Ending Hunger in America, 2014 Hunger Report Introduction - Page 7

A Jobs Agenda Nothing is more important to achieving immediate progress against hunger than a robust recovery from the Great Recession. As we all know by now, the recession that started in December 2007 and lasted until June 2009 was the worst in three generations, and the damage it caused lingers on. More than four years since the official end of the reces“Getting back to full sion, the economy staggers along. It’s not working up to its employment takes us potential: there is an output gap of nearly a trillion dollars, one big step toward meaning that what the economy is capable of producing at full ending hunger in capacity, or full employment, is much more than it actually is America.” producing.11 Unemployment has fallen since the recession’s highs of 10 percent, but the rate is still high, and it is also an unreliable reflection of how many people are still struggling to get back on their feet. National unemployment figures do not count people who have abandoned the labor market in frustration or those scraping by on part-time work who need and want to work full-time. Figure i.4 U.S. Poverty and Civilian Unemployment Rates, 1980-2012 20% 15.2% 15.1% 15 15.1% 12.8% 12.5% 2010 1993 1983 11.3% 9.6% 1989 Poverty Rate (%) 2010 2007 10 9.6% 4.6% 4.0% 5 6.9% 5.3% Civilian Unemployment Rate (%) 0 1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 16?Introduction n Bread for the World Institute 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012