In our hollowed-out economy it is important to recognize that roughly 85 percent of the ready and able working population is working. The jobs may not be that great for many. Forty percent of those jobs are in the service sector and many of those are low-wage jobs. Wages are flat for all but Wall Street types. Temp jobs spring up like spam on gmail. But, on the whole, when you get out on the freeway every morning these are the folks you see. The majority.
The others are invisible. The invisible post-middle class residents of your town aren't out on the freeway this or any other morning because there is no particular place to go--and no place to be. The era of the walk-in applicant is over but for the most entry-level of jobs. If you have a degree and plan to use it, they'll call you, thank you. Or not. If you are a union electrician, you know the rules. You are on the bench, a prisoner of seniority, until your name is called. Years may go by. And do. They do for people I know.
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