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

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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...

Jillian Berman

No Matter Your Major, This Is Hard To Escape

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Kathryn Higgins wants to work in museums. But even though she holds a bachelor's degree in literary and cultural studies and a master’s degree in pu...

What We Need Now: A National Economic Strategy For Better Jobs

Robert Reich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The irony is we already have a national economic strategy but it's been dictated largely by powerful global corporations and Wall Street. If we had a strategy designed to increase jobs and wages, what would it look like?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, in the midst of revelations that the NSA has been secretly collecting vast amounts of information on us, and just before yet another middling jobs report was released, President Obama visited North Carolina as part of a "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunities Tour." Though the middle class continues to get pummeled -- with family wealth declining almost 30 percent in the last decade -- the White House brings up the issue only sporadically. It pops up, gets a few lines in a speech, then disappears again. The administration's meandering approach is like when an old person wanders into the kitchen and can't remember why: "Now what did I come in here for? Oh yeah, that's right -- some yogurt... and the middle class!" Maybe the president would be motivated to bring some sustained urgency to this crisis if the conversations the NSA is busy collecting were between America's 22 million unemployed and underemployed.

Arthur Delaney

Poll Finds Bad Jobs News

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Dawn Andrade of North Highlands, Calif. worked as a customer service administrator for an IT company for most of her adult life before g...

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Stalks The Suburbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- There's nothing Deidre Duffy would rather do than host a backyard barbecue for a few friends. "I don't want anything fancy,...

What Recent Jobs Numbers Means For Post 50s

Sara Rix | Posted 06.20.2013 | Fifty
Sara Rix

More than half of unemployed boomers between the ages of 55 and 64 were among the long-term unemployed in March. This is up from less than one-fourth at the start of the recession.

Underemployment Is Also the Right Target (Not Just Unemployment)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

If we wanted to target the persistent slack in the labor market, though I can't see any signs that we do, we shouldn't just target the unemployment rate; we should also go after the underemployment rate.