How many people are really out of work right now in the USA? Not just looking for work, but not employed? How many people apply to any given open position? How many people with skills that are in high demand are even interviewed? How many of these are women? Really, how many highly skilled women do you see taking positions of power? Does being a woman have anything to do with unemployment? Because I feel like it does. How does the current unemployment impact politics? -----++---- I am really amazed at how many applications are being submitted for a position that I'm fielding applications for - a position that doesn't even really have funding yet and that may never be funded. And I wonder how many of these people will not get chosen for anything and will still be out of work this summer. I am left wondering how many job listings are like this - there isn't really a job there yet but there might be and we won't know until the last second so therefore it's listed. And these applications aren't easy. What a waste of everyone's time. Share thoughts on the topic. Experiences, news articles, what-not.