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Friday’s Jobs Report and the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Debacle

What does the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision this week have to do with Friday’s jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March?

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Winners and Losers of the November Jobs Report

Transportation and warehouse companies have added jobs, factory employees exceeded 12 million people for the first time in four years, the elderly are seeking work, pay remains stagnant at the bottom, and the long-term unemployed are still screwed.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Another Phony Jobs Report From a Government That Lies About Everything’

The 179,000 jobs created in May and boasted about by the Obama administration are no more than “the usual lowly paid non-exportable domestic service jobs—the jobs of a third world country,” former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts writes.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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A 7.5 Percent Jobless Rate Means the McRecovery Continues

The U.S. economy appears to have added just enough jobs in April to keep pace with population growth, and the new positions are low wage and mostly nonunion.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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The Big Economic Stall

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all this is that we’re in the fifth year of a supposed economic recovery from the second-worst economic downturn of the past century, and we’re still not nearly back on track. Instead, we’ve had the most anemic recovery in history.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Dismal Jobs Report and the Morning After Pill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the depressing jobs report, unrestricted birth control, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks and Social Security.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Latest Jobs Report and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington aren’t doing squat about it.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Latest Job Numbers Show Why Job Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

Friday’s jobs report demonstrates an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


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More Jobs, Lousy Wages, and the Desertion of Non-College White Men From the Democratic Party

The two most important trends, confirmed in Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are that (1) jobs slowly continue to return, and (2) those jobs are paying less and less.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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171,000 Jobs Added in October but Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

The nation’s jobless rate ticked up in October, even as employers added 171,000 workers to their payrolls, according to the latest jobs report—the last one before Election Day.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


Why Friday’s Unemployment Report Should Be Taken With a Grain of Salt

In truth, no one should vote based on this batch of jobs numbers because a single month’s report isn’t a reliable gauge of which way the economy is heading.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s Anti-Gay Remarks, Romney’s Misleading Jeep Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Hurricane Sandy could impact the presidential election and an endorsement from the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman Rips Jobs Report ‘Truthers’

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. 

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Politics of the Jobs Report

We’re still crawling out of the deep crater we fell into in 2008 and 2009. The percent of the working-age population now working or actively looking for work is higher than it was, but still near a 30-year low. But at least we’re crawling out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



Jobs Report ‘Truthers,’ Romney Cheating Allegations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney apologizing to nearly half of America, Justice Scalia weighing in on abortion and gay rights, and the horrendous thing Rick Santorum wants to do to Big Bird.

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Krugman: GOP Hypocrisy on Jobs

The New York Times columnist takes aim at Republicans for blocking legislation from President Obama that might have helped with the jobs recovery and then blaming his policies after the latest round of disappointing employment figures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Most Important Political News This Week

The biggest political news this week won’t be the Democratic convention. It will be Friday’s unemployment report.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Gulp

May’s pathetic jobs report put markets in a tizzy; Obama appeared both tough and moral in a behind-the-scenes New York Times look at his counterterrorism approach; NYC Mayor Bloomberg proposed a ban on large-size sodas.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE


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