The Call To Rebuild America

Every month the number of jobs added to the economy gets a lot of publicity. Recently, the economy has added about 200,000 jobs a month which sounds and feels good combined with headline unemployment of 5 percent. But there is a story these numbers do not tell and a darker reality that is less publicized. According to various estimates there are between 2 and 7 million Americans who are not working and have stopped looking for employment. According to the American Enterprise Institute, just counting men, there are 7 million in this category. These folks live in deep and dire poverty. Many are homeless and lack access to a computer or transportation, which they need to apply for jobs, training or housing. They are not included in the official unemployment numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 7 million officially unemployed and nearly 6 million people who are working part-time but want to work full-time. Together the total unemployed and underemployed number around 20 million.

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