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The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week included the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur -- The Day of Atonement. This ritual of self-examination and seeking forgiveness is one we could all benefit from. And as this week's headlines demonstrate, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities for public figures to do so. The day after the head of the Secret Service resigned, it was revealed that, just last week, a man impersonating a Congressman had gotten backstage at an event attended by President Obama. In Texas, health officials disclosed that the doctors who saw the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. initially sent him home, thinking he had a low-level infection. And while Friday's jobs numbers delivered the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, participation in the labor force is at its lowest level in 36 years. No matter which religious traditions you embrace, there's never a bad time for sober reflection on how we, as individuals and as a country, could be doing better.

Los Angeles Proposes A Higher Minimum Wage

Manuel Pastor | Posted 11.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Manuel Pastor

Why the muted effects on employment? Interestingly, what used to be a staple of traditional economics -- that minimum wage hikes trigger job cutbacks -- has found increasingly less evidence in the field.

Goldilocks and the Bear Market

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy grew at an impressive rate of four percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a government report released on Wednesday. But the stock market promptly tanked. The Dow lost more than 317 points Thursday and another 70 points Friday. What gives? Financial markets like it when the economy grows fast enough to signal that the recovery is continuing -- but not so fast that labor markets might tighten and workers get more bargaining power to get raises. Markets also worry that if the economy grows too fast, the Federal Reserve might pull back from its policy of low interest rates.

Why A Higher Unemployment Rate Is Actually Good News This Time

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business

The job market is still not the greatest, but we just got one hopeful sign that it might be improving a bit. The economy added 209,000 jobs in July...

We've Recovered All The Lost Jobs! Too Bad It Doesn't Matter

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

We have finally recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. That's good, but not nearly good enough. In fact, we might still be missing 7 mill...

Mark Gongloff

The Big Problem With Your Paycheck Is Not Your Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business

Stock prices and corporate profits are setting records, jobs are growing, and yet most Americans think the recession never ended. How can this be? Bec...

Surprise Fed Jobs Report Is Extremely Misleading

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

People have been buzzing about a new study suggesting the U.S. job market is in better shape than we think. If that doesn't sound right to you, that's...

Diverse Conversations: Preparing Students for the Labor Force

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I interviewed Dr. Lynn C. Owens, Associate Professor of Communication, William Peace University, Raleigh, NC., concerning the research that she has conducted on the intersection of higher education and the labor force.

Unemployment Is Falling For All The Wrong Reasons

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Before we go high-fiving each other about unemployment falling, we should consider the reasons for it falling, which aren't quite so high-five-worthy....

It's Class Warfare, Plain and Simple

David Macaray | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

The widening chasm between the middle-class and the rich, coupled with the on-going, systematic assault on organized labor, isn't simply the result of bad luck.

Are employers fretting over overhead?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If you're worried about losing your job, you're less likely to take on a new-car monthly payment if your old vehicle is meeting most of your needs, ri...

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: Mexicans, South Africans not "us"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.

Mark Gongloff

The Real Reason People Don't Have Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

The job market is obviously broken, but a new study suggests the damage might not all be permanent. Economists at the San Francisco Federal Reserve...

Hopeless: Unemployed Americans Drop Out Of Labor Force

AP | PAUL WISEMAN and JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She'd already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, wo...

Older Workers and the Great Recession: A Look Back Over Five Years

Sara Rix | Posted 03.13.2013 | Fifty
Sara Rix

December 2012 marked the fifth year since the official onset of the Great Recession in December 2007 and more than three years since its official end in June 2009. What does the picture look like for Americans aged 55 and older today?

Remaking Federalism: Now Is the Time

Mark Muro | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Mark Muro

Though Washington is fixated this month on the so-called "fiscal cliff," that manufactured face-off is a bit of a side-show. Far more disturbing is a deeper array of fundamental structural problems of federal governance, of which "Taxmageddon" is just a surface manifestation.

7 Million American Workers In Despair

Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

You might have heard that unemployment fell in August only because armies of the unemployed are despairing of finding work. The reality is more complicated -- but true enough that somebody should do something about it.

Arthur Delaney

Steve King: People Not Working 'Should Do Their Fair Share'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's plan to let Bush-era tax cuts expire on earnings above $250,000 is part of a "class envy" scheme to make people...

Blocking Labor Department Wage Rule Condemns Young Americans to Unemployment

Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Ross Eisenbrey

It is time for Congress to permit a true test of the labor market, a real opportunity for more U.S. workers to hear about and consider taking seafood-processing jobs like crab picking.

The Labor Force Shrinks. Is Economic Growth Next?

The Washington Post | Posted 07.05.2012 | Business

If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent. If the per...

Disabled Workers Shrink Labor Force

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

More than 1.6 million Americans have signed up for Social Security disability benefits since the recession, taking themselves out of the work force --...

Where the Jobs Are: 5 states Leading the Recovery

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

While it would be great if all areas could share in this recovery, having some areas of exceptional growth can act as a real catalyst for the economy. With any luck, where these areas of dynamic growth lead, more jobs, stronger sales and higher savings account rates will follow.

Mild Winter Weather Might Have Made The Economy Look Better Than It Is

The Washington Post | YLAN Q. MUI | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business

As most Americans basked in the warmest, sunniest March in half a century, economists stared at the skies with dread: Could good weather portend ba...

Charter School Fires Entire Teaching Staff

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

Layoffs may be on the wane, but they haven't stopped entirely. Just ask the teachers at Philadelphia's Frontier Virtual Charter High School. On Mar...