The current unemployment rate is at 3.5%. Historically, that is a very low rate and, generally, everybody is working. That makes the economy look good. Yet, the rate of poverty is more than 3 times higher than that. And that works out to about 40 million people living in poverty during full employment.

That shows that working pay is not at a living wage. No one seems to connect those dots. So when will that connecting happen? We need to pay more attention to people working at levels below a living wage.

John Yoakum

Downtown

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