Review of the August jobs report shows that the economy added jobs (over 169,000) and unemployment rates dropped to a new four year low. This was dampened by detractors stating the jobs are low paying and the rate decrease is due to declining participation. In others words, more people refuse to even look for this low-rent type of work.
An additional review lists reasons why participation rates are declining; women are leaving the workforce-- college-educated females with a high-earning partner are staying home or starting their own business, men are discouraged and not even looking for work-- some electing to collect disability or unemployment benefits, while many young people are deciding to go back to school or continue their education.
In each instance it appears that the key factor is low paying jobs. Essentially most employment is so low paying that it does not make sense to work; which really becomes a factor when you consider that inflation makes most things simply cost too much (discussion from an earlier article).
The effect of the aforementioned cause is that work is no longer a really viable option for many. It maybe better to take a government handout, decide to live on a single income, or simply stay home longer with parents, if available.
Locally, then on to the cities, states, and further to the US economy will never recover unless the country can figure out ways to add higher paying jobs.