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Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Happy 4th of July weekend! The week leading up to the holiday gave us much to celebrate -- and much not to celebrate. We can certainly rejoice that Hurricane Arthur failed to do much damage before weakening and heading out to sea. But there can only be consternation at the Supreme Court's decision to allow some corporations to withhold birth control coverage -- damage reports to follow in the years to come. We can also celebrate that the latest jobs numbers showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June. Far less worthy of fireworks is the fact that wage growth still lags in this unequal recovery. And though there were ugly anti-immigration protests in Southern California, we can celebrate that most Americans realize it's our shared history as a nation of immigrants that defines us.

Obama Cheers Positive Jobs Report: 'We're Making Progress'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better. Obama is...

U.S. Creates 288,000 Jobs In June, Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.1%

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.03.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, as the unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. More...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

With Friday's numbers showing the addition of 217,000 jobs, the U.S. finally restored the 9 million jobs lost in the recession -- five years after it supposedly ended. But we can keep the champagne on the shelf: we still need an estimated 7 million more jobs to keep up with population growth; if we count those who've dropped out of the labor force, our current unemployment rate would actually be 9.7 percent; and, adjusting for inflation, hourly wages are actually lower now than at the end of the recession. So we may have recovered 9 million jobs, but we seem to have lost all sense of urgency about saving the middle class. Meanwhile, the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees held at Guantanamo was as messy and ambiguous as the overlong war it sprung out of.

Arthur Delaney

Jobs Report Won't Juice Unemployment Benefits Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gersley Kendricks figures Congress has given up on him. Kendricks, 63, has been unemployed since early last year and without an inco...

U.S. Adds 217,000 Jobs In May, Unemployment Rate Remains At 6.3%

Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 217,000 jobs in May, as the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday...

Trulia: Jobs Report Has Bad News for Millennials, Good News for Hard-Hit Metros

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Overall: a solid report for housing. Job growth in clobbered metros is especially good news for housing demand but the drop in young-adult employment is a red flag.

Great Jobs Report? Not So Fast

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Curtis Ellis

If the American economy does not produce jobs that give our people the take home pay and confidence to build a family, we have no future, individually or as a society.

The April Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Businesses reported strong payroll growth in April. The separate household survey, however, showed that all of the decline in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent was due to a drop in labor force participation.

Job Report, First Impressions: A Tale of Two Surveys

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payroll growth was strong and broad based last month and the jobless rate fell sharply, but that seemingly impressive decline in unemployment was wholly due to the shrinking labor force.

U.S. Creates 288,000 Jobs In April, Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.3%

Posted 05.02.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Here's...

Obamacare: First Fruits for Workers?

Dean Baker | Posted 06.07.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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...