While the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped since the recession, much of that drop stems from the fact that many workers have simply stopped looking for jobs and are no longer counted as unemployed. That makes for an imperfect measure of the labor market. Another measure may better reflect the economic gloom that many Americans feel: The percentage of prime-working-age Americans -- ages 25 to 54 -- who are working fell during the recession, and it hasn't recovered. Read related article.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistic | The Washington Post May 29, 2012
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