With millions of people twiddling their thumbs waiting for a job, the Land of Opportunity is in danger of becoming barren.
Nearly three years into our economic wilderness, we still can't seem to find our way out.
Fifteen million Americans are looking for work, and most of them know the job they once had is gone for good. Millions more are working, but need something better than part-time hours or a dead-end job.
The official unemployment rate is stuck near 10%, and even our best economic minds say it'd take a miracle to bring it down to even 7% in the next two years.
We lost about 8.4 million jobs during the Great Recession, and have regained only about a half million during the sputtering recovery. Counting the people who've come of age since 2007, we're more than 10 million jobs short of what we should have.
Behind every one of those 10 million is a human tragedy.
Jobs. Everyone talks about them, and but no one has done anything effective about them.