Here is another observation on the economy that flies in the face of, well, my face and beliefs. A walk down the streets of downtown Huntington, NY, one of the larger "metropolises" on Long Island (yes, I chuckled writing that) turned up something peculiar - Help Wanted signs. All kinds of stores, too. if you want a job, go to Huntington and pick the one you like.
But here's the catch - they are all minimum wage. My own college age kid is cutting up vegetables and shrink wrapping them for sale at the local supermarket. $7.25 per hour with a 15-minute break in a five-hour shift. He is not getting rich.
I think it's great. Start low, aim high, build character and earn a paycheck. The capitalist way. But that's not the point of this post. The point is that unemployment, at least in this area, does not have to be so high at the bottom of earning spectrum.
Supporting a family is a different issue.
You all can discuss the politics of all this.