In the intersecting circles where I travel, the blue-collar employees and self-employed are the ones working. And without a lot of seeming angst.
Admittedly, these plumbers, roofers, snow removers, cleaners, mechanics, movers, truck drivers, welders and security guards are not wealthy. But that does not seem to preoccupy them. They have their trade. There is no ambiguity about money. And they charge a premium to work more than they intended that week. Or they might not come at all, such as on a holiday.
It's the white collar, especially those unemployed or underemployed, who have the blues. From the get-go their ethos seemed to have been entitlement. After all, they went to the right schools and there obeyed the rules. They held out for the right job. They knew how to compete. Yet, there they are left out in the cold. The freeze might be no or not enough work. Or it could simply be inability to feel their souls any more.
States are on the money in pushing back against standards education which prepares the masses for college. High school becomes prep school, with no training in the trades. Perhaps everyone should learn a trade, even if they plan to do college. That gives them choices in earning a living.