I lost my job in March, 2016 after 40 years at various companies. I chose to retire at the age of 61 rather than subject myself to the age discrimination rampant in the IT sector that caused me to lose my job in the first place. Being a female doesn't help either. There are jobs out there for sure. I pass Now Hiring signs all the time. Taking a professional making over $100K per year and giving them a job paying minimum wage is not reducing unemployment. Instead of counting gross numbers, where is the breakdown on the "under employed"? Where are the numbers of people like me who decided not to join the ranks of the Unemployment office? All statistics can be skewed to prove your point. The overall economy is only improving for those with money in the stock market. The average citizen is not really participating.