The US is completely screwed. Everyone is unemployed, broke, unhealthy, and our prosperous nation is going down the tubes. This is the information I gather by watching 10 minutes of any news program. But statistically it doesn’t add up. Our current unemployment rate is 8.6%. During The Great Depression US unemployment hit 25% (1933). But let’s take this 8.6% and compare it to numbers a little more recent. Going back a decade to 2001, the unemployment rate was 5.7%. The US population in 2001 was 285.1 million, currently our country’s population is 311.8 million. Which means our population increase in that decade was 9.1%. So the population increased 9% while unemployment only increased 3%. I realize that these 10 year olds are not currently in the work force, but the fact is that it is easier to make people than jobs and population has been on the rise since the dawn of civilization (except for a brief hiatus due to the black plague). So, with a 6% increase in the job market over that time, the US was still growing. Steering away from these statistics that may or may not make any sense to you, lets talk about crime. When things get bad, people go bad. Crime rates tend to spike in poor economic situations, but contrary to our situation crime rates have dropped, significantly. In 2011 violent crime dropped 6.4%, and robberies decreased 7.7%. So what is really going on? News organizations trying to fill time? Political agendas? Or are things really just bad? In my opinion, two of those questions can be answered with a confident “yes”. I realize that there are a lot of people struggling out there, but this is not new, people have always struggled, the difference is that now technology allows us to see all these struggles. There is good out there too.