Express Employment Professionals released a white paper, “The Great Shift: Where Have All The Workers Gone?” (See attached file.) It reports that "t he labor force participation rate (LFPR) — or percentage of adults who have a job or are looking for one — has declined to a 34-year low." The labor market is toughest for young people under 25. (See graphic below.) Source: The Wall Street Journal In a Wall Street Journal weekend interview , Bob Funk, president and founder of Express Employment Services , says, “Anyone who really wants a job in this country can have one.” To land and keep a job isn't hard, he says, but you have to meet three conditions: “First you need integrity; second, a strong work ethic; and, third, you have to be able to pass a drug test.” If an applicant can meet those minimal qualifications, he says, “I guarantee I can find employers tomorrow who will hire you.” He thinks the notion of the “dead-end job” is poisonous because it shuts down all sense of possibility and ambition. One of his lifelong themes, Mr. Funk says, is that “a job—any job—is by far the best social program in America and the ladder to success.” What does “work ethic” mean to you? What do you think is a “dead-end job”?