For corporate America, the Great Recession is over. For the American work force, itÃ¢â¬â¢s not. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/business/economy/19leonhardt.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimesbusiness In Germany and Canada, some companies and workers have averted layoffs by agreeing to cut everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s hours and, thus, pay. In this country, average wages for the employed have risen faster than inflation since 2007, which is highly unusual for a downturn. Yet unemployment remains terribly high, and almost half of the unemployed have been out of work for at least six months. These are the people bearing the brunt of the downturn. GermanyÃ¢â¬â¢s job-sharing program Ã¢â¬â known as Ã¢â¬ÅKurzarbeit,Ã¢â¬Â or short work Ã¢â¬â has won praise from both conservative and liberal economists. Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, has offered a bill that would encourage similar programs. So far, though, the White House has not pursued it aggressively. Perhaps Gene Sperling, the new director of the National Economic Council, can put it back on the agenda.