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Help wanted: The uncounted millions

Help Wanted is our new series dedicated to exploring America’s jobs crisis. It will continue on the first Friday of every month through Election Day 2012 to coincide with the jobs report.

The government is out with the latest unemployment numbers, and the situation remains grim. More than 20 million Americans are either out of work or can’t find a full-time job. And those numbers might actually understate the problem. As Need to Know found in our report from Baltimore, many young men in the inner city haven’t even been counted, because they haven’t held a job in so long. And millions of other Americans who have jobs are either making less, making do without benefits, or are just struggling to hang on.

Need to Know correspondent John Larson recently traveled to northeastern Ohio and brought us this report: “Help Wanted: The Uncounted Millions.”

Poll: What is to blame for high unemployment?

Watch the rest of the segments from this episode.

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    Main Street: Findlay, Ohio
    Need to Know travels to Ohio to assess how workers are faring after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.
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    Following the money: Tax breaks
    New CBO report echoes the findings of Need to Know's "A tale or four tax returns."
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      Certifiably employable
    Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.


  • jan

    Deaf people have a problem when you only put this online as video.  You need to have transcripts available.  There are some people who can still read…  (hint)

  • Anonymous

    It’s a shame that the public and media are so concerned about the middle class but ignore the poor.

    Mr. Simon makes an excellent point about how inner city economies provide few options for making a living beyond crime.  A person’s fate is pretty much sealed once they get caught up in the justice system and have a record.

    Thanks NTK for shining a light on this.

  • AdamSmith

    REAL, NEW,  WEALTH only happens when you fish, or farm, mine and especially,  MANUFACTURE,  and sell what you produce.

    41 of 46 wealth producing Chinese companies in the Fortune 500 list are STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES!
    This is why we are losing jobs!

    The unelected WTO somehow finds this fair!

    This is NOT a situation “beyond our control” as your poll suggests. When you vote, start by downsizing all Republican free traitors (NAFTA was passed by the majority of Republicans; most Dems voted “No”) Then we can go after Democratic free traitors.

    You Libertarians out there, please get a clue. ALL global companies SELLING in China must first divulge our technology and MAKE in China! Hence, GM partners with F.A.W. and S.A.I.C (S.O.E’S); G.E. partners with China Aviation (S.O.E.); and  Rick Perry’s Texas partners with SunTech-Haudian (S.O.E.) to buy solar panels.

    My point? SHUT UP ABOUT “GOVERNMENT MOTORS!”  We can’t bring a knife to a gunfight!

  • DubhBairn76

    Our government doesn’t want small businesses to strive – they are all about big fortune companies.. once Obama’s healthcare plan goes into place.. many small businesses will go under and less job possibilities will be around too!!

  • Anonymous

    How to create jobs:

    “Wärtsilä’s Dutch CEO Fred van Beers said earlier this week that the
    Chinese had left his company with no other option: “They only want to
    use local manufacturers these days. So if we don’t move to China, they
    won’t be using us anymore. It’s a tough decision, especially for our
    employees here in the Netherlands”.“The rules for international trade are clearly spelt out in the WTO hand
    book. These practices clearly don’t meet the standards set by the WTO”.

    “But it’s difficult to detect, as most companies that have to deal with this kind of pressure rarely speak out. If they do, they fear their access to the Chinese market will be more difficult,” Mr Smit says.