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Jobs Report

Obamacare: First Fruits for Workers?

Dean Baker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The March jobs report provided some evidence that we are beginning to see the sort of labor market shifts from the ACA that would be expected. First, voluntary part-time employment in March increased by 230,000 to 18.9 million. The key word here is "voluntary."

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week reminded us once again of the costs of accepting lowered expectations as the new normal. On Wednesday, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision struck down overall limits on campaign donations, further ceding our political system to the highest bidder in the guise of "free speech." On the same day, Ft. Hood, Texas suffered its second mass shooting in five years, as a married father of four, in a fit of anger, killed four people, including himself, and wounded 16 others. Senator Harry Reid introduced a background checks bill the next day, but it will likely suffer the same fate as the one that failed last year even with the support of 90 percent of Americans. The week ended with yet another middling jobs report, with just 192,000 added in March. All three of these things should spark urgent calls for reform and change, because accepting them as the new normal only guarantees more of the same.

Jobs Report: First Impression

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

With today's report, private sector employment has finally regained its pre-recession peak. It has taken more than six years for private sector jobs to recover, an extremely stark reminder of the depth of the downturn and the weakness of what's been a plodding labor market recovery.

The March Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Today's solid jobs report shows a labor market that continues to improve gradually, but that remains far from healed.

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi: We've Finally Filled The George Bush Jobs Hole

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest jobs report contained a politically important fact for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- America finally replaced the jobs lost from...

Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's McCutcheon Debacle

Robert Reich | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Connect the dots and you see how the big-money takeover of our democracy has led to an economy that's barely functioning for most Americans.

Here's Even More Evidence Obama Is The World's Worst Socialist

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

In what must be history's strangest socialist dictatorship, hiring by private companies just hit a record high. Meanwhile the government is still not ...

U.S. Creates 192,000 Jobs In March, Unemployment Rate Holds At 6.7%

Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, as the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Mo...

Arthur Delaney

Long-Term Unemployment Rises In Jobs Report, Congress Unlikely To Budge

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After several months of gradual decline, the number of Americans unemployed six months or longer surprisingly increased by 203,000 to 3....

The February Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

With today's jobs report, marking the fourth anniversary of the start of the private-sector jobs recovery, the pace of overall job creation (private plus government jobs) over that period has now averaged just 168,000 a month -- well below the 200,000 to 300,000 jobs a month that a robust jobs recovery would have generated.

Jobs Report, First Impressions: Payrolls Rise but so Does Long-Term Unemployment

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

In a report that has both good and bad news for the American workforce, February payrolls appeared to shake off analysts' cold-weather concerns, adding a solid 175,000 jobs and revising job counts for the prior two months up by a total of 25,000.

U.S. Creates 175,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate At 6.7%

Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, as the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. ...

Self-Employment: The Answer for an Aging Workforce and a Sluggish Economy?

Kevin E. Cahill | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Kevin E. Cahill

Is self-employment the answer for an aging workforce and a sluggish economy?

Mayor: Some Areas Hit Harder Now Than In Great Depression

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Lovely Warren, the first female mayor of Rochester, N.Y., said Thursday that for many of her constituents, making ends meet in a still struggling econ...

Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

Robert Reich | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

The January Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

The litany of job market scars from the Great Recession is familiar: modest job growth that has not yet pushed payroll employment above its pre-recession peak nor reduced unemployment to close to what it would be in a healthy economy.

Jobs Report: First Impressions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The nation's payrolls grew by 113,000 last month, once again dashing analysts' expectations for a stronger month of job growth and reinforcing the possibility of yet another slowdown in job creation.

U.S. Creates 113,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.6%

Posted 02.07.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, as the unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. He...

3 Ways To Increase Employee Retention

Carol Roth | Posted 03.16.2014 | Small Business
Carol Roth

Here are a few options that businesses can implement to attract more employees and keep them for the long haul.

Why It Is Urgent to Extend Jobless Benefits

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The most distressing element of last week's jobs report was not the small number of jobs added in December, but the decrease in the participation rate of workers from 63.6 percent at the beginning of 2013 to 62.8 percent at the end of it (a 35 year low).

The December Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Today’s surprisingly disappointing jobs report should temper recent optimism of an improving labor market in 2014.  The climb back to no...

Today's Jobs Report and the Scourge of Inequality

Robert Reich | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

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).

Jobs Report: Deep Freeze in the December Jobs Market

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

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.

December Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 74,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Down To 6.7%

Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 74,000 jobs in December, as the unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The...

What The Latest Jobs Report Really Means

AP | JOSH BOAK | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. job market improves, it's also evolving, with winners and losers. Warehouses and trucking companies are doing more ho...