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Presentation for California
State Senator Mark DeSaulnier
June 23, 2012 click here




According to Article 23 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
(http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/) employment is a universal human right.

Unfortunately, there is no mention that governments shall report unemployment or
underemployement accurately or in a timely manner. Or, in some cases, at all.
Currently, the national annual unemployment rates for 227 countries on the United
States Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook (there are several copies - the
base is https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html)
can be summarized as 105 are current (2011); 11 are from 2010; 10 from 2009;
11 from 2008; 5 from 2007; 7 from 2006; 39 from 2000 to 2005; 11 from last century;
and 28 countries declined to provide data. The United States is one of a very few
nations that provides unemployment data by sub-country (state) and sub-subcountry
(county, parish or census area) on a monthly basis. In many, if not all, theories of
macroeconomics unemployment has been regarded as a critical measure because it is
correlated with poverty, taxes, savings rates, and belatedly, real estate values. The US
Department of Agriculture administers Supplemental Nutrional Assistance Program (SNAP)
which replaced foodstamps in 2008. The number of Americans on SNAP has doubled
from 25 million in 2007 (now one in six) and the costs are now $6 BILLION per month.