Recovery Summer?

Four years ago today, the White House kicked off Recovery Summer with a series of events highlighting tens of thousands of projects around the country to get Americans back to work.

Here’s the problem: Americans are still waiting for a “Recovery Summer.” For too many, an economic recovery seems as distant as a U.S. World Cup Championship.

Four years later, here are the headlines:

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So about that “Recovery Summer” — even the White House admits it’s not really happening. Here’s what the AP reported this morning:

…White House officials concede the American public is still anxious about the economy. Wages remain stagnant, workers have dropped out of the labor force, and 3.4 million Americans have been without work for 27 weeks or more, thus classifying them as long-term unemployed.

On this Recovery Summer Anniversary, Americans are still asking, “Where are the jobs?”