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Unemployment on Labor Day: By the Numbers

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)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Amazon Dangles Jobs for a Tax-Free Ride

Amazon.com proposed to job-strapped California on Thursday that it would hire 7,000 people and build distribution centers in the state if Sacramento would agree to suspend a recently approved online sales tax policy for two years. (more)

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



The World’s Most Powerful Gay Man

The media ignore the fact that new Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay; the ratings of both the Republican and Democratic parties decline; and the consequences of the defeat of Gadhafi’s regime are still up in the air. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

U.K. Rioters: Young, Poor, Male and Unemployed

The Guardian put together a database of court cases of those detained during and after the unrest that swept London in early August after Metropolitan Police shot 29-year-old Mark Duggan in the city’s Tottenham neighborhood. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Washington Is Getting It All Wrong

Talk in Washington lately has been all about cutting deficits and balancing budgets, but not enough about what the American people are really worried about: unemployment and a rotting economy.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Drop in Jobless Rate Is Nothing to Cheer

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)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE


Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

‘Entitlement’ Is a Republican Word

Rather than trying to conciliate the Republicans, Obama ought to speak out against them. The truth is that Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don’t want to work with him.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE


Spending Cuts Hurt

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Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Budget, Murdoch, Space

This week the Labor Department reported that employers added a mere 18,000 jobs in June, and that the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The news is a blow to all who were hopeful that the nation’s economic recovery was gaining speed.

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Job Market in a June Swoon

A measly 18,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, far below expectations for a rise of close to 90,000, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. The numbers are a reality check ... (more)

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to our clean energy future; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza.

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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to clean energy; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


New Cigarette Warning

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The Economy Is Bad Enough

With the nation struggling to recover from a devastating recession, unemployment stuck at crisis levels, financial markets spooked by the possibility of European defaults and consumers disinclined to consume, it makes no earthly sense to suck money out of the economy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Commencement Day for a Lost Generation

The country my generation is passing on to my son and his peers is a mean-spirited place of global warming, class warfare and diminishing expectations, where the top 1 percent of households own nearly 35 percent of all privately held wealth and the “bottom” 80 percent lays claim to less than half that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Joblessness Hangs at 45% in Blockaded Gaza

In findings that can hardly be expected to generate Palestinian good will for Israel, a five-year Israeli blockade on Gazan exports has contributed heavily to the joblessness of nearly half the population and a sharp decline in real wages, according to a U.N. report.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE


Romney Ad Strikes at Obama’s Sore Spot

The economy will be President Obama’s biggest bugaboo, no doubt, as he makes his play in 2012 to remain in the White House. Here we have one of his Republican rivals, Mitt Romney, pointing this out via a campaign ad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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A New (Old) Labor Dilemma

Federal labor statistics show that older Americans are much more likely now to be holding on to their careers—because they can’t afford to retire—while vast numbers of young Americans are failing to get on track in the job market. (more)

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Job Seekers In for a Long, Frustrating Hunt

Anyone who’s reading this while in the midst of looking for work may not be surprised to hear that Americans who quit their search for employment spent five long months hunting before throwing in the towel.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The U.S. Economy’s Stagnation Problem

The economic indicators for May aren’t pretty, throwing up red flags that American job growth and factory output aren’t enough to carry the U.S. economy into a recovery and forcing a critical look at the way the crisis has been managed. (more)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE


Class of 2012

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Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


The Real Monster

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Ranks of the Jobless Still Rising

Recovery? What recovery? The number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits rose to the highest number in eight months, a sign that nearly half a million people have lost their jobs since last summer.

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Flickr / Ford APA

GDP Growth Falls to 1.8% in First Months of 2011

Economists and other Americans were disappointed to see the country’s GDP growth slow to an aching 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Out of Touch, Again

What is it about the word jobs that our nation’s leaders fail to understand? How has the most painful economic crisis in decades somehow escaped their notice? Why do they ignore the issues that Americans care most desperately about?

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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America, by Way of the Antelope Valley

Such areas contain the dispirited middle that Obama will have to win over to be re-elected, people whose struggles with daily life are so consuming that the national political debate over the budget and the deficit seems far away and irrelevant.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



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World Bank President Sounds a Warning

With rising food prices and soaring unemployment wreaking havoc across the developing world, World Bank President Robert Zoellick has some dreary news, declaring that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

The False Debate on the Debt

In the ever-so-smug company of the rich and powerful, it is a given that there is never to be any expression of remorse or other acknowledgement of the pain they have inflicted on the lesser mortals they so cavalierly plunder.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


No Taxes

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Los Angeles Times

216,000 Jobs Added in March

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point in March to 8.8 percent—the lowest in two years—as 216,000 new jobs were created during the month.

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U.S. Unemployment Slips Below 9%

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February, the third straight monthly decline and putting it below 9 percent for the first time since April 2009.

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DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

Down With Democracy, Let’s Have a King

With a 10 percent rate of unemployment among his subjects and fear of the unrest that this could unleash, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed an increase in aid to the unemployed, an increase in the salaries of government employees, an increase in aid to students, an increase in funds ... (more)

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mustafa Quraishi

Rising Food Prices Spark Protests in India

We’re not even two full months into the new year, and protest has already become a prominent theme for 2011 in multiple nations. Add India to that growing list, as climbing food costs, combined with diminished employment opportunities, drove thousands ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


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Bad News Bernanke Strikes Again

As if the last couple of years haven’t been brutal enough, here comes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke with the exasperating news that the job market isn’t going to markedly improve for “several years.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


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The Job Market Takes a Snow Day

Bad weather put a damper on hiring in January as the U.S. economy added just 36,000 jobs. Still, the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from December’s 9.4 percent, but that may be because many job-seekers simply gave up looking.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Thousands Take to Streets in Jordan

As protests continue to rock Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, add Jordan to the list of troubled Arab states, as thousands of people took to the streets of Amman on Friday to demand political change and more freedom.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Mike Licht (CC-BY)

Obfuscating Unemployment

During the Great Depression, high rates of unemployment prevailed for 11 years. The experience of seeing a free market system drive itself into a rut that it cannot pull itself out of is nothing new. And we have long known the solution.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hassene Dridi

Tunisian Protests Turn Deadly

Protests over unemployment have led to the deaths of eight people in Tunisia. The government said police opened fire in self-defense after rioters took to destroying public buildings in the northwestern towns of Thala and Kasserine.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Riots Rock Algeria Over Prices, Jobs

Protests erupted in the Algerian capital of Algiers and several other cities this week as people took to the streets over a doubling of food prices and a stubborn 25 percent unemployment rate.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Jobless Rate Drops as People Give Up Looking

Bad news on the U.S. job front: While the country’s unemployment rate took its biggest drop since April 1998, the decrease was due not so much to a recovering economy, but to the fact that 260,000 people have given up looking for work.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


Why the ‘Lazy Jobless’ Myth Persists

During the recent fight over extending unemployment benefits, conservatives trotted out the shibboleth that says the program fosters sloth.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Makes Nice with Business Bigwigs

Bill Clinton and now big business—all in a week’s work for President Obama in his ambitious push to improve relations with parties with whom he’d at least appeared to be at odds since he took office.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Three ‘Company Men’ and a Pink Slip

What we get here, putting it as charitably as possible, are symbolic figures, the semi-fictional, least common denominators of newsmagazine cover stories that are supposed to put a human face on grim statistics.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tax Cave Is Worse Than Expected

Based on what The New York Times describes as President Obama’s “substantial concessions to Republicans,” Democrats in Congress have reason to fret. Not only did Obama agree to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, but he caved in to Republican demands to neuter the estate tax. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


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