Securing a job is a prerequisite to participating in the economy and sharing in its benefits. At the community and state level, a shortage of jobs increases unemployment, reduces tax revenues, and curtails economic growth. Those without a job, especially residents without assets or a second worker in the household, may experience hardships such as high debt, health consequences, hunger, foreclosure, and even homelessness. Even those workers holding jobs may experience limited mobility and depressed wages and salaries when jobs are in short supply.
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