The July Jobs Report: Not Enough Good News

By FRANK STRICKER The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, published Aug. 6, was on the whole positive. But Blacks and people with disabilities continue to be hit by persistently high unemployment, and true unemployment remains higher than the official government statistics indicate. In July, 943,000 nonfarm jobs were added, and the June… Read More The July Jobs Report: Not Enough Good News

Green Jobs for All: Coping with Two Crises

By TRUDY GOLDBERG Addressing the jobs and environmental crises are two parts of a common struggle to create an equitable and sustainable economy. A federal jobs guarantee copes with both. The Environmental Crisis Devastating environmental changes—largely resulting from the burning of fossil fuels—occur everywhere on earth. Water grows scarcer in dry regions; torrential rains increase… Read More Green Jobs for All: Coping with Two Crises

Benefits of Millions of Unemployed Scheduled to Expire Sept. 6

By GREGORY N. HEIRES An estimated 7.5 million people will lose their extra $300 weekly Covid-19 unemployment benefit on Sept. 6—unless the federal government decides at the last moment to extend their coverage. The expiration follows the decision of 26 states to end the federally-funded unemployment weekly benefit of millions of other workers, in some states,… Read More Benefits of Millions of Unemployed Scheduled to Expire Sept. 6

Unemployment Data–JULY 2021

July 2021 Unemployment Data–the Full Count The BLS estimates that official unemployment this month may be understated by up to 0.2%, reflecting measurement problems. (U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS) OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT: 5.4*[ANALYSES by EXPERTS] White     4.8% African American 8.2% Hispanic 6.6% Asian¹           5.3% Persons with a disability¹  … Read More Unemployment Data–JULY 2021

Better but Not Great (June 2021 Jobs Report Analysis)

By FRANK STRICKER The employment and unemployment numbers come from two different surveys, and at times they seem to describe different economies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) survey of 60,000 households shows that in June, unemployment rose by a tenth of a point to 5.9%, and the number of employed people actually fell a… Read More Better but Not Great (June 2021 Jobs Report Analysis)