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Jobs Crisis

Are Summer Jobs a Thing of The Past?

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe lessons that I learned while working at the summer camp and internship placement proved invaluable and truly shaped my future career decisions.

The Biggest Republican Lie

Robert Reich | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Big lies can do great damage in a democracy. This one could help Republicans in their coming showdowns. But it could keep the economy in first gear for years, right up through the 2014 midterm elections, maybe all the way to the next presidential election.

7 Organizations That Create Jobs and Change Lives

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

Amidst the stagnant high unemployment rates across the country and gloomy job growth reports we've been hearing, there is good news. One approach to getting chronically unemployed Americans back to work is actually working: transitional jobs programs.

9 Steps the President Can Announce Tonight to Help Homeowners and Create Jobs

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are immediate, concrete steps the president can announce in tonight's speech which will help struggling homeowners while at the same time stimulating the economy and promoting job creation.

State of the Union: Jobs Rumored to Make a Guest Appearance... Again

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

If there's anybody in the White House who wants to do battle with unemployment as badly as George Bush and Dick Cheney (and a few dozen others) wanted to do battle with Iraq, I hope they'll get their war on in the second term.

Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union's Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

President Obama has been focusing his (and therefore America's) attention on immigration, guns, and the environment. All are important. But in my view none of these should be the central theme of his address Tuesday evening.

Who Gets Hurt Most by Higher Unemployment?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We're talking real losses for real folks who really can't afford it. And for what? I've yet to hear anything approaching a compelling explanation as to why our political class should be whacking away at our already weak economy.

Answering the Call to Fix the Skills Gap

Cheryl Oldham | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Cheryl Oldham

Our nation answered the call of the Industrial Revolution. We answered the call of the "Sputnik Moment." But we've been a "Nation At Risk" for decades now, and have yet to act accordingly.

The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

Robert Reich | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

We're still having the wrong discussion. It shouldn't be how to cut the budget deficit. It should be how to bring back good jobs and economic growth. Deficit hawks and government-haters are still framing the debate. That bodes ill for all of us.

Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It's easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures.

Connecting Our Nation's Youth to Their First Real Job

Urban Alliance | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur government and the corporate sector must make youth employment a priority. Funding streams should be realistic, multi-year, and go to high- performing nonprofit organizations that serve as the glue and connectors between youth and their first job.

How One Startup Weekend Team Launched Slowly, Grew Customers and Became a Successful Business

Startup Weekend | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Startup Weekend

Launching a business is easy. But launching and committing to grow a business is also terrifying.

National Problems Need Individualized Solutions

SER - Jobs For Progress | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
SER - Jobs For Progress

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifEach person takes the statistics we hear thrown around in stride, because at the end of the day, the numbers don't mean much -- what matters are the people, experiences, and individual factors effecting his or her daily life.

Providing Opportunities to Those Who Need Them Most

Urban Alliance | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile college is hugely important, the opportunity to intern, gain real-world work experience, and build a professional network is really what is going to propel our youth out of poverty.

Employment Solutions for Today's Economy

Christian HELP | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Christian HELP

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifFor 21 years, Christian HELP has been devoted to preventing homelessness by helping people find jobs. As times have changed, Christian HELP continues to evolve and find more ways to help people not only obtain a job, but keep it as well.

Post Office Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2013 | Black Voices

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - While delivering mail on Chicago's North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how muc...

An Inequality Debate Heats Up

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

There's an interesting debate going on right now as to factors behind the rise in the inequality of earnings that's been a fixture of our job market for decades (with interesting and germane variations, as you'll see).

Finalists Selected In Race To Address Jobs Crisis

Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact

On Wednesday, The Huffington Post, the Skoll Foundation and knowledge partner McKinsey & Company announced the 74 finalist organizations for the new J...

Dave Jamieson

The Road Forward: Employment Problems Loom Over Obama's Second Term

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On election night in Chicago two months ago, President Barack Obama triumphantly pledged to fight for a middle class he'd appealed to re...

Why Jobs Must Be Our Goal Now, Not Deficit Reduction

Robert Reich | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The typical American worker's paycheck will drop this week because his or her Social Security tax will rise, from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent. That's nonsensical. We need to put more money into the pockets of average workers, not less.

Today's Jobs Report: Steady as She Goes, but She Needs to Go Faster

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Today's employment report shows steady employment growth, fast enough to keep the jobless rate from rising, but not fast enough to knock it down much. The main, first-take point here is that this is a glass-half-full, glass-half-empty jobs report, and more broadly speaking, job market. In the near term, market and political volatility over the recent fiscal craziness is not particularly evident in the job market, which has been moving along at about a trend growth rate. Uninspiring -- and not fast enough to provide the opportunities we need, but steady and pretty resilient to everything from Congressional wound-infliction to hurricanes. Still, we're growing at a steady pace and the last thing we'd want to do is screw around with the debt ceiling... right?

More Women in the Workplace -- An Under-tapped Recipe for Success

Jim Kirsch | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Jim Kirsch

The gender unemployment gap has closed to within 0.4 percent. But rather than standing as an indicate of gender equity, this figure underscores some significant structural shifts in the post-recessive labor market with stark implications for women in the workforce.

Young, Able and Idle: Educating for a 21st Century Workforce

Denielle Sachs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Denielle Sachs

Seventy-five million young people are unemployed. Yet only 43 percent of employers surveyed say they can find enough skilled workers for entry-level openings. These two numbers frame the story of the dual jobs and skills crises facing youth worldwide.

Millennial Unemployment: The Cognitive Cliff

George Weiner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
George Weiner

The nation's politicians are now focusing their attention on our impending fiscal cliff, but I believe there is a much more dangerous cliff -- one that is threatening to cripple an entire generation.

How to Think About the Future of Jobs

Joanna Riley Weidenmiller | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Joanna Riley Weidenmiller

The challenge of finding talent amongst all the noise has become increasingly difficult, and job seekers are facing the same problem. So how does a company find the brightest and best out of millions of resumes?