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What is working at the local level, has the problem of under-employment spreading across the U.S.
And this is not happening across political lines. Most solutions have come from the left.
In a new analysis of data from an Education Gap study, more than one in five people working as car drivers nationally are people who are not currently employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A similarly-sized number of people are enrolled in school and not working yet. The numbers are not growing, though. Instead, a growing percentage of these folks are car-driving senior citizens.
At the lowest end of the scale, a significant number of under-employed folks for whom the answer is simply a "yes," being female, live in communities of color and are part of the Millennial demographic.
The down side is that 90% of these people are still being held to a standard of strict discipline by a supervisor, typically those who occupy the the white collar jobs of an urban neighborhood.
While the ideal "job in the deck office" is infrequent, one might have a favorite and one day it could mean eight or nine hours straight of crank phone and U-turn in on a guy in a bank truck heading to work. But for a majority of these driving job constituents, it isn't that simple.
The average commute to and from work in metropolitan areas across the U.S. is 28 minutes and the typical drive is 22 minutes. And sadly, from where I sit, I don't see "toll roads" in the City of Brotherly Love.
That translates to 1.1 billion car trips annually, according to the federal government. When you add in interstate traffic, those numbers range from 4 to 8 billion and a 16 to 30 minute commute.
So people in the same union are spending long stretches of their lives getting from their homes to their places of work. Given the jobs and the distance, these long commutes make it more difficult to keep up with their own personal doctor's visits, weekly grocery needs and other routine long term human needs.
It's not a dissimilar experience for us non-car driving voters or Americans with short commutes.
As a result, D.C. is going through the same system we in Pennsylvania are. And that system is being examined by those voters to see if they really want to continue subsidizing their lives and driving.
According to The Washington Post, private transit trips by those with poor or moderate incomes have grown over the past 50 years. Meanwhile, in a place like Reading, Pennsylvania, ridership on rail has declined and we are moving in on "toll roads" like the line through Allentown to get to Philly.
It's all part of a national struggle over public transportation that has been put on a federal charter.
Anyone who thinks changing transit is a solution to the economic inequality, if not the continuing social problems is misguided. It's a hopeless war and sees those who are less fortunate subsidizing those in power.
If we are going to compete with countries that allow citizens to invest in their own systems of mass transit, at a greater cost to their families and to their communities, and who have taken an interest in extending these systems to Americans who are economically and socially more at risk, we are going to have to offer an alternative.
Is working at a car lot in the same way you'd get in an Uber that connecting to that means a job that provides income in exchange for a complex system of geography and traffic?
For the majority of car job constituents, based on this analysis, it is not a new problem, it's just a problem getting worse.
Good job, Donald Trump. And we must continue to extend our hand for a rematch.