A decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry.
Despite the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report that U.S. unemployment fell to 7.7 percent in February, the real jobless rate stands at 23 percent.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other "Left, Right & Center" panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?
The biggest political news this week won't be the Democratic convention. It will be Friday's unemployment report.