March 6, 2009

Friday's LKL: Where Are The Jobs?

Posted: 03:36 PM ET

Tonight, as unemployment hits a 25-year high, we'll tell you where to find the jobs!  Plus, Larry's panel gives you advice on keeping the job you have and how to make the best of an uncertain economy!  Our personal finance, career and job search experts are answering your questions and taking your calls!1tvlarrycustom1


COMMENT HERE! Then, tune-in tonight to the live show at 9 p.m., ET.  We just may use your comment on the air!

Also tonight, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is the new chairman of the DNC and he'll join Larry for a political discussion.

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Paul   March 6th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

This is only the beginning. It'll get worse before it gets better. And all this money being thrown at the problem won't mean anything.

Jimmy   March 6th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

In the past people moved to where the opportunities were. North to south, East to west, etc. That has always been a condition of our economy and job market. I can't believe how often I see someone living in without a job, without prospects and in fear of losing their home, but refusing to consider relocating to where jobs might be more plentiful. Previous generations did it ... why can't we? I'm not sitting around waiting for the government to figure ANYTHING out for me and my family.

Mrs. Malkawi   March 6th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

the jobs have gone east to India. just get a service like directv to come and install your system and they call india to get the service manager. sad we have sent all our jobs to india and buy all our clothes made in china

Conner   March 6th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Where are the jobs? Seriously. I'll move to where they are. Someone just tell me WHERE.

Pietro Sirianni   March 6th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

There will be no jobs for a while. We can not expect to fix 8 years of terrible leadership in 3 months, 6 months, or even a year. It is easy to destroy but much harder to create.

Matthew   March 6th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

For the experts: What career field is currently the strongest and what career fields are likely to be the best in a few years?

AL   March 6th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

In these trying times ,why does the GOVERNMENT give away FREE MONEY in the form of ALIMONY to exspouses who have ( REMARRIED ).?????????This is required under FEDERAL LAW " USFSPA ". And why is CNN keeping it a SECRET.????????

Joe Colangelo   March 6th, 2009 7:26 pm ET

Larry I took some time to read about stock options and derivatives and cannot believe these money shows are screaming at the President because their risky investments are tanking. 80% of people who go the options route fail. Derrivates, are another gamble, betting that someone else who owns something else will sell it to someone else, by such a such a time at such and such a price-all speculation and did then some company actually insured them? Sounds to outlandish to be true? Well, the Treasury Secretary knows full well how the market works. He needs to get on his knees and pray for the courage to pull the plug on the whole finacial system and let these High Rollers know that the day of reckoning is truly at hand. I hear Gambling Anonymous has some success rate but the client must reach rock bottom before he/she is teachable and must desire change if they are to succeed. There are those too who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves or others they are not at fault Larry they seem to be born that way.
Joseph Colangelo
Been there done that!

Michael C. McHugh   March 6th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

Here's one thing I believe absolutely about America: this country exists for the benefit of big business interests. Because of that, you can be sure that the government won't let AIG, GM, GE, Bank of America and the rest fail. The common people won't get much of anything, but they never do. If you have money to invest, though, just buy stock in these big corporations while it's dirt cheap, as it was in 1931 or 1932. You can count on the fact that the government will always take care of big business, and if you hang onto those stocks long enough they will be worth a great deal.

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 7:51 pm ET


Mrs. Malkawi   March 6th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

for how long have we been sleeping at the wheel. we watched the illegals come here for work. everyone thought the streets were lined with money in the 70's 80's 90's now we are the ones without and its sad to think of america like this. brother can you just stay in your own country and leave mine alone and please do not ask for aid from us either. if you ever seen a clinic which is been paid for with american dollars and kept neat and clean like i am sure they started out with then don't go to jordan and see how they treat it like trash really makes me mad to see how our tax dollars are abused

Kris   March 6th, 2009 7:57 pm ET

There are jobs out there; however, there are far more candidates. I spoke to a recruiter this week where I was lucky enough to have my resume read and she told me she received 1500 resumes within a one week period and that it's impossible to give consideration to all of them. I have been trying for six months and it's clear that my resume is not getting reviewed in most instances. This is an Internet era; we are all pieces of paper praying our submission makes it in front of the human eye. Signed, very discouraged in Michigan.

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 7:58 pm ET


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Liv Hernandez   March 6th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Larry our school District PVUSD, just approved a budget cut that will cut teachers, nurses, sports and family advocates etc. for our students. Our kindergarten to 3th grade classrooms will now have 30 students!

In the last couple of days,in board meetings, hundreds of parents and teachers have plead with the board to spare services closes to the students.
We have 3 assistants superintendents and our district is full of administrators. Did they cut much from the top? of course not, talk about keeping them honest! The parents of this community want to get attention to this story, please help us. We are in Santa Cruz County and our district is Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Faron   March 6th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

One big piece of the puzzle is missing. According to the President, the Senate and many other sources, the biggest employer and the largest source for jobs and our economy in spending and borrowing is small business.

The Recovery act does not provide any real money or opportunities to these small businesses. They claim that grants and loans are available. That is true, but not many small businesses could qualify for the loans, since they are on the verge of closing, and practically none can compete against the big businesses and universities that apply for research projects available in grants. They claim this is an emergency, yet fall short of treating it as an emergency by simply throwing money at programs that will not be effective under our current condition.

So if you look through the smoke and break down the walls, do you really see any benefit being provided to the quoted “80%” of our national job and economic engine?

Its like treating an amputation with a band aid. Unless you fix the jobs, by helping the biggest resource you have, you will simply be throwing away money and you will never have a real impact or recovery.

Liv Hernandez   March 6th, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Larry, they are jobs out there, but the competition is fierce! Right now is about finding anything, maybe even take a pay cut. I went to a job interview today, consciously knowing that If I were to get hired there I will be taking a huge, huge pay cut.... However, my husband is a teacher and he might loose his job soon too.. so humbly if they offer me this job, I will take it..

Larry Buck   March 6th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

You say where are all the jobs??? Try India,Mexico & China for a start. Every time you call most any U.S.mfg for support or anything else you have to "TRY" to talk to India unless of course you want to buy, then you might speak to someone who speaks perfect english...Mexico Builds them, India supports them and China is trying to figure out how to build a missle that will reach th USA. Thanks Washington

hengam   March 6th, 2009 8:41 pm ET



Please ask your guests the following question that nobody has addressed till now.
How can the new housing recovery can help people to Modify or re-fi their loan is they are unemployed. Is there a provision for 4Mil or more who has already lost their jobs but they are trying hard to keep their house. Like myself. I lost my job a year ago and spent all my saving to make sure that I am up to date with my Morgage, I got a morgage that was ok for my income and now my house is underwater and my saving is used up ...please

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 8:50 pm ET


Rich   March 6th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

The federal government is too big!! The stimulus bill only creates more govt. bureacracy at the "state" level........Federal agencies need to be dismantled and consolidated such as the FHWA that was created to build the interstate highway system which is now complete, and others. Throwing more $$$ into highways only "reinforces" our dependence on fossil fuels! This money should be put towards an LA-LasVegas high-speed rail which could be the "Hoover Dam" of the Obama administration!

Faron   March 6th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

To address henegan's comment,

I am disturbed by the way some folks speak about people being responsible when buying homes and people not being responsible when buying homes.

It is as if these folks have no understanding of how these financial institutions could convince new home buyers that they could in fact purchase and easily afford a home.

For example, In 2004, I considered buying a home. It was in a new housing development, which conveniently had an office on site to fill out applications for home loans. These folks where very savvy and they began by requesting the normal information and submitting it to their home office. After a few days, they called and asked me to come back in. They explained that the debt ratio shows that I could easily afford to buy the home at a particular rate which is being offered.

They quickly described that this was a fluctuating rate. They quickly explained that it would only rise with other cost of living rates and any payment increase would be unnoticed. Quickly exclaiming that since it is likely that my income would also increase along with the cost of living, this would offset the difference of any rate increase. How many others may have simply trusted that the "financial experts" knew what they where talking about?

They did however, take the time to carefully lay out my income, current debt and the mortgage payments based on the current finance rate. The information they provided clearly showed that I could easily afford the home. They sat there anxiously, with the paperwork ready to be signed and a pen in hand. I still didn't like the idea of a rate that might increase on a loan that I got that day. So I went to my "rented" home to think about it.

Had the brief mentioning of the fluctuating rate not been stuck in my head, which caused me to pause, I would have walked away that day with a mortgage payment that I would eventually not be able to pay back and I too would be in fear of loosing my home today. I never returned.

For example, one gentleman I know started with a payment of $700.00 a month and is now having to scrape together $1700 a month.

I would suggest that the Government order, not ask, not consider, but order these mortgage holders to reduce all payments to the rate at which they where initially agreed to by both the lender and the borrower so that these borrowers can make the payments that they expected to pay. Then order the banks to take all monies that have been paid above that rate, since the time of the agreement and up to now, and apply it to the principle balance of the loan.

Then enact legislation that prohibits the practice of financial institutions and credit card companies from increasing rates on monies which are already outstanding and only allow such rate increases for new loans and or new purchases.

Peter   March 6th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

The economists and Jounalists are calling our economic situation a Recession. Are they just using the term recession to keep the American people calm. I say this because it seems to me to be more like the early stages of a Depression. It took the experts 2 years to finally admit that we were in a recession, how long will they take before they say the D word.

Peter Mesa, Arizona

Martin   March 6th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Here’s a thought…which ultimately keeps jobs and/or creates jobs.

Allow homeowners who chose, to take either 1 or 2 years off paying their mortgage!

The details:
The homeowners MUST put 1/3 of their normal mortgage payment into a special High Interest savings account which will act as the “6 month buffer” once the “holiday” is over.

After either 1 or 2 years off, they re-start paying their mortgage, from their “high interest savings account”.

The result:
Most people will probably use the extra money to either a) pay down their credit card debt, or b) start buying things again – thus stimulating the economy. It’s likely that most people will do both.

The catch:
The term of the mortgage is extended by either 3 or 5 years, depending on how long the holiday was.

The cost:
Assuming 20 million households took 2 years off, with an average monthly payment of $1500 per month – $720 Billion (lump sum) but as this is a revolving process – a lot less. Less that the TARP fund bailout that’s done, er, not much!

It would keep people in their homes, clear credit card debt, stem bankruptcies AND stimulate the economy while building up peoples “buffer fund” the everyone should have, but doesn’t – so keeping stores open, factories running and people in jobs.

Kris   March 6th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

This whole mess started in the 90's when companies started outsourcing and laying off qualified, educated US citizens so these companies could make a bigger profit. Then came the financial institution’s scam in providing financing for under-qualified people. I don't see recoveries anytime soon no matter what programs are in place. And by the way, what were these US companies thinking by eliminating our US citizens their jobs and still expecting them to buy their goods, this has been coming because of the greed, we don't think of the American people first.

Donald Sapletal - carpenter from MN   March 6th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Isn't it ironic that the very people that built your homes, are the ones losing theirs.

James Francis   March 6th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Larry, good evening,
I have a small business from16 years. My kids are still in college,
I worked everyday for 16 years , no holiday ,7 days a week with my wife to raise kids. Now my position is going worst and losing everything, some people are thinking I have money , but I dont.
I need your email address so that I can send you details . I have lot of lpressure/ and stress, sometime I want to killl my self ,but looking for my kids.
I always watch your programm and Anderson cooper all the time.
James , Rutledge/Georgia 30663

Latoya   March 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

The jobs are available all over the world ready for skilled workers rich or poor to start educating our people around the world to learn how to build everything, plant life, start recycling in a senseable way, and so on. There are non-profit organizations out there looking for good people like you. There is so much more to life and so much more to see.

Marla K   March 6th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

My own family is personally ruined and our son can now forget about college as we will never be able to afford it with the losses suffered in college savings and he will not qualify for grants or scholarships (he's white, male, average student), and there is not enough time now before he's old enough for college for his college fund to recover the losses. We have no health insurance so we are one illness away from being homeless. We are self-employed but have suffered such reduced income from losses in that area due to the economy that we've had to rely on savings to keep our home and with these savings now almost completely gone with the market losses, we will inevitably lose our home but because we are not delinquent on our mortgage, are NOT under water on it, and it is less than 31% of our income, we don't qualify for mortgage help.
This is change for the better? I'm worth more to my family DEAD right now than I am alive.

jolie   March 6th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

What advice do you have for women in their late 40's returning back into the work force? I hear it's NOT very pretty for us.

Thank you.


Alisa LoDolce   March 6th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I have emailed Gerri asking about renters. We to are facing losing r homes. Why is there no help for us?

Paul from MI   March 6th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

The stimulus package will result in a large amount of contruction projects. A lot of construction workers in the carpentry industry are illegal immigrants. What steps are being taken to ensure that our tax dollars are not eventually going into their pockets?

Todd   March 6th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I'm so tired of hearing the experts say that people should have 6-9 months of savings built up in the event of job loss. Do they really not understand that the overwhelming majority of people do not have savings, that most people live week to week, even day to day?

Judy   March 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

You ask where are the jobs the Brazilans have them and sending our money back home I am sick of them taking our work because the will work for less. This is America lets wake up and get the out and pit our people back to work.

DIANNA MYERS   March 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

jobs in atlanta is very bad. the dow i think is going to 3000's this year. health care is going to get worst as medicare has changes and dr's and hospitals medicare payment is cut. i think we should have been more stricker on keeping our children in school. drop out rate is and has been to high. children need to know there is life outside of drugs for a living. if we worked harder at getting people off welfare dependent and made then go bake to school to get help and have a cut off for medicade and housing for young people and help them short term and they have to go to school this would help our goverment's finance better than all else. dianna atlanta

Zach   March 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

A big part of the problem is the media perpetuating the fear and gloating about making the American people feel like there is no hope. It's not about being responsible for the subequent emotions that the media projects on their viewers; it's clearly about sensationalizing a story that grasps viewership and gets ratings. While there might not be a lot of positive data out there right now, maybe the media should take a more positive stance on the economic crisis to reduce the fear they are instilling on this country. Larry...good job you are sort of doing that tonight!

Fred   March 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET


There is a saying going around now:"buy american".

I think this should be extended to be:"hire american", our problem is that big companies want to save and they for outsourcing in countries like India, Russia and China.

When big companies outsource, the middle class disappears with each job lost.

Companies should be penalized for outsourcing.


Peg Flechtner   March 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

With the enemployment rate moving into double digits, why as a country are we continuing to employee people with H1-VISA's and Green Cards? Having just left a Fortune 500 company, out of an office of 38, only 3 of us were US Citizens. I know people who could and would be dong those jobs given the opportunity.

Steve   March 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

One of the women on the panel tonight said "You've got to have a B-Plan". What does this mean? Please articulate this thought.



mary ellen   March 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am a 47 year old single woman living in Los Angeles. I've been in the entertainment business my entire adult life. A year ago October, after working for a major Hollywood studio for 7 years, I finally felt stable enough to buy a condo. Two weeks after I closed, my job was eliminated. As a Vice President at the company, I have many management and leadership skills, among others. I have been told over and over again that I am over-qualified. I am more than willing to start over again at the bottom but cannot get hired. I've tried to transiiton out of tv and into any other area, but employers are squeamish about hiring me with no experience in their respective fields. I have tried rebranding myself with different resumes that highlight my skills, still nothing, I am willing to relocate, have been temping and this is the first month16 months that I am unable to pay my mortgage. I don't know what else to do. Thank you.

Debbie Trepkowski   March 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

What do you do when you are told that your pay will be minimum wage for the very next day. I was getting 25K plus commissions which equaled about 42K and then I was told I was going to get Minimum wage $7.40 and hour and no time and a half because of being on commission so I would get about $20k a year.
How can you prepare for that?

craig   March 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Your female guest just stated that illegal immigration is not affecting American jobs. Please tell her for me that she is completely disillusion and is obviously not credible.

Connie Braun   March 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I was recently laid off, due to the economic downturn. I am a CPA with over 20 years of solid experience in the corporate workl. I have never done public accounting. I have looked between Milwaukee and Chicago, and there is nothing out there in accounting. I am will to take a reasonable paycut. I am 56, although I don't look like it. I need to work, it is not an option. I am single, and there is not enough savings available. Please help.


monaf   March 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

health industry is the way to go. 10 years ago I got 10 dollars an hour, now .... I get 300 easy. nothing better than education, college is not enough ..people.

jeanne   March 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I recently found out that I will be losing my state job in Mich. I will qualify for retirement and be able to start recieving my pension in Nov. 2009. I called my mortgage co. and talked to 3 different people and explained the situation but they will not even work with me. What should I do?

Carol   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I've been unemployed since December and its rough out there. Fortuantely, my company put me in touch with a Career Consulting firm. However, every Friday when we have our job search meetings, the number of new people attending seems to increase.

I think also the hardest thing about being unemployed, besides the loss of income; is the loss of HEALTH INSURANCE. Already I've had to pay over $100 for a perscription that used to cost me $0! If I need surgery or something, it could wipe me out!

I just also want to Thank Tory for her WOMEN FOR HIRE seminars. I went to one in DC and it was very helpful! Thanks Tory, keep up the good work!

Debbie Trepkowski   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Please give me some advice, I was at that company for almost 17 years.
Debbie Trepkowski

Caroline   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Two things I LOVE about the show on employment and unemployment running now in Berlin:

One: The optimism of your experts is so typical American, it is heart warming and it makes sense. Because it is us who make the economy. I wish we in Europe had more of that OPTIMISM.

Two: The fact you ve invited women only as experts here but dont mention it at all. There are occasions where female experts are good, male experts are good – it really does not matter. What they say and think matters most. Here you got the right people. Great job! I often wish we in Europe would be able to have similar attitudes.

Thank you!
Caroline in Berlin

Carmel Kenny   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I work for a very profitable company. There are definitily some problems with employee fair treatment. No one dares speak up because we keep getting from upper management how lucky we are to work for a company making a profit in this ecomany. My daughter also works for a company that is doing well. Yet they did not pay out their annual bonus and cited the ecomey. Their YOY profit was higher in '08. Are there any watch dog groups watching companies taking advantage of the ecomany?

Latoya   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

There are also job fairs out there hiring. I hope that they are hiring for people to work all over the world even if it means they are only doing it to profit off it it down the line, whatever it may be. Do you all hear me!

john taylor   March 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

It was preposterous for one of the guests to say that 12 million illegal immigrants aren't affecting the job situation. There's no job Americans won't do for a living wage, and illegal immigrants are indeed stealing jobs from American citizens.

Linda Murray   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET


I got laid off October 10..I have a great resume out there and job hunt everyday from 8 to 12 and not getting anywhere. I started pounding the pavement 2 weeks ago and and hitting different towns in Massachusetts and also asking neighbors if they need someone where they work, still no bites. I drained out my life savings. My unemployment is ending in April and started to get nervous. I have 5 years experience in accounts receivable and collections. Thanks Linda 617 943 1436

Mel   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Larry, will you please ask your panelists what young adults who have just graduated are supposed to do. There has been a lot of coverage of people with experience having lost their jobs but not much (that I have seen) about those just entering the work force. I, for example, went right through from high school to college and then law school (graduated May '08) and am now sitting on student loans rapidly approaching the $100K mark (interest!!) and back living at home (as is my brother who graduated the year before me and is working at Target) with absolutely no prospects. When those that are hiring want people with experience -but not someone who will up and leave once something better comes along- what is someone in my position supposed to do?!?

Carla B   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

While I am thankful that I am employed at this time, I am very fearful that my college degree that I worked so hard for (and took out student loans for) will not be enough. Living in fear of losing my job after followng the advice that I had been given since I was a child is disheartening.

angela   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

It's great to have these employment specialist on advising the disconnected masses about how to basically "beat out" their fellow man for that position. You can see the enthusiasm all over their faces.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Dear Larry and Crew,
I just tried commentign through your phone line, but the lady told me you were only taking questions; so, I'll comment here:

I want to help everyone terrified of this recession...

1. Invest in pass times that you can entertain yourself with over and over again. Examples, Trading card games [no two games are the same], Board Games like Monopoly [that's the closest anyone will get to park avenue anyways], comic books, stamp, and sportscards [they're inexpensive and you and your friends can trade them over and over again], books [new and used], and video games [I HIGHLY recommend things like World of Warcraft and Neverwinter Nights and Everquest; they're about fifteen dollars a month and like the trading card games, they're never the same thing twice].

2. Go to your local farmer and do the jobs Americans supposedly don't want to do [Tomatoe and Strawberry pickler come to mind... I hear John mcCain will even pay oyu fity dollars an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona]

3. Turn in employers who hire illegal aliens and take their jobs when they are deported [Callous I know, but... you gotta survive right?]

4. Board a family member in your house, and split the costs of living

These are just a few of the ideas I have, but hopefully they help

Shane   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

as union workers, knowing for yrs that they make more than double the real american working family, why didnt they save anything or pay off their houses or get better educations for when this day came?

SB   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Let's educate the employers to "think ouside the box", give people with transferrable skills a chance, Human Resources to do a better job educating hiring managers. Be realistic there are lot's of overqualified employers that are willing to roll up their sleeves and do a good job- give them a chance and lastly corporation should cease the age discrimination.

Jan Sain   March 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

My husband is like a sitting duck waiting, He is an engineer at General Motors. 28 years and counting?? He's working on his resume now. Well, I'm not a sitting duck. When I go spend money, I ask what kind of car they drive. If your not going to support me and my family, I will not support you. Let's see, there's my doctor,dentist,grocery store, big box store managers, pharmacy's, stock brokers, chuch clergy, lot's of businesses. Larry King........What kind of car do you drive???

Debra Blalock   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I was told today I have been tagged to lose my position – this is the second round of cut backs and what is so up setting is the majority of the job loses for our company are coming from the US – Our offices in Germany are protected because of their workers union and our offices in the Asia Pacific market work for so much less in salaries. It is very sad that we the workers of the US have no protection or hope with all our jobs moving off shore

Shannon   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I was just let go from a job I held for 6 months operating an entire region for a major bottling company. They just let me go for an unqaulified person and asked me to stay and train them. How do I market this work experience, when it looks like I was let go for being incapable?


