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Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.12.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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.

Ben Walsh

The Oil Job Boom Is Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business

Oil has crashed, and it's likely to take the decade-long boom in U.S. oil jobs with it.

Arthur Delaney

As Economy Improves, Layoff Victims Say Life Is Getting Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.6 percent, the gove...

U.S. Adds 252,000 Jobs In December; Unemployment Rate Declines To 5.6%

AP/HuffPost | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, as the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. More...

First Impressions: Strong Payroll Gains Mark Another Solid Jobs Report

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While any one month's results from these "high-frequency" data should be taken with a grain of salt, I saw no obvious anomalies in the payroll data. Job growth was robust across industries, with almost 70 percent of private industries expanding.

Ben Walsh

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Get Too Excited About The Jobs Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business

The labor market is like late-70s fashion: Still far too much fringe.

The November Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Today's solid jobs report highlights a continuing labor market recovery, but one in which unemployment -- especially long-term unemployment -- remains high relative to recent recoveries.

U.S. Adds 321,000 Jobs In November; Unemployment Rate Remains At 5.8%

AP/HuffPost | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November, as the unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. ...

Shhh... The American Economy Is on the Brink... of a Boom!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

The real story is that "help is on the way" for America's struggling middle class, the unemployed and the under-employed. The much maligned TARP stimulus and "extraordinary measures" of the Federal Reserve have finally and in fact -- worked!

U.S. Creates 214,000 Jobs In October; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.8 Percent

Posted 11.07.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 214,000 jobs in October, as the unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. More ...

Obama Hasn't Delivered for Working Families. It's Time for a New Playbook.

John Murray | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Last week, President Obama asked the American people to keep his liberal economic policies at the front of their minds this election season. Or as he put it: "These policies are on the ballot -- every single one of them."

A Solid Jobs Report as the Recovery Continues to Lift Employment... Though Not Yet Wages

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The last time the unemployment rate was below 6 percent was in July 2008. Moreover, while the labor force fell slightly (though statistically insignificantly) last month, the decline in the jobless rate over the past year has come for the "right" reason: more people finding work, not leaving the job market.

U.S. Creates 248,000 Jobs In September; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.9%

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.03.2014 | Business

The job-market recovery from the Great Recession has been frustratingly slow, but it has been steady -- the steadiest job recovery in U.S. history, in...

Jason Linkins

Bob McDonnell's Trial Comes To Merciful End, But The Weirdness And The Shame Remain

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

So, that happened: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) career as a professional defendant has finished its first big story arc, with he and wife Maureen being convicted of 20 counts of corruption between them.

Jobs Day! First Impressions -- A Disappointing Report, But One Month Does Not a New Trend Make

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

In a surprisingly downbeat look at last month's job market, today's jobs report shows payrolls up only 142,000 in August, a downward revision to June's gain, flat weekly hours, and a slight tick down in the labor force.

Arthur Delaney

6.1 Percent Unemployment Still 100 Percent Sucks

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- Erin Isaacs has been selling her stuff in order to make rent. She got $180 for her 40-inch TV and $300 for a small washer-dryer combo. ...

Mark Gongloff

Economy Barely Budges In Disappointing Jobs Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business

Like the monster at the end of a horror movie, the lame, sluggish recovery that we thought was dead just crawled out of the grave to give us another s...

Home Price Gains Now Driven More By Jobs Than By Rebound Effect

Jed Kolko | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and lo...

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.

Jobs Grow, But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts

Roger Hickey | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

While it is good that 700,000 jobs were not destroyed last night, America needs to be investing to create millions of jobs, not just to prevent the worst.

Arthur Delaney

Abandon All Hope That Congress Will Help The Long-Term Jobless

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over whether Congress will do something to help Americans unemployed longer than six months is truly over. As lawmakers p...

U.S. Creates 209,000 Jobs In July, Unemployment Rate Rises To 6.2%

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, as the unemployment rate inched up to 6.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Pa...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Happy 4th of July weekend! The week leading up to the holiday gave us much to celebrate -- and much not to celebrate. We can certainly rejoice that Hurricane Arthur failed to do much damage before weakening and heading out to sea. But there can only be consternation at the Supreme Court's decision to allow some corporations to withhold birth control coverage -- damage reports to follow in the years to come. We can also celebrate that the latest jobs numbers showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June. Far less worthy of fireworks is the fact that wage growth still lags in this unequal recovery. And though there were ugly anti-immigration protests in Southern California, we can celebrate that most Americans realize it's our shared history as a nation of immigrants that defines us.

Obama Cheers Positive Jobs Report: 'We're Making Progress'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better. Obama is...