment)

"Unemployment is due to the large import of goods from Britain and other countries. The Government haven't used the powers which they have for the benefit of the country."
- Eamon de Valera
(Related: Government, Countries, Country, Unemployment)

"If unemployment could be brought down to say 2 percent at the cost of an assured steady rate of inflation of 10 percent per year, or even 20 percent, this would be a good bargain."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Bargain, Inflation, Unemployment)

"Larger deficits are necessary and proper means to mitigate unemployment as the far greater evil in terms of human welfare."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Evil, Unemployment, Welfare)

"I define genuine full employment as a situation where there are at least as many job openings as there are persons seeking employment, probably calling for a rate of unemployment, as currently measured, of between 1 and 2 percent."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Job, Unemployment)

"Currently a level of unemployment of 7 percent or more seems to be required to keep inflation from accelerating, a level quite unacceptable as a permanent situation."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Inflation, Unemployment)

"All those predictions about how much economic growth will be created by this, all of those new jobs, would be created by the things we wanted - the extension of unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts. An estate tax for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs. A tax cut for billionaires - virtually none."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Growth, Class, Tax, Jobs, Middle class, Tax cuts, Unemployment, Will)

"People aren't stupid. I mean, people remember in 1990, the unemployment rate was 10 percent. Now it's 4 _ percent. We've got 1/4 million jobs that we've created."
- Bill Weld
(Related: People, Jobs, Now, Unemployment)

"The unemployment rate is still twice as high for blacks as for whites."
- William Weld
(Related: Unemployment)

"Because what happens is, as the economy suffers, tax revenues go down. But unlike businesses, where at least your variable costs go down, in government your variable costs go up: unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, health care benefits, welfare, you name it."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Government, Health, Benefits, Care, Economy, Tax, Name, Unemployment, Welfare)

"I think it's hard to know. Feeling fulfilled, because actors face periods of unemployment, there is nothing worse than being at the top of your game; you have so much to give but do not have the platform to do this."
- Michael York
(Related: Actors, Being, Feeling, Nothing, Unemployment)