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Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 09/02/2011

What is the most important thing our political leaders need to know about the unemployment problem?

People wait in line during a job fair, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, on Aug. 18 in Atlanta. (Bob Andres - AP)
With Congress set to return from its summer recess next week, leaders of both political parties are gearing up to unveil their proposals for how to address the nation’s ongoing unemployment crisis.

More than two years after the official end of the recession, more than 14 million Americans remain out of work and another 10 million have settled for part time work or given up looking entirely.

“Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs,” Obama wrote in announcing his upcoming jobs speech. “We must answer this call.”

In addition to Obama, the politicians slated to give major speeches include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

As they prepare to offer their plans, we’re asking the unemployed a simple question: What is the most important thing our political leaders need to know about the unemployment problem?

Please answer by calling 888-279-7678 and leaving us a voicemail. If you would rather submit a video, click here and follow the instructions.

Messages will be featured on the “Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment” project page.

All entries must be your own and they must abide by our discussion policy. We ask that you keep your answer brief – preferably 30 seconds or less – and identify yourself with your full name and former occupation in your response.

If you would rather answer in text form, please fill out the form below.

Finally, we’ll also collect tweets with answers to the question. Please tweet with the hashtag #helpwanted.

To find out more about the “Help Wanted” project, click here. To visit the project’s homepage, click here.

By Brian M. Rosenthal  |  08:42 AM ET, 09/02/2011

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