Why does American work feel so bad?

 

By Alia E. Dastagir | USA TODAY

 

OBS, JOBS, JOBS!” The exclamation was part of President Trump’s tweets in May, hammering home a promise that helped get him elected.

But the unemployment rate is (and was before the election) between 4 and 5% which many economists consider full employment. The U.S. had a record 75 straight months of job growth under President Obama. The poverty rate has decreased from 19% in 1964 to 13.5% in 2015, according to the Census Bureau.

So why do American workers feel worse off? Why does lamenting the state of work seem right?

In the last half century, economic, political and social changes have altered not only the makeup of the workforce, but also what it takes to get a job and support oneself, let alone a family.

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