In essence, the 7 percent only shows those still reporting in to the government that they’re unemployed. It’s not counting those who are underemployed or just had enough after months or even years of finding no gig.
Not that Congress is doing anything about that by holding weekly hearings on the Affordable Care Act implementation. Maybe President Obama’s low approval numbers are telling us something else. Maybe folks are just tired of Congress constantly talking about him when they should be talking about us.
Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and frequent contributor to The Root. He is also Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune and chief political correspondent for Uptown magazine. You can reach him via Twitter.