Paul Craig Roberts points out that Americans are being misled by manufactured happy talk of many economists. Why the fake numbers? They serve special interests. He says:
"....Americans live a never-never-land existance. The politicians and presstitutes make sure of that.
Consider something as simple as the unemployment rate. The US is said to have full employment with a January 2018 unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent in January 2010.https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
However, the low rate of unemployment is contradicted by the long-term decline in the labor force participation rate. After a long rise during the Reagan 1980s, the labor force participation rate peaked in January 1990 at 66.8 percent, more or less holding to that rate for another decade until 2001 when decline set in accelerating in September 2008. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CIVPART/
Today the labor force participation rate is the lowest since February 1978, reversing all of the gains of the Reagan years....."