Shannon in Dallas

Olivia   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am hoping for some advice for my situation which I feel has not been addressed often. I was laid off at the end of 2007 and have been very actively seeking employment. At this point I have sent off over 1000 resumes/applications. I have my bachelors in marketing as well as my MBA. I have applied for jobs all across the country, but most companies do not want to pay relocation or even the travel expenses for interviewing. I am being told I am over qualified or that I do not have enough experience (since I am only 31 and don't have the required 15 years experience for senior management) for nearly every position I have applied for.
I am lost, and looking for direction for a highly educated 31 year old. Please help!

ben   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I would like Mike to share what his wages are for a union rep. If it is what I believe it to be it is 100,000 range. Does he feel it is fair? Is he willing to take less so that his son and others can keep a job?

Debbie Karkhoff   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am wondering why our country's CEO's – those making over a million dollars per year – aren't willing to cut their salaries rather than lay off their employees. It would benefit our entire economy and work to improve the lives of millions of Americans. It's shameful for the greatest country of the world to have people living in tents because they can't get a job. If just one company would set such an example, I think it would catch on with other CEOs. The US should be able to heal itself by using our own resources, including our most successful people in society. We should be able to help ourselves if we all keep in mind that our sacrifices are for the good of the whole country. If the country heals from this economic crisis, the CEO's will prosper again and not only be successful, but be heroes in our society.

Belinda   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I have been experiencing this economic crisis before the crisis. Since graduating with Graduate Degree in 2004, I have not been able to hold a job. I am a single parent of two, and I find myself constantly falling back on Education to help support me in-between jobs. I am constantly going back to learn new things and expand my resume. Now when I am out there on the job hunt I hear that I am over qualified. The most I have earned since 2004 has been 35,000 a year, and most of the positions were part time. I was not expecting to earn so little after finishing school. I am very disappointed with the Education system. I am at the end of my rope at this point, what should I do?

Steve Biffar   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Its called millions of jobs shipped overseas resulting in thousands of foreclosures which then carried over to further job losses. Corporate America did this to themselves. If those jobs had stayed here, we wouldn't be in this terrible eco omy.

Carol   March 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

OOPS, I forgot to mention that what my career counselor says NETWORKING is everything. So use professional social networking sites as a start to that process!

Karma Jones   March 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I was living in a very small town and my business went down the drain and died.

I moved to Atlanta where I knew I could find business and did just that. In 4 months I have grown my business from 400 per week to $1000 this week. Yes it is quite legal. LOL

If a person uses his or her skills, they can make a job for themselves.

How about CLEANING HOUSES? I know there is a lot of people willing to pay to have their house cleaned. I used to do that also.

If a person reaches deep, they can usually invent a job.....I have always managed to invent jobs for myself....

How about cleaning out garages? Sometimes folks will give you the stuff just for hauling it off.

Sales is also in numbers. If you ask enough people to clean their houses, sooner or later, someone has to say yes to you.

Thanks for listening.....

Yasmine   March 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

My advice to people is to take this opportunity to get into better shape- physically. They will be ready to face the challenges of any job when the job comes along!

hugh ~ california   March 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I'll bet tonight we will hear about many available jobs that require an extensive amount of training. This can help those who are young and going to school, but most of the people suffering the most are working families who need help now and can't wait to get training for a new job while the greedy mortgage lenders are mailing them their foreclosure letters.

Gary Bonacci   March 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I was wondering if there is any chance that the government would consider temporarily lifting the early IRA withdraw penalty during these times. Many of us are having to use IRA funds to get us through. I have been unemployed since Oct. 2008 and have been getting temporary work here and there. I've been using my IRA to supplement. So far I've been able to meet all my obligations but there comes a point when doing this makes no sens.

Shawna   March 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I'm 26 years old and I was laid off from my job as a mental health counselor. I want to stay in my field but of course, no one is hiring. I have a Bachelor's degree but that doesn't seem to matter. I've tried looking into temp agencies and outside of my field and I've gotten rejection after rejection because I have no experience in anything else. I've even tried fast food places just to hold me over until something more permanent comes along but they all say I'm overqualified and wouldn't be a good fit. I feel like I'm stuck. I just can't win. What do I do?

Rick   March 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Your show is all good, except....i'm sure those that you are consulting are making over 100K a year....if they were unemployed tomorrow, would they lose their house, be able to buy food?

I think, in order to get a good response to the American's that are actually feeling it....not have the women with fancy hairdo's...but actual people who are going through this.....

Come on, you're feeding on the frenzy, and not really helping....

Mandy   March 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

No one in the press seems to be commenting on how the economic situation is affecting graduating college seniors seeking a job. I've attended an excellent private university and had numerous high-profile internships, but it all seems to be meaningless now. What can people my age be doing in this environment?

Shane   March 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

uh, dont blame this economy on Bush. The housing laws that allowed these bad loans to take place were written by the clinton whitehouse.

Mike Lattimore   March 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Your two guests regarding finding new jobs are borderline insulting. Two laid-off hardworking line workers from Michigan were on your show and their solutions for finding work were "branding yourself" and being open to do "odd-jobs." I would be surprised if they could find 21 possible employers in their state.

These aren't white-collared workers with a wonderful portfolio. These are factory workers who've probably lived their entire lives working in the same town and working for one company for generations.

I suppose the guests could have told the two autoworkers to have some cake while they were at it. Marie Antionette would be proud.

Karma Jones   March 6th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

PS....I am a 60 year old female and live alone....

Pierre Angiel   March 6th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

China is the problem.

Every country establishes a value for its money China chose a price that is idiotically low. So they became the world's manufacturer and exporter. We cannot compete.

Open borders do not work when one player stacks the deck.

We must bring back import duties aganst China (or any country with an improper money value) to protect our industries and workers.

Patricia   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Just a comment on the post from Jimmy who would do ANYTHING for his family...relocation is NOT always an option. I live in New England and went to South Carolina for an interview - the very first in over 4 months of looking. The job was offered and I declined – the salary was very minimal (I understand COL is relevant). However, there was no way that I could move, pay a mortgage on my existing home and pay a rent/mortgage in a new city. I am into a second layoff (both from very major players – a pharmaceutical company & financial firm) in less than five years. Unfortunately, today's state of the union is a very depressing, very real, and vicious circle.

Sherwood M   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Dear Larry King:

Tory Johnson LIED to your caller that asked the question, "Would dealing with the illegal aliens help unemployment". She looked uncomfortable, then said she did not think it would help...she LIED, and she knows it.

12.5 Million Americans have lost their jobs. Meanwhile, because Congress has not funded and made into law E Verify (Senator Reid tried again today to kill Senator Sessions Amendment to the Omnibus Budget Bill which would have enacted E VErify for a period of five years).

E Verify would ALMOST INSTANTLY put all 7 million Illegal Aliens out of work, and American Citizens would get rehired, thus lowering our unemployment. Tory knows this, and President OBama knows this.

President Obama asked the Senate to leave E Verify out of the Stimulus Bill because its inclusion would cause too many illegal aliens to lose their jobs before Congress could grant them Amnesty.

With Amnesty these illegal Aliens get to keep the jobs they have stolen from Americans...which is why groups like La Raza and MALDEF are trying to tie E Verify being law to Amnesty for Illegal Aliens.

You owe it to your caller Larry to share this truth on tonights show. If you do not share this truth, I will have it out on the internet by 10:00 PM when your show is over.


V. Robinson   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Employers are not hiring but intead are busy shipping the jobs overseas and that is because of the cheap labor cost on countries such as India. It is very distressing given that a person worked hard to pursue their academic studies only to find themselves out of a job.

Janice from Marylan   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I wanted to pass this along for the Greens and GM assembly workers.

Letterkenney in Chambersburg is hiring auto mechanics to refurbish the vechicles coming back from Iraq and Afganistan. If they're willing to move, there's a place to submit resume's.

mattie hilliard   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

It's easy for a person making a very good salary to set on tv and tell others what they can be doing while their lives are being distroyed be greedy rich people. It's not our fault the billions on top of billions of dollars went up into thin and not one person been jailed and not only that my family and other families are suffering for it.

Erik   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hey Larry... I just want to comment that I find it ridiculous that Tory Johnson would make a comment that illegal immigrants play no part in the unemployment statisics. I have worked in real estate management for 20 years and I cannot tell you the number of illegal individuals that are employed as they are willing to work for 1/2 what anyone else will. Once again, it comes down to short side corporate greed that has existed since the birth of this nation, and is the very reason that this country is in it's current economic state.

Ira Jackson   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry, it's nice to received advise or instructions to seek employment. However, remind those who are giving advise, to be a little more sensitive. Perhaps they need to be on the side of the unemployed.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

We Blame Bush because bushes war strapped our economy far further than it should have been and coaxed the hypersensitive Middle eastern oil sheiks to punish us wiht high prices.

Sorry Charlie, this is a direct result of the bush administrations flubs, and the republican paranoia over big education.

Scott Gambrell   March 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I totally disagree with the woman who said illegal aliens do not play a part in the failing job situation. I live in Southern California where construction work for the city and state let alone residential are done by private contractors who often hire illegal aliens. Just check the streets you see them everywhere. And what about the medical cost for illegals that burdens the taxpayer who is struggling to make their house payment often without being able to afford health insurance.

Rich   March 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Why is everything "jobs"......Why aren't we talking "entrepreneurship"!! Credit needs to be "loosened" by the major lending institutuitions that have received federal "bailout" money so more "green" businesses can be created.......No more billions of federal money for the big three automakers for bad management decisions!!

Faron   March 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Back on the topic of jobs and the recovery. I receive email notifications for grant opportunities, since my small business is trying to provide research to make structures more sustainable against severe weather and provide for clean energy producing alternatives for structures.

what I noticed happen after the passing of the recovery bill was that existing opportunities where extended. Grant opportunities for States, Universities and other special interest areas where increased.

I bring this up because after searching through the thousands of grant opportunities that my small company could apply for, we found only 5 that had topic areas which where close to the work we are trying to do and which we where allowed, as a small business, to apply for. Our project even then only skirts the topic areas.

Where are all the new opportunities to perform research work for Infrastructure Sustainability, Environmental Protection, Alternative Energy Production and all the other important issues I hear about.

Of the list of 100's of so called new opportunities, most where extensions of old programs and the new ones had nothing to do with what I understood to be the main issues of our current administration or they where closed to small businesses applicants.

So where are the jobs that small businesses could provide all across our country. Jobs which require a variety of skills from the most mundane to the highly skilled?

Marcia   March 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I'm having a difficult time getting interviews in NYC because I live on Long Island. I'm constantly being steered back to Long Island and the question always comes up about the distance and travel into the city. I used to work in NYC. Many of the jobs posted recently also request that candidates live in NYC only. What's going on here and how can I handle this situation?


Jeff   March 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I think its great everyone is mentioning all these potential jobs that will be created (green jobs, construction, healthcare, etc.)...but the problem no one is addressing is you have to have experience to be hired. Practically all healthcare jobs require some type of degree or certification which takes at least 2 years to achieve. The only non-skilled jobs that seem to be available are those at malls or major retail outfitters. Those all pay between $9-$12. I cant even pay my rent with that.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

@Yasmine... I completely agree.

Jimmy   March 6th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Since unemployment is so high you have been working for CNN so long and you are nowhere being near to homelesss. Resign your job and let someone else have the oppurtunity to have your job but the show will always carry and honor your name. By doing this you will help someone who really needs a job.

Mani   March 6th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Hi, I am one of the foreign immigrants on H1B visa. We the people on H1B visa(Tax Payers) are very embrassed by the protectionism going on here, We always are worried about losing our job, and leaving the country in a month, with no time to sell our homes, no time for our kids to complete the term, leaving everything as it is.....
I heard Immigrants are deported back at Immigration although they have Jobs, saying to replace citizens.
I would like to ask Obama administration why they are still accepting new H1B petetions when they are deporting already existing ones???? Is it to get the petetion money and then reject the Visas???
Please treat us with the respect we deserve, we are Humans too.

Jennifer, New Jersey   March 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Is public health dead as a field? I have 3 years of grad education in this field. I'm awful at social science and business but exceptional in science, math, and music. Voc experts are all advocating a switch to a physician assistant or osteopathic medicine program.

mary   March 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I live in the midwest and people are loosing their jobs everywhere. There are no jobs to apply to, this is more than saving 3 months salary and dust off your resume! We don't have tent cities, instead people are sharing apartments. Storefronts are empty and there are NO JOBS. Some of my colleagues haven't worked in 6 months. We are in a depression NOT a RECESSION. Please tell your employed guest speakers to be realistic about what is going.

Meredith   March 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I think it is also worth saying that people who are actually employed right now are being treated like garbage because employers are entilted and feel like employees owe them something for letting them keep their work. Truly unfortunate!

Dale   March 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am a recent 4 year college graduate from the University of California. I graduated in December and have been job hunting ever since the economy started going downhill. I had contacts that said they would give me work, but when the stock market dropped, they had no work to give me. I have my resume posted on over ten job sites but I have yet to get any response. It is very tough trying to find a job fresh out of college. I am a hard and determined worker, but with very little job experience no one will consider employing me. I can't even get considered for an entry level job because of the massive amount of candidates with more experience. I am a hard worker, but what do I do if they won't even consider me?

Bugi   March 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

It would help if the panel could give us specifics as opposed to general statements. Where would one go to network?

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Currently reside in the mid-Atlantic area – Richmond, VA. Have not been able to locate a headhunter. Can you HELP?

Vance Cousins   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am a loyal viewer of your show. However, I find myself getting impatient waiting for some one in the news media to talk to the ordinary American. Not the ones that have 15-20K to put away for 6-9 months in case something happens or the ones that are already in tents. I'm talking about about the average American that lives paycheck to paycheck. I wonder if you're even aware of the fact that with all the talk about unemployment extensions in the stimulus, the stimulus doesn't actually give an extension of unemployment benefits, all it does is give an extended period of time to claim the emergency extension that the Bush administration granted us. I imagine that the tent manufacturers are going to be working overtime Hopefully, there's one here in Colorado that I can apply with.

matt mandracchia   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry's unemployed guest should consider looking into technical writing for software or healthcare companies. Technical writers are in high demand

Diana   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The 50 state strayegy seems to have been dismissed. Do you plan to continue with the 50 state strategy?

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

While we can certainly sympathize with yoru predicament, the flat truth is, had no not been here illegally in the first place, or had the H1B visa program been used in a more repairative fashion, oyu wouldn't be in the mess you're in in the first place.

Francina Easterling   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I was part of the early job lay off in the Real Estate Industry (March 2007), Sales Manager six figueres to 0. I have impressive skills and I have sent out my resume a thousand times. I interview well, very professional, I will be 53 this June amd beginning to feel it is my age. I have pulled from my savings,and the 2nd tier of unemployment will expire in 7 weeks.

What will benefit me? I have applied to other Industries using my management skills. Help...... I would love to work with buyers who are in foreclosure.

Robert Strutzel   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Great to tell about where the jobs are, but those are technical and skilled positions. The laid off manufacturing assembly line guys are not going to get those jobs, particularly those who are 50 +.
So what do they do?

Eneida   March 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I was curretnly laid off and am out of work producer/journalist/photographer. With so many companies asking people to apply online my question is how can you breakthrough & get at least an interview? I've applied for many jobs that I am more than qualified for at several networks including this one & have yet to hear from anyone. I've let everyone I know that I'm available, have excellent references & track record & I've been given names on the inside and have recieved a positive response & still nothing has happened. Does the panel have any advice?

chouchou   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Is there a market for international law graduate?

Frank   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

What were those websites where someone who is disabled might be able to work at home on the internet?

Dodie from CA   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I work for the GOVERNMENT and we just had a meeting on Monday with reveled that many of us will be laid off. I have worked for the government since 1985 and I have NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS

Kobe   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

For the first time, when I send out resumes, I rarely hear anything back!

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

@Bugi Myspace, Facebook, eHarmony, LinkedIn to name a few.

T.J   March 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I would suggest that Tamara look at Insurance companyies. I know that our member handbooks were created (i.e. written) in-house and her skills would certainly be applicable. Another suggestion is publishers of school text-books as a proof-reader. Either of these could be done from home if the employer offers telecommuting positions.

PS – She is as cute as a button, and I'm sure she will get a job if she has the chance for face time to sell herself!

Olu Abiona   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Why is it that the focus of most "experts'" comments to this economic is people finding jobs? What about encouraging people who have lost their jobs to consider starting a small business? How they can get small business loans from the government agencies? lets talk about that, and not just have people focused on working for someone else.

Sally Corey   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I'm sorry, Larry, but the only one of your guests that is saying anything real is Gerri. Networking and spiffing up your presentation are only ever of very peripheral value, especially in this economy. Either there are jobs, are there aren't and this country needs jobs. Period.

Diane Darling   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

The people who are getting jobs are people who can explain what they do, the problem they solve, and how they cover their costs.

~ Diane

Alberto   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Thanks Larry for all you do for us. Employed and unemployed alike.
I wish the best of luck to President Obama, he is amazing and show how to be patient in very difficult time. It is ashamed that he inherited this mess. We should support our president 100%.

trish   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

You have to be willing to be open to a totally different opportunity, if it means it will keep you employed. Think of how your skill set will be useful and add value somewhere else....get out of your comfort zone.

Debra Blalock   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

For women and men who are age 50 or better are the experts seeing companies staying away from workers of this age

Katey   March 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I'm trying to convience my brother to move from Southern California to Houston,Texas. He has a masters in accounting with no experience...Do you think he has a better chance of employment in Texas?

Jeremy   March 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I found a job right out of college last year with a history and language degree in the intelligence community, which is still hiring! It is often mentioned that government is hiring, I just wanted to point out that the intelligence community in particular is still hiring big, i.e. CIA, DIA, NGA, FBI, etc. and they look for very diverse backgrounds.

Jorge Montoya   March 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

What about workers unders H1B visas that are being laid off?

Nick Davies   March 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I'm graduating from college in florida in two months, what can I do now to make sure i have a job when I graduate?


Mel Howell   March 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

The jobs are where they have always been. We have to look back at the Carter days and come forward. This did not happen in the last terms of the Presidency. The stimulus plan is a hoax, how can it save any jobs bailing out all the large corporations. The mis management of our government in the last 2 months has caused greater damage than the previous 8 years of the Bush administration. Buy american that is where our jobs lie. Thank you Larry King.

Pam   March 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

What advice do you have for college grads – my son has been to job fairs and applied toeverything in 3 states within driving distance.

Jon   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

well im 16, and i work as a lifeguard in my city for pools, and its kinda sad for me that i have a job and there are college graduates unemployed .

hugh ~ california   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Until we rid wallstreet of greed and corruption our economy will continue to collapse. Wallstreet, keep our jobs HERE, stop outsourcing them to third-world countries and rewarding yourselves with outrageous bonuses and salaries.

One day it will be too late to undo the damage; we must hold Corporate America accountable for their greed by charging them with penalties, fines or prison for their fleecing of America. If their isn't a law to do it, make some. France had to use a guillotine to end their plight, we can at least throw these white-collar crooks into prison.

Meme   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hello Larry:

This show is wonderful. I believe technology and cyperspace are hurting are making things worse. All the employers are hidden in cyperspace and aren't personally accountability to people. Work fairs are great, and there needs to be more of them. Company's should return to the old way of doing things: Have a HR office where people connect on a human level. I love you Larry and want to send you my resume. I'm a great write, communicator. Let's connect

William Fields   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I have recently lost my job at AT&T and am concerned about the future here in Nevada. It seems the only jobs available are commision only. I am also concerned about the direction of the fund allocation through the stimulus. I think that perhaps extensive R&D and deployment in nano-solar photo-voltiac cell technology for energy independance would help us sustain the local and interlocal economy, while allowing us to become an energy exporter, ie petro.

Lou   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I disagree with you on jobs coming to Mexico. I'm an retired ex-patriate living in Ensenada (Punta Banda) and I don't see any US jobs coming down here, on the contrary, jobs are very scarce down here as well.


Barbara Alexander   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Why cant GM & other auto companies concentrate now on making ONLY fuel efficient and fuel hybrid / alternatives that will be available in about 2 yrs when the economy should be in better condition and people are buying cars again. They can keep the current employees and hire new ones trained in alternative fuels and start a revolution in the auto industry. They wont make any profits for the next 2 years but the taxpayer infusion of cash should keep them afloat. At least something constructive will come out of the bailout.

Anne   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Why are companies in the U.S. allowed to outsource jobs such as Information Technology to India at all ?

angela   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I just think these women are out of touch. We need to be talking about massive survival skills, rethinking how to stay afloat in unconventional ways. These women are STILL saying the same things that are useless..basically just useless. Especially the one in the red jacket., really smug.

Aaron and Kristin   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hey Larry, I just wanted to tell you and your viewers that an important, yet sometimes overlooked aspect of job seeking is a solid, professional resume that is tailored towards a specific position or field. I'm a college student who's taking a class that teaches you proper interview etiquette, how to create a good resume, etc. and I've found it to be very helpful in finding internships and jobs for the summer. Thanks Larry, love the show!

Mani   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

@James In Kamiah, Idaho

We on H1B are not illegal immigrants. 99% people on H1B are legal. But they are treated very badly, the time given to leave the country is very less......

Lisa   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I understand the importance of networking to find a job, but I don't have many networking opportunities and people to network with. How can I change that?

Stephen   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I was laid off a year ago, switched industries and received hands on training for Graphic and Web Design. Now that I am applying for jobs for a few months all companies want 2-5 years experience. How do I get this experience?

DEAN GARRETT   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET


Kevin   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

America is finished!!!!

I wonder where Bush is right now..

Bradley S (Knoxville, TN)   March 6th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am a recent college graduate with a B.S. in Management & Leadership Studies, and I don't have much work experience. Where should I go to find a JOB! I have been declined five times for not have to requisite work experience? What a quandry!

alan shoemaker   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

So why is the USA, Canada and Mexico printing "Ameros"? they will inflate everything until those countries are bankrupt, then they will buy your dollars for pennies and replace them with "Ameros". Don't you get it yet?

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

@chouchou I think Mani could use your help 😉

Harry   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Your panel needs to understand that it wouldn't matter if my resume is up to their standards of acceptance, if there are no jobs available. What do say to someone how has the qualifications and the resume to match if the job market can't hire me anyway?

Jamie   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am an unemployed escrow officer and have worked only 4 months in the past 26 months. There are no decent jobs out there. If I apply for a decent job, there are 400 plus applicants!!!!

Ruth   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I'm 60 year old female with over 28 years experience as an executive assistant, however, very few people want to hire someone my age, which is reality. Where do I go to be retrained for another career?

