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Labor Force Participation

The Corporate Case for Mentoring the Grads of Life

David B. Shapiro | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
David B. Shapiro

Private-sector engagement in mentoring youth and young employees is a smart investment in boosting labor force participation rates and increasing our nation's ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.

Arthur Delaney

This Administration Official Sometimes Feels Like Punching Members Of Congress | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When members of Congress suggest unemployed Americans aren't trying hard enough to get jobs, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gets mad....

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...

Eight Million Jobs Are Still Missing In America

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Six years after the start of the Great Recession, nearly eight million jobs are still missing from the U.S. economy. That's how many more people wo...

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...

Deeper Dive Into the Jobs Report: Labor Force Participation and Weekly Earnings

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Today's jobs report is widely being viewed as a sign of an improving job market, a view I share with (of course) caveats. The biggest question is whether the recent acceleration of payroll growth sticks, especially as the sequester takes hold, which it hasn't yet. So far, both the stock and the job markets have said "sequester?... what's a sequester?" But unemployment is still high, the labor force participation rate shows evidence of continued weak demand, and that's taking its toll on wage growth. We'll need a lot more months like this to get back on track.

Paltry Payroll Report Strengthens Argument for QE3

Diane Swonk | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Diane Swonk

Separately, the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent (8.25 percent) to 8.1 percent between July and August. That drop is not statistically significant. Moreover, the decline occurred for all the wrong reasons.

Arthur Delaney

Steve King: People Not Working 'Should Do Their Fair Share' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's plan to let Bush-era tax cuts expire on earnings above $250,000 is part of a "class envy" scheme to make people...

Disabled Workers Shrink Labor Force

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

More than 1.6 million Americans have signed up for Social Security disability benefits since the recession, taking themselves out of the work force --...

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...

Today's Educated, Working Women Are Worse Off Economically: Study

Evan Allis | Posted 12.20.2011 | Fifty

A recent working paper from NYU professors Raquel Fernandez and Joyce Cheng Wong suggests that a steady rise in divorce rates throughout the 1960s and...

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...

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...