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Dig into today's job numbers and you'll find a tale of two Americas.  In one America, unemployment remains at catastrophically high levels. The African-American unemployment rate is 13.2 percent -- a level not seen for the U.S. as a whole since the Great Depression. The jobless rate for...
05/03/2013
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Another monthly jobs report is in, and the results are better than most people expected: 236,000 new jobs were created last month. That's the best economic news we've heard in a while.   Now for the reality check: Yes, the economy is adding jobs, but not enough to keep up with all the new...
03/08/2013
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As unemployment rates continue to decline, not enough attention is being paid to the kinds of jobs that are being created. A new report from the Working Poor Families Project shows exactly why we need to consider job quality, not just job creation. Analyzing Census Bureau data, the report finds...
01/15/2013
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Today's job numbers show that the economy continues to creep in the right direction -- but also that job creation will remain a paramount challenge over the next few years. The problem is not just the millions of working-age adults who remain unemployed or under-employed. It's also that the labor...
11/02/2012
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Education is the biggest source of public sector jobs. Today's jobs numbers show that state and local governments are hiring teachers again. Here's one very interesting piece of news from today's jobs report: The public sector has stopped firing people and started hiring. According to the report,...
10/05/2012
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Today, the last state enrolled in a federal program designed to keep unemployment checks flowing, Idaho, lost its eligibility. In 2010, Federal-State Extended Benefits program enrolled over a million people. Why stop the benefits while the national unemployment rate remains over 8%? The Wall...
08/16/2012
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A Georgetown Public Policy Institute report shows the degree to which the Great Recession has exacerbated the education gap. Not only did workers without a college degree lose “nearly four out of five jobs during the recession,” but the least-educated workers, those without high school degrees,...
08/16/2012
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The July jobs report this morning was better than expected, but still bad news. The unemployment rate remains unchanged and the economy is barely treading water. The U.S. would need to create 5 million jobs just to get back to 2007 levels -- yet, of course, millions of young people have since...
08/03/2012
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Just when you were prepared to believe that the natural forces of The Market were finally going to put Americans back to work, the CBO reported Tuesday that unless we pump more money into the system, the national unemployment rate will in fact increase over the next two years. Today's better than...
02/03/2012
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Today's employment numbers offer a moment of relief from the drumbeat of bad news coming from Europe. The economy added 120,000 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate is now down to its lowest level since March 2009 (although partly that's because of discouraged workers dropping out of the...
12/02/2011
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