I saw this map about six months or so ago. This is an updated version. Now that I have taken steps to become self-employed (although I have promised my husband not to give up on a job with benefits at some point) I can look at it without feeling such total personal despair.
The great news for our family is that our recent college grad, Maggie, was offered a full time job with benefits - one that she is very excited about and wanted very much. So Hurrah!
The economic news is telling us that it is going to be a long time, if ever, before the job market really rebounds. So much industry has left the country or become mechanised. Tax cuts have proven not to create jobs - at least not in the US.
In a way I feel really sorry for those people who are still employed and doing the work of 2 or more people with less to show for it. Difficult times in and out of the work force. I hope my sister and I can beat the odds of small businesses - survive and thrive!
3 days ago