The unemployed number 15.4 million. The jobless rate is 10 percent. More than 7 million jobs have vanished. People out of work at least six months number a record 5.9 million. And household income, adjusted for inflation, has shrunk in the past decade.

Most economists say it could take at least until 2015 for the unemployment rate to drop down to a historically more normal 5.5 percent. And with the job market likely to stay weak, some also foresee another decade of wage stagnation.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34601256/ns/business-us_business/

The Associated Press

America's Jobless
American workers
Legal Immigration
Attrition through Enforcement

Originally Published: Sun, Dec 27th 2009 @ 4:16pm EST