Well, I and a number of people I know are in and have been in that group over the last 8 years, when that had never happened to us before. The economy is doing very well for some, and extremely poorly for others. I am in scientific research, and money is very hard to come by now unless you are working for a very large lab. The idea that all those people are just stay at home moms and kids and grandmas is just pure fantasy doled out by the corporate media. If the "unemployment rate", which is a poor measure because lots of people are on it till it runs out and they are still unemployed, has any meaning whatsoever, then so does the number of people not in the workforce at all. Just be honest.