Nationwide, more than four out of ten adult American offenders return to prison within three years of their release. Too often, they return to a life of crime because they can't get a job, yet they can't get a job because of their prison record.
The unemployment rate fell because it is determined by a separate survey of households that showed a sharp 237,000 drop in the number of people who said they were unemployment, while only a small number dropped out of the labor force.
With college tuition, job training costs and the amount of vacant middle-skill jobs at an all time high, traditional education credentials are becoming poor indicators of potential success in the workplace.
Worker standards help economic growth. As the country builds back from the recession, middle class careers are key to economic prosperity and growth. It's something we seem to agree upon across party lines -- yet the very existence of these jobs is at risk.