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The Hot News: Unemployment Dipped to 8.1 Percent But What About the Chilling Effect on the Critically Thinking Unemployed

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

We think 8.1 percent unemployment is great news, assuming more of the unemployed are now working. But we need to keep a critical eye on the news feeds with analytical balance. Something doesn't add up. Are we celebrating false achievement?

One In Two College Grads Can't Find Work

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 06.22.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young colleg...

No Work for the Willing

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Marian Wright Edelman

Most young men and women today want to work hard, but for those under 25 years old, work has often been impossible to find.

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

Working Poor USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Bill Quigley

Millions of people in the U.S. work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the U.S. needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

Hartland, MI: Home Depot Hires 'Dancing Sign Guy' For Higher-Paying Sales Job | Posted 01.10.2012 | Home

"This is my dream job." ...

Hartland, MI: Community Donates More Than $1,000 To 'Dancing Sign Guy' | Posted 03.05.2012 | Home

"It's great to see people rallying around someone that's trying."...

Dave Jamieson

Unemployed Plead With Congress To Move On Jobs, Benefits | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been two long years since Wayne Person lost his sales job, and the 59-year-old from Mount Laurel, N.J., still hasn't managed to fin...

A Generation of CEOs Who Don't Know How to Raise Wages

Dean Baker | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Since it would be rude to imply that CEOs are not being honest when they complain about the lack of skilled workers, we should assume that they don't know how to raise wages.

The Participatory Revolution

Reshma Saujani | Posted 12.19.2011 | New York
Reshma Saujani

For too many of our young people, that once-promised American dream has given way to an American debt burden and a bleak job market.

Dave Jamieson

Target Manager Says He Was Fired 'Ironically' For Working Through Lunch | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

An 8-year veteran of Target stores has accused the retailer of firing him for working through his lunch break against company policy. In a lawsuit ...

Report: Plan To Aid Jobless Homeowners Fails To Give Out All Its Money

Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

A government program aimed at helping unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure ended with more than half its money unspent. The Emergency Homeowner...

Young Children and Unemployment

John Irons | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
John Irons

Having an unemployed parent increases the risk for disruptions in nutrition, housing, and education -- all of which are important for a child's future.

Dave Jamieson

For Workers Stuck Part-Time, ‘Hours Are The New Bonus’ | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A little over two years ago, Floyd Kelly, then an associate at Walmart, transferred from one company store in Washington State to anothe...

Deflated Barista Generation

Jim Neal | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Jim Neal

Living in a community loaded with talent from major universities I'm all too aware of the pressures that students feel to pursue degrees in law or business.

Working People Are Hurting This Labor Day

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 11.02.2011 | New York
Stuart Appelbaum

As we observe Labor Day 2011, it's clear that working men and women in the U.S. and Canada are hurting. As more and more money continues to be siphoned off by the wealthiest, the middle class is being decimated.

Rep. Maxine Waters: The Tea Party Can Go Straight To Hell!

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

Waters took a stab at Congressional leadership who have caved to the unrealistic demands of the Tea Party -- demands that don't reflect the values, issues or concerns of a vast majority of Americans.

Enough Is Enough

Rep. Elijah Cummings | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Rep. Elijah Cummings

Enough with the inaction, enough with the inflammatory rhetoric, and enough with the partisan gamesmanship. The American people have spoken. It's time to listen and act.

WATCH: Thousands Pack Into South Side Job Fair

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

While unemployment numbers fell slightly nationwide this week, there are still thousands without jobs in the Chicago area-- and some 7,000 jobseekers ...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Job Applicants: 'I'll Take Anything' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business

SPRINGFIELD, Penn. -- Among those here in the parking lot of the Masonic Hall, there's an abiding sense that the economic recovery has stalled, if it ...

Underemployed Under The Radar On The North Shore

Glenview, IL Patch | Carrie Miller Email the Author | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

Less than a year ago, Tim Hendricks was a vice president and stock trader 21 years into a career at Merrill Lynch in downtown Chicago. These days Hend...

Hunger Doesn't Take A Vacation

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

One in five children in my state of Tennessee is at risk of hunger. But this is not just a Tennessee crisis. Nationally, one in four children are at risk of going to bed hungry.

Underemployed College Graduates Less Likely To Be Happy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

With unemployment at 9.1 percent, and the broader underemployment rate at 15.8 percent, a Gallup poll released Wednesday suggests that higher-educated...

How I Got a Job After Two Years Without One

Naomi Cohn | Posted 08.28.2011 | Women
Naomi Cohn

After being unemployed for two years, I am working again. Instead of being one of the nearly 14 million Americans who are unemployed, I am one of the 8.5 million underemployed, earning about a third of what I was making before I was laid off.

In the Wake of the Recession, Bankruptcies Hit Women, Communities of Color Hard

Dory Rand | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago
Dory Rand

Every year in Cook County, thousands of women are facing tough choices and making the difficult decision to declare bankruptcy, a decision that has the potential to dramatically change someone's life.