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American Employment Winter: Beware Reports of Spring

“Unemployment at 4-Year Low as U.S. Hiring Gains Steam” headlined the New York Times last Friday as I sat down with the makers of American Winter, a documentary that premiers tonight on HBO. The statistics suggest employment’s up and joblessness is down but watch American Winter and you get a mountain of reasons to take a skeptical look at those numbers.

American Winter follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the winter of 2011-12 in Portland. (You can watch my conversation with the Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz in full here, at GRITtv.)