Food for thought:
#1 - According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day
over the last 10 years.
#2 - Sadly, it looks like this trend is picking up momentum. During 2010, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day
closed down in the United States.
#3 - Since 2001, the U.S. has lost a total of more than 56,000
#4 - There are way too few jobs and this is leaving a lot of people out in the cold. The average amount of time that a worker stays unemployed in the United States is now a whopping 39 weeks
#5 - Only 48 percent
of all unemployed Americans are currently getting unemployment checks from the government. Early last year, that number was at 75 percent.
#6 - There doesn’t seem to be much hope that the job market will improve significantly any time soon. One recent survey found that 77 percent
of all U.S. small businesses do not plans to hire any more workers.
#7 - Without enough good jobs to go around, millions of Americans are losing their homes. Over the past four years, more than 100,000 homes
in Las Vegas alone have been lost to foreclosure.
#8 - As the economy struggles, new home sales continue to suffer as well. In fact, new home construction is poised to set a brand new all-time record low
#9 - As family budgets get tighter, Americans are saving less money and a significant percentage of them say that they have no extra money left to spend at this point. The savings rate in the United States in September was the lowest that it has been since December 2007
, and according to one recent survey one-third of all Americans
say that they have absolutely no spare cash to spend on anything right now.
#10 - According to one recent survey, one out of every three Americans
would not be able to make a mortgage or rent payment next month if they suddenly lost their current job.
#11 - If you can believe it, extreme poverty is now at the highest level that the U.S. government has ever recorded. Today, more than one out of every seven Americans is living in poverty and more than 20 million of them are considered to be living in extreme poverty
#12 - State and local governments all over the country have gotten into massive debt problems. At this point, the municipal bond market in the United States is coming apart at the seams. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent articlethat appeared on biggovernment.com
Moody’s Credit Rating Service just announced the ominous trend that credit quality in the municipal bond market is falling at the fastest rate since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Data released showed that 5.3 times as many municipal bonds were credit downgraded over the three last months than were upgraded.
#13 - Today, more Americans than ever are relying on the government in order to survive. A staggering 48.5%
of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits. Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.
#14 - Young people in particular have been hit really hard by this economy. If you can believe it, 37 percent
of all U.S. households that are led by someone under the age of 35 have a net worth of zero or less than zero.
#15 - The “wealth gap” between older Americans and younger Americans continues to grow. According to an analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center, the median net worth for households led by someone 65 years of age or older is 47 times greater
than the median net worth for households led by someone under the age of 35.