Behind the Lower Unemployment Rates

The statistics we hear about don't give a full picture on jobs. That's good news and bad news.

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Since then I've heard similar stories, including a man who was hired after giving out free job advice while he waited in line to receive groceries at a New York food pantry. His generosity of spirit and willingness to help others -- even while he himself was unemployed and without benefits -- ultimately reconnected him to the world of work.

But a lot of people don't have the mix of fortitude and luck that it takes to find a job in this economy. And one of the questions that will be answered in the 2012 election is whether those buffeted and battered by the economy will choose President Obama or challenger Mitt Romney -- or simply vote for no one at all.

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist and a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. Follow her on Twitter.

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