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Think Unemployment in Illinois Is Bad Now? Be Glad It's Not 1983 Again

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois is still far off its best unemployment rate ever of 4.2 percent (imagine that!) set in February 1999, but things could be a lot worse. And they were, back in February 1983 when Illinois' unemployment rate was a whopping 12.9 percent.

Party Like It's 2008! Illinois' Unemployment Rate Lowest in Six Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the April 2014 unemployment data for all 50 states and Illinois' seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate came in at 7.9 percent. Why is that significant?

25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped Out

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.

Somebody Got the December Jobs Data Very Wrong -- And It Matters to Your Money

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Early each month a lot is riding on the jobs and unemployment reports announced by the BLS and corporate surveys (the most prominent being ADP's). Billions upon billions of dollars are made and lost in the stock and bond markets based on those reports.

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...

Labor Daze: A Murky Future for the 'Average'

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

In spite of the sometimes soaring and sometimes sour rhetoric surrounding Labor Day, the sad reality in 2013 is that, on average, the "average" American worker continues to struggle mightily.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Deception in Counting the Unemployed

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Leo Hindery says up front that the BLS only notes those specifically looking for work. That may make sense to some -- until one learns who is left out. According to the Hindery report, the ones who are left under the rug of America's unemployment mess are those who've given up looking.

Mark Gongloff

The Official Unemployment Rate Is Wrong, Says Guy Who Used To Make It

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business

You can't believe the government's numbers on employment. Take it from the guy who used to run the government's numbers on employment. Keith Hall, ...

An Eventful Week for Mortgage Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

There were three especially noteworthy events concerning mortgages during the week of June 17. All of them point to a mortgage environment very much in a state of change.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Who Gets To Work From Home?

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

Never far from conversations about leaning in or leaning back, redefining success or reshaping the workplace, is one arrangement that allows workers t...

The U.S. Workforce Is Just Getting Less And Less Educated

Quartz | Lauren Alix Brown | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Quartz: Things are looking grim for young Americans starting work. According to a new report on the state of US education from the Council on F...

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

Meet the new Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), within the Department of Labor, provides regular reports on the nation's unemployment, inflation, consumer price...

Jeb Bush Claim Doesn't Hold Up

FactCheck.org | Eugene Kiely | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. In touting conservative policies in Republican-controlled states, Jeb Bush claimed, “The So...

Why Employers Should Be Hiring Older Workers

Jacquelyn James | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Jacquelyn James

Hiring managers who look at the resume of a 50+ worker and see a risk or a burden should look again. Older workers don't need your pity. Firms that pass on the opportunity to hire them do.

A Lucky 7.7%... Or Not

JVS Los Angeles | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
JVS Los Angeles

Our caseworkers and job developers typically submit some stirring and heartwarming clients, and this year's batch was no different.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Take Stock As Numbers Dwindle

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Just as the percentage of Americans belonging to a union has fallen to a historic low, the leader of the largest labor federation in the country on Th...

And The Happiest State Is...

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Samuel Weigley | Posted 03.01.2013 | Healthy Living

24/7 Wall St.: According to a Gallup poll released today, the United States has shown almost no improvement in well-being in the past five years, ...

President Obama Must Speak the Word 'Union' Loudly

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

His fifth State of the Union speech this week gives President Obama a perfect opportunity to proclaim to all of America that he will preserve the freedom to engage in collective action. It's an important moment for him to say the word 'union' loudly.

What We're Getting Wrong About Veteran Employment

Chris Marvin | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Chris Marvin

Historically, the veteran population is more employed than civilians. Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, veterans' unemployment has been lower than the national average every year.

Union Membership Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

Sarita Gupta | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Without placing a priority on creating not just jobs but good, union jobs, our economy will remain at a standstill for anyone but the 1 percent.

"Work" Has a New Definition in Today's World

Gil Laroya | Posted 02.09.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

Whether your definition of work is positive or negative, one thing is becoming clear: The definition of work has evolved. This ain't your mom's economy anymore.

Cities Where Everyone Has A Job

24/7 Wall St. | Samuel Weigley | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9 perc...

Jeffrey Young

Where Are The Jobs? Hospitals, Nursing Homes And Doctors' Offices

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

The overall recovery of the U.S. economy is still sluggish, but if you're looking for work, you'd be wise to consider the health care sector. The h...