Here, ponder these numbers and tell me what you come up with. Population of these United States is 310,000,000 Population that is 15 years old or under 60,000,000 Population that is over 68 years old 35,000,000 ___________________________________________ Potential Working age population is 215,000,000 From them, subtract the following. Population that is in prison is 2,300,000 Population that is in military 1,400,000 (Army Navy Air Force Marines) Disabled working age population 1,300,000 (That is a generous estimate.) _______________________________________ Available workforce 210,000,000 People employed full time 137,000,000 (from the nefarious DOL and probably an overstatement for effect) People unemployed or under-employed in the working population 73,000,000 (210 M minus 137 M) 73 M divided by 210 M times 100 for the percentage. (34%) Oh No! Thus 34% of the working population is unemployed or underemployed. Even if you were to say that 40 million were college students or seniors in high school or full time housewives or househusbands, you will still have 33 million unemployed. Colleges conducting their own surveys keep coming up with this 33 million number of people who would be working if only they could find a real job. Many of them are working part time jobs, but you can not support a family on a part time job. Somehow, I just do not trust the government numbers, especially when they say that less than half of the population is in the workforce. 153 Million versus 310 Million.