There were 4.6 unemployed workers for every job opening in the United States in August, according to new data from the Labor Department.Bureau of Labor Statistics, via Haver Analytics
That’s a slight tick up from July, because the number of unemployed rose slightly and the number of job openings fell.
At my Facebook page, a conservative friend argued this morning that safety net programs like food stamps foster dependency by lazy twentysomethings on an indulgent government. That's a worry we can save for when economic times are good. Right now, they're not. The reason so many people aren't working isn't because they're getting fat on the taxpayer dime; it's because there's not that much work to be had.