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February Jobs: Better Than Expected, Less Than Needed

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

As the federal, state, and local governments do less for folks in need, and charge more for what they do, people in the middle and lower rungs of the distribution tend to suffer disproportionally. We really need the overdue increase in jobs and wages now.

The Problem With Charm Offensives: If They Are Needed, They Have Already Failed

David Coates | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Please, Mr. President: no grand bargains with the defeated. No toleration of their scorched-earth policies. Stop inviting Republicans to dinner. Start eating them for lunch. Democratic charm-offensives focused on Republican lawmakers can come at too high a price.

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.

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.

Going Beyond the President's Manufacturing Strategy

David Coates | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
David Coates

We need active industrial and social policy on an ambitious scale if we are ever to put this economy back onto the high-investment, high-wage growth trajectory from which the Reagan years took us away.

Minimum Wage: Who Decided Workers Should Fall Behind?

Dean Baker | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

While giving a raise worth more than $3,000 a year to the country's lowest paid workers is definitely a good thing, it is hard to get too excited about a situation in which these workers will still be earning less than their counterparts did almost 50 years ago.

9 Jobs That Earn Less Than Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. What Obama didn'...

The Myth of Social Security's Insolvency

Fred Lundgren | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It is time for all top wage earners and all the other Social Security mythmakers to put away their bad ideas and silence their propaganda for the real good of America.

TBTF, TBTJ: Too Big to Exist

Mike Lux | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

I remain troubled by the fact that fundamental economic issues seem to be the last thing on anybody's minds in D.C. And looming over these economic problems is the elephant in the room: these Too Big To Fail, and apparently Too Big To Jail, Wall Street financial conglomerates.

Chipotle Employees Can Make How Much Per Year?

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

You might not think slinging burritos is the most glamorous job out there, but apparently it’s possible to make a heck of a lot of money doing it. ...

WATCH: Lilly Ledbetter: Why The Wage Gap Is 'Even Worse' Today

Posted 02.01.2013 | Women

According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, women are making 77 cents for every dollar that men make with the gap even larger for African American and L...

INFOGRAPHIC: Black Women Make How Much?

Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices

While economists have suggested that closing the gender wage gap would create a huge economic stimulus across the U.S., a recent report by the Nationa...

Rich Get Richer, While Workers Lose Ground

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business

If you feel the economic recovery hasn't helped your pocketbook much, it's not just your imagination. The annual wages of the bottom 90 percent of ...

Caroline Fairchild

The Surprising Industry With Huge Wage Growth | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Despite recent budgetary concerns surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff, U.S. wages appear to be growing -- even in industries where you wouldn’t e...

America's Top 10 Greediest People of 2012

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business
Sam Pizzigati

Year in and year out, these greedy grab ungodly rewards for their own labor -- and deny their employees anything close to decent compensation for theirs.

2012 Jobs Story

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Looking back at 2012 it is clear that the jobs market turned in a solid and underwhelming performance. In fact, 2012, was a slightly weaker re-run of 2011 with a significant decline in the headline unemployment rate.

Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement

David Macaray | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

re these people locked into some sort of time-warp, where they still imagine seeing newsreel footage of union honchos doing the perp-walk? Those days are over.

Michigan Republicans Deny Police Officers and Firefighters the Right to Work

Dean Baker | Posted 02.16.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

We have a group of rich business owners who are willing to lie, cheat and steal to get even richer. The greed of this elite has already had devastating consequences for the economy. But the latest attack on workers' rights in Michigan shows that they have no intention of backing off.

Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

Robert Reich | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

A month after the election Obama was on Bloomberg Television saying business leaders need "a deal on long-term deficit reduction" before they'll increase hiring. That's just not true. Before they'll increase hiring they need customers.

Shopping After A Factory Fire

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The commitment of consumers and stakeholders to a more deliberate and sustained demand for safe working conditions and wage levels can at a very minimum send a clear message of solidarity to factory workers and communities everywhere.

Kathleen Miles

Walmart Implicated In Huge Wage-Theft Lawsuit | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.30.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Warehouse workers in Southern California have filed a petition in court to name Walmart as a defendant in a federal wage-theft lawsuit,...

'We're Asking For Basic Needs'

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

By Lisa Baertlein Nov 29 (Reuters) - Fast-food restaurant employees protested in New York City on Thursday, demanding higher pay and t...

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America's Imperative (Part I)

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

In fact, taking inflation into account, the highest minimum wage occurred in 1968, when it was the equivalent of $10.38/hour in today's dollars, which means that the real minimum wage has actually declined. This presents three big problems.

Americans' Net Worth Hit Lowest Level In 41 YEARS

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business

Stunning new research from a New York University economics professor reveals just how wide the chasm between the rich and everyone else has grown over...

Dave Jamieson

One Courageous Walmart Worker's Strike Story | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.22.2012 | Business

There was an employee walkout at a Walmart Supercenter in St. Cloud, Fla., on Wednesday morning, but even if you were shopping there when it happened ...