Long Term Unemployment and the 'American Dream'

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The relentless 8.2 percent unemployment rate dominates coverage of the presidential campaign, but it's much more than a political story. It's a measure of human misery. Some 5.4 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months, and that's being called "a national emergency playing out in slow motion." As the Middle Class is being "hollowed out," companies say they can't find qualified workers. Is there a "skills gap?" Are employers too picky? Is long-term unemployment making a myth of the promise that willing work is the key to upward mobility?

Credits

Guests:
Peter Goodman - New York Times / International Business Times - @petersgoodman, Peter Cappelli - University of Pennsylvania - @wharton, Todd Thibodeaux - Computing Technology Industry Association - @CompTIACEO, Cecilia Conrad - Pomona College

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis