Last month, the unemployment rate in the U.S. fell below five percent for the first time since 2008. Good news, right? Maybe not for everyone. Voters in this presidential election cycle have said loud and clear that for millions of Americans, the economy hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession. Recent data helps explain why positive economic indicators and forecasts haven’t translated into more prosperity for everyone. In 36 states, unemployment rates remain above pre-recession levels. And a new study says in the most distressed zip codes, employment has actually fallen in the last three years. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and her panel of guests look at America’s patchwork recovery.

By: Indira Lakshmanan, The Diane Rehm Show

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