The U.S. unemployment rate has dipped below 5%, a recovery of jobs that nobody could have expected when we were in the teeth of the Great Recession. But the wealth of jobs is spread unevenly among U.S. states.
We look at the unemployment statistics in the newspaper and see a blended picture of all Americans. Currently, we are told, 4.6% of Americans who are looking for a job are unable to find one. But what is the figure for adult men and women over age 20? Or for people with a high school diploma vs. those who are college-educated?
Headlines told us that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.6%—the lowest level since August 2007, and surely an improvement over the 10% rates of the Great Recession. Those numbers represent great news, and indicate that the country is in strong shape as President-elect Trump takes office.