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It's the Demographics, Stupid

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Daniel P. Collins

Back in January I posed a question regarding the health of our economy and the job market. Finally a new study has attempted to answer it.

Why A Higher Unemployment Rate Is Actually Good News This Time

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business

The job market is still not the greatest, but we just got one hopeful sign that it might be improving a bit. The economy added 209,000 jobs in July...

We've Recovered All The Lost Jobs! Too Bad It Doesn't Matter

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

We have finally recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. That's good, but not nearly good enough. In fact, we might still be missing 7 mill...

Mark Gongloff

The Big Problem With Your Paycheck Is Not Your Fault | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business

Stock prices and corporate profits are setting records, jobs are growing, and yet most Americans think the recession never ended. How can this be? Bec...

Surprise Fed Jobs Report Is Extremely Misleading

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

People have been buzzing about a new study suggesting the U.S. job market is in better shape than we think. If that doesn't sound right to you, that's...

What Obama Ignored About The 'Lowest Unemployment Rate In Over 5 Years'

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.28.2014 | Business

President Barack Obama took pride in presiding over the nation's "lowest unemployment rate in over five years" during his State of the Union address o...

Unemployment Is Falling For All The Wrong Reasons

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Before we go high-fiving each other about unemployment falling, we should consider the reasons for it falling, which aren't quite so high-five-worthy....

Mark Gongloff

The Real Reason People Don't Have Jobs | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

The job market is obviously broken, but a new study suggests the damage might not all be permanent. Economists at the San Francisco Federal Reserve...

Labor Market Continues to Heal Unevenly

Diane Swonk | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Diane Swonk

Non-farm payrolls rose 157,000 in January, which was less than expected. Benchmark revisions, however, showed that we created significantly more jobs ...

7 Million American Workers In Despair

Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

You might have heard that unemployment fell in August only because armies of the unemployed are despairing of finding work. The reality is more complicated -- but true enough that somebody should do something about it.

Baby Boomers To Blame For Job Market Weakness: Study

Laura Rowley | Posted 02.07.2012 | Fifty

Retiring baby boomers are the culprits behind a significant decline in the labor force participation rate (LFPR) in the U.S. over the last dozen years...

Lila Shapiro

Youth Unemployment Crisis Has Longterm Implications For Teens, The Economy | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business

As we look forward to this Friday's August unemployment snapshot from the Department of Labor, one part of the picture is already in focus: this was t...