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Jobs Crisis

Labor Force Participation Lowest In 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

The jobs crisis may be even worse than it seems. Times are tough for the nation's unemployed, and many have given up looking for work, dropping out...

Krugman: 'Economy Desperately Needs A Short-Run Fix'

New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

For what we’re seeing now is what happens when influential people exploit a crisis rather than try to solve it....

Jobless Claims Fall Below 400,000 For First Time In Four Months

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the ...

Arthur Delaney

Democratic Senator Comes Out Against Further Unemployment Benefits | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

During a Tuesday visit to a factory in St. Charles, Mo., Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said she opposed extending federal unemployment benefits. ...

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

Obama: The President Who Wouldn't Make the Louisiana Purchase

Jeff Madrick | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

Stimulus -- not spending cuts -- could have created jobs. The wonderful thing about being president is the bully pulpit. But Obama doesn't use it to persuade Americans about much of anything.

Lila Shapiro

U.S. Adds 117,000 Jobs In July As Jobless Rate Falls, Beating Expectations | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- A day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its worst drop since the financial crisis, fresh data showed a slightly less pessimistic ...

America's Agenda Is Jobs

Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

In everything that we do, we need to remember the dignity of work. Nothing is more important than being able to look in the mirror and know that you can take care of your family. That's what we all should be fighting for.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

When hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people show up for one job opening, we have a major crisis. Now that the debt crisis is subsiding, we have got to focus on the unemployment calamity.

Debt Ceiling Agreement: No Cause for Celebration

Bill George | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Bill George

This week's agreement to increase the U.S. debt ceiling is no cause for celebration. The political landscape is covered with the blood of all the politicians who were losers in this "no win" battle.

Lila Shapiro

Debt Ceiling Deal A Major Setback For American Labor Market | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.01.2011 | Business

For American workers -- both those employed and those looking for work -- the deal reached over the weekend to stave off an American default could spe...

Arthur Delaney

Key Group Left Out The Debt Ceiling Deal | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The long-term unemployed have been left out of a deal between congressional negotiators and the White House to enact massive spending cu...

U.S. Unemployment Rate Probably Unchanged In July

Bloomberg | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business

The U.S. probably failed to create enough jobs in July to reduce unemployment, showing anxiety over government debt deliberations and a slowdown in co...

Alex Wagner

Obama Losing Liberal And Black Support Over Jobs Record | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Amidst new research showing historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities, President Obama is facing plummeting approval over his jobs ag...

Endorsement of Bob Turner for the 9th Congressional District

Ed Koch | Posted 09.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

I suggest that the contested race in the 9th congressional district be turned into a referendum that will allow the voters of this district to register a protest against the positions of President Obama and the Republican leadership.

The Debt Ceiling Impasse: The Myth of Grand Bargains and Win-Win Unicorns

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

There is still no deal in the debt ceiling impasse between Congressional Republicans and the president, so we can't say who "won." But we can definitely say who lost: America.

WATCH: Arianna Huffington Says 'Job's Issue Is A Demand Issue'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business

Politicians in Washington have yet to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. Many other Americans have other concerns. Last night on ABC's T...

Vicious Cycles: Why Washington Is About to Make the Jobs Crisis Worse

Robert Reich | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Republicans are proposing to cut the budget deficit this year and next, which will result in more job losses. And Democrats, from the president on down, seem unable or unwilling to present a bold jobs plan to reverse the vicious cycle of unemployment.

Arianna On 'This Week': 'Artificial Crisis' Distracting From Real Problems

Huff TV | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "This Week" on Sunday to discuss the jobs crisis and how the debt ceiling is an "artificial crisis" that's distracting Washington ...

Corporate Profits Boom In Second Quarter, While Jobs Remain A Bust

AP | Paul Wiseman | Posted 09.22.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Strong second-quarter earnings from McDonald's, General Electric and Caterpillar on Friday are just the latest proof that booming p...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.15.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Harry Potter mania is in full effect this week, with the arrival of the blockbuster series' final cinematic installment. As the ubiquitous movie posters say, "It All Ends." Here in the Muggle world, a similar dark sense of finality hangs over the swirling debt ceiling debate, with its looming August 2 deadline. In that drama, DC's lead actors have been slipping in and out of character. President Obama -- who has announced his interest in starring in a sequel of his own -- signaled his willingness to accept draconian spending cuts, while Mitch McConnell couched his Snape-like approach in "crassly political terms," flatly declaring: "I refuse to help Barack Obama get reelected." Meanwhile, with the emphasis on debt reduction, another week passed without the stars of the show tackling the jobs crisis -- or, as it's known in Washington, "That Which Shall Not Be Prioritized."

Sky-High Executive Compensation Kills Jobs, Innovation, and Prosperity

William Lazonick | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
William Lazonick

It's time to demand that US business corporations be governed according to the principles of innovative enterprise, and not by the anti-innovation principle of maximizing shareholder value.

Impact of Job Numbers Goes Far Beyond the Jobless

Jeff Madrick | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Jeff Madrick

A high unemployment rate does not merely mean that 14 million Americans are suffering. It suggests far broader pain and suffering. And disappointment may turn to anger before we know it. The Tea Party is the first manifestation of this. What's next?

Address the Jobs Crisis First

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Does anyone care about the American middle class? The working middle class -- especially its younger members -- now faces a prolonged period of high unemployment, declining wages, and diminished public services.

Lila Shapiro

Recovery Derailed: June Jobs Report Stokes Fears Of Return To Recession | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at Two years after the official end of the Great Recession, much of the countr...