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Mark Gongloff

Labor Department Unveils Newest Job Numbers | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business

Despite constant budget fights in Washington, the U.S. economy managed one of the best months for job gains in the past year in February, driving the ...

Dow Closes At Another High

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business

* Dow hits third straight intraday record high * Financials strongest sector on day, BofA gains * Jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week ...

Never Would Have Made It Without You, Rosa Parks

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The struggle continues, but to really appreciate the dedication of those of old, we must continue the struggle. We never would have made it without Rosa Parks and we will not make it without you.

Business and the Cacophony of the Jobs Reports

Blair Forlaw | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Blair Forlaw

We don't know how to manage the tension of a new world that is both/and, not either/or. So we sit on the sidelines with every economic announcement, cheering for the life or death of whatever data bit or trend that ignites our emotions, feeling more and more helpless and perplexed.

The American Economy: What Obama Needs to Tell the People

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Once again, it is up to President Obama to take the lead and make the American public aware of all this. Our nation is in a hopeful but tricky place right now and which way we go will depend as much on our confidence in ourselves as in any statistics.

The End of the Recovery That Never Really Began

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington aren't doing squat about it. In fact, apart from the Fed, the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class and cutting spending.

Arthur Delaney

Better Jobs Picture Is Bad News For One Type Of Worker | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Businesses added 166,000 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department announced Friday, while the government eliminated 9,000. The twin tr...

January Jobs Report: First Impressions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls were up by 157,000 and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in January, according to today's release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U.S. Economy Adds 157,000 Jobs

Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs last month, as the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent, the Labor Department revealed in the January jo...

Dave Jamieson

Outgoing Labor Secretary: GOP Attacks Were 'Outrageous' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, when she was considering becoming President Barack Obama's secretary of labor, Hilda Solis said many friends asked why s...

Caroline Fairchild

The Surprising Industry With Huge Wage Growth | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Despite recent budgetary concerns surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff, U.S. wages appear to be growing -- even in industries where you wouldn’t e...

The Jobs Numbers and the Deficit

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

During the months when the Congress and the press kept everyone on the edge of their seats wondering about the dreaded fiscal cliff, business behavior went on as normal -- and a mediocre normal at that. The lousy rate of job creation hardly changed. Detroit enjoyed a good fourth quarter as very low-interest rates stimulated auto sales. Christmas sales were about what was predicted, as consumers turned to their credit cards. To the extent that the economy has remained stuck in first gear, it has everything to do with high unemployment and lagging wages, and just about nothing to do with the fiscal cliff or worries about the debt ratio 20 years down the road.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff. But while the president might have won that battle, the most important war -- the war against joblessness -- continues to drag on while pushed to the sidelines of our national conversation. Friday brought yet another middling jobs report, with the economy adding only 155,000 jobs. Yet when the president was asked on Meet the Press what his priorities were for his second term, after leading with immigration, he talked about "stabilizing the economy" mostly in terms of deficit reduction and "fiscal stability," and then "the huge opportunity around energy." So what happened to the "pivot" to jobs that we heard so much about during the campaign? Apparently that did fall off the cliff. At the current rate, unemployment won't be back to where it was before the recession for at least another seven years. It's a sign of how far off the rails we've gone that this is now seen as good news.

Employment Healing Continues, But Still Frustratingly Gradual

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

The December employment report released this morning confirms that the labor market continues to heal. This is good news. The challenge now is to consolidate the improvement. For that, politicians need to overcome self-made problems; also, and critically, they need to stop creating new ones.

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.

U.S Economy Adds 155,000 Jobs In December

Posted 01.04.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate is now 7.8 percent, the Labor Department announced Friday. (SCROLL DOWN...

November Jobs Report: A Mixed Bag

Katie Bardaro | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business
Katie Bardaro

Even with the looming fiscal cliff and the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the November jobs report contained some encouraging news: the number of jobs created was well above expectations at 146,000. November proved to be a mixed bag of good news and bad news.

Cities Where Everyone Has A Job

24/7 Wall St. | Samuel Weigley | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9 perc...

Smart Hiring Means Smart Business

Nick Friedman | Posted 02.07.2013 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

The symbiosis of the business community is dependent on the strength of the individual parts. When one business prospers, it positively impacts businesses in its tangential community. Hiring is an essential part of this process.

Jack Welch Casts Doubt On Jobs Report Again

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.08.2012 | Business

Jack Welch strongly implied on Twitter Friday that the September and October jobs reports were overly optimistic to help President Barack Obama get re...

Chris Kirkham

Despite Upbeat Headline, Jobs Report Masks Low-Paying Reality | Chris Kirkham | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

From the looks of the latest monthly snapshot of the American labor market released by the government on Friday, a long-bleak jobs picture is finally ...

Jeffrey Young

Where Are The Jobs? Hospitals, Nursing Homes And Doctors' Offices | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

The overall recovery of the U.S. economy is still sluggish, but if you're looking for work, you'd be wise to consider the health care sector. The h...

Bad Retail Jobs Won't Lead to a Good Economy

David Callahan | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
David Callahan

We need to be looking for ways to do better for workers, and one obvious place to focus is on improving the jobs that are being created during this fragile recovery.

November Jobs Report Hides Dark Details

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

Another month, another jobs report with something for both the optimists and pessimists. Here's something both should agree on, though: The job market...

Arthur Delaney

Jobs Report Sets Stage For Congressional Debate On Unemployment Benefits | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Labor Department announced Friday that the national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7 percent i...