Change: America Reaches A Historic New Employment Low

The more illegal aliens we have in this country, the less jobs we have for Americans. The more we punish people for success, the less jobs those successful people create. The more regulations we put in place, the more it strangles whole industries and they create less jobs as a result. The more tax dollars the government takes from the public, the less money there is to invest and create jobs. It’s an insidious process, one that slowly, but surely saps the life out of an economy over time and helps create numbers like these

The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce in large numbers three decades ago, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest rate since 1983 and down from a peak of 49.3% in 2000. Last year, just 66.8% of men had jobs, the lowest on record.

…In 2000, the nation had roughly the same number of children and non-working adults. Since then, the population of non-working adults has grown 27 million while the nation added just 3 million children under 18.

USA TODAY analyzed employment numbers and 2010 Census data to see how the ratio of workers to non-workers has changed.
Other key findings:

•Men leave. Working-age men have been dropping out of the labor force for decades. The disappearance quickened when construction and manufacturing jobs vanished in the recession from December 2007 through June 2009. Until the 1960s, more than 80% of men worked.

•Women stay. The trend of women getting jobs offset the loss of working men until the late 1990s. The share of women holding jobs rose from 36% in 1960 to 57% in 1995, then leveled off. The rate was 56% in 2010.

…”No matter how wealthy you are, you have a problem if half the population is not working and depending on those who are,” says John Goodman, president of the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis. “Wherever you look, we’ve overpromised.”

Even when the unemployment rate is low, which it’s not right now, it understates the size of the problem we have because it doesn’t count Americans who’ve given up and quit looking for jobs — and Goodman’s right. Less than half the population is working and the most successful of those people are relentlessly vilified for not giving enough of their money to the people who aren’t working.

This is not a fomula for a successful future. Let’s hope we start to do something about it instead of just watching while the whole country slowly but surely goes to hell on a shutter.

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