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  1. December Jobs Report an Anomaly?

    Everyone is hoping that the shockingly disappointing December jobs report was an anomaly caused primarily by bad weather. I am, too, but I'm not entirely convinced t...

  2. Pension Woes Have Cities, States Eyeing 401(k) Style Plans

    In June 2012, San Diego voters by a margin of 2-to-1 approved a ballot measure that eliminated guaranteed pensions for most future city employees and replaced them w...

  3. Futures Flat; Dow to Open Near 16K

    Stock futures inched up on Friday a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 16,000 for the first time.It's a data-light day, with only a couple of Fe...

  4. 6 Surprises From Health Insurance Reform

    6 surprises from health care reformMere months before major elements of the historic Affordable Care Act take effect, polls show that many Americans still don't unde...

  5. Fast food workers kick-off multi-city protests for higher pay

    Hundreds of low-wage workers at fast-food chains such as McDonald's and Wendy's on Monday protested in the streets of New York, kick-starting a week of demonstration...

  6. How Much Is 'Enough to Get By?'

    It costs almost twice as much to live in New York City as it does in Marshall County, Mississippi, according to figures published Wednesday by the Economic Policy In...

  7. Can Anyone Rescue the Long-Term Unemployed?

    Long-term unemployment is a phrase that has been repeated so often in the past few years that it is now part of the vernacular of the Great Recession -- and rightly ...

  8. The Long-Term Unemployed: Hidden and Hurt

    Two men named Bob. Both are over fifty. Both had been working consistently for nearly three decades before losing their jobs in 2009. Both were out of work for more ...

  9. NYC Law Aims to Protect Unemployed from Discrimination

    Long-term unemployed workers in Manhattan struggling to find a job just got a new ally in their search: the city. New York City lawmakers passed new provisions this ...

  10. Budget Debate Heats Up in DC

    Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore, Economic Policy Institute ’s Christina Dorsey and Cumberland Advisors’ David Kotok on the budget negotiations.

  11. Is Economy Strong Enough to Survive Sequestration?

    IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh, Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel and Economic Policy Institute ’s Christian Dorsey on the potential impact of sequestration on the economy.

  12. Increasing Minimum Wage Good or Bad for Small Business?

    Christian Dorsey of the Economic Policy Institute and Marlin Steel president Drew Greenblatt on how raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour will impact small business.

  1. What Will Congress Do with the 55 Expired Tax Extenders?

    The start of 2014 also meant the expiration of 55 separate tax provisions that many of us have become accustomed to taking, and the inaction on Capitol Hill is leavi...

  2. Employers Have Upper Hand as Wage Growth Stays Static

    The number of people still out of work is not only weighing on the economy and labor market, it's also hurting income.With millions out of work, employers are able t...

  3. Why Some Folks are Rich, Others Poor in Retirement

    If life were a race to accumulate assets and savings, the winners would be crowned in retirement. With a lifetime to stockpile resources, some seniors' wealth outshi...

  4. 'Missing Workers': Lost in the Unemployment Puzzle

    The official unemployment rate, currently at 6.6%, may drastically understate the number of unemployed Americans, with almost 6 million people not being counted, acc...

  5. Long-Term Unemployment: A Persistent Disease

    Jami Klubek, jobless for 44 months, is one of the 3.6 million people in the U.S. who are long-term unemployed, a group that makes up about 36% of the total number of...

  6. Union Leaders Could Learn a Thing or Two from the Pope

    Organized labor in the U.S. could use a figure like Pope Francis, someone to re-energize the moribund, unpopular movement and remind people of the original intent of...

  7. Jobless Benefits: An Issue That May Need Rethinking

    If I were a U.S. Senator right now my heart would be telling me to vote for extended unemployment benefits for some 1.3 million Americans whose unemployment insuranc...

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