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CEO Pay Absolutely Exploding Compared To That Of Workers

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

It's good to be chief executive. American CEOs saw their pay spike 15 percent last year, after a 28 percent pay rise the year before, according to...

Apple's Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Apple presides over a global technology empire, but the economic landscapes it shapes around the world are strangely uneven. As long as corporations can freely cross national boundaries, workers' rights should be just as global.

Kicking Underdogs When They're Down

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

At a time of dwindling union membership, at a time when labor union participation is so small as to be nearly negligible, state legislatures across the country are taking up right-to-work (for less) laws that will further decimate union ranks.

America's Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Although conservative candidates revel in ridiculing Western Europe, America could learn crucial economic lessons from Germany, which maintains trade surpluses, including one with China in auto parts.

Last Year's Jobs Gains Helped Those Hit Hardest By Recession

AP | By DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- For many people whose job prospects faded most during the recession, 2011 brought a small dose of relief. When unemployment was surging...

Calling Progressive Economists Into the Public Square

David Coates | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
David Coates

It is the moment for all of us with the requisite skills to make a sustained contribution to the creation of a progressive economic consciousness in contemporary America. If we do not, and if we do not do it quickly, then heaven help us all after November 2012!

Facing Low Salaries, Teachers Take To Moonlighting

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

MIAMI — By day, Wade Brosz teaches American history at an A-rated Florida middle school. By night, he is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. ...

Teachers Are Behind Private Sector Peers On Cognitive Measures And Overpaid, Report Says

The American Independent | Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education

A new report published by two conservative think tanks argues the cognitive ability of teachers is on average lower than private sector workers with s...

Federal Government Downsizing Slowing Economic Recovery

AP | BY TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it – by default. Crippled by ...

What Mitt Romney Can Teach James O'Keefe About Ratf**king

Dan Mirvish | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Dan Mirvish

If James O'Keefe is serious about his "ratf**king" efforts (as Nixon's Don Segretti called it), he'll do well to remember that it doesn't take much more effort to register a domain name anonymously.

Sam Stein

James O'Keefe's Newest Target Appears To Be A Small, Progressive Economic Think Tank

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Among members of Washington D.C.'s think tank community, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is known as a den for unbending liber...

Cities Where Black Unemployment Is Rising Fastest

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

Of all demographic groups in the United States, the black community has been hit hardest by the unemployment crisis. Indeed, the percentage of current...

States Losing The Most Jobs To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: China is taking American jobs, labor unions, politicians and economists, have accused for some time. The logic is simple. While a ...

Janell Ross

Single Mothers: Poverty Climbs Without Jobs Or Help

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

On a steamy summer morning inside the 116th Street food pantry in Harlem, Georgiana Williams moves slowly through the aisles. For Williams, this is im...

13 Devastating Numbers About Poverty In America

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

It's far from a secret that the U.S. economy is in trouble. A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau just puts numbers on what so many Americans already...

Education Largest Determining Factor For Wages

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

Despite a little skepticism, it still more than pays to go to school. In fact, education has a greater effect on how much one earns over their car...

Janell Ross

Economists Looking For Bold Ideas On Black Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress tonight because of what many economists, pundits and politicians have called a jobs cr...

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Starting Salaries For Recent Graduates Declined Over Past Decade

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 11.02.2011 | College

NEW YORK -- For Kate Johnson, any job felt better than no job at all. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Johnson o...

College Graduates Starting Wages Drop In Last Decade: EPI [GRAPH]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Despite remaining the safest road to financial prosperity, a college degree isn't earning the recently graduated quite as much these days. The ave...

Three Things Obama's Jobs Program Needs

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

President Obama’s plan to give a major economic speech after Labor Day means that, finally, Washington is going to have a serious conversation about...

Foreign-Born Blacks Hit Hardest Of All Immigrant Groups By Jobs Crisis

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

Of all the groups affected by the unemployment crisis, perhaps the hardest hit have been those black citizens born outside the United States. Acco...

Got Health Insurance Through Your Employer? Maybe Not for Long (But Not Because of Reform)

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The employer-based health insurance system has been crumbling for several years. And, with or without the Affordable Care Act, it's very possibly on its last legs.

10 Years Later, How Bush-Era Tax Cuts Changed America [CHARTS]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

A decade has now passed since the Bush-era tax cuts were signed into law, and the topic remains as divisive as ever. To mark the ten-year annivers...

NAFTA Cost U.S. 700k Jobs, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.12.2011 | Business

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was first signed in 1994, proponents said it would eventually create jobs for the U.S. economy. 17 ye...

Why Progressive Budgets Are Really Centrist Budgets: Responding to Reverse Robin Hood Plans to Distribute Wealth to the Rich

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The Ryan budget would undermine economic growth and job creation for years and exacerbate ever-widening income inequality. Instead of these reckless cuts, job creation and strengthening the economic recovery must be our priority.