Give a Job for Christmas

I was watching “the Good Wife” the other night, and on the show one of the law firms was interviewing new associates. It was a lesson in racial identity and sterotyping in interviews, but what really piqued my interest was the line of the woman who wasn’t hired: “I don’t need your sympathy. I need a job.”

While we all are happy that the unemployment rate is down to 5.1%, that is still 18.36 million Americans out of work. Then there are underemployed individuals who are trying (and oftentimes failing) to make 2 post-Recession part-time jobs equal the pay the one full-time pre-Recession job they had.

While it’s great that companies and individuals want to and do give during the holidays, maybe what’s needed are not presents or even sympathy. Maybe what’s needed is a job.