Sorry, Slackers. Time to Get a Job!

The good news is that companies are starting to hire again.

Couch Potato
Couch Potato
Couch Potato

The bad news? You can no longer blame the recession for your laziness.

Remember when we could pass bad checks and blame the TARP? Or that time we convinced the wife to let us go fishing because it was “The Great Recession Sport?”

Omigosh, my favorite must’ve been when we forgot to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day and we just shrugged our shoulders and said, “Sorry, honey. Recession!

We had some good times, didn’t we?

Well, according to the New York Times, the jig is up: Companies hired 4.3 million workersin February and they’re just getting warmed up. Wal-Mart , IBM , Corning , the Cleveland Clinic, and Fairway supermarket are among those currently hiring. And, with the Obama stimulus package, cities and states are expected to ramp up hiring of road-building contractors and other workers.

That means time to take down the tent village you set up on your friend’s couch with pizza boxes and blankets, tuck in your shirt and slowly back away from the Wii remote.

Of course, there are still more unemployed people than jobs: For every opening, there are at least four unemployed Americans.

That ought to help this Mother’s Day: Just drop that little statistic when your mom starts to nag you about getting a job.

You know, some day we’ll look back and laugh about all this. Like that time we ate raccoon meat. What were we thinking?!


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