By Darrell Byers
In the United States, we have wider disparities of wealth between rich and poor than any other major developed nation. This gap is wide – and growing.
As I am writing, I am reading headlines about how unemployment is at a record low. But look beyond the headlines and you’ll find that almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary jobs. What’s more, unemployment remains at 15-20% in economically distressed communities. As far back as national job numbers go in the US, black unemployment has consistently been approximately twice the rate of joblessness for white people.
“Record low unemployment” doesn’t tell the full story.