More Job Cuts Are Likely, According to Washington Think Tank

job cutsIt is not new news that the economy is still having trouble recovering from the worst recession in history, but The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, recently said that as many as 600,000 to 700,000 more jobs will most likely be cut in the next year.

Even with the recent federal aid totaling $26 billion, it is projected that this massive sum of money infusing the economy will not save enough jobs to slow the progression and momentum of an already failing job market.

The sectors expected to see the worst of the layoffs are state, local and private contractors that work in government-dependent businesses.

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Survey shows Americans worry about job cuts

In a recent study posted on, "U.S workers' worries about job and pay cutbacks have eased slightly since 2009, but continue to be high compared with prior years. Roughly one in four workers -- down from 31 percent in 2009, but up from 15 percent in 2008 -- is worried about being laid off in the near future," lending some credence to the increasing levels of fear among Americans that more layoffs are imminent.

Additionally, President Obama is facing his lowest job approval ratings yet, further showing that Americans worry extensively and often about the security of the nation's job market and who is leading the charge to fix it. "His 44 percent average for the week of August 9-15 and latest three-day approval average of 42 percent are both the lowest of his presidency to date," cites

Struggling state economies

At the root of this problem are two factors: struggling state economies and the issue of retirement as it relates to Social Security. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told just last week that, "cuts in state and local spending and jobs were helping to slow the economic recovery, " meaning that the crises of many state economies poses a serious threat to the economy.

When states are forced to cut services and jobs and increase mandatory furlough days among their employees, it affects not only the communities within that state, but the economy of the nation as a whole as fewer local businesses get work and consumers feel the effects of a strained local economy by not spending as much money as before. Less money circulating in the local economies also leaves many local governments with serious budget deficits, For instance, California has not only already made a ten percent cut to its Medicaid reimbursement rate, but is also considering a sales tax increase to offset a $17 billion state budget deficit

Social Security and retirement

As unemployment rises so does the number of people forced to take early retirement at the age of 62. In 2009 more people than ever before requested early retirement funds through The Social Security Administration, even though those payments are significantly reduced due to the early nature of the request. While some people have no choice but to retire early for whatever reason -- cannot find work, pushed out by younger people, job is outsourced for cheaper labor overseas etc.-- others are forced to work beyond the age of retirement because they lack the financial resources and stability to leave the work force at the designated age of retirement, 65. According to, "a report from the Social Security program has shown that disability and pension payments will exceed revenue in 2011." uses a basic format to list what companies are laying off employees (where and how many), but on the upside they also have a button that you can click on to see who IS hiring these days, and that is the important thing to focus on.

There are companies hiring out there and expanding in different areas, so you have to look past the companies that are getting rid of employees and find the companies that are looking for employees. Use AOL Jobs to help guide you.

Gwen Parkes

Gwen Parkes


Gwen Parkes is a seasoned writer and editor and a subject matter expert (SME) on healthcare and healthcare reform. She spends her days freelancing for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various publishing houses. Parkes exercises everyday to cleanse her mind and find her inspiration- running and hot yoga are her current devices of choice- and she is an amateur chef and self-proclaimed foodie; she believes that good supermarkets are happy places, a good Pinot Noir goes with everything and coffee should be served hot, with cream and sugar and as frequently as necessary.

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