Unemployment in America

The unemployment line, several years ago, was a literal line the unemployed stood in, filling out paperwork and answering questions before being handed a check. In most places that practice has changed some. Much of the paperwork and filing is now being done online. This is partly due to technology but mostly due to the overwhelming number of people who would be standing in those lines daily. Unfortunately, unemployment is far too common these days. Everyone knows someone who is unemployed and in search of a job. America, the land of opportunity, has had a rough couple of years. Not only are there many jobless Americans but many of them have been jobless for quite a while. According to the infographic below from DomainName.com, 29.5% of unemployed Americans have been jobless for a year or more. This number totals 3.9 million people – equivalent to the population of the state of Oregon. Check out some of the other statistics below regarding unemployment and the economic state of America.

  • Compared to 2008 1.5 times more Americans are unemployed
  • Of recent grads, half are either underemployed or unemployed
  • 7 out of 10 small business owners say America is still in a recession despite the fact that most economists say it has ended
  • Before the recession 4.7 million young adults still lived with their parents; today 5.9 million do
  • In 1950 for every retiree receiving social security benefits there were 16 workers; today there is 1.75 workers for every one retiree
  • The median annual personal earnings in 2008 was greater than 2012
  • Consumer debt in America has risen 1700% since 1971
  • 5 out of 10 Americans are poor
  • 1 in 5 children are living in poverty
  • For 1 in 3 children, neither parent has year-round, full-time employment
  • 1 in 6 elderly Americans are living below the poverty line
  • An estimated 500,000 children are currently homeless

Unemployment in the United States

by bobbybernethy.
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