The Shanesha Taylor Case

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Muna Adem: Shanesha Taylor did what she felt she needed to do to survive. She did what many would have done if they were in her shoes. This is what inadequate social support produces.

A Manufacturing Pulse Beat in the Heartland

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Minnesota Manufacturing: Seeing the loss of so many quality, unionized American manufacturing jobs made me feel a keen sense of grief.

Jobless Pain and the Big Lie of Limousine Libertarians

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Brent Budowsky: America awaits a fighting progressive leader who will lead the battle for a major employment programs.

Will Heartless Republicans Screw Themselves By Screwing the Jobless?

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Extending Unemployment Insurance – Americans understand that being laid off can happen to hard-working people through no fault of their own.

Who Knows How Many Jobless People Last Month?

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Carl Bloice: Millions of our friends, relatives and neighbors are living precarious lives of want and insecurity due to unemployment or underemployment. We are still faced with a jobs crisis, even if few in Washington seem to want to own up to it.

Jobs Numbers Reflect Crisis for Young and Old

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RJ Eskow: There was a time in the not-so-distant past when working people were able to consider retirement at the age of 60 or 62. But households that saw their net worth gutted by the financial collapse can no longer consider that option.

Jobless Rate a National Scandal; Beltway Yawns

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Brent Budowsky: The pain of workers is excruciating, and nobody in Washington cares. Congress prepares to return from a ridiculous five-week vacation with no attempt to pass a major jobs bill in four years.

Labor Day News of the WEIRD

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Cynthia Strathmann: As rates of unionization have fallen, so has compensation. One might expect unions to be all the rage with anyone who ever put in a hard day’s work. But this is not always the case, particularly in the United States.

Help Advantage US Vets Put Veterans to Work

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By purchasing and dedicating commemorative bricks, Americans everywhere will be helping Advantage US Vets establish the Roots & Sprouts Farmstead as a not-for-profit workplace which will directly hire jobless honorably discharged veterans.

Turning Mirage Recovery into Real Recovery

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ecently, news reporters have been sounding almost giddy, saying that unemployment is dropping, housing prices are rising and the stock market is growing to new highs. But, these reports do not ring true with what people see around them. When you look beyond the sunny headlines, the sad reality is mirage recovery. The economy is limping [...]

It’s the Jobs, Stupid

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Brent Budowsky: Obama needs to contemplate the possibility that his legacy will be “the jobless president.” He should fight to become “the jobs president.”

Obama Must Lead

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Brent Budowsky: There was no excuse for the president to shout from the rooftops about the dangers of sequester while not doing a thing to prevent it. Americans need jobs, not spin, and leaders, not photo ops.

Corporate Tax Breaks and Jobs

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The only way workers will succeed in defending jobs with decent pay lies in workers standing together and embracing the principle that the labor movement was built on — solidarity.

After Villaraigosa, Will Black Community Decide LA’s Mayor’s Race?

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Anthony Samad: Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s time to admit it — the Black Community picked wrong in 2005. It intends to pick right in 2013.

Downwardly Mobile Americans End Up Homeless

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Charley James: First they came for the working poor. Then they came for the lower middle class. Now, they are after the middle and upper middle classes. Next, they’ll come for the … 98-percenters.

Ben Bernanke, Bill’s Daughters and the Fed’s “Hard Won Credibility”

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Charley James: Chairman Bernanke may well be boxed in by the Fed’s much-to-cautious ruling board of bank presidents but there’s no reason why he cannot use his very public platform to jawbone the governors into action.

Unemployment: Shadows and Reality

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Kathleen Peine: The unemployment report came out recently, and Punxatawny Phil saw a service sector job — that means six more years of growth. Or something like that. It’s all very complicated.

Mitt Misses Middle Class’s Decline

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Robert Reich: January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story – the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class.

Why Jobs Still Matter More Than Budget Deficits

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Robert Reich: Government should extend unemployment benefits, and not cut spending until the nation’s rate of unemployment is down to 5 percent. Then, and only then, should we move toward budget austerity.

A Vote for Newt, Willard, and Chums Is a Vote Against the Unemployed

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Julie Driscoll: In their zeal to see that President Obama is a one-term president, it does not behoove Republicans to roll out anything that would actually improve the economic outlook for the unemployed. They barely pay lip service to it.

Uncle Sam Making Wrong Choices

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Norman Solomon: Only government has the capacity to provide economic remedies for social distress of this magnitude. But government is failing.

Holiday Pall: Joblessness Crisis Intensifies

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Carl Bloice: The average period of unemployment now exceeds 26 weeks, well above the previous peak in July 1983 of just 21.2 weeks. This is critical because the longer that people of any age are out of work, the less likely they are to find another job.

Who’s the Scrooge?

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Steve Hochstadt: The calls to flatten the income tax, to eliminate welfare payments, and to repeal regulation of industry are about going back to an earlier America, where the rich and powerful could use their advantages without hindrance.

President Obama’s Osawatomie, Kansas Stemwinder

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President Barack Obama: I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

The Jobs Report: Don’t Break Out the Champagne

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Robert Reich: When people ask me what Congress is likely to do I always say the same thing: The odds are in favor of nothing.

Looking Beyond Election Day

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Robert Reich: Political elites are worried about thunder on the right and the left, but they show scant understanding of what these growing anti-establishment forces signify. Meanwhile, the nation drifts.

Stop the Austerity Train Wreck!

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Robert Reich: Agreement or not, Washington is on the road to making budget cuts that will slow the economy, increase unemployment, and impose additional hardship on millions of Americans.

Trigger Deficit Cuts When Unemployment Drops to 5 Percent

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Robert Reich: So the best of all worlds is to have a big jobs plan now, and also commit to automatic cuts triggered when unemployment falls to 5 percent.

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Immigration Bills that Help, Not Hurt, California’s Economy

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Seth Hoy: With an increasing unemployment rate of more than 12%, California legislators concluded that it “must pursue all avenues in facilitating and incubating job development and economic growth.”

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