Unemployment

The American Dream is about working hard in return for decent wages, economic stability, and being able to provide a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply in Texas. Unemployment is still high, earnings...
09/14/2011
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The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply-unemployment remains high, earnings are...
09/14/2011
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A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech President Obama’s plan to address America’s job crisis contains many positive elements. If fully enacted, White House proposals would modestly stimulate economic growth, lead to new hiring, reduce hardship among the millions of Americans who are now...
09/09/2011
Publication
Unemployment benefits have not just helped the jobless, they have also pumped up the economy. In fact, UI has been one of the most effective forms of stimulus. According to a study by Mark Zandi and Alan Blinder, each dollar spent on extended UI benefits produced $1.61 in economic activity and has...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Pressures also come directly from employers. Over the past several decades, firms have developed a tool kit of strategies aimed at lowering compensation and benefits. Outsourcing is just one tactic. Another is keeping employees at less than full-time status to avoid paying benefits. Aggressive...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Unfortunately, unionization rates have been in decline for decades and the share of national income going to the middle class has fallen too. Meanwhile, the proportion of pay held by the highest-income Americans has shot up dramatically: in 2007, the top ten percent of households earned 49.7...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Since the Great Recession began, young people have taken it on the chin—whether they’re carrying a high school diploma or a costly college degree. The jobless rate among young adults is about double that of other age groups—with unemployment rates at Depression-era levels for young...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
And, says Anastasia Christman of the National Employment Law Project, "his focus on putting young people to work is critical for communities of color." The plan contains funding for summer job and youth work programs. "We know that delayed entry to the workforce can depress a person's wages for...
09/09/2011
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