Sonny   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I lost my job 4 years ago,it is not about econnomy it is about (( made in america)).....where is our Dignity.

Sonny Atlanta Ga

mark   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am a carpenter that lives on maui. I got a job that starts at the end of the month will last till december. there is hope out there. aloha

Vinay   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am based in Bangalore India and we have also been affected by the global economic slowdown (Or meltdown.. and who hasnt)

One trend I am seeing is many Americans moving here and to other parts of Asia for jobs. I have several friends who have moved here in the last 6 months and they say while pay me be lower, so are the costs of living.

Interested trend (which has increased in the last few years) and wonder if it will continue for a while.

chris willard   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

larry,when is this country going to can not borrow yourself out of debt. loans to car manufacters quick fix but back to square one in 90days no jobs nobody to buy cars its that simple.give the money to the people to get things going.u.s. needs to be self reliant again.create jobs here and buy from here it is a circle process
thanks chris

ryan howard   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

the prison system is always hiring and it never lays off its a real honest paycheck

Morgan   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Why isn't anyone addressing the fact the U.S. unemployment rate for men is near 22% and this doesn't even consider the "shadow stats" (even higher in states like California)?

Dave   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Several of the guests talk about sitting at home and applying on line, others talk about someone 'giving' them a job – people need to get out and get a job!,,,go after it. The other thing that is frustrating is that many are not hungry enough, they want the dream job in nightmare economy....not willing to do what ever it takes...

It is just fascinating

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I agree with a previous poster. Turn off CNN for a week and you will feel better.

Also, these "experts" sound like self help book cliche. If I were relying on them, I think I may shoot myself.

Donna   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I would like to comment about the statement made concerning illegal taking jobs from unemployeed Americans. I happen to disagree. People without a high school education are the very ones who do the type of work these illegals are now performing. Also, why is our government still issuing foreign work visas to noncitizens to compete for American jobs with our own unemployeed? It makes no sense to continue to issue work visas and green cards to nonresidents to compete for scares jobs.

Danny   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I'm from a city in Canada called Hamilton. We were known for the steel industry this week we found out that 2100 jobs are gone. US Steel is telling them its only for a while but I think its over. Our countries should work together and resolve this economic disaster. Our banking system in Canada is very stable last week one bank profited 1 billion dollars. May be we should go together on one currency to compete with the rest of the world.

Joanne Tomarchio   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Sorry I must disagree that "jobs are in Florida" as I live in Miami and the only job opportunities here are at minimum wage. The minimum needed for an individual who is educated would be $20.00 per hour or $800.00 per week just to live. This figure is calculated as follows:
Health insurance – $6,500 per year
Homeowner's/Hurricane insurance – $4,000 per year
Auto insurance – $2,000 per year
Real Estate taxes – $6,800 per year
Factor in grocery, dental care, gasoline and MINOR incidentals, the total will be greater than the $800.00 per week.
Unfortunately employers are now running the show and they are taking advantage of the situation by hiring the best person for the job at the very least. Isn't this called "exploitation" ?

Mike   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

How bad is it? Assuming you find a company that is hiring, then
you are now competing against many more people (perhaps hundreds); Assuming you get the interview and make it through all the rounds...and make it to an offer stage; then you are taken advantage of and get offered pennies on the dollar because you are out of work.
It's a tough environment to negotiate an equitable salary (e.g. what you're really worth). Pretty sad. I was out of work for 9 months & was let go the same week my twins were born. During this time, I remained focused on the positive, but the reality can really haunt you.

Deatrice   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I work as a counselor in a federal halfway house; my question is what advise do I give my clients who are transitioning from prision back into society as far as what type of jobs to look far? We're located in New Orleans, LA.

Patricia Tucke   March 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Las Vegas, Nevada has a 10% unemployment rate and statewide it is 9.4%. So I dispute that there are new jobs available in Nevada. While one casion/hotel just annouced it would hire more, the fact is they under hired for the opeining and will now hire an additional 120 to 160, but when the new wears off those jobs will be gone. Established casino/hotels are laying off daily and big constrction projects are stopping unfininshed and other are delaying start dates until late 2010 and possiblly latter. So where are thoes jobs?

Marilyn   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I'm sure that I heard Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on the news the other night, say that the U.S. is committing $960 billion (yes, with a "B") to rebuild the Gaza Strip. When are we going to stop rebuilding the entire world &and take care of our own country?

Matthew   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hi. Here is the problem with your economy which no economist will dare mention:

As more advanced services become available int he developing world at a lesser cost, the western world will lose revenue.

Actually, it's been happening for the past few years, and will only continue to worsen until:

A – people stop WASTING money on luxuries.
B – wages are reduced to reflect those of the developing world
C – the dollar is re-evaluated

There are several consequences:

A – first casualty = standard of living
B – we are dependant on alot of our advancements, which all need to be maintained


show's almost over. make another one then. cya 😀

Sherwood M   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Here is some REALITY...The National Chamber of Commerce and other disreputable groups and companies (think Microsoft) have for years lobbied congress to look the other way while they hired illegal aliens, looked the other way while money was slipped into their hands to pass legislation to allow in more workers on H1 Visas.

Right now, 12.5 Million Americans are OUT OF WORK. Meanwhile, 7 Million Illegal Aliens, and 14 Immigrants such as yourself HAVE JOBS IN OUR ECONOMY.

I think we owe it to our immigrants such as yourself to hold up our end of the bargain we made with you. That said, we need a ten year moratorium on Immigration. We need E Verify put into the Omnibus Spending Bill so that 7 Million Illegal Aliens are FIRED and Americans are given their jobs back, and we need STRONG WORK PLACE AND NEIGHBORHOOD ENFORCEMENT of our Immigration Laws as they are written.

That is NOT protectionist, that is FAIRNESS, that is JUSTICE for LEGAL CITIZENS AND LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Lynne   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Everyone talks about all the jobs in health care but I lost my job along with 5 other RN's at the end of October and no one has found a job yet. It is very frustrating. Please have people clarify the positions available in health care when they state that there are jobs in "health care".

Thank you.

M.J.   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

At 59 and 60 years old, my husband and I have both been laid off from our professional jobs. We will be forced to take early retirement and need to find a way to make it for the next two years to reach 62 years, even though we planned to take max. Soc. Security at 66 years. That, plus the cost of healthcare and our decimated retirement savings in our 401K's is extremely disheartening. We just pray and work to stay healthy!

Joanne Tomarchio   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Sorry I must disagree that “jobs are in Florida” as I live in Miami and the only job opportunities here are at minimum wage. The minimum needed for an individual who is educated would be $20.00 per hour or $800.00 per week just to live and for every one of these jobs there are 300 applicants.

Unemployed   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Lots of jobs lost in the IT filed. Check H1B VISAS !! Lots of IT jobs going to India. Limited those visas and lots of americans (thousands) will have jobs over 500K americans.

Pietro   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

we need a closer relationship betowrn the federal governent and the free market to guide and support the innovation that will be needed to create jobs now and in the future. America has also be an innovator which in turn has created jobs...unfortunatley we have let that go away and we need to re-capture it if you want to see sustained high paying job growth...Pietro

Alan Wiesner   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

In reference to the young man that was laid off from GM, I believe he said that he thinks it is time for him to look for a job as his unemployment isn't going to last for ever, why wasn't he out looking the day after he was laid off?

The day you are laid off you should go home, feel depressed, cry, get drunk, whatever. The next day you should be looking for a job, not wait until your employment compensation is about to run out. Why don't we reward folks for getting off the unemployment rolls as fast as they can instead of letting them sit on their cans until they are good and ready...

Leon   March 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hi there..I love your show and try to watch everyday when I can..but here my question.. I have a job that am very depressed with. Ive been working here for a yr and ALL of the workers are being treated like dirt, people have been fired of all of the wrong over gloves and speaking up trying to help the company so am afraid everyday of losing my job..I bust my butt everyday and now they are making it harder to work because they add more too out jobs and it IMPOSSIBLE to keep up. I deeply feel they are using the current status of the unemployment and with that are abusing us workers..what are we to do? we cannot defend ourshelves and all we want to do is work and work very hard!

Brian Lemmons   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Question? I have worked in construction for 14 years making a good salary. I have been unemployed for 5 months. I have put in 100s of applications and had 7 interviews. I recently had a job offer making 1/2 of what I was making. If I take the job and get layed off from it, my unemployement will be dropped to the rate of the latest job. I can't make my mortage or pay my other bills with the pay of the only job I've been offered in 5 months but I hate being on unemployment, even tho' I will make more money. What should I do?

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Then what you have is a legal matter about being discriminated against unfairly and unreasonably. You are going to have to be more specific though for one, and for another, my othe point still stands... H1B visas shoudl be used in a repairative fashion [i.e., given as needed instead of as desired].

While p[eople have concern about the H1B visas, our greatest concern is with those who don't even have those and yet they get jobs that shoudl go to American Citizens first.

Kathy   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Gerri did an excellent job answering the questions.

Jack   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

What has Dr. Frankel done recently to make her worthy of an option. other than being on the show. Has she written any books. Or are her option's only a vage all to comman antidote of your not doing all you can do. What has she done to make her profound option's viable.

sabrina   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

When you have no retirement or pension, lost all savings in the 401k, reduction of hours-32 per wk, as well as pay, while paying over 600 dollars a month along with employer for medical insurance. We have constant medical bills due to accident and have to pay large co-pays not covered by insurance for PT from back surgery that has not gone well for myself and cannot work if I wanted We may lose our home to paying insurance, real tragedy is my getting turned down for SSI.
In MI even the medical industry has laid people off and are not hiring. I realize CNN and other news thinks it is booming, if no payers no money to pay their employees either.! You know who IS making money, insurance company,energy,drug company . How we must keep supporting them is beyond imagination.
I think CNN is trying to offer ideas, yet those whom have lived in the recession for 7yrs have already figured out the obvious of reducing as much as one can, soon there is nothing left but debt, good luck selling and moving, we are stuck and digging our grave deeper. Yet the ones responsible have made a fortune, never to worry, just sit back and plan to make even more for a better bargain at the expense of the people of this nation that are literally going to beg to survive and hope they can live in a tent and not a garbage dump some day. Those that scrimped to save to avoid life like this are powerless, it is why we learn rules when we are young only to find that some can do as they please and everyone else gets punished while a few are having a good time. Do you seriously think that companies are going to come back to this nation? This is the new world, this is no longer about our nation, the only thing that is important is business and the new global economy! The days of past are exactly that gone. Thanks for trying to give people hope, it is beyond that now, the rest of the nation does not yet know what is coming, it is more then a worry

Sam Pattridge   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Cut the crap......America has been all about 'sales' for ever and guess what? it's come home to roost......Quit blowin sunshine.......a smilley face ain't cuttin it.....this nation is divided...have's vs have- nots....

ryan howard   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

all the overtime u want and some dang decent insurance

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I agree with a previous poster. Turn off CNN for a week and you will feel better.

Also, these “experts” sound like self help book cliche. Relying on them will not result in anything but frustration.

Ruth   March 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Last year, it was stated that on average it takes 5 months to find a job. Now, the prediction is 18 months on average. I want to know why the government doesn't allow someone to start applying for their social security earlier? It could mean the difference from being out on the street or not.

Tom   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I worked at a high tech job for 35 years and was layed off in January. It bothers me that no one talks much about the fact that the jobs being set to India and China are not all service jobs, a large portion are engineering type jobs. Everyone keeps saying to get more education and this is beneficial but if we continue this cycle we will all have to become bio-chemist or something equivalent and I don't think that fixes the problem. What happens if something catestrophic happens that requires us to need to turn up productivity like we did in WWII and we don't have control of this development or our outsource assiciates won't respond due to sensitivity as to why we need it to harm their neighbors.

Danielle   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I've lost 2 jobs in the past 7 months due to the downturn in the economy. How can I sell myself to potential employers when my most recent job only lasted 6 months??

Jan   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

My son will graduate in a year with a BS in criminal justice. With all the reductions in state, city, and county budgets, I am wondering if he needs to reconsider his career choice in law enforcement.

Sami   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry, I'm going to be 65 next month and I'm one of many who are falling between the cracks. I was living on the interest on my investments - you know where they went and now I'm into my principle. Here's the rub: I tried to refinance/modify my mortgage to get a lower interest rate. Because I have no actual income, I cannot qualify to get a lower interest rate. I've been told i have to wait until I'm behind on my mortgage payments before I will even be considered for a loan refinance or modification. Why do I have to wait until I'm in a hole I can't get out of before I get any help? A lower interest rate would be a substantial savings. President Obama, please don't forget about us - no one will hire us at 65 and no one will give us a break!

McClain Dyson   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I have been working in the IT field for 25+ years as of May '07. Twenty-Five years at HP. I was part of the 07 Work force reduction, because our jobs were being sent over seas. I have heard that now managers are only allowed ot hire over seas. I have been looking for a job for a year and a half. I can not even get a helpdesk job. My question is Why isn't the president not doing anything about off shoring jobs? I voted for the president and I am praying that he is able to turn our country around,

partha   March 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

When the Healthcare industry has nurses jobs available why do US healthcare industry is recruting nurses from other countries why can't our nursing training colleges cater to our healthcare industry demand.Similar situation exists in case of teachers some states are still bringing teachers on work visas why can't we stop for a certain period of time till the economic turnaround starts to work.

nick sucic   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

in the late 70's and early 80 my brother and i could not find jobs. to young to collect unemployement. so we started our own business with our skills. we are still in business in 2009 every once in a while we looked back.. business is good and bad but you have money all the time if you are willing to work. so this year we are not looking back we are luck so far. alot of it is how compitive (cheap) you are willing to work for. if you wait for someone else to give you a job and money you will always be in a bad finacial position.

SHARON   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET



Karan   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Mrs. Malkawi needs to give it a break. The jobs that have gone to India and China were long gone back in 2004/2005. Its not just here where people are suffering cause of the financial crisis. Its everywhere around the world, including India. So this excuse of blaming other countries that they are taking the jobs should stop. You just need to get off the couch, start networking, and start looking for work. Even if that means taking a 10.00 an hour job. And if you cant pay rent with just one job, then get a second job. Get a third one. You may not like it, but if your young then you can work two to three jobs if you need to make ends meet. If someone at the age of 92 who lost everything in his savings is working at a grocery store with a smile on his face, then why cant you?

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

@Harry Branch out and use your other skills. DOn't stick with the one career. Sure, you may take a pay cut, but at least your'e getting paid 😀

lisa   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

New York City department of correction is always hiring no age discrimination ,all is neede is 60 college credits a drivers liscense excuse my spelling yes it is a jail but when u get used to it its a nice carreer to have and the salery is wonderful give it a chance before our mayor bloomberg puts a freeze on city jobs godbless and good luck

Trisha   March 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The ones to blame are not the citizen of this country.They did what they where taught go to school and you will have a secure job.Borrow credit and pay later.The ones to blame is a government that caters to corporation (Some that don't even pay taxes) and the corrupt greedy CEO's, CFO's and president's that run said companies. They are cause to all this!!!

Ken Holland   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Love your show, however I would really appreciate you refraining from pandering to the less educated folks with lead-in comments, like: Is President Obama's stimulus plan working?

Whether people like him or not, he's been in there for only 6 weeks. It is not possible for any plan to be implemented and instantaneously determined if it will work, no more so that you can gain 200 lbs over a few years then lose it all in a few weeks with a magic pill.

Thanks so much, and keep up the good work!

dave   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry, I just watched a story about people living in tents.
(on Camble's show)
Now I understand what it means to comete in a world econ.
We have to give up health care, schools, homes, and cars.
Once we all live in cardboard boxes and grass huts and the us is broke, the job will be done. IT'S ABOUT JOBS, DA !!!!!

Adrienne   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

If you are interested in working for yourself and being able to start make money for yourself right away email me and I will give you the info. There is a ton of business available-TODAY! This is NOT a multi level marketing business.

Ruth   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

They give suggestions as if a majority of the people are between the ages of college graduates to 45 years old. There are a heck of a lot of other people, baby boomers, who also are not working. So, there suggestions don't really apply to a more far reaching audience.

Gary Townsend   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I am a Computer Aide Design Drafter. I have been out off work since last March. I have tried looking for a job in a different field but had no luck. How can I get hired with no other experience? When will jobs in my industry be available? Thanks.

Carol   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Illegal aliens if they are doing jobs, are not doing the kinds of work that the companies are letting go! The companies are letting go of people with higher salaries. So Tory is right!

If you're not a US CITIZEN the its much HARDER to find work than those who ARE US CITIZEN. I know because I knew someone who is here legally but NOT a citizen. Probably 95% (and its just a guess) of the jobs on the Job search sites, REQUIRE US CITIZENSHIP! So stop the HATE Talk and get real!

Mani   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Yes, i accept with you guys, but currently there is no law stating, you discriminate people with nationality.... also i wonder why is immigration department accepting new H1B petetion when they dont want to offer employment?????????

cindy   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

My son worked hard and graduated with top grades last spring with a degree in history. In spite of his efforts, he has not been able to find ANY kind of work. His college loans are coming due soon, and we are worried for him. The stimulus package does not address the unreasonableness of these loans, and he cannot shed or reduce this debt in a bankruptcy. Does anyone have any suggestions for him?

Shawna   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The panel was wrong about getting an education. I have 2 Bachelors degrees in 2 different subjects and I still can't get a job! They all tell you to go to college and get a degree but why? When I graduated high school (which was in the last 10 years), a Bachelor's degree was a big deal. Now that I'm in the job force, or rather the unemployment line, you need a Masters. If I did decide to get my Masters employers would up their requirements to a PhD. Employers want experience not education! But how can you get experience if no one will hire you? It just all seems like a set up for failure.

LEW   March 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

@Ruth there's a high risk of bankrupting the current government and future generations

deborah Hopper   March 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I'm grateful for your show tonight. As a veteran teacher whose working as a substitute after taking a leave to help my elderly dad, the fear and worry is these past months have been profound. However Larry, my mom lived through the dust bowl and I'm choosing to live faith over fear. As frightening as this all is, Americans have got to hold on to hope, and our government needs to work from "grass roots" values. Pres. Obama needs our prayers and discernment more than any one before him. God Bless, Deborah Hopper

Jimmy   March 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If the economy in your particular geographic area is in the tank for your skill set (say you assemble cars in Detroit for example) – are you further ahead to leave your family behind and get a job somewhere else, possibly hundreds or thousands of miles away (and eventually move them to you) or are you better to try and get a job of any kind in your city?
At what point should one start looking for work in other cities?

Janie Racer   March 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

About who is hiring: I just got hired for the census. It is 20-40 hours,
should last two months or so. The pay is $14.00 hr. I applied in November, I believe, and just heard today (3/6) I will start next month.
For those on un-employment, it would just extend your benefits. I suggest checking with the state employment office for where to apply.
I am in Indiana, but all states of course will be doing the same. I would guess some hired early won't last, so hiring most likely will continue for a while. Thank God, I am on Social Security and am not
looking for a full time job.

Mark   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

For those of you out of work...I was among the unemployed a few years ago and after being out of work for more than 1 year, I truly believed that I would never find a job. As a well educated individual, I was surprised that I was not able to land a job within a short period of time.
Its a fact that most jobs are filled through the "network" (some experts say 70% or more) and frankly, its just not good enough to apply for opportunities (ie. either online or otherwise) and wait for the phone to ring.
Have patience..luck and timing arguably are the biggest factors and these items are usually not within your control.

Betty - Dallas, Texas   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I was laid off in December. I was an Executive Assistant working for a new homebuilder in Dallas. How President Obama's stimulus plan can help an experienced administrative person get a job?

I've been networking, gone on interviews (in person and via phone), applied for jobs online ... then I hear nothing. It is very disheartening and discouraging, to say the least.

Marie/Georgia   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hello Larry,

I am a mastered degree Speech/Language Pathologist with my own private practice. Things are so bad for small businesses it has started to affect both my business and personal finances. I want to keep my business but need some real revenue for both the business and my personal bills. I work a part time job to keep things going and I have an interview on Wednesday for a management position. I know that with my management skills I would be an asset in a management position. What are some suggestions for a person with my experience?


M. Moore   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Obama's plan won't work because he doesn't address the cause of the problem which is that our jobs are being outsourced over seas to other countries. The free trade agreements have taken away so many of our jobs that we can no longer support our economy. Fewer workers means less spending which in turn means more businesses failing and more forclosures. If we don't have jobs we can't buy anything and we can't pay taxes to keep our government affloat. Our politicians don't have a clue.

patrick   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

the panel is/was absolutely useless.. who didnt know any of the crap they said on air.?
.why did i watch? lol

Marcia   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I'm not able to get a job in NYC because employeers and agencies in NYC think I live too far...on Long Island (only about 1 hour commute). Many jobs posted demand that you live in NYC or don't bother applying...what's up with this?

Ursula Rostermundt   March 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The lady looking for work,has a cancer less than a year ago; I would think it would be a negative to hire someone with the illness such as Cancer. It could come back,train her & she could be sick.I hope not. But if I hired someone in a crunch as we are job wise,I would want to make sure she or he would be around. and healthy also. I wish her well.U.

Mauricio Prieto   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry why every body talk about lost jobs. Look 11 million iligal people they work every day, they no have any voice in the media. They make every day more hard for them to find a job. They can't have a driver license and many other tools necesary to live a normal life. Please stop complain and tell the WHITE PEOPLE TO DO THE JOBS THE ONLY MEXICAN DO EXAMPLE: LANDSCAPING, CONSTRUCTION AND MORE.

Sari Neudorf   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

My concern is with the training and advice the majority of people are receiving via the media. I am a career/interview coach and see many opportunities available. The key is to realize the key skills each person has and what it is they do the best.
I look back at the 1970's and see how air traffic controlers had to reinvent themselves to find new industries to work. That is the same process we need to address right now.
Everyone needs to think outside of the box. Status quo is not a good place to be. We need to prepare for the future and think about positions where our great skills are sought after.

MooseClod   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Would it work to reduce mortgage interest rates to 1% for the first year and then increase 1% per year up to 5% max? Also, to allow all Americans, regardless of loan status (current or in default) to take advantage of such a plan...without credit being issue. Wouldn't this free up spendable income for families?

Alisa LoDolce   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I'm disabled my husband is out of work we r raising 3 grandchildren and about to lose r rented house. I have been going back to school online for medical transcriptionist but I don't graduate until September or October what do I do?

