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Goldilocks and the Bear Market

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy grew at an impressive rate of four percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a government report released on Wednesday. But the stock market promptly tanked. The Dow lost more than 317 points Thursday and another 70 points Friday. What gives? Financial markets like it when the economy grows fast enough to signal that the recovery is continuing -- but not so fast that labor markets might tighten and workers get more bargaining power to get raises. Markets also worry that if the economy grows too fast, the Federal Reserve might pull back from its policy of low interest rates.

Think Welfare Recipients Abuse The System? You Should See This Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism. They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simp...

Women's History is Our History: Part Two

Carl Fillichio | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Last week, in honor of Women's History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I'm suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it's so important to reflect on where we've been.

The Dignity of Work: Katherine Hackett's Story

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

If we don't extend emergency unemployment benefits, we're not holding up our end of the bargain with hardworking Americans like Katherine Hackett.

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.

Arnie Becker, Meet Atticus Finch

Carl Fillichio | Posted 01.27.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Ask any lawyer that ever read To Kill a Mockingbird if the book influenced their decision to attend law school. More than likely, they will think about it for a few moments, smile with pride and say yes.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Mary Beth Maxwell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Mary Beth Maxwell

Twenty years ago, Congress enacted into law a simple and fundamental principle: workers should not have to choose between the job they need, and the family members they love and who need their care. But what happens to workers when employers do not comply with the FMLA?

O Labor, Where Art Thou?

David Macaray | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

These stubborn worshippers of "checks and balances" insist that labor unions are not only an anachronism, but a curse.

Unemployment: Why Still So High?

Harlan Green | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

What will bring U.S. back to full employment is a big question among economists. The problem is that the 155,000 new jobs per month in 2012 isn't enough to either absorb new entrants, or those that have lost jobs. Only the investment of more money grows a sluggish economy.

Facts, Polls and Job Stats, Oh My!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

First it was the assault on facts. Then came fact-checker-bashing followed by the vast left-wing poll conspiracy. And now the Republican War on Reality has opened another front: the U.S. Labor Department and its monthly employment statistics.

Parents Defend Child Farm Labor: There's Always A Risk In Life'

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business

FULTS, Ill. (AP) — As he watched his 10-year-old son ease a tractor across a soybean field, Dennis Mosbacher acknowledged the risks of farming. ...

Commentary On Minimum Wage For Home Care Workers

Rita Zeidner | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Rita Zeidner

As the nation focuses on health reform, a debate over the pay of workers providing in-home care to the elderly and sick brews below the surface.

Dave Jamieson

FedEx To Pay $3 Million Over Hiring Discrimination Charges | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Shipping giant FedEx has agreed to pay $3 million to settle federal charges that the company had a widespread pattern of discriminating ...

WATCH: HuffPost Unemployment Reporter Arthur Delaney Discusses Jobs Report

Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department announced the economy added 277,000 workers in February and that the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent...

One Walmart Store May Pay Big For Workplace Safety Violations

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department has recommended fining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. $365,500 after inspectors say they found 24 workplace safety ...

Teenage Wasteland: Weak Labor Market Means Youth Struggling To Find Part-Time Jobs

AP | By STEPHANIE REITZ | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The economic turmoil that has left many Americans without work is having a disproportionate effect on teenage job-seekers, whose qu...

Last Year's Jobs Gains Helped Those Hit Hardest By Recession

AP | By DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- For many people whose job prospects faded most during the recession, 2011 brought a small dose of relief. When unemployment was surging...

U.S. Labor Secy. Hilda Solis Discusses Jobs Bill With Latinos

Posted 11.29.2011 | Denver

Yesterday, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was joined in Denver by Gov. John Hickenlooper, congresswoman Diana DeGette and others for a roundtable di...

Food Importer To Pay Big To Settle Hiring Discrimination Suit

AP | Posted 11.18.2011 | Business

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. -- A Southern California Asian food importer has agreed to pay $400,000 in back wages and interest to 71 women who were rejec...

Unemployment Dropped In Two-Thirds Of U.S. Cities In August

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of U.S. cities last month, despite zero job growth nationwide. The Labor Department ...

Mikulski: New Rules Affecting Md. Crab-Picker Wages Will Be Delayed

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- New federal foreign-worker wage regulations that some say would destroy Maryland's crab-picking industry have been delayed by 60 days. A...

Debt Crisis Continues To Wreak Havoc On Global Stocks

AP | PAMELA SAMPSON | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

BANGKOK — Asian stock markets were sharply lower Friday amid signs of a possible U.S. recession and renewed worries over the health of Europe's ...

Cities With The Most Job Postings

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

Terrible as the job crisis might be, not all job markets are created equal. And certain cities have seen particularly notable improvement. The num...

Unemployment Drops In Vast Majority Of U.S. Cities

AP | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates are falling in most metro areas across the country, suggesting that hiring is widespread and not limited to a few hea...