The U.S. economy created a measly 74,000 new jobs in December, and a smaller percentage of working-age Americans are now employed than at any time in the last three decades (before women surged into the workforce).
Payrolls were up only 74,000 last month, the lowest job gain since January 2011 and suggestive evidence that the broader economic recovery has yet to reach the all-important job market.
Concerned about the national debt? Pay attention. When you include the millions of young people who left the job market entirely during the Recession, our federal and state governments miss out on $25 billion in revenue every year!
Do a simple Google News search on "higher education" and chances are you'll get a lot of hits -- stories about how much debt students are accumulating, whether college graduates are faring any better in tough economic times than anyone else, whether a college education really translates into a better future.
Beyond the plethora of government jobs available, D.C. also offers employment at higher education institutions and healthcare facilities, among opportunities in other industries.
The single best job search action you can take in 2014 is this: e-mail someone who has your target job and request a phone call to discuss what he/she's learned while at that job. That's it.
There are 26 million young people in the developed world who are not currently employed, in school or in training programs, according to the OECD. Forget losing weight or exercising more: Our most important resolution for 2014 needs to be solving the youth unemployment crisis.
Increased belief and attendance were both associated with greater service to others in a new study examining religion and volunteering throughout adulthood based on four waves of the Americans' Changing Lives study.
Nothing about the persistence of the serious hardships facing millions of Americans, worsened by longer-term trends and exacerbated by the after effects of the disastrous 2007 financial crisis has moved the party one iota. The GOP remains as determined as ever to perpetuate the concrete suffering of large numbers of Americans.
We have a three-pronged problem here in the United States, and it's up to you and me to solve it.
This week marks two anniversaries. It's not only the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty but also the 1,100th consecutive day of the Republican House of Representatives' refusal to vote on a single serious piece of jobs legislation.
If we don't extend emergency unemployment benefits, we're not holding up our end of the bargain with hardworking Americans like Katherine Hackett.
America's workers deserve a government that will fight for them in the trade arena. And the Obama administration should act boldly, instead of offering more of the same. That won't happen, though, unless the White House pursues an aggressive trade agenda that places the focus squarely on lowering the trade deficit.
Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week. Their number one priority must be to extend EUC for the millions of jobless workers struggling to make ends meet.
However unlikely some developments may be, when nothing has happened yet, it is always possible to have high hopes for the new year. Here are several key questions about what economic developments 2014 will bring.