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    Thumbs down Big Bird and Elmo may be in the unemployment line soon

    Sesame Workshop announces layoffs

    NEW YORK (AP) - Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street" and other kids' programs, says it's cutting 20 percent of its work force because of the recession.

    The company says it's eliminating 67 of 355 staff positions.

    Best known as the home of such characters as Big Bird and Elmo, Sesame Workshop was founded in 1968 and debuted "Sesame Street" a year later. That series, which remains on the air, grew into a production empire including TV, books and online programing.

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    Well no one is safe, I suppose. I wonder when unemployment statistics will be reported 'honestly'. There are far more people out of work than were/are on the payrolls. I suspect real numbers are already well into the 2 digit number nationally. Possibly 13-14 percent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    Well no one is safe, I suppose. I wonder when unemployment statistics will be reported 'honestly'. There are far more people out of work than were/are on the payrolls. I suspect real numbers are already well into the 2 digit number nationally. Possibly 13-14 percent!

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    Enough with the numbers. If you want a job, go out and get one. There are plenty of places that will hire the best and if you aren't the best... why not? This is America. We can all be the best, it just takes hard work.
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    I'm actually looking to sell my LS-90s to try and raise some money to have me achieve one of my dreams! It IS a really scary time though. I watch CNBC and sometimes think it may not recover from this... just a really dark time.

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    graph from John Williams.
    Chart of U.S. Unemployment
    The SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated "discouraged workers" defined away during the Clinton Administration added to the existing BLS estimates of level U-6 unemployment.

    If you can't read the graph, it says: Cookie Monster will be next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrNightly View Post
    Completely biased view!

    They "National" survey is conducted from a phone company calling people with home lines. It doesn't take into account people that are working for themselves or on the side. I read somewhere recently that the survey is completely skewed as it is!

    Enough with the numbers. If you want a job, go out and get one. There are plenty of places that will hire the best and if you aren't the best... why not? This is America. We can all be the best, it just takes hard work.
    There are economists who think the numbers are higher than reported. Not my view alone. I happened to be employed in an area that's pretty recession proof. But I come from a working class background in Pa. where things are really, really bad. And people are looking...in all of our job searches here. We've had an average of 300 applicants per job. At least half of those are eminently qualified?

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    Man, that graph shows some good times ahead..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKsolutions View Post
    graph from John Williams.
    Chart of U.S. Unemployment
    The SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated "discouraged workers" defined away during the Clinton Administration added to the existing BLS estimates of level U-6 unemployment.

    If you can't read the graph, it says: Cookie Monster will be next.
    Nice graph. Helps us not be in 'denial' about where we are. I've been on job searches and it's horrible for people out there as we sit here and read these files. You have to have some compassion for them.

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    big bird's an overstuffed turkey and miss piggy ain't nothin but bacon waiting to be cooked:p

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    One of the news program and news radio was reporting the unemployment numbers with a caveat. The unemployment numbers were based on people actually on unemployment benefits and did not reflect those whose benefits have expired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    big bird's an overstuffed turkey and miss piggy ain't nothin but bacon waiting to be cooked:p
    Uh. Miss Piggy is not from Sesame Street-she's from the Muppets.
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    she's still a porker, and she has popped up on the muppets trying to get that stupid frog to change her oil....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchowmein View Post
    One of the news program and news radio was reporting the unemployment numbers with a caveat. The unemployment numbers were based on people actually on unemployment benefits and did not reflect those whose benefits have expired.
    It also does not reflect the self employed or contracted folks either that can't get unemployment benefits.
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    Big Bird? Elmo? f$%K em, worthless shiftless layabouts that they are!
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    Am I mistaken or does PBS programs like Sesame Street rely on donations to fund/pay for their programs. I mean I know SS is every where but the program itself is funded on donations right?

    If so I would expect more layoffs in the future, especially when they start cutting back on tax related donation write offs.
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    it's going to be tough watching Big Bird walking down the street on down oh his/her luck.. that's a sight no one should have to see.. especially not the children. :p

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    Elmo ambushed me today. . waving a squeegee wildly, demanding a dollar to do my windshield. I tried to bribe him with a cookie, and he told me I had the wrong guy.
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