Job Growth Is Sluggish, Raising Fear of Malaise - NYTimes.com: "Missing: nearly three million American workers. This isn’t the latest dystopian science fiction story or the pitch for a Hollywood thriller. It is the economic trend that has alarmed experts and policy makers alike. A growing number of people — many in their prime working years — have simply given up on landing a job. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the overall unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.1 percent in August. But that improvement was mostly a result of Americans dropping out of the labor force, not of their finding work. The situation helps explain why so many ordinary Americans remain doubtful about the recovery, now in its fifth year..."