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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...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Ben Bernanke: Long-Term Unemployment Crisis Altering Job Market For The Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.08.2012 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that record levels of long-term unemployment will alter the U.S. job market for the worse for the f...

The Cities That Gained And Lost The Most Jobs

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Ashley C. Allen | Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: As economic conditions in the country improve, it is not enough to quote national statistics and vague data. Tangible, localized m...

Labor Force's Share Of Income Plunges To Record Low

Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

The labor force's share of income has plunged to its lowest level since the measure was first recorded. The labor force's share of income -- or th...

Should Older Workers Step Aside?

Kevin E. Cahill | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business
Kevin E. Cahill

How do we address the fact that both older and younger workers need jobs now? The best advice is to see past the short term and avoid introducing a market distortion -- asking older workers to "step aside" -- that is premised on the number of jobs in the economy being fixed.

Lila Shapiro

Youth Unemployment Crisis Has Longterm Implications For Teens, The Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business

As we look forward to this Friday's August unemployment snapshot from the Department of Labor, one part of the picture is already in focus: this was t...

Labor Force Participation Lowest In 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

The jobs crisis may be even worse than it seems. Times are tough for the nation's unemployed, and many have given up looking for work, dropping out...

10 Artistic Jobs With Bright Futures

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.08.2011 | Business

With the country in the middle of a jobs crisis, finding any form of employment is tough, let alone jobs in the arts. It turns out, however, that t...