One of the long-standing traditions of Labor Day is that television news programs do some kind of tribute to the working man and woman. But since this is Labor Day 2010, there are a lot fewer working men and women to honor. More than 14 million Americans are out of work, and for them, Labor Day is just another Monday.
As unemployment hovers around 10 percent, the Obama administration, and politicians everywhere, are attempting to find an answer. One solution that some states are trying involves using part of a special $5 billion fund from last year’s federal stimulus package. The goal is to put the neediest Americans back to work.
Correspondent Mona Iskander traveled to Mississippi to meet some of the people who are hoping this temporary jobs program will lead to permanent employment.