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Rational Exuberance

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We're not out of the woods yet, but in the overall scheme of things, there is nothing like a good solid dose of economic growth to reduce deficits, create jobs and foster holiday cheer.

The November Jobs Report (Updates)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While the employment story has improved over the past few months, the decline in the November unemployment rate isn't as good as it sounds.

Bernanke: Fed 'Intently' Focused On Job Creation

Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

FORT BLISS, Texas (Reuters) - Spurring stronger growth and more robust job creation in the weak recovery are top priorities for the Federal Reserve, C...

Who Gets Unemployment Benefits?

The New York Times | Casey B. Mulligan | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

It’s commonly assumed that unemployed people not receiving unemployment benefits have been unlucky enough to go without a job for so long that their...

October Employment Picture: More of the Same

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

We continue to see an underwhelming pattern of economic recovery. The worst of the initial economic dive is behind us. Political and economic risk clo...

On the October Jobs Report

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

As long as consumers remain strapped, it's hard for me to see why corporations sitting on trillions in cash reserves would invest here as opposed to expanding, emerging economies elsewhere.

Most Americans Using Jobless Benefits Say They Don't Cover Basic Needs

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

The majority of Americans using unemployment benefits say it's not enough to cover their basic needs. Sixty-six percent of Americans using unemplo...

As the GOP Crowd Cheers, America's Jobless and Hopeless Are Shamed Again

Linda Keenan | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

When I think about the millions stuck outside that carefree bubble -- jobless and hopeless -- and then see that scorned heaped upon them by those still comfortably inside, I feel compelled to go all Herman Cain on that oblivious, thoughtless audience. Shame on you.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"The Economy Stupid" were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 war room. Today, that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates.

Americans Unable To Get Access To Needs As Incomes Fall

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

Americans' ability to access basic life necessities are at recession lows. And the country likely won't catch up with pre-recession incomes for a long...

Jillian Berman

Recovery Leaves Women Behind | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business

Women make up slightly more than half of the U.S. population, but they gained less than 4 percent of new jobs created last month, according to a recen...

Report: Millions Could Lose Jobless Benefits If Lawmakers Don't Extend Them

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business

The federal government will soon have to decide whether to continue to cut millions of checks for people that can't get them any other way. More t...

Homeless Learn To Feed The Hungry

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 12.06.2011 | Impact

Before learning to cook, Cathy had served six years in prison and had never held a job or connected with family. But once she graduated from FareStart...

Get Ready for the Poverty Deniers

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

There is indeed an attitude problem in this country. It's the kind of attitude that encourages sweeping, simplistic generalities like, "Anybody living in the USA is not poor."

10 U.S. States With the Highest Unemployment Rates

InvestingAnswers | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

While some states have moved forward and even experienced the beginning of an economic recovery, the residents of these 10 states are still dealing with uncharacteristically high levels of unemployment.

Scant Room For Equity In Obama's Talking Points On Jobs

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The groups suffering the worst of the economic crisis -- the poor, people of color, single women -- may be hurt more by the careful omissions from Obama's jobs speech than they'd be helped by his proposals.

Reserve Army of Labor: Two Million Unemployed For More Than 99 Weeks

Mother Jones | Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

Not long ago, the city council of Ventura, California, passed an ordinance making it legal for the unemployed and homeless to sleep in their cars. At ...

Boldness on Jobs Policy

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Bevis Longstreth

"Boldness" is the rage among pundits advising the president on his speech this evening. Yet White House leaks suggest that his prescription for this central malady of the nation will not deserve to be so named.

Obama Jobs Speech Preliminary: Understanding How Stimulus Works

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I want to make an essential yet poorly understood point about spending on jobs programs of the type we expect to hear Thursday night. Temporary spending does NOT increase either the long-term deficit or the growth of the national debt.

Black and Bleak

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

What a terrible irony this Labor Day that under America's first African-American president, black unemployment has risen to its highest level since the early Reagan years, and decades of black progress on homeownership have been wiped out.

President Obama's Speech and the Unemployed: Why Now?

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

We are experiencing a jobless recovery and neither the administration nor Congress has demonstrated a sustained interest in unemployment. To grasp the full severity, we should closely examine an important statistic -- the unemployment rate.

Matt Sledge

New York's Dismal Unemployment Numbers Mean 1 In 7 Out Of Work | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.02.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The state, and particularly the city, of New York may be doing well compared to the rest of the country, but nearly two years after the Gr...

Peter S. Goodman

Putting Americans Back To Work: Politics Aside, Much Can Be Achieved | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

As President Obama puts the finish on a much-touted program aimed at promoting job creation, public expectations appear low, owing to national dismay ...

GOP Rep: Pay 'Not So Much'

The Huffington Post | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median household income in 2009 was $49,177, almost $98,000 less than what a member of the House of Representa...

This Labor Day We Need Protest Marches Rather Than Parades

Robert Reich | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Let's bag the picnics and parades this Labor Day. American workers should march in protest. They're getting the worst deal they've had since before Labor Day was invented -- and the economy is suffering as a result.