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Red Lines

Michael Farr | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The sharp drop in new home sales, weak spending in July, and negative guidance from retailers suggest to us that the recent rise in borrowing costs and energy prices may be starting to take a toll. Will the Fed take this data into consideration?

America Needs Jobs, Good Paying Jobs (and Without Them the Need for SNAP Is Not Going Away)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.

The Story of a Generation: We Are the Unhireables

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the story of a generation. My generation. We're in our 20s and early 30s. They call us the Millennials. But lately it seems a more accurate name would be the Unhireables.

Sacred Work, Sacred Rest: Free Time for a Free People

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This society is denying people their sacred calling to work -- to shape the world in a creative way while receiving for that work a life-enhancing income. Not working on the back of Earth or on the backs of other human beings, but as part of Earth and part of the human community.

The Myth of Funemployment

Chet Jechura | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Chet Jechura

To the countless Americans who are unemployed, I have this to say to you. Do not lose hope. You are our hope. In you lies the promise of our future. And as long as your gifts and talents are not being employed for the betterment of our civil society then the promise of our future is lost.

The 1 Chart That Shows College Is Still Worth It

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business

It’s rough out there for recent college grads -- but that doesn’t make pursuing a degree a bad idea. The jobless rate for Americans overall, w...

Study: A Recent College Graudate Takes A Job They're Overqualified For Every Five Minutes

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business

Every five minutes, a 2012 college graduate starts a job for which he or she is overqualified. That's one finding of a recent report by McKinsey O...

Jillian Berman

No Matter Your Major, This Is Hard To Escape | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Kathryn Higgins wants to work in museums. But even though she holds a bachelor's degree in literary and cultural studies and a master’s degree in pu...

What We Need Now: A National Economic Strategy For Better Jobs

Robert Reich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The irony is we already have a national economic strategy but it's been dictated largely by powerful global corporations and Wall Street. If we had a strategy designed to increase jobs and wages, what would it look like?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, in the midst of revelations that the NSA has been secretly collecting vast amounts of information on us, and just before yet another middling jobs report was released, President Obama visited North Carolina as part of a "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunities Tour." Though the middle class continues to get pummeled -- with family wealth declining almost 30 percent in the last decade -- the White House brings up the issue only sporadically. It pops up, gets a few lines in a speech, then disappears again. The administration's meandering approach is like when an old person wanders into the kitchen and can't remember why: "Now what did I come in here for? Oh yeah, that's right -- some yogurt... and the middle class!" Maybe the president would be motivated to bring some sustained urgency to this crisis if the conversations the NSA is busy collecting were between America's 22 million unemployed and underemployed.

Arthur Delaney

Poll Finds Bad Jobs News | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Dawn Andrade of North Highlands, Calif. worked as a customer service administrator for an IT company for most of her adult life before g...

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Stalks The Suburbs | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- There's nothing Deidre Duffy would rather do than host a backyard barbecue for a few friends. "I don't want anything fancy,...

What Recent Jobs Numbers Means For Post 50s

Sara Rix | Posted 06.20.2013 | Fifty
Sara Rix

More than half of unemployed boomers between the ages of 55 and 64 were among the long-term unemployed in March. This is up from less than one-fourth at the start of the recession.

Underemployment Is Also the Right Target (Not Just Unemployment)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

If we wanted to target the persistent slack in the labor market, though I can't see any signs that we do, we shouldn't just target the unemployment rate; we should also go after the underemployment rate.

Poor Folks Don't Care About the Stock Market Rally

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

This evil system of organized robbery of the most vulnerable will only continue with the consent of us, the bottom 90 percent who can barely keep a roof over our head.

More Bad News For The Class Of 2013

Posted 05.02.2013 | Business

The Wall Street Journal had more bad news for college-educated millennials Tuesday, reporting that even an improving economy could leave them behind o...

Shocking Number Of Suburban Residents Are Living In Poverty

CNBC | Allison Linn | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business

CNBC: Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford, Conn., because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, s...

Talking Our Children Out of Profitable Careers: How Our Flawed Messaging About STEM Education Impacts Our Children

Russell Mickelson | Posted 10.03.2013 | Impact
Russell Mickelson

In order to fully appreciate the value of math and science, the majority of students today need to be explicitly shown the rationale and application of the lessons they are learning.

Keeping People Out of Prison: Transitional Jobs as a Reentry Strategy

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe idea that by serving time one has paid his debt to society is ingrained in our social narrative, but it is not accurate. Once caught up in the tides of the criminal justice system, it is very difficult to escape.

Underemployed And Overeducated: The Status Of Today's College Graduates

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

New research released Monday says nearly half of the nation’s recent college graduates work jobs that don’t require a degree. The report, from ...

No More Fiscal Mischief: Untangling the Deficit Reduction Debates

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

The "fiscal cliff" might have been averted in the waning hours before the New Year, but now the "fiscal rift" in Washington over how to achieve further deficit reduction could mean far more harmful consequences for low-income individuals and those who are chronically unemployed.

Opening Doors to the American Dream

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifTransitional jobs programs work to help chronically unemployed people facing barriers to employment get the experience, skills and opportunity they need to enter the workforce.

The President Should Seek More Advice From the Working Wounded

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Too often, the rich and powerful try to insulate our presidents from the pain and suffering which results from unemployment or under-employment.

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.

Longtime McDonald's Employee Is Paid Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business

We knew working at McDonald's wasn't the greatest gig in the world, but we didn't know it was this bad. After 20 years cooking burgers and manning ...