by Frank Stricker The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on jobs and unemployment for January was mostly positive. It continues a string of generally upbeat reports over the last two years. Official unemployment stayed under 4% for the 23rd month in a row. It was 3.7%. The Hispanic rate was still high at 5% and… Read More Getting Better All the Time? The Labor Report for January of ’24
by Frank Stricker January 16, 2024 There wasn’t much change in some key indicators in December. The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) unemployment rate stayed at 3.7% and has lingered in a narrow range for two years. As the Full Count shows, a more comprehensive estimate of the truly unemployed… Read More Back to Normal? Jobs in December and More
by Sheila D. Collins Pavlina Tcherneva, a Professor of Economics at Bard College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Institute, has written a concisely, argued case for a federal job guarantee within the context of a Green New Deal. Citing its origins in FDR’s 1944 Economic Bill of Rights and the U.N.’s Universal Declaration… Read More Review of The Case for a Job Guarantee by Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Polity Press (2020)
By Sarianna Sabbarese November 21, 2023 In our lifetimes, we have seen the rapid deterioration of once robust union protections. Even as social conditions have improved for many, economic disparities grow. Despite artificially low criteria for poverty, the threadbare American social safety net creaks and groans. We watch in anxious horror as a new cast… Read More Good Jobs Are A Human Right!
by Frank Stricker The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) report for the month of November was generally positive, especially after previous months when official unemployment (UE) crept up to 3.9% and seemed poised to go over 4%. Official UE fell to 3.7%. A more comprehensive unemployment number calculated by the National Jobs for All… Read More Unemployment is Down, and Attitudes Are Too: The Situation in November, 2023