Lost in recession, toll on underemployed and underpaid

by Michael Cooper

Applicants, some already employed but looking for something better, at a weekly job fair in June sponsored by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. Stephen Morton/New York Times

Throughout the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery, the most commonly discussed measure of misery has been unemployment. But many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are struggling as well, which is why Sherry Woods, a 59-year-old van driver from Atlanta, found herself standing in line at a jobs fair this month, with her résumé tucked inside a Bible.