Fresh research has convinced scholars that even with progress in education, the black jobless rate in the United States remains twice that of whites because whites are typically better connected to people who can make introductions and are more likely to hear about job opportunities.
The New York Times columnist takes on the conspiracy theorists—former General Electric Chairman Jack Welch (pictured) among them—who cried foul after the jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.
The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. Research suggests that getting eight hours every night can make you happier, richer, smarter and hornier. But for many Americans, the problem with their sleep pattern is not that they’re getting too little, but that they are getting too much.
For the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods over the last few years and the millions more who have been unemployed since before the 2008 financial crisis, Labor Day will underscore the daily suffering. (more)
The official unemployment rate dropped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent last month as 117,000 new jobs were added to the American economy. The improvement in the rate, however, was almost entirely due to Americans giving up the search for work. (more)