Overall unemployment numbers for January dropped slightly below ten percent, but for particular groups – adult men, African Americans and immigrants – unemployment is still higher than average.
Today we’re looking at the long term impacts of high unemployment. Could this recession shape a generation, as the Great Depression did? Do unemployed Americans still think of their country as a land of opportunity?
We talk to Donald Jones; 60 years old and unemployed for the first time, Jones says he can now better relate to his grandfather, who lost his own job during the Great Depression. We also speak with Hashim Yeomans-Benford, community organizer with the Miami Workers Center, which frequently works with the unemployed.