According to at least one on-line article, the current unemployment rate is nearly DOUBLE what they say it is.
In an article written earlier this week (here), the author says "the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't actually count the number of people who are employed/unemployed; they rely on a sampling survey of employers, which is more like an election poll than an actual measurement."
He goes on to say that the data collectors "ignore the 14.3 million contract/gig workers who are currently drawing emergency Federal unemployment via Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and the 936,000 in the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program."
Additionally, he writes "...even the 21% real-world unemployment rate doesn't reflect the full unemployment picture (which should include) previously full-time workers who have had their hours cut to part-time." He notes those tabulations aren't figured into the totals at all, yet they do exist.
And finally, a group that is often left out of the unemployment picture are small business owners who have closed. Those who are incorporated and paid unemployment insurance on THEMSELVES qualify for unemployment, HOWEVER, many owners didn't pay themselves as employees - and their status is uncertain and uncounted.
Ultimately, as the article clearly notes, while an unemployment figure of 12% is more than triple what it was less than 6 months ago...the ACTUAL number is much worse than reported.
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New projections for Tennessee suggest that COVID-19 could return with a second wave three times worse than the last.
According to projections compiled by healthdata.org, Tennessee is predicted to see a return of the virus, resulting in an additional 1,500 deaths between now and October 1st. The death total, to date, is around 485.
See the projection chart by clicking here.
Healthdata.org noted that the likely rise is attributed to several factors: "These forecasts indicate that COVID-19 infections could rise between August and September as we enter the fall season, human contact increases, social distancing mandates continue to be relaxed. We assume that schools will start to reopen in mid-August for in-person instruction, resulting in further increased mobility thereafter. All of these factors are likely to contribute to an increase in COVID-19 deaths."
What will this mean for the next few months in West Tennessee? Will the state, counties, and cities return to lock downs? Or will we, as a society, just accept that the virus is going to infect and ultimately kill a certain percentage of those who come into contact with it, similar to how we have adapted to flu death numbers?
Regardless of what measures are taken, there is still no doubt that financial stability will continue to be rocked as businesses, employers, the workforce, and society in general will continue to alter their behaviors in a way that affects the economy. The end result is that a larger percentage of families will find themselves cash-strapped and overburdened with debt. Legal remedies are often the best solution in order to reset home budgets, overcome the COVID-19 economic impact, and put families on better footing for the future.
If this crisis has created a personal financial situation you feel is out of control for you...contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION for debt resolution and/or bankruptcy at (731) 423-1888. The law office of T. Verner Smith has helped thousands overcome financial problems, and can help you too. Call today!
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