first_imgby: Rich SmithHappy days are here again! (Or are they?)For the third month in a row, America’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent, according to this month’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on November jobs data. Even better, the fact that payrolls grew by 321,000 jobs — with no downtick in the unemployment rate — tells us that more Americans must be returning to the labor market.That’s great news for the middle class. And now here’s some good news for Americans still struggling to get into the middle class: The percentage of Americans who say they’re struggling just to put food on the table has dropped to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.The Magic NumberWe won’t keep you in suspense: 17.2. That’s the percentage of Americans who say they “struggled to afford food in [the] past year,” according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup.Gallup suggested a few trends that could be helping to solve the problem of hunger in America, noting that (in line with November’s unemployment data) “fewer Americans are unemployed or underemployed in 2014” than were in recent years. Also, gas prices have taken a tumble with the recent collapse in world oil prices. The fact that it now costs less money to fill up the tank may be freeing up more dollars that consumers can use to buy food. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img