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Creating Jobs -- Two Better Ways To Do It

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

It's long past time for our government to stop equating a job in a sub shop selling sandwiches to a job in a manufacturing plant making real products for domestic consumption and export.

Notes From a Class Worrier

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Starting in the 1980s -- and increasingly since then -- the American economy has made the rich far richer without doing squat for the vast middle. What happened?

The Jobs Emergency

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

We have yet to see a response to unemployment that is proportional to the crisis. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid should summon Congress back to Washington for action on the jobs emergency.

Obama Administration Will Bury Small Business Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Any day now the Obama Administration will release the federal government's small business contracting data for fiscal year (FY) 2009. FY 2009 ended ov...

Unemployment Rate Unchanged In July -- Employers Cut 131,000 In July

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Private employers hired workers at a weak pace for the third straight month, making it likely that economic growth will slow furthe...

U.S. Economy Adds 431K Jobs - Why That's BAD News

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — A swell in temporary government hiring for the census drove almost all the job market's gains last month – a huge disappointm...

Robert Reich: Are Today's 'Entrepreneurs' Actually The Unemployed? | ROBERT B. REICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Booted off company payrolls, millions of Americans had no choice but to try selling themselves. Another term for "entrepreneur" is "self-employed." ...

Job Emergency: Recommendations One and Two

Rep. Major R. Owens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Major R. Owens

We should allow families with children to operate as small businesses and deduct the cost spent on home-care personnel as a business expense.

Dear Mr. President: Time to Man Up

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

You may start by reinstating Shirley Sherrod. She deserves that much. You may go further by admitting, as the NAACP has, that you were "snookered."

Unemployment Rate DROPS In 34 States And DC

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in a majority of states last month as improved economic conditions spurred hiring. The Labor Department sa...

Dark Days Ahead

Lynn Tilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Tilton

We need an antidote to end the plague of joblessness and that solution rests with helping America's struggling small and mid-sized businesses. America's future depends on it.

Disaster Capitalism's Catastrophic Success in Ireland, and America

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The causes and impacts of Ireland's economic crisis and America's are pretty much the same.

April Unemployment: What You Need To Know About The Latest Jobs Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In April, the U.S. economy showed the biggest monthly jobs gain in four years, but the unemployment rate actually rose to 9.9 percent. Confused yet? ...

Unemployment Rate April 2010: Economy Adds 290,000 Jobs, Jobless Rate Up To 9.9%

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The economy got what it needed in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years. ...

American Dream, Casualty of War: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

On this Independence Day HuffPost bloggers take a moment to reflect on our continued presence in Afghanistan, given the dismal conditions here at home. A number of perspectives are presented, so feel free to join in the conversation.

An Alternative to Long-Term Unemployment Compensation

Eric W. Fonkalsrud, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric W. Fonkalsrud, M.D.

Providing government-supported employment and education to returning servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan who are unable to obtain work on their own should also be seriously considered.

The Unemployment Crisis In Charts: The Latest Data

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Today's unemployment data, which showed that the U.S. economy shed 125,000 jobs in June, wasn't pretty. And, not surprisingly, it was roundly trashed ...

Mr. Congressionality Explains It All For You

John Krifka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Krifka

....job hunting, that is ...

How Americans Spend Their Free Time During The Downturn

Huffington Post | Sherry Shen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Stubbornly persistent unemployment has certainly inflicted more than a little economic stress, but that's not stopping Americans from enjoying their l...

Foreclosure Signs and Unemployment Lines Reveal Roots of Housing Crisis

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

With foreclosures and job losses engulfing millions of households, the death spiral of negative equity and negative income poses a daunting question for Washington.

Unemployment Fell in 37 states in May

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — A majority of states saw their unemployment rates drop in May. But the widespread declines were mainly because people gave up looki...

Chronic Unemployment: Crisis or 'Correction'

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terrance Heath

The current rate of joblessness, and Washington's lack of political will to remedy it, make me wonder if our officials see long-term unemployment as "the new normal" that must simply be accepted.

Unemployment Jumps In Illinois Despite Job Growth

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The jobless rate in Illinois rose slightly to 11.5 percent in March and the state was ranked 9th nationally for its foreclosure rate i...

City Jobless Rate Falls To 10%, Lowest Since November | PATRICK MCGEEHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York City's unemployment rate declined again in March, falling to 10 percent, its lowest rate since last November, and lending support to the view...

When Two Progressives Disagree on How to Create Jobs

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

When big business is back on track in devastated cities like Dayton, Detroit, New Bedford and Birmingham which for more than a century built their local economy on manufacturing and whose entire ethos and infrastructure are big business-related, then across the country additional manufacturing, small businesses and high-end services will also prosper. But nobody will until the large-scale industrial and manufacturing base of our economy has first been reestablished.