Census: Americans Suffering a 'Crisis of Confidence'

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Some economists say the recession is over, but according to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans aren't living like it's over.

The mood is reminiscent of days past. Thirty-one years ago, President Jimmy Carter made his famous "malaise" speech, saying America was suffering from a crisis of confidence.

Today, there is growing evidence, once again, of economic anxiety and a sour national mood.

For example, the Census Bureau showed that fewer people are moving and not as many are getting married.

"Right now, lots of people have lost maybe a little bit of their faith, and so they are being more cautious, they are being risk averse, and they are no longer taking those leaps," Bruce Carruthers, a professor for Northwestern University's Department of Sociology, said.

Today, a record low - 52 percent of Americans - are married, a five point drop in just 10 years.

"I delayed my wedding because I was laid off twice in one year," Denis Giard, one American affected by the economy, said. "We put it off three times."

"A lot of my friends are holding off on getting married, and they are moving in together with their fiancee or boyfriend just to save money," another concerned American, Hope Stevens, said,

Census numbers also show that more young people are staying in school, hoping that the job outlook will be brighter in the future.

"Two years out or three years out, maybe the job market has opened itself up a little bit," graduate student Nathan Matisse said.

Another sign of the recession's impact: one in 10 families is on food stamps, the highest number ever.

"I've worked my whole life, and now I can't do anything for my family," Clyde Hardin, from Georgia, said. Hardin lost his job last year.

It's tough for Hardin as the family provider.

"You don't know what it's like to say I'm sorry, we can't afford it, I'm sorry, we don't have the money," Hardin said. "You don't know what it's like to tell a little girl that."

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