Joe   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am 54 years old, two children in college, and cannot find a job....I have a BS in Business Management and now believe that I am a victim of the unseen practice of age discrimination. FYI...I worked for one company for 30 years and was let go solely because I was eligible to receive a pension....America has become the land of greed, lack of morals, and poor business ethics......

Mike Lattimore   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

@Olu Abiona

I am a small business owner. Small business loans are impossible to get for start-up businesses unless you have real assets to use as collateral (try using your home equity these days... that's a good laugh), they also need a means outside of the business for loan repayment. If you're unemployed then you have a definite problem.

Yes, the SBA loan guarantees (the SBA does not loan directly anymore) are designed to act as help for people who would otherwise be unqualified for a conventional loan. Banks do not use them in this manner. They use them as guarantees to people who are already well qualified to begin with.

After 3 years in business I had no problem qualifying for a small SBA loan.

Erin   March 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Your panel is right on in regards to training and education. There are options other than a community college- career colleges, also known as vocational training schools. I work for Pima Medical Institute and we have 11 campuses throughout the western U.S., there are other schools like us all over the country that off skill (job ready) training in healthcare, IT, automotive, HVAC, cosmotology, and many other careers.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

@Carol Ya, NOW it's much harder, but in recent years it has become much EASIER if you're an illegal immigrant. No benefits, no social security to track you, no taxes, send yoru money to Mexico, or Canada, or wherever... get it? 😉

Darlene   March 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I need a job bad! I've been looking now for 4 months I do Accounts Receivables/Collections. I moved to Chicago in November also because I want to do Television commercials. I don't have an agent. Do you think that I need an agent, and where do I begin to look to get into commercials. I 'm pretty, I'm not fat, I work out, I'm a quick learner and I'm smart.

Can somebody help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carolyn Thompson   March 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET


As author of TEN EASY STEPS TO A PERFECT RESUME and TEN STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT JOB, its important for people to know that there ARE jobs out there, but its competitive and you need to have not only a content driven resume but a positive attitidue. Apply to jobs you are actually qualified for, and network.

80% of job seekers obtain their positions through personal networking, only 20% through ads or executive search/employment agencies.

I'm happy to be a guest anytime on this topic...I'm local to DC although I travel the country talking about these issues. (I'm actually in Omaha, NE tonight.)

Carolyn Thompson

William Fields   March 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

As long as we allocate blame to others and do not take responsiblity for our own actions we will cease to heal the wounds here in America. Taking our energy development to the next level with nano fuel cell technology, and solar absorbtion technology. This can be applied to paints on vehicles, tints for windows, put it on roofs of buildings and have it on a national grid. I truly believe after our breakeven point on development and deployment, we will become a major exporter of fossil fuels, and being able to raise our bottom line, because our low energy consumption cost on products it will help us climb the economic ladder. We will never be a manufacturer giant like China. We simply do not have the manpower, and we are also losing it on the service front with the lower cost and higher education through India. We need to become the innovator of idea's again and realize that things will NEVER be the same.

SHARON   March 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET



Amber in Atlanta   March 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I've been unemployed for 19 months (as of today), and it's not getting any easier. The news has said for weeks that President Obama's stimulus plan was going to extend unemployment benefits through the end of this year. It didn't. The only benefit the stimulus package gives to those of who have been out of work for more than a year is an extra 7 weeks of unemployment, and $25 a week in additional funds. We don't even get the benefit of the Federal tax suspension.
I've worked since I was 13 years old, and the feeling of wondering how I'm going to pay rent and bills is very daunting, especially since my mom can't afford to support me. Now, I'm considering going back to school, and have the county pay for it. But with the way the unemployment is in Fulton County, it's low on funds, so that may not even happen.
It's very frustrating when you send out countless resumes, and not hear from the employer. Can employers give us a common courtesy and at least email us that we didn't get the job, instead of letting us keep hanging.
I can't watch the news anymore. It's just depressing, and leaving many of us feeling hopeless and doomed.

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Did'nt Obama pledge to end all incentives to offshore jobs. I havent heard him mention a word about it since taking office.

Despite the continue CNN love fest about Obama, someone needs to start holding him accountable.

ryan howard   March 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

if you are really lookin for a job then get one as i said before a job in the prison system is easier to get then wellfare

Joe   March 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

All the jobs are still there, paying $0.50/hour for engineering, manufacturing, construction, management, customer service, sales, etc. Although most job openings are located in India and Asia and not in North America due to high employment costs.

But the real question to ask yourselves is why would any company hire you for $15.00/hour when they can hire some Indian or Asian for 10 times less, and they don't even have to include the added costs of healthcare or vacation packages.

The end result, is this economy will get worse and prices will keep falling until the government realizes they must do something to allow average Americans to work and stay competitive with the rest of the world regardless of the difference in income.

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

This Summer going into fall my Hubby & I streamed lined our expences so that we could survive on $8-/hr jobs. By October, It became clearly evident that none of these jobs were even available. I was a union painter earning $35.-/hr + benifits, My hubby is a stone mason who was in high demand. We have very little job prospects on the horizion, He is working part-time for the US Census, But the operation ends in 6 weeks. We are living off of his $170-/week take home and food stamps during the month of Dec. into Jan. we starved untill pride was all we had left to swallow & we went to the Govt. for food if not for the good souls at the food pantrys I don't know where we would be. We work hard, we work strong, we paid our Tax and now we are lost. These 3 ladies giving advice should give up their jobs starve for a month and then go out and compete for fast food jobs with teenagers and then they can come back and give us advice as certified experts of this economic disaster. GOD SAVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

@Mooseclod My beast guess would be for the governmetn to force banks, or for =banks on their own, to reset mortgage rates to the low "introductory rate" they coaxed unwitting borrowers into and fix the rate there, eat the difference, and move ahead that way.

shawn s   March 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Instead of blaming the counties that have gotten american jobs outsourced, this time can usefully be spent in determining and fixing the aspects of our american economy that led to this crisis. Will we be able to buy cloths so cheap or electronics so cheap if these jobs were not outsourced to china? The affordable value of commodities contributed to economic boom at some time. Now, the cost of labor in america is so high and the cost of business operations is so high(resulting from legal & healthcare costs) that even american companies think it is hard to do business here. This phenomenon needs to be corrected from its root.

So, just to be simple, the economy is correcting itself. This time needs to be spent on correcting the internal issues that would result in a more stronger and stable economy.

mike   March 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Now that OUR country is in financial ruin, maybe we should stop giving all this aid to foriegn countries. Congress should be embarassed at the way they have been giving OUR money away . Especially since the U.S. has to borrow the money!

Ansimae   March 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Tim Kaine was elected to be governor of Virginia but we are getting shortchanged with a lot of his attention being directed to his chairmanship of the Democratic Party. Say what he will, we did not elect a Chief of Staff to do the work of governor. NO ONE can do two jobs well!!

Ralph   March 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

People need more options than these crazy Mcmansions as a means of shelter and zoning laws need to reflect that instead of being used to force many out. If people had housing they could afford this whole thing would of been a non-issue. Instead we have prices that most wouldn't have paid off by the time they die if they look to purchase after, say, 35 years of age. That or you have renting options that many times end up meeting or even exceeding an expensive mortgage.

Let people start off in "Katrina cottages" and work their way up if they choose to, but don't zone them out for making that choice. Being fiscally responsible and knowing what you can afford at any given time shouldn't be frowned upon and punished.

Give affordable housing choices, so even the clerk at 7-11 has some free cash and the economy booms with spending, guaranteed.

David Iggy   March 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I have been unemployed since September 2008, I have gone to employment agencies, job fairs that were a waste of time, and been given the run around by human resources at companies. That woman who says people are staying home cause they are making more money on unemployment. I have a question , when was these 4 women last on an interview? Instead of giving out dumb solutions, she should be more constructive and give definitive. I have to distinguish myself from 12000000 others , what a joke, she should be out of work with her advice

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Gergen speaks the truth. Obama seems intent on demonizing business. He has effectively declared war on what has made this country great.

I don't think 90% of America really understand his "vision".

Unemployed @ FL   March 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Here in FL the company I used to work for (Nielsen Company) to get my "package" I had to train an H1 person here on a temp visa to take over my job and now I sit on the unemployement job about to loose my home and with 2 children and a wife to feed. I've been out without a job for over 4 months. Do you think that fair? How does that help this economy, my country where my 401K resides?

Matthew Birch   March 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I'm so sick of hearing people say that people stay home because they make more on unemployment. Please tell me what state or city has benefits like that and I'll move tomorrow. The 325 a week is the equivalent of a job at McDonalds its not even close to the 1700$ gap. So as i figure it people must be making the suggestion that accountants and other professionals should head for McDonalds. I want one example of anyone that can make more money on unemployment...even if they take a job several levels below their current status.

Robert   March 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

getting a college degree could not be easier with all the University's offering on-line. As the lady on TV stating the future is in Health Care. At you can earn an associates degree in 15 months with no prior college credit. Although this may not help in the immediate you can state on your resume that you are attending classses and put your graduation date on there also. It is important to note that the stimilus package does offer futher assistance with FA, therfore the question becomes can you afford not to have a degree.

Linda   March 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET


Always love to see David Gergen and his knowledge.
Maybe we do need to solve a lot of these problems that have just sat on the backburner too long, I don't see anything wrong with getting things going, it doesn't mean that they are happening at the same time but getting ideas and people starting to work on the economy, home foreclosure, health care and education is good and I do believe is all tied into the whole theory of getting this country going again

Marty   March 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I heard that Catalina Marketing is looking for a Director
of Offshore Development in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Imagine - you can manage people who are out of the country and who don't speak english well and turn out poor quality work and then when it comes back to you , you can fix it all so your manager does not blame you for the poor quality work - you might get blamed for
not being able to manage people who don't know what they are doing.

Onney Perry   March 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think what concerns me most is the change of terms. It went from we are going to create jobs to we are going to save jobs. I have many friends that lost their jobs that cannot build a bridge or road.

Sherwood M   March 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

To Carol....Tory is wrong, and SO ARE YOU.

Do you have any idea how many Illegal Aliens are in the Construction Business as one example, and how many people have lost their jobs in that area. Hotel Industry is another many Illegal Aliens work in the Hotel/Restaurant industry in New York while Mayor Bloomberg tells the police to leave the illegal aliens alone because getting rid of them would mean Hotels would have to pay LEGAL AMERICANS A LIVING WAGE...

Come on, lets have this debate. E VERIFY, E VERIFY, E VERIFY

Illegal Alien, not undocumented worker.
Illegal Alien, not undocumented citizen.

Ilegal Aliens working in America are guilty of NO LESS than four crimes, two of them felonies. Illegal Aliens ARE STEALING AMERICAN JOBS. TORY LIED AND DID IT DELIBERATELY, and Larry King is deliberately avoiding this ALL IMPORTANT PART OF THE STORY if we are talking about jobs.


You want your jobs back from SEVEN MILLION CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS, then start making noise, start MARCHING ON WASHINGTON, start holding Mayor Bloomberg ACCOUNTABLE. We want ENFORCEMENT, WE WANT E VERIFY, we want an HONEST PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE that protects American Citizens instead of kowtowing too Corporate Lobbyist and the Pro Illegal Alien Lobby....if Barack Obama wants to be MExican President Calderon's POODLE, fine...let him take his family and move to Mexico City.

sabrina   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Earlier you had some people on that lost their good paying jobs at microsoft, well I guess if their owner wasnt making billions and hiring overseas as well as taking the headquarters out of this nation to avoid taxes and forking out money to pretend he is a humanitarian caring person giving to charity all over the world we would not only still have jobs, we would have tax money that will not have to be made up by the hard working underpaid left legal citizens of this country! Then we would not n eed charity we would get the proper thanks for making him rich and his buddies as well so they could thank us for spending money when we had it to tell us now what a bunch of lazy idiots we are to be unemployeed, broke and homeless too, imagine right here in the US, it never quits amazing me, how those who tell us we have it better then third world nations, do not inconvience themsleves at all unless of course you do not let your teens buy the competitors goods!

Darren Moss   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mr. Larry King, can you please mention on your show this evening that the people living on the streets at this minute due to the economy are not interested on hearing just how the comfy the Obama's are in the White House, IE : Mrs. Obama on Opara Show

Rich   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Live within your means....and you can have a job "flipping hamburgers" at McDonalds!! American's though "want it all".......the private country club memberships, the Escalades, the vacation homes, and the fine dining!! Quit the whining!! We aren't even close to a "depression"!!

Jim Stevens   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Please tell David Gergen on your panel: Yes Obama promised he was going to fix health care and a million other things. And was elected by a majority to do so. But that was BEFORE the econonomy went into a near depression. Only a irresponsible person would spend billions, when you already owe billions, and everyone is out of work. To be spending tax dollars on the pork projects shows how truly incompetent congress and Obama are.

Dodie from CA   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Wall Street does not mean we will sink into a depression. The depression is caused by mass lay-offs and fear of purchasing...

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

@Carol and that made it right? 🙂

And if you doubt the simplicity of getting hired as an illegal immigrant...

Been to any number of fast foos joints lately?

Jeff   March 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Thanks to Bush we're in this mess. I think Bush should have to answer for all the problems he has caused.

Dodie from CA   March 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


John P   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I do find it interesting to hear these right wing talk show hosts take Obama to task for using the economy as an excuse to pass legislation they are opposed to, when the Bush administration used terrorism in the same manner. At least the legislation the president is proposing will do some good for people instead of taking away their rights.

Denise Kellar   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Please tell people to read their mortgage document, specifically "the note". Not everyone needs to worry about refinancing especially if they have lost a job. The note spells out the high and low of the rate & wiith the Libor being so low, their "change date" may automatically make their interest rate lower. That's all ok if they are making payments on time. It may not be necessary to refinance, like the woman who was on recently from California. A mortgage broker of course wants you to refinance, he makes money; but you may not need to refinance because rates are low and so is the Libor. Mortgage rates for homes are usually tied to the Libor. I am a Realtor and see so many people getting panicked over refinancing...just read the document, stop and think, get some real advice. They may save $$$ just by reading!

Kathy   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How many company's would have still be in business and in better financial condition if the overpaid CEO's were making realistic salaries. It would be tough having to cut a $10 or $20 million dollar salary in half, imagine having to live on 5 to 10 million a year. Instead lets cut a couple hundred of the 30-70 thousand dollar jobs who actually do the work. Why don't we outsource managers jobs.

Sonny Atlanta   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

President is carriying a wet bag with many wholes in it. the damage is too Deep. he need a magic Needle I think it is about time to think out the d drop our stikes and rad History books.
.I think it is momment the for Failling Empire.

Jane - WI   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Could we get some context, please. I keep hearing about how "popular" Barack Obama is, and how is poll ratings are between 60 and 70 percent. How does this compare with prior Presidents in their first 40 days in office? Is Mr. Obama's approval rating tremendously different than the other Presidents at this stage of the game, or is it average with where others have been in their first month? Somehow, I have a feeling the media is over inflating his popularity as somehow extraordinary, when I think it is quite in line with previous President's ratings this early in the administration. Please give us the context rather than trying to put this guy on a pedastal.

Linda   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The jobs have been evaporating since the inception of NAFTA, the influx of immigrants and the financial meltdown have only added to the numbers. I don't believe Obama can correct this issue rapidly and it will take another two years minimum.

My husband lost his job in 1996 (closed factory, jobs to Mexico) in NC, and we moved in 1997 with my job to Cincinnati. Company was sold and new owners closed my company in 2006. It took me 10 months to find a job. Husband was laid off in 2008 and it took him 11 months to find a job and he was just hired at 57 years of age. The past few years, we have been victims of age discrimination (over qualified, etc)
We feel fortunate to have gotten jobs.

We are totally discouraged at the government bailing out everyone but the working public. This government is punishing those individuals who are responsible in paying their debts and living within their means.

Good luck America !!

Jim Callas   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I have been unemployed from the beginning of 2009.
I went back to school part-time, and I am taking 1 or 2 classes in the evening.
I am five classes from my Associate Degree.
Should I inform employers that I am a part-time student?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank You.
Jim Callas

Richard Claxon   March 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The majority of the people who want this. ( Globel equality , free health care, and free housing ) are not the people footing the bill

Rhonda   March 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Has anyone asked why the govt. isn't bailing out the average american? If we can't spend money the economy fails. Why bailout the Big 3? We can't afford to buy what they are making. If Obama had given us the bailout money he gave the automakers you would have seen an upturn in the economy. We are part of what makes the economy work. Give every leagal taxpayer 20,000-30,000 each and see what we can do.

Alisa LoDolce   March 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


David Iggy   March 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I have been to fast food places who even though I have management experience, would not offer me anything other thant part time 8.50 an hour job. None of us want to stay home, there is no part time jobs either, Once in a blue moon I get a call regarding a job. Larry please get real unemployed people on your panel next time. Not consultants who know nothing about the hardships of finding a job. I could of come up with a better panel just walking here in the streets Of NJ. You know what would be even better, why dont you bring some companies down and actually hire some people from your audience.

Pasquale Lamperelli   March 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My exact thoughts. Banking being forgotten about and health care being the main focus is a problem. What good is health care when people can't even afford there homes and banks can't afford to work with the people to keep them in there homes.

Klaret   March 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why do CNN and other Cable media keep on asking radio talk show host about the economic crisis while its clearly they know nothing about it? They are technically comedians.

Bill C. Sutton   March 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

One of your panel said local goverments are hiring.But in reality local governments have hiring freezes, layoffs and cutting services.North Carolina state govrnment is requirig local school systems to return funds, with holding state tax refunds and have hiring freezes.

Until the United States builds blue collar factories that will bring back jobs from overseas, remove illegals taking jobs from americans that are spoiled from manual work, getting everthing free from the government
and having the government pay for their college education without earning it by serving our country in some way. People have turned from God who made us.

Dodie from CA   March 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

@ Sherwood M

We need to go after the employers that hire Illegals. Years ago, I worked in management of a large company and saw when Immigration was coming in the front door, all the illegals were running out the back door.

Allan Young   March 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I am extremely saddened about our nation's unemployment and finance crisis so far. Here is my common sense I hope it can help:

We need to declare the bottom of the stock markets. This is the biggest bloodshed in US and around the world. We so far had lost more wealth in equity than in housing. This is number one enemy to US corporations and those of the world.

Here is how to make it a bottom:

1) President Obama's administration has to work together with the G20 friends to regulate the "Short Selling". Simply for now, no ones are allowed to sell short the stocks, unless they own them long for all American securities. Hope the whole world will follow suite within a month or two.

2) For the next 3 years, impose short term speculation tax on money earned from securities or futures. If they do not own security or future more than 3 months (or a meaningful term to serve and to protect), tax them 100% speculation tax. Phase out the speculation tax gradually and accordingly. Also for these 3 years we should reduce some capital gain tax as incentive for a heeling process.

This will wipe out the extremely toxic hedging against our American Corporations.

This will give a chance for stock markets to bottom out. Long term investments and retirement investments have a chance to regain confidence and healthier American corporations to cut fewer jobs right now. Not later and after all the bail out plans have rolled out.

We do not need toxic Wall Street billion dollar making king pins. We need to stabilize stock markets first, and then job loss and then job creation which I hope will help to support the firming of our housing as well.

Instead of spending all our time debating all the issues helplessly, we need to do some things with common sense right now to avoid going into depression!

I welcome an opportunity to suggest more common sense to the stop multiple hemorrhaging without spending tax dollars. Hurry!!!

Our nation needs to stop multiple hemorrhagings now then a massive blood transfusion to get back to our feet.

Faithfully Yours,
Allan Young
San Diego

Dianne Richardson   March 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Larry I have never disagreed with David but this time I have to. When it comes to the business community I don't think the President should even entertain the thought of pandering to them for 12 years (eight Bush and 4 Clinton) the business community have gotten away with not paying their fare share in taxes, have gotten incentives they were not intitled too and subsidies they were not entitled too also, simply because they could. Even under Clinton he could not veto some of the thing for them he would have under normal curcumstances if he wanted to get passed what he needed

Marty   March 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Nielsen does not care that it has outsourced many of its job to Tata India for 10 years.
Niether does the U.S. Government.
Go live in India.

Kim Vargo   March 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

My husband is 53 years old can not for the life of him find a "real" job. He has lots of opportunities for commission only gigs or companies looking for investor/managers.... He had a good career in business development and sales management in the telecom industry, starting at Sprint when AT & T divested in the early 1980s. When the Internet bubble bust in the early 1990s, it also affected many telecom ventures. He was pushed out of a company by management placed by new investors. He has had a few stints at decent jobs since, but most of the companies have eventually been affected by the economy and at the mercy of investors. My husband is very knowledgeable in economics, sales, finance and is an excellent negotiator. He still has former employees who plan get togethers with their old work group, which is a testament to his kind of leadership, which was very team oriented. He has been a teacher in many respects. But now, he can not for the life of him even get a response to his resume let alone an interview. I know that he is a great person and would be an asset to an employer. Do you think it is mostly his age that is the factor?

angela   March 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Malzberg, you sound like a raging maniac. You did not bring one helpful thing to this forum tonite, just that whiney whiney whiney accusatory attitude we are all so SICK of.

Joe Plu   March 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET are a missed opportunity; in your own mind and in others. What can I or others say without being rude.....plu

Rhonda in Chicago Burbs   March 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Our company merged with another in 2007, all the "adopted" stepkids were the first to go...many still unemployed after 15-25 yrs service. Last year 3rd Qtr we received a few weeks notice of 10 day furloughs for Thanksgiving and Xmas Holidays. Finally starting to recoup the losses at the beginning of the New Year, drastic last minute steps taken to save jobs 1st Qtr. We got 2 weeks notice that todays pay starts the 50% cut thru March, followed by 20% cut until July. No time to spread out the wage reductions over longer period of time, hoping to reap the cost savings.... but saving jobs all around. Mgmt exceptions. Keeping it in the Company Family with support all around. This kid really feels like 1 miss-step and they are looking for an excuse to dump $$$ and try non-experienced people! Hard to stay motivated and contribute to the bottom line with no incentives in sight!

connie crider   March 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

yes, my husband lost his job on a drilling rig we live in sheridan tx i dont see any rigs drilling here tthey are all stacked we need to get back to drilling oil and natural gas i cant belive this country is this bad if my husband and thousands of other men dont get their jobs back we are going to lose everything we have worked for give us the money and we the little workers that keep this country going will be working again,

Mary   March 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Many of us who were looking for full time work the past few years have been in your shoes. Remember the person who was networking with you, the person who wanted 20 minutes of your time on the phone? You didn't have the time for them or didn't want to give it. And I truly understand how that happens. Really I do.

