As the ivory tower academics and Washington policy makers talk amongst themselves, this article suggests people are are not waiting around for someone to tell them what classification of unemployment they fit into. Enrollment in community colleges is up sharply as people upgrade skills or, more likely, re-train for a career that is altogether different from what they were doing.
Washington Post: Workers seek new skills at community colleges, but classes are full
In one small anatomy lab, there's a craps dealer training to become an anesthetist, a cocktail waitress who wants to be a dental hygienist, and a former stripper seeking to become a nurse.
"People are always going to be going to the dentist," explained Misty Stevenson, 36, the aspiring hygienist, a mother of three and a cocktail waitress for 16 years, explaining her career choice after her income plunged during the downturn.
The trouble is getting a seat in class.
All over the United States, community college enrollments have surged with unemployed and underemployed people seeking new skills.