88,921,000 is the number of Americans not currently in the workforce. This number includes anyone over the age of 16 (not including those in prison or in the military, etc.) who don't have a job AND aren't currently looking for one. This number generally gets overlooked by the media (or at least not put into the proper context), in favor if a simpler and easier soundbite number... the unemployment rate. However, the unemployment rate is a ridiculously irrelevant number when not used in conjunction with the number of Americans not in the workforce.... and here's why: This month, we added 96,000 jobs to our economy, and the unemployment rate FELL from 8.2% to 8.1%. Sounds like good news right? Well, what most people don't realize, is that the reason this number fell was not because we added 96,000 jobs (our population grew faster than that)... the reason is because 368,000 people stopped looking for jobs all together... instead to retire early or to live off of government welfare. This is a good example where the media is not only missing part of the truth, but by not sharing a key statistic, seems to be actively making the situation seem better than it is. The truth, is that now the percent of adults in our population that's either working or looking for work is a staggering 63.5 percent! That's not good news folks... and it's certainly not sustainable. If this recovery is a real recovery, it sure doesn't look like much of one. For a bit of context: this is THE LOWEST labor participation rate for men (69.9%) since the government started keeping track in 1948!