Now it's your turn to do the calling. I truly hope others are more receptive to you than many were for me.

debbie   March 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

all this talk about jobs in health care;uh.whats happening to the jobs for those who work with the mentally ill? the governors are getting all this money from the stimulus package,but yet they are cutting services for the mentally ill,so that means the people who are doing the services for the mentally ill are getting their jobs cut.the higher-ups always take away from the most needy,first.does this seem fair?

Unemployed @ FL   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


when you call your IT guys, is the call routed to India? Lets save our jobs. We should be looking at all this offshoring. Many many jobs here can be saved to americans.

Sebastian   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

No matter who was voted into office in November, no one, and I mean no one, would have had an immediate solution to our economic crisis. No one knows exactly what will work but what I do know is that I'm much more comfortable with a president who is willing to try and fight for the American people. President Obama deserves our support and we should give it to him in anyway we possibly can. We're in too much of a crisis to point fingers, it's time to unite.

Dodie from CA   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

@ John P

I completely agree with you

China is spending half a trillion dollars to stimulate their economy along with dropping interest rates from 7% to 3%

John H   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry the people in charge in Washington have no idea what is going on or what they are doing. If they want to stimulate the economy just take that 787 billion dollars and divide it EVENLY bewteen all the people in America that filed a tax return for 2007 which would be about 445K per person and then get out of the way. No more housing crisis or for that matter no more parking available at walmart either!!!!

Joey   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

What does Hillary mean when she says the stock market has slowed in the last 45 days!!! Please show her a chart!!! The stock market as dove!!!

Rose   March 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

When times are tough that is when you become creative and try deal with major issues i.e health care, energy, recovery package.

President Obama is surrounded with excellent brilliant staff to assist him to resolve multitude of issues.

Pat Falcone   March 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How can the mortgage companies help people with loan Modifications is they know nothing about the government program that President Obama put into affect on Wednesday I called country wide 4 times this week and they know nothing about it are these banks living under a rock ?

angela   March 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Yeah, we are going to "wise up" and make hime stop being President. You sound like a retard.

Chris   March 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Obama wants to transform America into a France/Russia hybrid. That is not my vision of the future.

Ronald Withem   March 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I know that things are not going to get better as long as the U.S Govt. is going to give tax breaks to industry that moves outside the U.S COPPER TIRE has shut the doors on 2 plants in the last 12 months and reopened one in China and are building another in Mexico. HOW IS THIS HELPING ANYONE IN THE U.S EXCEPT FOR COPPERS EXECUTIVES. put 2000 workers out of work so that 25 can get richer. Our govt. needs to put higher taxes on companies who move their plants outside the U.S. We need to take care of the U.S and let the rest of the world worry about themselves. U.S workers should not lose their 401K so that we can help Mexico or China. The politcians need to be changed out ever 2 to 4 years and they should have to get real jobs like the rest of the americans.

Jim Stevens   March 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Laarry we know you are a liberal, Try to stay above the fray. A least let both sides give their view without your shot at them when they do.

Tim   March 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Actually, declare a STOCK MARKET HOLIDAY for atleast 2-3 weeks and the confidence will return to the customers. Jobs will also return if people stop hearing the bad news everyday.

Theresa Berkeley   March 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry

I watched your show tonight and was very glad to see that you do care about what is happening in the job market
My comment is "where are the JOBS", our son just got his MASTERS degree in May of 2007 and he can not find a job. My husband and I worked hard to sent him to school to get a good education and he can not find a JOB. His MASTERS is in Public Policy and Administration, he has been applying for GOVERNMENT jobs, any kind of job, right now he just want to WORK.......and can find nothing. Do you have any suggestions or advice, do you have someone there that could reply to my email with a lead on a job. Any help would be very much appreciated. My son think he went to school for nothing.
Thank you so much, a concern MOTHER and Bless you

Faron   March 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing that housing got us into this and housing will get us out.

What goes is it if you do stabilize the mortgages and bailout banks? People without jobs can't pay for anything. So to say such ridiculous things is absurd.

If you don't deal with jobs, in whatever extreme unorthodox way it may take, you want fix a thing !!!!!!

Granted the housing issue is important, but you can take off the top of the list, cause we have surpassed any useful recovery opportunities there and if we don't put REAL job creation at the top of the list we will pass the point of no return, if we haven't already.

These are extreme times which call for extreme measures. Even if it requires the Government to pay people to start small businesses !!!

These ideas of re-educating, relocating and other such ideologies are so far outside reality as to render them no more than mouth service. Give those billions you gave to banks and big industry to small businesses existing and new and let the little people pick us up. I bet they will be as good at picking us up as where the big people where at knocking us down.

David Y   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Yes, Obama should get a high profile team of leading economists and intelligent and creative regional bankers (not just wall street) together and bang out ideas! Throw in Buffet, Soros and creative economists like Peter Morici – people with open minds and solid thinkers to take back the banking from the Wall street elite. Let's look like we have the creative thinkers working on it!

Peter   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I keep wondering why we keep listening to the same people who dug this hole for the world. The only reason I want Gitmo open is to incarcerate the rogues who brought this destruction to the world, the Republicans.

Sonny Atlanta   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Mr Malzberg What Planet you comme From?..the Bush PLANET .........PLEASE Chill ..Be LOGIC. THE COUNTRY IS BANKCRAP.

Mrs. Malkawi   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

lets quit paying the congress

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET


Sherwood M   March 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry King:

Social Security and Medicare:

75 Million BOOMERS have paid into the Social Security System for almost 50 years by the time we retire. WHERE IS OUR MONEY? Social Security is ALMOST BROKE because the government does not want to REPAY THEIR IOU's. Hello, where I come from that is ROBBERY!

Susan   March 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I know Larry likes to have guests with different views, but I hope he never has that obnoxious radio talk show host guy back on the air. I almost turned the dial several times he was so annoying...

long island mike   March 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Hey larry are we going to get a stimulus check? Would that help the economy ? why not try that agian instead of giving it to all the banks that are going to fail sooner or later its going to run out.

Bill C. Sutton   March 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I would like to know if the federal and state taxes paid on Social Securty benefits received by retires making more than the minimum has been eliminated under the stimulas plan?? If not why? Please answer this for me'

Sue from Illinois   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Tell that guy that the GOP $15,000 credit would have been the nail in the coffin. There are only two kinds of buyers: first time buyers and trade-up buyers. If we opened up the credit to "all" buyers it would have appealed to the "trade-up" buyers who are really SELLERS who have to sell something to a FIRST-TIME buyer before they could qualify for the credit. The immediate impact would have been a flood of homes going on the market for sale, increasing inventory to an insurmountable level. Not to mention that the GOP version was non-refundable as opposed to the first-time buyer $8,000 credit which would ADD up to $8,000 to a first-time buyer's federal income tax refund.

Hillary, NH   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET


David Phelps   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

You ask If The President is trying to do too much at one time. Use the
example of a football coach. He is deligating jobs to be done by qualified people. Does the press have to be the devils advocate on all subjects all the time? Stop coming with all these negative waves.
And whats this "Rush Limbobs" deal? Isn't he the same thug moonlighting at The Bunny Ranch?

Jane - WI   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

If, as Hillary said, Obama ONLY wants to raise taxes on the so called "rich" to Bill Clinton levels, then why not raise ALL brackets to the Bill Clinton levels?? Let everyone have some skin in this game. When 50% of Americans don't pay income taxes, that is the height of tax unfairness.

Harry   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I've asked this several times and no one has been able to answer. Why would anyone think that taking tax payers money to bailout banks who charge excessive interest rates will fix the economy? They have already shown a blatant disregard for doing what is right by the very people that saved their bottom lines. Why wouldn't congress give the total stimulus price tag back to every legal tax payer? My math may be off a little, but a refund of about $400K per person would do more to "stimulate" the economy than any bank can. They not only refuse to lend, but have, in fact, raised interest rates on customers that can't pay their obligations already. Dumb!! I
am insulted by how little collective common sense Congress has in being able forecast the results of a bank bailout. It won't work, but a tax payer refund will.

Chris   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

So... If raising taxes to where there where before the Bush tax cut pays for socialized medicine why wasnt the US budget in massive surplus at that time. That was the more idiotic statement I've heard on CNN in weeks, at that says alot.

Linda in Chicago   March 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

What is with the "talk show radio host"?! He isn't listening to himself! Does he think that Obama created this mess that he's trying to get us out of?! It just eluded to the fact that it was Obama's fault the market keeps dropping?! Some times there is just no excuse for stupid or uneducated.

tony l childress   March 6th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

On last nights show all I heard was fix the banking and lending sector first. I thought we did with TARP. Why should president Obama make it a priority to keep giving the banks money so they can keep giving each other big bonuses. President Obama is smart enough to know that his popularity in the polls is because of good ol hard working Americans and not Big shot bankers. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Carol   March 6th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

The BIG COMPANIES letting people go are NOT working at McDonalds or at Fast Food Joints. If those companies who are hiring illegals were reported, they would be raided and the workers arrested. I don't think even College Students wants a job that where they have to say "You want Fries with that?" The HIGH unemployment IS NOT as much a factor of Illegal Aliens as it is COMPANIES merging (like mine did) and putting out people who were making the higher salaries, so they can rehire younger people that don't cost them as much to hire!

If you're good at selling, try Life INsurenace companies and such. I keep getting job offers from them. I don't like working on Commission but others may be game!

If you go to a job fair, and get a contact or a card, get back on your computer and write them an email and tell them how you enjoyed talking to them and to please keep you in mind if something comes available in your field. Go to the website and their career section and search for a specific job. Going to Career fairs can be beneficial if you follow up on what you want.

Don't be afraid to take a pay cut of some amount! Remember the economy is bad and a job with slightly less money than you made before is better than no job at all.

Kay   March 6th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Someone needs to explain to me and my husband what we can do. He has worked in construction for forty years and is nearly 59 yrs. old. After establishing our life and paying our mortgage on time every month we are now being forced to sell our home because at his age and in the construction market he is unable to find employment of any kind. Our mortgage company told us they cannot do anything to help us lower our interest rate or mortgage payment unless we are 3 mo. behind. What kind of "help" is that? Destroy your credit so you can get help? We have no car payments, no credit card debt and this means nothing. The new "stimulus" comes out and you can't get help unless you are gainfully employed. How do you become gainfully employed in the construction industry when it has nearly bottomed out! I run a family child care home and that is another business that is hurting because of the loss of jobs. Who is going to help the hard working older Americans that have lost their jobs and now must sell their homes in order to have a little savings left for a few more years. No one will hire him now because of his age nevermind when Obama's "stimulus" turns things around in two years. In two years he will be 60-61 does anyone believe he'll stand a chance then to find employment. We had medical insurance, we had what we thought was security and now we will have nothing left if we stay where we are and use our savings to pay for our home.
We were living our dream but now at 58 we are forced to start all over again to avoid losing our home and our life savings. I'm not impressed at all and I'm tired of hearing from the younger generation about how hard it is on them. We may not have children to support any longer but we worked hard to build a life only to see it crumble before our eyes. Please someone give advice to the older Americans who are forced into situations like we are facing. I want to know what Obama is going to do for those who have worked hard, maintained, did the right thing and lost their job. But........are unable to find another job! Where is there any help for that American?

DEAN GARRETT   March 6th, 2009 10:02 pm ET


summer   March 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I want to be on your pane my home foreclosed, the finacial stress played a big part in my divorce. My daughter is Autistic and mediical insurance does not cover her. I consider myself an average american living now the average life in america. I want these politicians to face the average american. I can only hope we will be heard on your show

angela   March 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am just looking at my Bloomingdales catalog...who is buying this stuff? Maybe those high income familys we are so so worried about giving a tax increase. i cant believe gergen back tracked like such a ninney.

Rich   March 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

President Obama has done very well considering what he has been dealt. The economy is going to take time to turn around.

At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX while his chief terrorism head, Richard Clarke was warning him of the Al-queda threat. He wouldn't listen to him because he was a Clinton hold-over!! Let's get out of Iraq and the economic recovery will follow!

Sami   March 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Larry, David is right! Fix housing! Start to fix housing by lowering the interest rate to 4% for EVERY home! Why can't anyone see that 4% interest would help the banks, help the housing market and most importantly, help us? Evicting people out of their house and renting them the house next door is insane. Our dear President has much too much on his plate - focus, Mr. President - stabilize the economy by fixing the housing first. God bless those people living in Tent Cities.

Steven   March 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

What is one of the steepest global recession in our generation without historical job losses? Did we not expect it to be this way? Perhaps the nation was in denial when this recession arrived. If so, it is time to realize what a global recession is about. The stimulus plan will generate jobs thru spending. Tax cuts should save jobs. However, it is not going to take effect immediately. We need to give the stimulus plan a chance to work.

Shawna   March 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

D. Iggy ...

Thank you for being the voice of reason! I had to turn because the panelist were making me mad!

And for the blogger on here named Rich ... I live in Ohio. If you say it's soooooooooo easy to get a job flipping burgers then come to Ohio and try it here! I've tried absolutely EVERY fast food and mall job in this city and they've all only asked me to come in to tell me to basically see what it's like to tell someone with a Bachelors degree NO!

Not everyone wants to be rich. Most of us just want to make it right now!

Aman   March 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I heard David said that it won't be fair to responsible homeowners to bailout irresponsible homeowners who took massive loans but it is okay to bailout banks. All these intelligent people can't think one thing that homeowners didn't act irresponsibly, they were told and showed few years home equity gains in hundred of thousands of dollars that is why they took loans. They were lured by the market. If government help aggressively struggling homeowners then it doesn't have to help banks and other companies. Can't anyone see that help needs to be given to homeowners so they can go and spend and boost the economy. I think it is all about jealousy that person who didn't buy the big house can't see the help given to his/her neighbor who took massive loan but can see the money given to banks and still those banks are in trouble. Stop thinking what is fair or not. Help troubled homeowners and save the economy.

Joe   March 6th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

There are two reasons I believe that the unemployment is in its 25 year high. Even though, there are correlations and many other significant reasons of unemployment. I believe it is one of a trickling effect, but also believes the obvious. One is that we are patronizing companies that are not leveraging on U.S. manpower. Companies that are either multinational or not are no longer interested in American manpower due to labor cost and would rather outsource or had outsource the jobs. And, two, I think some companies are taking advantage of the fact that this country is in such financial disaster I wonder how many companies are bandwagoning to laying-off workers because of the financial crisis.

ADA   March 6th, 2009 10:05 pm ET


Karan   March 6th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

There is one thing I have noticed on this board, people blaming everyone else such as jobs going overseas, illegal immigrants, etc etc.. It seems that people have nothing better to do than just complain. Yes, I lost my job. Yes Im a US Citizen. But Im not complaining. I just started looking for work the next day. I made it a full time job to look for a job. I went on many interviews, got many no's but I didnt give up. I tried in different fields that I didnt have experience in. I even told myself that I would take a paycut. Within 6 months, I found a job. Yes, its not my dream career. I had to leave California and move back home to Washington state and live with the family. At the age of 29, it wasnt what I was expecting. But I had to "suck" it up and deal with it. I am just tired of hearing people complain and blame everyone else and not take any action. The whole outsourcing thing is getting real old as a complaint, considering that because of our financial messes in the US, they are suffereing too with businesses closing down there as well. And for that one guy who mentioned that the experts always say to have a 6-9 month emergency fund and that you cant do it if your living paycheck to paycheck. Well, it can be done. The saying is called living within your means. The main reason we are in the mess we are in is because of Americans living beyond their means. If Americans learned to control their spending and only buy things that were necessary and if they could afford it, maybe we wouldnt be in the situation we are in today. I honestly place the blame on the American consumers. Learn to live within your means and things will get better.

Jane Little   March 6th, 2009 10:08 pm ET


Tim Kaine attributed a statement to Rush Limbaugh which is inaccurate and deliberately misleading. Rush said he wants his policies to fail because he disagrees with them. I heard the broadcast. I too, want the president to fail if failing means he cannot implement the policies Idisagree with. It is as simple as that. This distortion continues to be repeated by Democrats without correction by CNN and now by you.

Jane Little

Bob Brooks Macomb Michigan   March 6th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

On the air tonight I hear don't raise taxes on the rich! These taxes your guest complain about have been shifted to the poor and middle class. 1913 start of fed tax, married up to $4,000 a year no tax, $4001 to $500,000 1% tax, over that 7%. never indexed for inflation. It looks like the wealthy have raised the taxes on average. If they have a problem with this I can debate them no problem!!!

Robert P Brooks
Macomb, Mi

Lisa Wang   March 6th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

The Biggest Irony:
The US Treasury is hiring. But nobody wants the job.

Jack Mahoney   March 6th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I am appalled. You actually have people on your show that state that they want the Obama plan to fail. This goes way beyond ideological differences which have been part and parcel of these great states since its inception. There are millions of people out of work and sinking deeper and deeper in debt. The only way for our country to get through this is to work together. To have people say they want the plan to fail is "UNAMERICAN". I only hope that your right wing guest and anyone who thinks like him, soon joins the ranks of the unemployed and see what its like. "I'm mad and I won't stand for this kind of talk anymore".

Jane - WI   March 6th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Jim Stevens, you are correct. It is getting tiresome to hear Mr. King toss in his left wing ideology and sarcastic comments. Is Larry running a liberal talk show or should he at least pretend to be unbiased?

I also agree with the comments about illegals. How many jobs would be available to Americans if the illegals were sent back to the countries they came from? With unemployment going up, it's time to look out for US citizens first.

jorge trujillo, ca   March 6th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

i'm a responsible homeowner (upside loan )and attempted to use the housing bail out plan to refinance and lower my interest rates only to find out the following: indymac will refinance my current rate of 6.5% to 5.9% charging me $6,000 for the administrative fees and saving me a total of 100$ of my monthly payment. how nice of them? when i asked indymac about the housing plan they answered " we have no details of that. that's just media hype. call us in a month." is the really a housing bail out plan out there? is the houdsing plan something thst consumers only know about?

SARAH CLIFFORD   March 6th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I lived in Canada where there is nationalized or socialized medicine. It is not a good thing. The people who work, pay for it and they are taxed 45%. They only bring home 55 cents of every dollar they make. The people who do not want work get the benefits of it. However, try getting an appointment to see a doctor. You will be told to wait your turn which could be 6 months just to see a specialist. Canadians cross the border every day to be treated by medical doctors in the united states. I lived there and I know.
In Great Britian where my sister lives they have what is called "ambulance stacking". That is where ambulances are lined up outside hospitals for days because there is no room or doctors to treat the patients. So there you have it.!

Lets use our common sense! who do you think will be paying for this socialized medicine? We the people!

Tony   March 6th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

How can Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM tell Obama in the recent meeting with fellow CEOs that his company is creating jobs and not tell the whole story. These jobs are being created in India and China! While giving employees the option to take these positions, who in their right mind is going to uproot their family and move to another country? Also, since I'm a web designer by trade and out of work, I just heard a large part of the IBM website work will be sent to Viet Nam! How pathethic as i sit home in America unemployed! We need to make Obama aware of this sitiuation and shut the door to outsourcing immediately!

Jane - WI   March 6th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Linda from Chicago,
Barack Obama may have "inherited" the financial situation, but don't forget that he has been a member of Congress since 2005. It has been a Democrat controlled Congress for over 2 years. The same Democrat controlled Congress that spends the money and makes the laws and regulations. If Mr. Obama had such good solutions to the economy, why didn't he make them known in the 2 years that Democrats controlled Congress? And, yes, the market has gone down dramatically since the election of Mr. Obama. The business community has no confidence in Barack and his anti-business, populist message.

Jessica   March 6th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I understand things are bad, but optimism, and determination are what we need. I loved hearing tory's hopefullness. She was the only one of the panelists who seemed to offer practical advice.

I live in LA and would like to meet you like you promised the woman on air. Where will you be and how can we meet?

Maria   March 6th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Please, stop talking about retaining people because we need the factories, the companies thatwent abroad to come back and open their door in America. We need to produce and ship our products. We have been a nation of consumers on borowed money. Please, understand that greed has depleted our nation resources and it has killed the middle class.

Your program is fueling the spirits of the middle clas which might just turned to the streest and riot.

Jane - WI   March 6th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Robert Brooks,
There should be no American who is working who is not paying some amount of income taxes. Income taxes is what help pay for our country and it's benefits. ALL need to have skin in the game. When 50% of the country is exempt from income tax, what do they care if the so called "rich" are taxed to death? If you want to be a part of America, then you need to pay something in income taxes. Social Security and Medicare taxes are an entirely different category than income taxes and go for specific things. Just because you pay "payroll taxes" should not make you exempt from some level of income tax.

helen   March 6th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Mr King we've raised a family been married 55 yrs have never had credit card debt & always had a 20 yr not understand young people today 30 & 40 yr mortgages/unheard of in my day/ & they had thousands of dollars in credit card debt...they want everything & di not want to many divorces today & no one is happy.they want to grad from college & want to earn a six figure income. we had to go to work & help support our families after hi schl. we were only 17 yrs old $25 a wk & we gave our parents $20 a wk for Dr's bill & phone no vehicle just an ice box...& a coal furnace...young people today need to return home from college & help parents who are out of work but they are giving their parents a hard time..they do not want to help..sad...

Jimmy   March 6th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Response to James Francis,

James please expel thoughts of killing yourself completely from your mind! Life is precious, even the worst case scenario for you is not even close to being as bad as you think it is – I don't even know you and I know this to be true. I promise you that 5 years from now you will look back on these days and say "we got through that"! Our parents' generation, their parents' generation, and their parent's parents' generation all went through similar things and made it through – in fact this is a walk in the park compared to what they went through. You mention watching Larry King and Anderson Cooper religiously – perhaps you should back that off to once a week and spend the balance of that time trying to find peace of mind. The news is not the place to get that these days – sorry Larry/Anderson.

