Ending Hunger in America

The 2014 Hunger Report

Full Employment in America

Full employment is the first step to ending hunger in America.

When the breadwinner in a household is out of work, everyone living under the same roof is at risk of hunger. Child hunger is directly linked to parental unemployment or underemployment.

Hunger rates in the United States remain tremendously high in part because of a weak recovery since the end of the Great Recession. Without a deliberate attempt to reduce it, unemployment will likely remain high for a long time.

The White House, Congress and the Federal Reserve must use the policy tools at their disposal to get back to full employment by creating jobs and putting millions of people back to work.

Key Facts:

  • Workers who lost a job in 2007-2009 but found full time work after faced an average wage cut of 10.5 percent.
  • Between 2010 and 2020 there will be nearly 3 new college graduates for every 1 job created that requires a bachelor’s degree.
  • The chance of being called for a job interview falls by 45 percent as unemployment lengthens from one to eight months.

Learn more about this issue in Chapter 2 of the 2014 Hunger Report: