Good News? The Jobs Reports for January, 2022

By FRANK STRICKER             The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job report offered some surprises, especially in light of dire predictions about the Omicron crisis. At first glance the impact seemed slight. The official unemployment rate of 4% was up just a tenth of a point. And job totals from the survey of business and… Read More Good News? The Jobs Reports for January, 2022

Uniting for Voting Rights (Letter to the Editor, NY Times, 1/27/22)

Photo Credit: Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times This letter appeared in The New York Times on January 27. To the Editor: Re “How Did Democrats Let This Happen?,” by Bishop Reginald T. Jackson (Opinion guest essay, Jan. 17): Bishop Reginald T. Jackson calls out Democrats and especially President Biden for failure to lead… Read More Uniting for Voting Rights (Letter to the Editor, NY Times, 1/27/22)

More Recovery and Reform, Please! The Employment Situation—December 2021

By FRANK STRICKER Here are four key points to consider about the December 2021 Jobs report. 1. Just Pretty Good.  This is not a bad job report. Even though we in the National Jobs for All Network believe it is a serious undercount, a 3.9% unemployment rate is historically quite a low official unemployment rate. And… Read More More Recovery and Reform, Please! The Employment Situation—December 2021

Book Review: The Case for a Job Guarantee (1)

Pavlina R. Tcherneva (2020), The Case for a Job Guarantee, Cambridge: Polity Press, ₤9.99, pp. 140, pbk. doi:10.1017/S0047279421000568 Review by Martin Watts, University of New Castle, Australia Reprinted with permission, Journal of Social Policy. (2021), 50, 4, 891-901 © The Author, 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press. Monetary policy has been the dominant strand of… Read More Book Review: The Case for a Job Guarantee (1)

Unemployment in November 2021: Jobs Report Analysis

by Frank Stricker The Counts The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job report for November 2021 showed that unemployment was just 4.2%. That looks pretty good, but we in the National Jobs for All Network (NJFAN) believe this official number is an undercount. We add part-timers who want full-time work and people who say they… Read More Unemployment in November 2021: Jobs Report Analysis