Jerry Kladder   March 6th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Seems to me no body's willing to talk about where the job situation got started and that's with the NAFTA that Clinton saddled the citizens of this county with. That's where all our jobs went. Put the blame where it belongs. Until they fix this problem our jobs will continue to leave this country. We don't need free trade it's just not working. We need fair trade!! If Obama really wants to be a great leader he needs to bring manufacturing back to this country. We are not all rocket scientists with high tec jobs, but are and have been hard workers in the manufacturing industry. Without the return of manufacturing this country will go to hell in a hand basket. Fix NAFTA!!! With our manufacturing resources today, referring to the steel plants, close down the automotive facilities, gear up for a war like we did at the start of WWII??? Will we continue to allow NAFTA to rob us of our jobs???????????????????????????????????????????????????

Rex Kittle   March 6th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I was laid off on Jan 3rd, 2001 and never could find a job here in Michigan. I went to Michigan Works and signed up for Federal Funding to be trained ,in the work I did on a drawing board, which is now on computers. This is what they told me, because this is Federal money I needed to have a job befroe they would spend money on training. After all that crap I started looking any where and still no one will hire me, in 7 years I had one interview and they didn't hire me. I have a one job resume worked for one company for 32 years. I lost my house, no money, no job. So I am moving with peoples help to another state to live with an old girl friend. What I did learn and I tell people this all the time is learn more than one job in your life time, many jobs you will need too. I did have a company that assembled computers but when IBM, DELL and Gateway came along they put me out of business. Assembling computer won't get you far.

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

100000 to 5 million americans in trouble,paid via the banks.
saves the homes and the banks get the money.
that should have been down 3 months ago.
Cutting medical costs to companies that are laying off employees because the banking system is still broken is stupid.
Fixing the mortgages should be number one priority.
where are all the profits from the real estate?WHERE?
the banks are in the hole because real estate equity is down.,but when those homes were sold,the profits should be somewhere in the u.s. BUT IT IS NOT,that is the core problem,all the investment packages sold to drug cartels and foreign oil.
Give the godamn money to the people before there is more homes lost.
now you have scared the people with money from spending money and making it worse.
credit cards at 5% and mortgages at 2.9 or your country is screwed

AJ   March 6th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Sarah from Great Country of Canada,

Are you telling me that everyone is taxed 45% in Canada?? Why do you lie or are you an American lying under the guise of a Canadian?? Obama is not suggesting socialized medicine. Why can't you get it through your thick brain that he is suggesting a) people who have employer based insurance will continue to have it b) he wants to cost reduce medicare and medicaid costs so that those programs will be viable in the long run, c) he wants to cost reduce the current HC system using high tech elctronic record keeping, interconnected databases so that fewer mistakes are made, d) Stop the medicaid and medicare corruption that occurred in both democratic and republican govts. in the past, e) insure the uninsured people so that we can reduce emergency care costs, f) encourage preventive medicine and good health practices. The only people who would oppose such a plan are either insurance company executives, corporations that own hospitals and "cheating" physicians who have bilked the medicare/medicaid system in the past. The hand writing is on the wall – unless we do something about our HC system the way it is today, it will go bankrupt and only people who could afford a system would be the rich and mighty.

Thandi Zulu   March 6th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I think anybody who has a job right now; it’s good to be ready for any change. Don’t wait until you drain to ask for help.
Five yrs ago I lost my job because I was very sick was in hospital and I couldn’t go back to work in two weeks, I lost my job because of not being able to get back in time.
I know what everybody right now is going through. Start thinking for APLAN B, before things go bad. What I did was, I stopped looking for jobs, and I started looking for a small work at home opportunity. Where I could work at home with no boss. Yes I did found one even if it was difficult I was scammed so many times and one time I found a great one I work at home processing Dental plan applications on the internet with my computer and a phone and I get paid for that. The good part about this work is, I can take off at any time I feel like taking breaks, still get paid on my ongoing clients. I do have a health problem that sometime I need to take long breaks, so I do take those breaks without worrying about being laid off, but if I was working for somebody, with this time I could be laid off now again with no Question.
If I can help anybody let me know. My company is freetoworkathome with Ameriplan Health you will find me online or on most searches.
We are together in this we all feel the same pain, being a single mom it was hard but am making it. For me it’s even more difficult, because I have no family in USA and my ex-husband has not helped in taking care of the 7 yrs boy. But I tell my son it will be OK, he is the most wonderful boy in my life who has made me to keep going even things go bad he helps me to feel good every day I can say he is my mental.
He is doing very well in school that makes me feel better. If I can do it with no family in USA everybody can do it. Most of you need to be good to each other as family mostly in these times. God luck hope my story can help someone out there.
Thandi Zulu

Joe   March 6th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

To the girl named Karan,

Although it is un-natural to call it a happy dandy after losing work. There are 12 Millions who are un-employed and that number is rising. We need to find out why this economy is in such a bad shape. My question is to you: if there are 12 million Americans who had lose jobs and are going to be so optimistic to find one like you did, would there be enough at this very same moment to hire 12 million???? You are lucky to find one even if you had to move. Then, the majority will be to question what happened... call it whatever you call it to COMPANIES OUTSOURCING, ILLEGALS, ETC. blame game.

stanley   March 6th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Larry when we need to support our families we can get several part time jobs & work 24/ & night..there are jobs in the paper..maybe not what we like or are hoping for but we need to feed our families...I saw an ad for a "grave digger", it made me ill but it's a job.....I can stock super mkt shelves all night long & work part time jobs the rest of the time...truck drivers need help also...there ARE jobs but people are so fussy...hey we need to eat & feed out families..there are part time jobs...

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

sarah clifford you are wrong.
the personal exemption is 10000 off the taxes
at 20000 a year the tax paid is 1500 medical is free
at 32000 or more medical is 54 a month,and 108 family
at 40000 the tax paid is 6000
at 70000+the tax rate is 42% on 60000,around 24000 in tax
it is not 45% across the board.
it can be a while to see a specialist,but we have private clinics as well if you want to pay.
to see the family doctor is never a problem,and there are alot of walkin clinics.
just do not go to hospitals where there are druggies.You can be there 8 hours to get looked at

camille   March 6th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I work for state employment agency that serves laid off indifiduals that lost their jobs to to trade. The Trade Act can assist
with retraining of laid off workers. Health care is always promoted as the area for retraining laid off workers. This is eaiser said than done. Most community colleges have waiting lists for these types of programs, problems finding instructors, and budget funding problems, Trade affected workers could be retrained in these areas, if they were able to get into these programs. We always here in the media about shortage of workers in this area. It is very frustrating for the laid off worker who wants to be trained for RN, LPN, Surgical Tech, Radiologist, Respiratory Terapist, Dental Assistat, or Dental Hygienist and be told it could be year or more before they could be accepted into these programs.

Leticia   March 6th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

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Joe   March 6th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

One solution I can think of in creating jobs would be to invest in small businesses rather than to big corporate greedy companies. We have seen that these companies would rather rack-up on profits and bring jobs overseas. This might actually be the real solution to this mess.

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

the canadian housing market is in decline and there were also 129000 jobs lost in january.
you lost 650000 last month,but have 10 times our population.
we are getting roasted worse.
when these jobless stop spending,and start moving for a job or
selling their home,we are going down fast.

Hank Spinelli   March 6th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I'm getting a little irritated with this growing trend of commentators laying the blame of the market meltdown on Obama. To put it mildly, the equity market is 'correcting', and no politician or government policy is going to reverse that trend until it hits bottom. To believe that pumping billions into a 'broken' financial system is going to miraculously cause the stock market to reverse trend and start climbing again is the worst kind of delusion we can indulge in. That funding was – and is – meant to stave off complete collapse of the banking network, which was necessary, and nothing more. To call that effort 'failure' is at best short-sighted. To be surprised that investors are not willing to invest in companies that are showing a negative balance sheet is economic naivety. There is no quick fix for this economic catastrophe, and to be blaming the Obama administration for not turning things around within a few weeks – or months – is like blaming the fire department for not rebuilding a home after it has burned down.

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

camille,i side with your frustration.
people with kids to feed do not have 3 or 4 years to go to school.
a guy that has been a carpenter for 20 years will be inexperienced at a new area,and think about it,the across the board efficiency goes down,because if the economy changes,the carpenters job is done by another inexperienced worker.
it is imperative to save the jobs that are there.
what the companies want is to replace their workforce at half cost.
in the end ,the tax base goes down.
Tax increases and hikes in interest rates are inevitable.
dow will be at 6000 by end of march and 500000 more jobs in march.
these idiots are doing it all wrong.
bad bad bad

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

obamas "debtonation" plan and all it's procrastination is causing a spiral.
the dow was 7500 AFTER the crash.went to over 8000,
now it is 6500 and heading to 6000.
the last 3 months is almost all the job losses.
look at the trends and do not be blind.
the foreign oil are still behind the scenes.....get it?
if you do not i feel sorry for you,this is getting alot worse,

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

saving jobs means the banks need to lend to businesses,not suck up billions to pay back the drug lords and foreign investors who are threatening to destroy things.
look up BCCI and the bank of america circa 1986

Heidi   March 6th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

And what about those of us shoved out the door in their late 50's, no college education ........competing against millions of the young unemployed with college degrees??? I have 30 years excellent front office payroll/HR/personnel experience and there is NOTHING out there .................... It is real depressing. Something has to be done and done NOW.

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

james francis,go door to door and wash windows and do clean up for elders that can not do that stuff. 90% are still employed.
if you can't make a hundred dollars a day i would be shocked.
do not sit and wait for is not coming.
get out and do will happen.

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

come to canada we got lots of 8 dollar an hour jobs all over the place.

Todd   March 6th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

The government won't be giving out 400K to each taxpayer to stimulate the economy. That action would be detrimental to keeping the boot firmly placed on your throat.

*wags index finger at taxpayers for such silly ideas*

Heidi   March 6th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

I am in california and we have not received unemployment checks since the end of december. The state government doesn't seem to be in a hurry to help us. You would think they would hire a bunch of unemployed to help the unemployment office.

Lynda/Minnesota   March 6th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I am appalled at anyone who wants the President (or his policies) to fail. This is the United States we are talking about, not some talking point. People are loosing their jobs and all I hear is whinning coming from those who are putting so called "principles" first. I would have thought this country has had enough of fear and paranoia. I assume there has been so much emphasis on the stimulus because the GOP must think that in time it will work. Otherwise, why be in such a bother? What part of "this will take time" has everyone seemed to forget? It has gotten so bad that people are even attempting to blame our President for the stock market falling. Does he then get credit each time it raises also? How absurb. The lobbyists control our economy, the stock market, business, Congress, and our banking systems. Take your anger out on them. People aren't investing because, gee, haven't there been some major scandles, such as Madoff? Kinda makes ya want to go out and give more to the investors then they have already milked from us, right?

Patrick from Bäle   March 6th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

This crisis has come upon us because, across the board, our political, social and economic structures have failed us and the only way we can get out of this crisis is to set precedents that change the activities of as much of the infrastructure of our society as is possible. Most institutions that serve society will have to be restructured on the principle of "doing-the-right-thing" for the largest number of people. The middle class or working class, the majority needs to know that the political, social and economic structures in our society are meeting their obligations, protecting their rights and providing a level playing field with equal opportunities for all. To try to reestablish institutions to the way they were before the crisis ignores the reason for this crisis in the first place, and, they will probably fail anyway and, more likely than not, put us in an even worse situation. So, if our health care system is flawed, the obligation of the rights sphere-(political), in consult with the economic and social sphere is to determine, to the best of their ability, what the 'right-thing-to-do' is and then mandate the appropriate institutions to make it feasible and justly profitable. Government's obligation should only be to determine and then mandate and when necessary assist institutions to 'do-the-right- thing,' but not to take over or involve itself in their day-today activities. Precedents, not necessarily large infusions of borrowed bail-out money, need to be set so that when institutions bottom they can rebuild in a sustainable way for the future. So, this crisis is perhaps a necessary opportunity to change the way we live our lives. We have to learn to use our resources, talents and wills to try to 'do-the-right-thing' in everything we do in our political, social and economic activities and institutions. Nothing less will help us and the rest of the world to pull ourselves out of this crisis.

Todd   March 6th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Recklessly run the country; tax the crap out of everyone; waste 90% of it; then borrow from communist countries to continue to waste more; ship any means of a sustainable economy overseas without so much as a tariff tax in place on returned goods; continually dance close to the edge of trampling on rights; falsely arrest any viable 3rd party candidates to keep them from entering the presidential debates (See: Michael Badnarik and David Cobb)and STILL not be able to get thrown out by the people.

I bet King George really envies the Democrats and Republicans; he never had it so good!

Rhonda in Chicago Burbs   March 6th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

Things Could Be Worse! You Could Be Heidi in CA!
-- Sigh !

ANN   March 7th, 2009 12:09 am ET

Teacher – one year. Now about to be laid off.
What do you suggest?

James Johnson   March 7th, 2009 12:09 am ET

Hi the one lady on your show friday night said have 9 months of savings when you lose your job. What if what you're paid or your hours are so pathetic you barely make enough to live let alone save any money?

Alan Kenney   March 7th, 2009 12:11 am ET

A caller asked if illegal aliens are taking up jobs that Americans could have. The blond woman on your show said "No." She couldn't be more wrong. Come to California, and I will take you around and all day long show you how many illegal aliens are working at jobs that others could have. In fact, you can even find people working at jobs where they can't even speak English and are buffered by the english speakers around them. There are many, many jobs taken by illegals that citizens could get. Come to LA, I will show you.

chad   March 7th, 2009 12:11 am ET

The illegals may not be takeing the jobs that are being lost, but they do occupy jobs that american citizens desperately need.

mark grayson   March 7th, 2009 12:12 am ET

Your guest is out of touch. When there are 20 million illegal aliens in our country working in every aspect of our society...... from can she sit there and say they are not taking our jobs. As far as I'm concerned illegal immigration is the number 1 threat facing our country today.

jon perkins   March 7th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Hi Lary,

I do believe that NAFTA has alot to do with the job loss in this country over the years. businesses have taken there labor work south of the boarder leaving no work here in the U.S. the middle class was widley based on manufacturing work, and all that work has been taken out of the country in favor of cheaper labor and it shows.. I blame alot on NAFTA.

Joan   March 7th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Everybody talks about how important it is to put money into savings right now. I am self employed at the age of 56 and my business is gone. My retirement savings are reduced by more than half and now must start using the principal for daily living expenses. I cannot find work and cannot put money into savings. I am not upside down on my house but the sizable equity in my house has been reduced by more than 50% due to foreclosures in the area. I am facing divorce and forced to sell my house. I can't even rent without producing proof of income – what are people like me – caught in the middle of not being upside down but not able to get work and now living off what little savings I have left /

Fred   March 7th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Jobs dealing with senior health care are booming. In California a person can take in state children in a group home situation.

Houram Shahrestani   March 7th, 2009 12:18 am ET

I believe that things will not get any better if people just wait and see what the politicians will do. politicians are no BUSINESS MEN. Take a look at Germany after WW2 in 1946. Are things worse now? NO
I suggest if US wants to survive there is one choice that will definitely help. People should work more for the same money to make US products more competitive. Sitting 3 hours in front of TV will not help the economy (except the Media).
Houram from Canada

Jeanette   March 7th, 2009 12:22 am ET

How do you get hiring managers/HR Directors to talk to you, return a call or respond in any way. I've been out of work for 18 months and sent out over 400 resumes. I have a degree and 16 years of sales experience that no one seems to want. I've sought help with several career consultants, re-tooled my resume numerous times and expanded my certifications, nothing has helped. It seems companies only want to hire from their competition and they aren't interested in 'transferable skills'...any suggestions?

Fred   March 7th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The lady talking should research taking children from the state. Each child is worth about $1500 – $3000. She could stay home. During the day the children go to school.

Cindi   March 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

this did not just happen. I am a income tax preparer. the last year clinton was in office everyone was getting all the overtime they wanted it was mandated 7 days work week. and all for the same reason. the company was shutting down and going to mexico under clinton's administratation. i didn't understand then and still don't understand. Everyone had to know what was coming. jobs were leaving the country.put the blame where it began with the Clinton Administration. not the bush admin. people was working hard and long but not saving money. Spending was high but they knew the jobs were leaving the country. I live in a small community with about 5000 people. everyone is blaming Bush, but he fell into a condition that Clinton started. i have hope n obama, but it scares me that he has brought the clintons into his admin. i know this wont be said because no one wants to hear it. They remember things being good money and work being good with clinton, but they must remember why everything was good.

inez   March 7th, 2009 12:26 am ET

many part time jobs until something better comes along ...

Kevin L. / Omaha, NE   March 7th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I've applied for jobs that I see later being posted again. So I apply again and still no calls or anythnig.

chad   March 7th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Maybe if the government offered some kind of incentive for turning in employers who hire illegals, there may be more results while attacking two problems as well.

Hillary Colby   March 7th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I have to say I dont think healthcare is safe either. I was a hospital social worker, laid off in November and even the big teaching hospitals here in Chicago are laying off.

Marquis Ard   March 7th, 2009 12:31 am ET

How can a teen get a job who has never worked before? Im good with people but ,I dont know where to start looking .

Eric   March 7th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Today I got a job as a substitute teacher. I think it’s a perfect temporary job because there is no set schedule and can go on interviews as they arrive. I look forward to I best news I’ve had in the last month.

Barbara   March 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET

I am a 51 year old home maker comming out to the job market
can someone please give me lead on where to to , or what i should be looking for i have not worked in since 2001 GM parts close down
I really need to get back in the working market, i am not getting any call backs, what shoud i do or what am i doing wrong

pleas help

Lane Elliott   March 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET


You talk to the experts, and the real people. The lady you had on tonight that was a magazine writer. She and everyone needs to kick it up a notch, ok, many knotches. Get motivated and energized. Be the energizer bunny! Create your own job!

I am a realtor, on the edge, got a supplement job as a sales consultant in newspaper advertising ( opened 11 new accounts in 4 weeks), because I gave them a marketing plan, also a consultant in a J1 Visa Employment (for college students that are abroad), and working on several marketing projects for local businesses. I volunteer with the local chamber of commerce and am the founder of Camp Passport: We bring kids that are victims of terrorism to summer camps here...Point..networking, yes on Linkedin, Facebook, Tweeter, but that really is small stuff. Get your networking skills tuned up and get out there! Still almost broke, but I know all the hard work will pay off. We all have to believe in ourselves.

Marli Rosenzweig   March 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET

This is the worst year to graduate college and I am definitely nervous. senior @ Rider University

Paul   March 7th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I have an MSEE and have been actively looking for a job for over 5 years. I have applied to at least 80% of ALL of the electrical engineering jobs (in my area) in the entire U.S.! About 5000 different positions. All negative.

The poor economy of the U.S. is due to two factors: 1) illegal aliens, H-1B visa foreigners and systemmatic discrimination against white Americans AND 2) a corrupt political and justice system that does not enforce U.S. laws.

The U.S. economy will NOT improve until the 12 MIL illegal aliens and H-1B visa foreigners are deported. To cure the cancer you must cut it out, all of it.

Randy oxendine   March 7th, 2009 12:35 am ET

i am about to lose my 2nd job in 3 years first job 20 years lost to mexico 1000 jobs. over 3000 job loses in in one county that is know in trouble.
today given 60 day notice, i think that you can relate all of the us problems on the lost of what has always been Americans back bone (industry)

Don Short   March 7th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Larry please support the oil & Gas Industry. We need your help as we are loosing jobs in great numbers. For Each Drilling rig that comes down we loose around 30 jobs. We buy from all other industries.Auto Hose Steel computers Etc. Come to Odessa Texas & take a look. No one seem to know that it takes millions to drill for Oil. Please help Us!

Ron Vogel   March 7th, 2009 12:36 am ET

We have a White House that has no clue as to how to handle this problem. They are going to bankrupt the Country and achieve nothing.
We need to kick them out immediately.

Matt Spilios   March 7th, 2009 12:38 am ET

why is obama helping the rich ppl keep their nice fancy jet ski's and what not wile us middle class are payign for eveything? this isnt right. we need a new leader

Tyler   March 7th, 2009 12:38 am ET

I've driven a truck for the last 6 years and changed companies several times, Its a miserable lifestyle full of lies and deciet. Your bosses will expect you to break the law to get loads delivered. I've driven for JB Hunt, Werner, and Schniederr which are the biggest companies, and theyre all the same. They make promises they dont deliver on. If you go this route, expect to be lied to, dont expect to see your family often, 3 weeks out, 3 days home, and dont be suprised if you wind up sitting around alot if your not willing to break the law. Companies love new drivers because it saves them money, dont expect to get another driving job if you've got an "Incident" on your record with the glut of new drivers out there looking for a job.

My concern, is leaving trucking, which i was laid off from (Thanks GM) in august, getting into nursing or something else, and finding out i've wasted 2 years going to college (already have an associates for something else) and finding out thats the route so many others took that i've essentially wasted my time.

Fred   March 7th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Why don't state create competition to the medical community. Create small manufacturing companies to make medicines and medical equipment. At present 18 cent pill cost 20 dollars.

Emma   March 7th, 2009 12:41 am ET

1.In an era where everything is moving online a lot of Job applications are only being accepted online ,how do you get a social networking opportunity to land a chance for a job interview beyond online.
2. They keep saying that healthcare is a growing industry but with a bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration,there are really no jobs forthcoming for a recent graduate.Most places either need 5-10 years experience or a masters degree or they consider you to be overqualified in education for something you can use as a 'stepping stone' .eg Receptionist in healthcare organization.How do u handle this ?And how do you gain the 5 yr experience if you can't even get a stepping stone position because you are "overqualified" in your education
Volunteer is a good suggestion and I know it would be the first thing said but how do you do that for an administrative position when you bills to pay in this hard hit economy?

William   March 7th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Larry, I am a vet of Vietnam. I have worked in Corporate America for 35 years. I had a 500,000 home, wife nd 2 beautiful children and a dog. Several years ago I was dianosed with Prostate Cancer and Pancrease issues. I went from 230 pounds to 140. In 2007, I lost my job because I was unable to work. I was not eligle for Unemployment payment because I was too week to look for work. I now live with my sister. She has been a blessing. I have been rejected for Social Scurity, so I have no source of income. Because I have been out of the job market and my age I am finding hard to find meaningful employment. I have paid my taxes for 35 years and never required support from the system. Where do I go.


Olive V Jackson   March 7th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Your panel can give advice on how a laid-off or out of work person is effected by the credit bureaus lowering credit scores;these credit card companies a sharing your information, lowering your credit limits,closing your accounts for no reason. All of this affective's you being hired.

