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5 Resolutions Midlifers Definitely Should Not Make For 2017

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.12.2017 | Fifty

As we wrote two years ago, New Year’s resolutions are for those who succumb to peer pressure. Does anyone really think the flip of a calendar page i...

How Can We Get More Girls and Women in Tech?

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.26.2016 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, it's important to support women in tech. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of women enroll in college (compared to 63% of men), ...

CNBC Again Shows Its Bias, Promotes Recession Scare, As Yellen Says Better Economy Means Rate Hike OK

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Terry Connelly

Predictably, the bond market and the Dow Jones average both fell quickly on CNBC's one-sided call, bringing quick profits to short hedge funds using high frequency trading to move quickly in and out of the market.

The data problem that perpetuates America's ongoing college-value debate

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 04.05.2016 | College
Jamie Merisotis

The March jobs report adds to a pile of conclusive evidence that most of the jobs being created in today's economy require an education beyond high sc...

America Just Turned In Another Stellar Jobs Report

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business

The American economy continues its march upward. The monthly jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy cr...

Challenges Facing the 50 Plus Worker

Robert L. Dilenschneider | Posted 12.04.2016 | Business
Robert L. Dilenschneider

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Statistics have been released for November and it doesn't look good for the 50 plus worker. The nation's...

Armchair Quarterbacking of the Unemployment Rate

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

While the unemployment rate is respected as the final score and indicator of employment in the U.S., we feel like it is humming along consistent with a commendable 5.6 percent rate of unemployment. Clearly, this is not the only measure that should be considered.

Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.

The December Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Chad Stone

Today's jobs report shows a labor market that strengthened significantly in 2014, but one that still bears scars from the Great Recession and subsequent federal budget cuts and other austerity policies that perpetuated a severe jobs slump even as the economy and business profits began to recover.

Democrats (and Voters) Keep Overlooking Jobless Households

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

So while the Republicans clearly had an advantage in the 2014 midterm elections Democrats might still have won a few more sets, or actual seats, if only the current batch of Unreliable Voters hadn't in fact been so darn "unreliable" and instead had come out and voted their self-interests all the way through the ballot.

This Map Depicts The Staggering Highs And Lows Of The U.S. Economy Since 1999

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

America has been through a roller coaster ride of job creation and job loss over the last 15 years. But sometimes it can be difficult to really grasp ...

Arthur Delaney

1 In 5 Workers Laid Off In Past 5 Years Still Unemployed, Survey Finds | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two percent of workers laid off in the past five years are still unemployed, according to a new survey. The John J. Heldrich...

Glum and Glummer: Democrats (and Voters) Keep Overlooking Jobless Households

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

How can we look into the eyes of these unemployed workers -- or ourselves in the mirror -- without acknowledging our failure to address this crisis? Don't we have a moral obligation to our fellow Americans who had nothing to with creating this ongoing jobs crisis?

24 Years Of America's Unemployment Rate In 10 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business

The 2009 financial crisis wreaked havoc on American workers. This map gives a sense of just how dramatic its effect was on employment. The map, cre...

Here's How Americans Spend Every Minute Of Their Days

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business

How many Americans are shopping, watching TV or working at any given moment of the day? A new interactive chart, built by e-commerce company Retal...

Kevin Short

LA Mayor's $13.25 Minimum Wage Would Benefit 40 Percent Of Workforce | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

If Los Angeles raised its minimum wage to $13.25 per hour, roughly 40 percent of the city's workforce would benefit and LA's poverty rate would declin...

Dire Predictions About Doctor Shortage Post-Obamacare Haven't Panned Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's true that the number of doctors per capita in the U.S. likely will continue to decrease, especially in rural areas. But even though an estimated 13 million Americans have become newly insured since the first of this year, the predictions of the gloom-and-doomers have not panned out.

The July Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Today's solid jobs report shows a labor market that's moving in the right direction but still has a ways to go before everyone who wants to work has a reasonable chance of finding a suitable job.

CHARTS: How Much More Expensive Life Has Gotten Since We Last Raised The Min. Wage

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

Unhappy fifth anniversary. Thursday marks five years since the date of the last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage to a paltry $7.25 an ...

How We Use Our Time

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.06.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

I'm a financial analyst, not a philosopher, and yet in my writings about money I often touch on the subject of time. Generally, this is because the tw...

Think Unemployment in Illinois Is Bad Now? Be Glad It's Not 1983 Again

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois is still far off its best unemployment rate ever of 4.2 percent (imagine that!) set in February 1999, but things could be a lot worse. And they were, back in February 1983 when Illinois' unemployment rate was a whopping 12.9 percent.

Party Like It's 2008! Illinois' Unemployment Rate Lowest in Six Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.20.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the April 2014 unemployment data for all 50 states and Illinois' seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate came in at 7.9 percent. Why is that significant?

25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped Out

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.

Somebody Got the December Jobs Data Very Wrong -- And It Matters to Your Money

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Early each month a lot is riding on the jobs and unemployment reports announced by the BLS and corporate surveys (the most prominent being ADP's). Billions upon billions of dollars are made and lost in the stock and bond markets based on those reports.

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...