Jobs and joblessness have been a pretty big topic over the past five years. Lots of people losing jobs, lots of people giving up even looking for a job and leaving the workforce for good. It's a genuine economic crisis, I know first hand because I work in one of the poorest cities in America and have the survey results to prove it. It's a manufacturing town, but the plants don't make products to sell directly to the public so much as they sell these products to another industry which is in a severe downturn at the moment. Naturally this means the plants are slowing down, cutting hours, cutting employees, and in some cases just shutting down.