Sometimes statistics donít tell the whole story. Thatís certainly the case with todayís economy.

So-called experts point to increased jobs and decreased unemployment as if it means that hardworking Americans should be instantly OK. But they shouldnít be fooled by those numbers, and neither should the working public.

Increasingly workers arenít making enough to get by. While the rich have gotten immensely richer over the past few decades, pay at most middle-class jobs has remained stagnant. In some cases, such workers are finding themselves on the chopping block, like what happened at General Motors earlier this month when the mega-profitable company decided to ďrestructureĒ and ended up cutting some 14,000 jobs.

Additionally, federal workers and contractors were devastated by a partial government shutdown that left them without paychecks for 35 days. Thatís more than 800,000 people who had to struggle to feed their families, pay their bills and keep a roof over their heads. While federal workers will get that money back, tens of thousands of low-wage service contract workers will be left to pick of the pieces of their tattered wallets on their own. Most likely, they will never get that money back.

Here are the facts: 22.5 percent of workers are in a low-wage job that doesnít pay above the poverty threshold for a family of four; and 40 percent of American households lack a basic level of savings that would allow them to subsist at a poverty level for three months if they lost their income. That means there are tens of millions of workers who are struggling to make ends meet. That is a bright, flashing sign that the nationís current path isnít working.