The first signs of an economic recession in the United States began in December 2007. In just one year, unemployment has risen by an astonishing 1.7 percent. In 2008, more than one million Americans lost their jobs. To understand the seriousness of these statistics, put yourself in the shoes of those people who are now unable to provide for their families. Last Christmas those people had normal holidays with their families. They could provide food and presents for their children. It’s disheartening to think that they might not even have a Christmas tree this year, let alone presents under it.
Unemployment is caused by reduced or nonexistent demand for goods or services in the economy that pretty much defines the US economy today. The United States used to be a place where dreams were possible if you worked hard to make them come true. Our nation was idolized by countries around the world for being the land of opportunity. Unfortunately, we are no longer the same nation. Somehow our country has turned into a place where even if you work hard and are good at your job, you risk becoming a statistic.
The United States has a cumulative unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. That translates to 10.3 million people in America currently unemployed. The state of Michigan is the largest contributor to that number with an incomprehensible unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. In a state that relies on manufacturing and factories as their main source of income, it is no wonder they are the hardest hit. However, the nation’s rate is evened out by states like Wyoming, which has the lowest unemployment rate at just 3.2 percent. The main source of income in Wyoming is agriculture. The dairy farm consists of a large group of independent farming families who work hard to earn a living. To solve our current economic crisis, we need to acknowledge their success and start taking notes.
For the first time in history, the big city is taking notes from the small town farmer on how to make a living. The answer to our economic problems does not necessarily lie in the agricultural aspect, but in self-employment. Wyoming has managed to keep their unemployment rates below the national average because you can’t get fired if you work for yourself. The idea of a career change to something more personal has never looked better for America.