And, if that isn't bleak enough for you, here's the quote that will sadly resonate with much of America right now:
“Sometimes I think I’d be better off in jail,” she says, only half joking. “I’d have three meals a day and structure in my life. I’d be able to go to school. I’d have more opportunities if I were an inmate than I do here trying to be a contributing member of society.”The article discusses the structural unemployment that has accompanied the current recession - jobs we won't get back - and the lack of good policy solutions to help the long-term unemployed. There are parts of the reporter's argument we may disagree with, but what's clear is that with so many jobs disappearing forever - clerical and manufacturing jobs being two of the biggest categories - retail jobs are the jobs of the future. Ms. Norton couldn't find work in an office or in a lab; she didn't seek out a teaching job; she went into retail. With more and more Americans turning to retail jobs, and with retail quickly emerging as the predominant force in our economy, it has never been so important to make retail jobs family sustaining jobs - with livable wages, affordable benefits, and a prospect for future security.
Happy (?) reading!