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Monday, October 23, 2017
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robots

Can We Think Our Way Past Robots?

Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to American workers that have nothing to do with people or things coming over the border. Robots and artificial intelligence are nipping at the heels of not only blue-collar workers but also white-collar professionals who assumed that a degree would keep them several steps ahead of the machines.

April 26, 2017
clean energy

Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
Working class, Trump, Con

Will Wage Growth Be Trump’s Great White Whale?

You’ll see plenty of headlines about how earnings have “accelerated,” but that’s only if you’re a hawk, a nitpicker-in-extremis, or you earn so much money that money is an abstraction.

March 11, 2017
Trump tweets, Yemen

5 Ways Trump Is A Living Parody Of Conservative Beliefs

The exposure of Trump’s attempts to present himself as generous is invaluable, revealing a hollow man who represents the epitome of conservatism’s unchecked greed and exploitation.

October 31, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

6 Times Donald Trump Has Sold Out American Workers

The truth is that few have benefitted more from foreign labor and worker intimidation than Trump himself. A close look at his business past reveals that if a Trump presidency is anything like Trump’s businesses, he’ll sell out American workers and labor laws for the sake of the bottom line.

July 19, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Ted Cruz Keeps Talking About ‘Wages’ — But He Won’t Support Raising Them

Ted Cruz has taken to co-opting populist messaging on “wages,” but his own record is clear: Cruz has been a consistent opponent of raising the minimum wage, and is even skeptical of the concept of a minimum wage itself.

April 29, 2016
obama knows what he is doing

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
American Millenials US Capitol

Millennials Are Really Worried About The Economy — And Their Future

A new and revealing report by the Democracy Corps revealed the opinions and concerns of a focus group of white men and black women going into this year’s election.

February 5, 2016

U.S. Payrolls Surge In December In Boost To Economic Outlook

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 292,000 in December, the Labor Department said on Friday.

January 8, 2016

What’s Ahead For Jobs In 2016?

Expect more workplace churn in 2016. There will be more retirements among baby boomers, more maternity and paternity leaves — if not outright quits — among millennials, more voluntary departures as workers move to greener pastures.

December 30, 2015

Closing The Book After A Rough Termination

I recently was told that my job was going to be eliminated after nearly 20 years. While I found a new position and am moving on, the whole process was very impersonal and felt unfair. But what would have been fair to expect?

November 18, 2015

U.S. Job Growth Stumbles, Raising Doubts On Economy

The new data marked the smallest two-month gain in employment in over a year, could fuel fears that the China-led global economic slowdown is sapping America’s strength.

October 2, 2015
walking man to work city suit

Out Of The Job Market, Many Working-Age Men Aren’t Coming Back

In the past, a recovering economy usually meant rising labor participation as more people gained confidence and got off the sidelines and into the job market. But not this time.

September 9, 2015
5 huge historical events that America is mostly ignoring

5 Huge Historical Events That America Is Mostly Ignoring

Some truly historic things have unfolded this summer, and been only glanced at by a media transfixed on conflict and personality.

September 7, 2015

U.S. Employers Add 173,000 Jobs In August; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.1 Percent

The low headline number was well below analyst expectations for 223,000 net new jobs, and down from July’s strong 245,000 figure.

September 4, 2015

Dear Millennials, You’re Ruining The Economy. Move Out

The kids are back home and showing no inclination to move out on their own.

August 2, 2015

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 41.5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41.5 years.

July 23, 2015

With U.S. Wages Flat, Jeb Bush Calls For More Full-Time Jobs

Jeb Bush said Americans need more full-time, not part-time work in order to grow the U.S. economy, comments some called out of touch. Also, he said nothing about wages.

July 9, 2015

Jobless Rate Down; Wages Flat

Although employers added 223,000 jobs in June, workers’ average wages flattened, and the unemployment rate fell due to a shrinking labor force.

July 3, 2015

How Much Do We Value Work?

Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people had a chance to rise.

July 2, 2015
Republicans and Democrats

5 Reasons Republicans Would Vote Democratic If They Were Being Honest

Republicans are famous for only holding Democrats to standards — not themselves. Here are five reasons that if Republicans really wanted richer, safer, and more “life”-centered America, they’d vote Democratic.

June 15, 2015
Markets, Economy, Wages, Jobs, Employment, Great Recession, National News

U.S. Economy Creates A Strong 280,000 Jobs In May

Jobs, employment, and wages rose last month, nearly seven years after the Great Recession.

June 5, 2015
working in office

To Keep Good Workers, Some Employers Are Trapping Them

Companies have been using “noncompete” agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.

June 4, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015