Fred   March 7th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Economic Solution
Regulate Most Essential Services to 15% Profit
1. Federalize Banks for 5 years force them to give operational loans
2. Regulate Oil Companies to 15% profit
3. Regulate Medical Companies to 15% profit
4. Regulate Food Production to 15% profit
5. Regulate all government transportation to 5% profit
6. Regulate power, water, and essential all services to 5% profit
Eliminate All Deficient Spending:
1. All public agencies collecting, using public money must stay within a budget
2. All category moneys must only be use within their categories
Individual Rights:
1. An individual (American) cannot be taxed more than 15% of income by Feds non Americans pay 20%
2. All other local government entities can’t tax an individual more than 8% of income
3. Income tax would be used to recoup any excess of taxes that an individual paid to agencies that imposed the tax
4. An individual (American) cannot be charged more that 5% of income for medical care
New Jobs:

1. Build desalinization plants along the West Coast to eliminate water problems and to create new jobs.

2. Invest in compressed air technology engines (MDI air car) which has proven itself in automobiles with no pollution. This technology could be developed to the point where we can get rid of dangerous Nuclear Power plants.

3. Develop the electric car and hydrogen car technology to provide competition

If you take the time to read this I applaud and appreciate you.

Fred Porter

Susanne Sanders   March 7th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Hi Larry and panel,

You say health care is one of the best avenues, however I am a recent graduate of an accredited Ultrasound program with an associates degree in Applied Science and can not find a job. Not even a per diem position. I live on the west side of Michigan and here the hospitals are laying off nurses! Do you have any recommendations for me? I have applied up to 1 1/2 hours commute time from my home. I have followed up quite a few of my resumes in person and still no job. Any help you can recommend would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

james texas   March 7th, 2009 12:48 am ET

It is easy to blame illegals,Bush,Housing crash,etc for the bad economy.All Americans are to blame for this.....It is Gods way in teaching us the American people he is disappointed in us.We must learn our lesson and move on.The next lesson he sends us we may not survive.

daniel   March 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

the way i see it our entire look on jobs is obsered. all the talk on lost jobs is about jobs being lost right now in the short time the government has revealed the economy is in a resession. now I believe the real facts are much worse than has been led on. I live in michigan and there is no way anyone can tell us that jobs have been leaving in just the last few years. no one seems to be bringing up the real issue here in the us, and that is the nafta policy. jobs have been leaving the usa in mass since the policy was signed. now america was blindsided because things looked as if things were ok acording to the stockmarket, home values ect. looked good.the heart of the problem here i belive is as americans were beeing layed off thecompanies that took advantage of the so called free market were making good profits reflecting strong stockprices and profitability. well duh of course they were making good profit sending manufacturing overseas. the dumb thing is why didnt anyone realise what i find is commonsense, that if u put people out of work here but send the same goods we used to make here back to the usa from abroad WHO DID THEY THINK WAS GOING TO BUY THERE PRODUCTS WHEN WE DONT HAVE GOOD PAYING JOBS!

Jerry   March 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

How can your guest say Obama is doing too much! Is he supposed to sit on his hands?

David McLaughlin   March 7th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Hi Larry, I'm watching your show now from Boulder, Colorado and I'm wondering why no one is mentioning the option of starting a home based business. Our business is booming because of the lay offs which is, in my opinion, a blessing in disguise. People are now having to look outside the box of finding a job or working for someone else. I have to chuckle when I hear people saying they need more education when most of the most successful people in the world never graduated college. The days of getting good grades, get a good job and have a corporation take care of you thoughout your career and retirement is over. Our network marketing industry can literally turn the economy around if our president and other influential leaders promote it. It puts people's financial future into their own hands (with support too) and get back in touch with the entrepreneurial spirit that this country was founded on. Please promote with care and have people do their due diligience, making sure they join a reputable company that's a member of the DSA (Direct Sellers Association) and enjoy a very bright future with some really positive people, thanks for your time.

Sly   March 7th, 2009 12:53 am ET

If americans really desire to know where jobs have gone, we must look at the past in relations to where jobs went and why to determine where we as a nation stand at this present time. It's really not that difficult to see what changes need to be made. America is in need to rethink how we have lived in the past(recent), identify what wrong and fix it. The responsible political parties need to focus on this situation and lead the way to respond appropriately. Bring the jobs back home and lust less for profits because if this nation goes down, there will not be any profits. I call to the President and politicians to wake up to this call for change.

Victor   March 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Government and Businesses need to get together and a create an environment where there are plenty jobs and an affordable healthcare and energy for common people. We have such a high budget deficit, trade deficit and debt that we all need jobs to pay our share. We must balance budget and trade deficit.

William   March 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I think the way to solve the problems with the banks in a long term should be related to the interest rate the banks pay for who want to save money.

I live in Brazil and there the worst investment possible give you about 0,6% per month of interest (tax free).

This makes more people saving money and make the banks more strong.

What do you think that can happens if the interest rate get raised in a long term so more people is going to save more money?

james texas   March 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Obama is limited in what he can do it is up to the American economy to cycle will take at least two years for this to cycle thru.

Jeannie   March 7th, 2009 12:59 am ET


I watch your show often and appreciate that you are trying to help those of us that are looking for employment, but I think you should discourage your panelists from making naive, discouraging comments. I didn't catch her name, but one of the ladies stated that those who have been laid off 6 or 9 months are making it harder on themselves for not actively looking. Honestly, she just angered me.

I had worked for a major chemical plant as a contractor for 3 years and was told when I was laid off that I would be brought back on for a project starting up in February. Now that company is anticipating more layoffs. (I had been commuting 50 miles because I live in an area where my type of work is considered secretarial and isn't paid well. I only state this so that you realize I am willing to "Go the extra mile" for the job.)

I started looking for other positions the very next week after I was laid off. I contacted the temporary agency I worked for and let them know I was available for other positions, including those that paid less. I signed up with the local WorkSource office to actively get help in my job search. I posted my resume on several job search engines. I went back to school and finished up the courses needed to earn my Associate's Degree. Basically, I started doing everything you are told to do to "actively search" for work.

I am looking at 5 months without one interview. I haven't received not one call back. I have re-vamped my resume and started reconnecting with friends in hopes of referrals. I am applying for positions that I am over-qualified for and calling old employers on a regular basis so they know I am still looking.

Now, my husband comes in today and tells me that we may end up having to transfer to another plant and leave our hometown to keep a job. I am willing to do this. I am willing to do anything that will allow me to keep making my bills and not have to lose everything.

How am I possibly giving off the attitude to potential employers that I am happy living off of unemployment? What can I possibly do that I am not doing to become employed?

Thank you for your Time,

George   March 7th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Until this evening I did not know who Steve Malzburg was. He obviously has strong opinions. I have no problem with that, but he was shouting this evening. I've been trying to figure out why so many of the "conservative" talk show people are always shouting as if we, the people, can't hear them otherwise.

I can hear what they have to say without the shouting.

Thank you for reasoned discussions of important issues.

Lucy Godfrey   March 7th, 2009 1:07 am ET

the politicians need to top critisizing things that President Obama is trying to do. we are all americans, we're all in this together.anybody can criticize, it seems like that is all we're doing even John McCain,criticism coming from McCain should be stopped..The republicans should stop saying that this is not going to work, they are not God and they don;t know if it is going to work or not., unti they try it.It seems to me that the rich is worried making more money than about anybody that doesn;t have any money. you can call it socialism or whatever, everyone should be able to get free medical care, the american doctors charge so much for health care that many people can;t afford it. Everyone should also be able to get free college. I think stimulus money shoild be put in the consumers hands rather than in the hands of the big businesses. The consumers will get the economy going again.

Heather   March 7th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Obviously our current system is crumbling, President Obama's radical change in every aspect is what we need. Everything needs to be fixed. I hope he succeeds, he has a tough job to tackle. You can't fix what was created by years of mistakes overnight, it will probably take years to fix. If President Obama does turn it around quickly it would be a miracle. I have faith in him, I just worry that maybe nothing and no one can fix it.
As far as the banks go, they don't seem to want or need the help. The ones who didn't abuse the help they were given didn't need it and the ones who said they needed it blew the money.
I think that we need to stop outsourcing and start worrying about jobs for our own citizens. If people don't have money they can't spend it to keep our country going.
I totally support President Obama, and I hope he knows that his supporters will continue to stand behind him no matter what the "experts" and critics say.

alice   March 7th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Does anyone know the writer Tamara who was on the Larry King Show tonight? how to contact? I am wanting to work with a writer.

Mike Gilson   March 7th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Larry –

This country's economy is contracting, along with the world's economy. Barack Obama has been in office for less than two months. For Republicans to blame Obama for this economy is the height of hypocrisy.
Tonight your guest (the male radio show host) begged for Obama to "fix the banks" and then in his next comment he says something like "I don't want to live in Obama's socialist world!". You do a great disservice to this country, in my opinion, by having such pea brained guests on your show who express such completely irrational mouth garbage on your dime on the airwaves. Please find more intelligent guests who can actually discuss these serious issues with intelligence, rather than bringing on another ridiculous Republican puppet.

Mike Gilson small business owner happy with Obama's policies

Ryan   March 7th, 2009 1:24 am ET

Ladies & Gentlemen & Larry...

When you hear a news story, the media and the politicians will take the words of others that prove their points or aid them in making a point. Unfortunately that includes politicians getting on air and going almost unchecked by the host.

Remember the context of the original conversation or original interview.

Use the internet and find the original source. I have not watched Larry enough to make a call on how good he as at it.

The democrats need to get off using Rush as a distraction (go find the interview with Rush that the "succeed" thing was discussed).

In my opinion the banking system should of been addressed before the "stimulus" package was passed. I feel that Obama's administration shoved it down American's throats, because the longer it was on the table, the more opposition there was by people conducting research and reading the bill.

The gov't cannot spend spend spend... without getting the money from somewhere. Taxes will go up... hopefully on everybody instead of punishing people that make money. The next election could unfortunately place those that have against that have less.

teresa   March 7th, 2009 1:25 am ET

All the new admin. has to say is that the economy will do just fine and be more positive..all this negative talk is hurting the stock market. I did not vote for Obama because of his policies...I am aganist abortion, higher taxes, etc.....what did the Obama voters think was going to happen....

teresa   March 7th, 2009 1:42 am ET

The 787 Billion bill that more than all the money spent on the Iraq can anyone spend that much money in one month....that alone is are we going to pay for this? Anyway you look at it we lose....if we print money we are doomed..if we borrow from China...we have to pay it back plus int. I don't see how this makes any for the forclosed homes let the banks take them back...they will list them with a Realtor and they will sell, why do we need a bailout for this....we have always had foreclosed homes.

teresa   March 7th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Thank you Ryan...very well said. At least someone on this blog understands what is going on. Don't be what Obama has to say...he is a very good talker...

David   March 7th, 2009 2:26 am ET

This is exactly what Mike Rowe's website is all about. The lack of workers in the trades and yet there ARE jobs in the trades. Infrastructure? It can't be done without workers.

As Mike says, we need to change our attitudes towards hard work and the stigma's attached to the people who do the dirty jobs.

Good going Mike. Larry – isn't it about time you had Mike Rowe back on your show?

Kathy Ertzner   March 7th, 2009 2:37 am ET

Hi Larry~

Really enjoy your show!

I am emailing to comment on our economy.

Should we not consider the following facts:

How can we have a great economy with close to half of our nation being said to be 55+-many without good retirement! Companies have been allowed to cut down their retirement plans. (and many companies do not hire full time to negate insurance benefits.
We have allowed illegal immigrants to take many of our jobs!

The divorce rate is now at an all time high-which means alimony and child support is causing a strain in many peoples pocketbooks; with the couple each having to maintain their own household when they split. This has caused major problems. The government needs to stricken up divorce being so easy to get!

Credit card companies in the past have allowed our people to apply for credit cards without considering the limit each credit card company placed on each card-THIS HAS CAUSED A HUGE, HUGE PROBLEM!

Greed and keeping up with the Jone's is also at an all time high! Many have bad spending habits. Kids today want to start out with the same or more than their parents already have when they first get out on their own! What caused this concept?
There is an answer! Are we willing to look at this?

Our morality has became like Peyton Place. We have allowed this without any cause and effect!

There is an answer! Is CNN willing to talk about these Truths? Larry , pleases consider this: if we found out the earth was round from the bible, and where oil could be found--and many other things, why can't we look to this Book for the answers we need NOW, for our ECONOMY, OUR FUTURE AND OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS FUTURE!

God's Word says do not store up treasures where thiefs will break in and steal-how many people follow this principle? If we did we would have alot more money to help those in need!

The bible also tells us when we lack wisdom come unto Him and He will give us wisdom generously without finding fault, but we must believe what He tells us or we are like a wave in the sea tossing to and fro; and we can't expect to receive anything as we are being double-minded and unstable. How many of our government officials pray for wisdom as a governing body? As the saying goes: Many people look for love in all the wrong places--similarly we are trying to find answers and fix the economy in many wrong ways and in many wrong places.

News media, many times steer away from talking about these Truths. To work out any problems we need to go back to the beginning to see what caused the problem(s)! So let's do that.........let's again be reminded of the principles our wonderful nation was founded on. Why did we quit doing what worked? Man has made a mess out of life--every one of us is guilty!
We need to humble ourselves and call on God--and do what He has already outlined us to do to live a prosperous life!

I have not heard CNN bring up the issues as a whole discussed in this email. May I ask you to consider bringing up the topics listed here???


Kathy Ertzner
Smithville, MO

Crazy Ralph from Crystal Lake   March 7th, 2009 3:14 am ET

I tried to warn the others, but they wouldn't listen. You're all doomed!

Purnell Kankakee IL.   March 7th, 2009 3:16 am ET

It is funny how easy the Republicans have gotten people to accept a 50% pay cut by causing millions of people to lose their jobs. For years they have did everything they could, to bring in the cheapest labor in the world into the country, and now all of you are welling going along with this! We still have over twenty million illegals in our country that are occupying job Americans could work in.

The Republicans are purposely crashing the markets, financial system, and our access to credit, to make all of you fully dependent upon them. When a person feels their stomach getting close to there back, they will do anything to fill their belly.

This is not the first time they have done this the same thing happened back in 1913, to get everyone to go along to the Federal Reserve, and look how that has worked out, We as a country do not produce our own money any more! When will you people wake up, we have completely sold out in every sector of our market place to get cheap goods, and now those countries have the biggest foot print in the market place world wide!

America doomed to repeat the past again!

Purnell Kankakee IL.   March 7th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Until the true value of the market is reached which is 2000 or 2500 at the most, it will continue to fall. Once my investment go back up to their levels before all of this mess happened, I will be getting out once and for all. At that time I will only invest into tangible GOLD, it's something that I can hold on to and it can be sold in the worst of times, but at that time the value will be high! Paper stock is worthless when the market turns bad!

People are funny thinking that the Stimulus will work in only 4 days, the money just started going out on the 4th of March, stop live in Disneyland folks!

jon perkins   March 7th, 2009 3:31 am ET

NAFTA.....NAFTA one the biggest reason!!!

Anas Ahmed   March 7th, 2009 3:32 am ET

I am a student who is at the moment looking for a job in the chemical industry as I am studying Chemical Engineering. But the job ratio is 0.77 per student this term as compared to 1.22 per student in the fall term

Charles Keating   March 7th, 2009 3:33 am ET

If you lose your job and think you are going to go broke then sell your stuff and go live with your parents. It sounds like people on here all want something for nothing. Get up and do something.

Richard   March 7th, 2009 3:39 am ET


People claim that illegals are responsible for taking jobs away from Americans. How big would be the hole if IRS could not collect that free-tax from illegals working on payroll?

Purnell Kankakee IL.   March 7th, 2009 3:40 am ET

How can states keep hiring people when they do not have the tax dollars to pay the payroll? None of these states wants to change so the problems will continue to get worse! The old systems of the past have completely failed, that were used to run the country!!!

Jason Frazier   March 7th, 2009 3:42 am ET

I believe the job loss is created by our trade agreements, hence, manufacturing job have gone over seas. On CNN, MSNBC, and Fox I hear pendants say, “We are a nation that innovates.” Implying our country doesn’t need to worry about jobs leaving because of our innovation skills; where are the innovation factories? And could this problem have been avoided if we practiced protectionism in trade?

michelle immel   March 7th, 2009 3:43 am ET

talking about SITTING on unemployment. I am even applying at temporary staffng agencies and can't get a job. The jobs that are hiring are ALL requiring experience-not schooling. They won't even train people – They should be willing to train people knowing that these people are suffering w/o a job. I am not enjoying SITTING on unemployment even a temp job here and there would help my unemployment. Not to mention I have no insurance for my 3 children.

martin shannon   March 7th, 2009 3:52 am ET

larry, i dont understand how our president, who i support, could come out on national television today in columbus, ohio, and tout his programs as "WORKING", with the creation of 25 JOBS, on the same day it was announced that 652,000 americans just lost their jobs and were facing near catastrophic bleak futures because of that, what an out of touch, BLATANT slap in the face, to the enormous scope of reality facing real american hard working people and their families, as much as i support him, his credibilty is starting to resemble that of a priest staying overnight in a brothel, trying to say he's righteous, as he stumbles out half dressed in the morning covered in lipstick....whats going on here?

Paul Bennett   March 7th, 2009 3:57 am ET

There are jobs available if your willing to train. To the young man in lansing Mich. learn to weld,there will be a need for 100,000 welders within the next 5 years.
To somewhat older adults, think about helping in elder care ,rest homes etc. they are in a state of constant hiring.
Be a teacher or a mentor to youth groups . I'm 72 years old and teach at a trade school.
be willing to travel for work and be willing to accept a start at slightly lower pay than your previous job.
Thanks Paul B.

Clinton Lujan   March 7th, 2009 3:58 am ET

I feel this job recession is not going to be forever.Why these type of issues happen is because people need to change on how they are toward themselves and money.For the past 8 years alot of deregulation was going on with the creditors and banks.Now America is learning a hard lesson.Also people have to be accountable.Obama is going through extream that this recession does not persist worst.The republicans have to learn to work with the president,because this is an American problem that has to be resolved.Republicans are going to have to learn the concept of change.For the past 8 years a republican president was in office and no changes went into effect.That is why America is having this problem.I feel this recession could of been prevented.

Mary Thorn   March 7th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Gov. Tim Kane, as well as other Democrats, know what Rush Limbaugh meant when he said that he hoped Obama fails. Rush has explained it many times. Rush is a true conservative. He believes in the principals
on which this country was founded. He is very passionate about his love for this country. The reason he wants Obama to faii is because he doesn't want to see this country abandon the Constitution and become a Socialist Nation and eventually a Communist Nation. Almost half of the
people in this country feel just like he feels . It hurts to see someone destroying the country that we love. The Dems have wanted to get rid of Rush for a long time. They know he tells the truth about them, and they
can't stand it. They hate anybody who doesn't agree with them.

Judy Massad-Carr   March 7th, 2009 4:01 am ET

Larry, watching the show on unemployment. I Facilitate workshops for the State of Oklahoma Employment Commission discussing resume rewrites, interviewing, etc...Each workshop is larger and more angry on a daily basis.

Oklahoma City has lost 3 large companies (GM/Dayton Tire/ATT) with many more companies paring down.

Your guests should sit in one of my classes and hear what it really going on out there. You must know how 'fear mongering' is creaping into the psyche of everyone in America. Yes it's bad out there, but wouldn't it be more prudent to give a solution to this mess?

Love Hilary Rosens comments on how 'to get a job'.
Thanks for all you do!

Purnell Kankakee IL.   March 7th, 2009 4:04 am ET

How can Federal Government keep hiring people when they do not have the tax dollars to pay the payroll? None of these Agencies wants to change so the problems will continue to get worse! The old systems of the past have completely failed, that were used to run the country!!!

Ronnie   March 7th, 2009 4:06 am ET

Obama needs to slow down just a little bit, to allow the stimulus to stimulate.
He's doing to0 much...t-o soon. He must be patient....He's done enough and now we need to let it take affect. And I see a little bit already,
Obama is in the right direction...his weakness is his lack of patience.

martin shannon   March 7th, 2009 4:10 am ET

larry, i just left a comment,then i heard you respond to one of your guests that said "i want my children to grow up in the america i know"...your jaded response was..."segregated and all"...larry FYI...after attorney general holder said..."on weekends white people go home and hang out with white people and black people go home and hang out with black people"....THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT HAD A VERY STAUNCH COMMENT ON THAT STATEMENT WERE MY VERY GOOD BLACK FRIENDS AND CO WORKERS...THEY ALLLLLL SAID....(with a great laugh i might add)....duh...yeah!!!...what is this holder fool talking about?...i dont want to hang out with white people on weekends...they dont know how to have guys are living in ivory or ebony..., non reality towers guys...stop spending your money in rich people intergrated/ segregated (from the common man).. restaraunts and get out into the real world.

Ronnie   March 7th, 2009 4:13 am ET

I won"t more positive news...stop the negativity...CNN please give us HOPE not DOPE!!! CNN you have the power to turn the economy around by putting out hopeful news....Please use your power responsibly we are full of negativit...please give us hope CNN

Ryan San Diego   March 7th, 2009 5:11 am ET

Legalize marijuana. It will create many jobs and save money in law enforcement etc. I too am currently out of work. It will help save California's economy. The education departments won't have to lay off teachers. All we need to do is tax marijuana.

Debbie Tuck   March 7th, 2009 5:15 am ET

I am with my husband and he is a expat in SE Asia. He is working but he is so unhappy with the integrity of the company and they have been working all employees 7 days a week – 12 hours a day. I send out resumes all the time – linkedIn, hot jobs, career builder, etc. He wants to leave the job but it seems wrong to do it right now. It's hard to find jobs in the US from here. Should he just quit and move us to Thailand where the cost of living is cheap – hunker down for awhile? Won't that hurt his resume (the gap) in the long run? HELP!

Ken   March 7th, 2009 5:28 am ET

why are we getting only female perspectives from your panel. Sorry to say, but with stiff competition for jobs, I'd suspect we'll have EEO issues to keep an eye on.

Cheryl Rinehart   March 7th, 2009 5:29 am ET

I would be happy to provide a job for your guest who is an unemployed writer. She can write for my website. I sell real estate in Punta Cana Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and she can write content for my website part-time from home. Please let mek now how I an contact her.

