iOS app Android app

Underemployment

For Army Couple Reentering Civilian Life, Food Insecurity Just One of Many Challenges

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

On the morning of Sept. 3, Jon and Elizabeth Alba waited two hours at the VA Medical Clinic in Iron Mountain, Mich., not for medical care but for a few days' supply of groceries.

How Youngstown, Ohio became a poster child for post-industrial America

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 08.12.2014 | Money
The GroundTruth Project

By Eleanor Stanford and Saila Huusko YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ken Bowman joins the line for a free lunch in the Youngstown Salvation Army canteen, just li...

Making a Difference: Helping a Million People Find Jobs

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Rayanne Thorn

Being a single mother of four who barely survived under-employment, I worked through poverty. Even so, I lost my home to foreclosure and almost every ounce of dignity and self-respect in the process.

Stop Exporting Jobs With the Stroke of a Pen!

John Komlos | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
John Komlos

By establishing a market for import certificates, firms would have powerful incentives to bring the trade deficit into balance. All foreigners sending goods to this country would have to buy the certificates in appropriate amounts from our exporters. Overall, trade would become balanced quickly.

The Attention Deficit Trap

Lauren Salkin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

During the early Salkin years, I often took head trips in elementary school. My mind and I escaped the institutional brick walls for a day at the beach, body surfing in aquamarine waves, lost in the opiate haze of a daydream. An adolescent problem I had thought until my seaside getaways continued through my teenage years and beyond.

Interviewing Do's and Disasters

Jack Garson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

One of the first critical steps in building your business is hiring employees. Yet interviewing job candidates is often ineffective and, worse, presents abundant potential for costly mistakes and missed opportunities. Interviewing itself is far from foolproof.

On Finding Value in Your First Job Out of College

Catherine Baxter | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Catherine Baxter

I want to reiterate: You will not magically have things all worked out simply because you have a diploma in your hand.

Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

Labor Unions Should Transform To Producers' Ownership Unions

Gary Reber | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Simply increasing wage levels and extending jobless benefits once again won't solve the problem of long-term unemployment and underemployment, and the diminishing impact income losses have on the long-term productive capacity of the United States economy.

Re-Invigorating America's Greatness Through National Employment Policy

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

At his recent State of the Union address, President Obama issued a timely challenge to U.S. corporate leaders: partner with the administration voluntarily to absorb more workers needing employment.

When Job Interviewers Say I'm 'Overqualified' They Really Mean 'Too Old'

Craig Giesecke | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

These days I find myself in my 60th year, living with my in-laws in Southern California as if I am a just-graduated 20-something, leafing through Craigslist and other sites looking for a job. The most frequent word I hear in job interviews is "overqualified." Wait a minute.

Down and Out in the Margins of the American Economy

Bill Stieger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Stieger

We damn well know the pointlessness of self-pity. But through these recent ordeals we have grown jaundiced about our government and both political parties. Our Congress, with little exception, is solely representative of corporate interests, not people like us.

Hello Class, Your Professor Is On Food Stamps

Kate Quick | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Kate Quick

I was an adjunct English professor in Alaska with a baby due. If I needed to take maternity leave, it would be unpaid. But the choice that I faced -- either care for my newborn or go broke -- was never really a choice. At 27, I was a college professor on food stamps.

It's An Exceptionally Bad Time To Be A Recent College Grad

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Those sad stories of 20-somethings with college degrees toiling away at service jobs in restaurants, coffee shops and department stores are more than ...

Perpetual Unemployment and Underemployment

Gary Reber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Simply extending jobless benefits once again won't solve the problem of long-term unemployment and underemployment, and the diminishing impact income losses have on the long-term productive capacity of the United States economy.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week was dominated by the ongoing Congressional hostage drama. Democrats trumpeted a poll showing more Americans blame the GOP (53 percent) than Obama (31 percent) -- with the GOP garnering a record low approval rating. But while the White House may be winning the battle, it's the country that continues to lose the war. With 7.3 percent unemployment, and 20 million people unemployed or underemployed, the fact that all notions of "compromise" are taken only to mean some mix of further self-destructive cuts -- instead of investing in infrastructure building and a real jobs program -- shows just how far the economic debate has been shut down. At some point, this manufactured crisis will end, but it will take a lot more than getting back to the status quo to release the true hostages: the poor, the middle class and the American Dream.

Workers in Minnesota Fight to Survive

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

It takes 86 hours a week working in a minimum wage job to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota. That's 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It's no accident that real wages have declined while executive pay and corporate profits have climbed rapidly.

New York City Immigrants Test a New Economic "Bridge"

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For all the supposed potential of the "American Dream," immigrants in New York City often have a terrible time redeeming its promise. Many arrive in t...

Red Lines

Michael Farr | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The sharp drop in new home sales, weak spending in July, and negative guidance from retailers suggest to us that the recent rise in borrowing costs and energy prices may be starting to take a toll. Will the Fed take this data into consideration?

America Needs Jobs, Good Paying Jobs (and Without Them the Need for SNAP Is Not Going Away)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.

The Story of a Generation: We Are the Unhireables

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the story of a generation. My generation. We're in our 20s and early 30s. They call us the Millennials. But lately it seems a more accurate name would be the Unhireables.

Sacred Work, Sacred Rest: Free Time for a Free People

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This society is denying people their sacred calling to work -- to shape the world in a creative way while receiving for that work a life-enhancing income. Not working on the back of Earth or on the backs of other human beings, but as part of Earth and part of the human community.

The Myth of Funemployment

Chet Jechura | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Chet Jechura

To the countless Americans who are unemployed, I have this to say to you. Do not lose hope. You are our hope. In you lies the promise of our future. And as long as your gifts and talents are not being employed for the betterment of our civil society then the promise of our future is lost.

The 1 Chart That Shows College Is Still Worth It

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business

It’s rough out there for recent college grads -- but that doesn’t make pursuing a degree a bad idea. The jobless rate for Americans overall, w...

Study: A Recent College Graudate Takes A Job They're Overqualified For Every Five Minutes

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business

Every five minutes, a 2012 college graduate starts a job for which he or she is overqualified. That's one finding of a recent report by McKinsey O...