The headline on the Washington Post story by Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement reads:
Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy
The article is especially depressing, coming in the season when we give thanks for our blessings and celebrate the bounty of the land. But the facts don’t take off for the holidays, so:
More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Nearly one in three, 32 percent, say they worry “a lot” about losing their jobs, also a record high, according to the joint survey, which explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future.
Meanwhile, as Justin Sink of The Hill reports:
The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. It’s a common play for the White House, which frequently seeks to refocus attention on its jobs and infrastructure agenda when facing political crises.
One wonders if the White House even has the ability to do something that would ease the anxieties of those who fear for their livelihoods. Or if the “pivot” and “refocusing,” is just another head fake and a part of the game.