Angel   March 7th, 2009 5:39 am ET

I missed the chance to ask a question, during your broadcast....But there are so many ways companies handle their screening process. What about the person that has a misdemeanor or two within 7yrs? What should they do? Will the employers continue to screen them out of corporate america, though they have the experience and can do the job? How do they move beyond this barrier? How do they get to prove to the employer they are capable and deserve the chance to be a working class citizen again? I have been unemployed for a year now, day in and day out have been looking for work, with no sucess. I would appreciate your response.

Very distraught...

Joe   March 7th, 2009 5:40 am ET

If you want to improve the economy cut Military spending on equipment, deployments, and training. Our military is full of waste. We spend military of dollars for exercises when we are fighting two wars. A total free for one or two years would dramatically assist the recovery. Some of us in the military industry want this to happen to get us back on track. We are the greatest country but greed and waste has hurt our country. Let change the way we do business and get back on track. God Bless America.

Jim   March 7th, 2009 5:45 am ET

Was Programmer for 30+ years. Laid off in 2004. My job went to China. Found job at 1/4 the income as a Jailer. Now the big companies are hurting cause no one buying their products. Maybe if they brought the jobs they sent to China and India back. We might buy something from them. I hope all the big companies and banks fail. My opinion is they made the bed. Now lay in it.

Just feel sorry for the employees not the Big Wheels.

To the goverment stop the bail outs. You are wasting our money.

America has seen it's day. We have let the politicans & big wheels waste it all away.

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Scott Riches   March 7th, 2009 6:11 am ET

I am astounded ( but not surprised) that some members of the American public are trying to crusify Barac Obama after he has been in office for only a few weeks. The economic problems you are facing there are the result of years and years of greed and ignorance which typifies the culture of the USA. The rest of the world hopes that one day you will all get your heads " out of the sand " , look at the rest of the world and realise that you are only a small part of this planet.
Its unfortunate that so many of you are suffering and will be suffering for a long time but I can only surmise that your time has come after so many years of neglecting and abusing the rest of the world for your own gains.
Its time you started looking inwardly at yourselves and not blaming eveybody else for your woes as you and only you are 100% responsible for them.
Grow up America – the rest of the world is actually progresing quite well without you ( despite what your media may have you believe ).
Put your weight behind Barac Obama because he is the the smartest head of state that you have ever had. I wish you luck .

Scott Riches

Australian – living in China – doing business in India

Kathy W   March 7th, 2009 6:11 am ET

I am 59 years old. I lost my job 14 months ago, sold my house for peanuts and moved north in May on the promise of a job. Signed a 1 year apt. lease. Job fell through almost immediately. Unemployment comp. ran out in October. Living off small savings. Liquidated evaporating small retirement accounts to pay rent. On interviews, I am almost laughed out the door when they see I'm older. One guy kept talking about all his 20 something part-timers and although there was a large hiring sign outside, he had meant to take it down. Oh sure! At a small law firm, they said they could not offer health insurance, but needed to know how old I was in case they decided to look into it. Oh sure! When looking at old depression newsreels, you see lots of old people standing in line looking for a job and I don't think people were so adverse to age back then like they are now. Re-education? Forget it – I did that in my 40s at night school for 3-1/2 years and didn't make a single dime for all my hard work, exceptional grades and expense. I have kept up my skills, but it doesn't matter. Let's face it, at 59 I'm too old to hire and too young to retire. A few days ago, I read a blog regarding "those damn seniors living it up and taking all the Soc Sec and Medicare benefits" that won't be available to the younger people-it was so full of anger. I just don't know what to do anymore.

Yolande Dreihann-Holenia   March 7th, 2009 6:11 am ET

i have watched your show in Austria. unfortunately not "live". your analysts guests were very good except for the radio host whose name i don't remember: "Obama's Govt was too slow to act..." (Two months versus 8 years!!!) "encourage people to buy more homes to get the economy going" (encourage debt) "marxist America".(helping the large middle class americans)..It is scary to think this person is talking on the radio.
America SAVE SAVE SAVE your money: this is a healthy correction of our system. Don't get people manipulate your consuming, they only want to make money at your costs. The day oil is paid in €/yen/whatever or China asking its money back, the fiesta is over for all of us.

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Chuck   March 7th, 2009 6:13 am ET

Throwing money at failing corporations isn't an answer. US citizens are losing jobs to other countries because the tariffs on goods entering this country are too low or have been eliminated. It's cheaper to manufacture using foreign cheap labor and ship it to the US than to employ Americans to do it. Meanwhile, American goods have high tariffs overseas. Increase tariffs, bring the manufacturing jobs back to the US, people pay their loans, banks are solvent, economy fixed. By the way, Larry had Bill Clinton on and didn't question him on his statement that his admin didn't contribute to this problem. Right! He probably did more to cause this than anyone since he removed many of the tariffs during his admin. Shame on you Larry!!

Tajana T. Steck   March 7th, 2009 6:21 am ET

I am just watching your show in Germany and have just been endlessly irritated by one of the guest and his populist comments on President Obama and his influence on the American economy. Whom is he kidding? How can one stop a crisis that has been rolling toward the country for years within a few weeks in office? And why doesn't anyone of the other guest´s stand up to clearly state what is obvious: the current situation has not emerged from one day to another, it is a result of many years that preceded this crisis – and the new President cannot be held responsible for something he did not have any influence on. There is not a living being on this Earth that could enter the presidency in America these days and by the wave of a magic wand put everything back into place again. It propbably will take years. President Obama can only be admired for having the courage to face this challenge.

V. Simon   March 7th, 2009 9:10 am ET

The reason we are seeing 8.1% UE is because some companies want to sustain their large profit margins and given that the economy is shrinking they are downsizing to outsource the jobs overseas. They should not receive any tax benefits because they are contributing to the problem. My job was downsized in December and it is very disturbing that I cannot find another job even though I am an experienced professional with an MBA degree. I am thinking of going back to school and also switching careers to Education and/ or Health Care.

Salvador Beris   March 7th, 2009 10:03 am ET

A logic observation:
Obama,spendings will not be successful.Why?
2.- Lies and more lies,PROTECTIONISM IS BAD FOR OUR ECONOMY. PROTECTIONISM WILL HELP TO REBUILT OUR INTERNAL ECONOMICS, the base of puting the people to work. We have to rebuilt our INTERNAL MARKET ,no more Glovalization and yes to Protectionism..
During the Great Depression we had "dormat" industries due to the lack of capital.Today,we do not have any industries.
Building roads and bridges will not improve our depression.
3.-Universal Health Care has nothing to do with Socialism.We had Universal Health Care in New York,before Medicaid and Medicare.We have had Universal Health Care in poor Cuba before Fidel Castro.

Barb   March 7th, 2009 11:26 am ET

If our leaders would bring the jobs back from China, India, Mexico and other "third world countries" (we can't possibly compete with), or place tariffs on those imports (so we could compete), we wouldn't need a Stimulus Package. JOBS would fix what ails us! We could buy houses, pay our credit cards, buy cars, send our kids to college, etc. You can't do any of that if you don't have a job, and I don't mean flippin' hamburgers! Service jobs won't pay the rent. And manufacturing is NOT OBSOLETE!!! They say we can't be "protectionist", but this is "self-preservation" and someone better realize that fact very soon! Who says we can't protect our own country, our own people???

RONALD GRANDIS   March 7th, 2009 11:32 am ET


anne   March 7th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Remember the 'Made in America' tags you'd find on clothing during the Reagen years? They sort of morphed into 'assembled' or 'packaged' in America signs. Then nothing.

It's sort of a Catch 22 ... Americans love to shop – the economy thrives on that healthy consumerism, however to keep that fed the products have to a competitive price tag, so more than likely, production is overseas.

Shouldn't the Americans have pride in their own products and be willing to pay more for well made products made in America by fellow citizens instead of buying products made in factories that may have a very different view of worker#s ethic and use of questionable materials?

anne   March 7th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

It takes me about 10 minutes to really clean up milk that my kid spilt in just half an second's time.

How long will take to wipe up the mess made over the past 8 years?

selma   March 7th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

I lived thry the depression & now this..cannot believe it..we've never had credit card debt & always a 20 yr mortgage...what's w/young people today..houses w/3garages 30/40 yr mortgages ? on the wonder so many divorces occur...

America losing employment every day   March 7th, 2009 6:23 pm ET

The United States of America is always losing its employment
every day. Losing positions in America each day is a shame!
When will America ever receive its jobs back? The country's
having no jobs sucks!

Roberta Gallant
Concord, New Hampshire

jules galicki   March 7th, 2009 7:01 pm ET


i watched your show last night and i took offense to some things your economy and employment experts said, the woman im not sure of her name made the stupidest remark i ever heard and im very disappointed that you didn't have a response to her,,point she made a statement about education that if your not educated enough you should return to school for a higher education and a degree the cost is very low!!!!,,,well she is by far a know nothing and don't deserve to comment on anything pertaining to employment,,here's, what your response should have been,,,,,,,, well for somebody such as an out of work truck driver or an out of work bus driver or an out of work waitress who doesn't have the money to pay their mortgage or buy food to keep from starving ,,,even 30 dollars is a lot of money so how the heck can they afford money for higher education,,,,

jules galicki sure Bill O' would of made a comment to her

marwa   March 7th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

How we gonne take care ourself if there no JOB?

I just wondering when we gonne have more jobs in USA?
in minneapolis there are alot of somalia and most of them we dont work.we got fire from jobs and laid off..
I hope we gonne got jobs much in Minneapolis....

God help us for work !

gerald   March 7th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

many part time jobs Larry if people really want to 24/7 day jobs night jobs...they may not be what we want ..but we need to feed out families...for now until things get better.we have no choice.

ed,vancouver canada   March 8th, 2009 6:27 am ET

u.s. unemployment lowest since 1994. that is the 25 years right?
well the last time over 600000 jobs were lost 3 months in a row was in 1945 after the war .That is 54 years ago.
Considering that 5 million jobs have been lost in the last 12 months,and 1.9 million of that is in the last 3 months,which is 7.6 million a year,shows that even after billions was given to banks,it is accelerating.What kind of jobs?If they were all minimum wage the impact would be a dent compared to 100k a year jobs.
You can not just go by the 8.1%,it is alot worse because of the amount of lost MONEY and taxes
The top down system is not to mess with in such times.
500 billion was better spent at 100grand to 5 million home owners in the way of gaurantees to the banks.,and fixing low mortgage rates.
The problem i have with this whole thing is where did all the profits from the real estate gains go?
There must have been billions of foreign oil money invested in mortgages in the u.s..
Think about it,when the homes were resold for big profit,the money is in the bank or the markets,unless it left the u.s. and is hiding somewhere.
like iran,iraq,and all the other countries playing war games with the u.s.
Where is the 20 trillion dollars in lost real estate value?
That money generated profits on the way up,now it's gone.
If the government does not change course,and give money to small business and the people,the billions will get gobbled up and there will be a depression within 3 months.
In some parts it is already.800 people for a janitor job?what a waste of the time things turn around,the education is useless.
keep people in the jobs they are good at,not create new ones and have 15% of the workforce doing something inefficiently.
we in canada have only 7.2% unemployment.The bad part is how many of those jobs have been in the last 3 months.Per capita,our job loss is twice of the u.s.
our banks are showing a profit of 19 billion in the last 20 months,but the government has put 125 billion into mortgage gaurantees.
In reality,the banks have lost 106 billion dollars in 20 months.
if you index that to the population in the u.s,that is over a trillion dollars.
The reason we are not in such a mess,is simple... less war costs.
This whole mess could have been avoided but the cash needed was spent in iraq.Logic dictates,10 years to create ,10 years to fix.
Going into afghanistan will be the "debtonation" of the states.
In the best of times you can not afford it.
When will people learn?

bill buchanan   March 8th, 2009 9:02 am ET

he larry always enjoy your program if they want to know where all of our jobs have went. i live in the south and that was a big textile country and most of the jobs have went over seas. the economy is not going to get much better until they put a stop to that. it is to late for textiles but they can put a stop to a lot of other jobs from going over seas.
bill buchanan

Jean Marie Wright   March 8th, 2009 10:21 am ET

Larry.......America has gotten so Me, Myself, and I , that we do not know how to act when we have zero dollars! We are so used to give me now; hurry up I'm late; never planned for what to do if we lost investments; and most of to be humble! How many people do you know right now that would take flipping hamburgers before going on welfare to support a family? The sad part?......we claim to be such wonderful Christians, but we lock the churches so criminals won't break in! I guess America didn't have a plan for that one either.

Larry, when I was a little girl my dad worked at Good-Year and mom stayed at home. There were six kids, private school, and chickenpox etc...all at the same time. We had bills. When Good-Year went on strike my dad took whatever job he could get. He raked leaves; painted cars; rebuilt AC units and sold them very cheap to help out others; painted houses for $100.00!!! Good-Year went on strike quite often when I was growing up. I was 16 with the cutest VW baby blue and I pulled up at the San-Ann gas station to get some gas, and to my surprise, my dad smiled through my window and said "How much gas today!" Larry I could not have been more proud of my dad! I was a free bird not ever thinking about how broke we were, just sailing through life with no worries. That day I realized what hard work was. What a brave man my dad was. Who cared if he pumped gas till Good-Year went back to work. All dad wanted was to provide for his family and help others. America does not have people like my dad today . We have takers....not givers!

Have a Great Day Larry!

Phil Stone   March 8th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

Larry –

How about a program on Unemployment?? I am 76 years old; just
laid off permanently by Neiman Marcus here in Tampa. I am not
done yet, have already put together a resume and out knocking on
doors. There are others my age doing the same thing but I still be-
lieve in myself and 57 years spent in Sales and Marketing and can
run rings around some of the younger ones out there. Love your
show. You've got a few on me but staying busy keeps you young.

Best regards,

Phil Stone

Marco   March 8th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Hi Lary,
I would like to ask some questions you gustes.
1. how come that all site charge you for service.for example( Carrier buldier 150$ for Platinum membership So my questions is if you don't have money so you will never get job. so if you have money what type job you can get.?. I have bad exspirience with temp agency... I have peopel that comment on my resume that says I am over qualifay for jobs.

My self Born in Europe have multiplay college degrees and Multiplay languages..( Went in school here and Europe).

Marco, Boston

Pam   March 8th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

In November, my husband was laid off at Nortel in RTP. He was given a severance package, pension, and continued health benefits for a year. In January Nortel declared bankruptcy and said he would have no benefits, severance, and his pension will be frozen at the end of the month. We had two weeks to scramble for health care. Last week, I read about Nortel execs being given big bonuses for the "health of the company". This makes me so angry. My husband was a faithful employee for 25 years.

Kathy   March 8th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

There will continue to be job losses until the President instills confidence back into the economy. He has still to learn, that what he says, dictates the behavior of business and the American people.

Marco   March 8th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry how come people people who don't have american name can't get job.. They are educated here and in Europe( Have multiplay languages and degrees.. So ask you panel that exsplane that questions.. (In Europe you can't be manager and work with out knowing one editional languages..)

Robin   March 8th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Please tell me where can i find a job in Pennsylvania? I have been unemployed since June. I have filled out 15-20 applications at the local hospital, and had only 3 interviews. Still no work. What am I doing wrong?

Mark Mitchell from Troy, MI   March 8th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Tell your viewers that the automotive companies are of national security. We supply the motor vehicles to keep our armed services moving. Tell those southern senators that the north will keep the American auto industry growing. We can't rely on foreign auto companies for America's national security. Bankrupsy is not an option for the auto companies.

Dennis Heggen   March 8th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Does the panel believe the Unions and wages of the auto makers partially responsible for the auto industry troubles????

Rob P   March 8th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

People are yelling health care for best jobs, which is true, but many have no interest in that. Shipping, trucking, construction and sales are the best jobs that require no degree.

Karen   March 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The very real frustration felt by so many people facing unemployment for the first time is an experince very familiar to many people with disabilities who have never been given a chance in the job market.

Doug Mckee   March 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The unemployment rated surged from 8.7% in 1929 to 24.9% in 1933.
The Pres is doing just what FRD did, tax the wealthy and the businesses to pay for the government programs which extended the depression until WWII. The point is that the worst is yet to come. Thanks,
Doug McKee

Ken Willis   March 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Steve, in representing the opposition is not being realistic and does not have a solution or a clue. Just negative talk by the Republicans Blah, blah,blah, blah.

Shashi Patel   March 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


Best way to jump start this economy is to start a campaign to buy only made in america goods effective right now.

Why no one is talking about now?

Put a price freeze so that greedy american manufacturers don't overcharge consumers

Vincent Ford   March 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Why don't we talk about how the government in the past set things up to be the way they are now?
Why don't we talk about how after a election is over we are one again?
I think you should have a quest on that reflects a real person that has lost his or her job.
1 Black
1 white
1 spanish
1 asian
1 Indian
You should have a show that has quest that have not finished high school.
You should have a show that talks about what the common man thinks, not your experts thoughts.
You should have guests on that we never see in main stream.
Let's see some news that I can really see reality.

Timothy standley   March 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hey larry!!!!! Wait till The TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY BEGINS TO FAIL!! ANOTHER BAIL-OUT!!!!What the gov gonna take that over too?ITS COMMING!! ONE WORLD GOV.

Kathy Jones   March 8th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I hear so much about foreclosures and I do sympathize with those who are going through this but it seems like people are not talking about people who are renting places. People who live in apartments with high rents are suffering too. There is no rent control a lot of places and people are being laid off and cannot afford the high rent. Can you please address this issue?

ed,vancouver canada   March 8th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

there are alot of filthy rich americans who have no college.
they hired the ones with brains.
start your own business detailing cars for 20 dollars.
before long,you will be well off.

kent   March 9th, 2009 12:13 am ET

I am a gerneal contractor an i have lost tons of work due to the illegals that are taken the projects from roofing and concrete and brick work.
I am a vet an now i feel like the us has now open the usa to be a third world if things dont change an soon. In omaha there is tons of people that are job less. This is hit lots of the midwest as well.

Vincent Indrizzo   March 9th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Raytheon in Tuscon AZ has over 900 openings....

mike   March 9th, 2009 12:27 am ET

One of your commentators stated the oil and gas industry is strong in texas and is a good source of employment she is so wrong the drilling and exploration companies have been laying off thousands in the recent months. Oil prices are down so is the industry

Vikki   March 9th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Both my husband and myself have been unemployed for a while. Unfortunately, neither of us waited to start our job searches, we spent hours searching for work every day. We both have college BA and are both very computer savvy. I believe that the President's package will help but it won't be easy.

dr jay   March 9th, 2009 12:37 am ET

i have very innovative and creative solutions

health care

you can have me on cnn when you want to

Mara   March 9th, 2009 12:41 am ET

The news reports keep talking about government jobs as a hiring sector, I am a federal government employee in the are of immigration and am losing my job. I have an excellent performance rating. What you have for knowledge has no bearing, the federal government is keeping all the high paid employees and laying off the average wage earner. Maybe someone should check into all the high paid positions that are only taking up space and keep more lower paid positions that produce product.

Trent   March 9th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Obama's stimulus package is full of pork and the money is only an injection to keep big business pocket rich. Think about it no jobs equals no money no money equals no consumption. No consumption equals a weak economy. Give money directly to the people. We have to repel the illuminati and the Rothchilds,Rockafeller,JP Chase give the federal reserve bank back to the people.

Shirley Young   March 9th, 2009 12:53 am ET


One's credit history should not be used in deciding employment. Why? This does not determine one's ability to be a effective employer. Please show me the statistics that says otherwise. Let's utilize professional values only when deciding to employ. Futhermore, employers should exercise their role to fire if employees are not effective.


becca   March 9th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Hey Larry this is bs the Republicans need to shut up and learn how to get along with people there acting like a baby 7&8 year olds get along better than this if i was Obama i would fire all the Republicans and hire all new this all happened on Bushes watch not Obamas So republicans if you dont like it be good or be gone and take Rush with you.we need help not all this REPUBLICANS GARBAGE, not all this complaining that led's us to no where SO BACK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rose   March 9th, 2009 3:39 am ET

With so many losing their jobs... can you tell the people of America why President Obama and those in government keep throwing parties; spending hundreds of thousands of tax payers money? Do they think we all have money trees in our backyards? How many of these in government have taken a major cut in pay?

How can Obama's stimulus package work? So far it has proven unsuccessful. Why doesn't the government let these banks fold, like they did in 1929? When the government stepped in in 1932 or thereabout it took 15 years to pull the economy out of the depression.

Becca, the Republicans and Democrats alike are the reason this economy has fallen. It didn't start falling until Congress became the majority in 2006. So, stop blaming the Republicans for this mess; start blaming those that the people re-elect time and time again.

We are NOT in a recession, we are on the cusp of the worse depression the world has ever seen.

Will our government : President, Vice President, and all of Congress forfeit their pay for at least ONE year? After all, they don't work 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. When will the government start paying into Social Security? When will they stop the spending? It will take generations to pay this debt down. What a legacy they will leave!!!

Judy Curry   March 9th, 2009 3:42 am ET

I am a 65 year old Springfield, IL native. My jops have always been long term. 15 yrs, 20 yrs. I was on social sec disability due to an accident. Last December I was changed from SS Disabilty to SS Retirement.................meaning they will no longer pay the $96.00 medicate cost. I am allowed to work 25 to 30 hours a week.

My present company (Babies R Us) pulled hours and I went from
28 hrs to 4 hours a week. I applied for unemployment and was temporarily approved then denied since I am getting Social Security and considered retired. With my disability and medication costs there is way I can live on Soc Sec.

There are no jobs out there for a 65 yr old woman – especially government .............IL government?? What a laugh. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge and no one seems to want anymore.

Judy Curry   March 9th, 2009 3:48 am ET

I feel that President Obama should limit any "new" hires to those without jobs. If somene has a full time job they should not be allowed to have a part time job before a jobless person is employed.

Adults should be given preference over students living at home with their familites.

When hours are cut by the employer that should use a standardized format for handing out hours, ie need, senoitiy, etc. These should be posted and followed

Rob P   March 9th, 2009 11:58 am ET

I can't believe what I just saw some say. "I feel that President Obama should limit any "new" hires to those without jobs. If somene has a full time job they should not be allowed to have a part time job before a jobless person is employed.

Adults should be given preference over students living at home with their familites."

Doesn't that sound like Socialism to you? does to me!! Also sounds like affirmative action, which was a complete disaster too. Geez people, I mean really. If you can't find a job, you can't punish the fortunate ones that do, and if they have the ability to work two, more power to them- that's what Capitalism is all about.

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