The earthquake that crushed Wall Street has now torn apart Main Street. American jobs are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. The country’s unemployment rate recently topped 8 percent – the highest it has been in a quarter century. With 2.6 million jobs lost in the last four months alone, and over 4 million people laid off since the beginning of the recession, nearly everyone has been touched by this crisis.
No wonder everyone is asking: where are the jobs?
Even for those of us who are employed, the situation out there is scary. Nearly half of all Americans worry about becoming unemployed. There are five states where the unemployment rate has reached double digits. Nine out of 10 people say now is a bad time to get a quality job. As a nation, we need all the help we can get.