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Emergency Jobless Benefits Cut-Off Has Hit Nearly 300,000 Veterans

June 24, 2014

The number of jobless veterans who’ve lost access to federal jobless benefits since Congress allowed Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) to expire at the end of last year — which we estimated at the end of February was close to 200,000 and counting — will reach an...

Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

June 6, 2014

Today’s jobs report shows that more than six years after the onset of the Great Recession and the worst jobs slump since the 1930s, payroll employment has finally topped its level at the start of the recession.  Still, with essentially no net job growth since December 2007 but continued growth in the working-age population, there are many more people now who want to be working but don’t have a...

Need to Protect Low-Income Households Up in the Air Under EPA Climate Regulation

June 3, 2014

In my latest post for US News & World Report, I previewed the Obama Administration’s proposal to reduce...

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House Fiscal Double Standard in Action

May 6, 2014

The House will vote this week to add $156 billion to budget deficits over the period 2014-2024 by expanding and making permanent the lapsed corporate tax credit for research and experimentation (R&E) without offsetting the cost.  Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner continues to oppose legislation to...

Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures

May 2, 2014

Today’s mixed jobs report shows a big jump in payroll employment but a sharp fall in labor force participation.  The labor market is clearly much stronger than in the depths of the Great Recession but still far from the “maximum employment” goal that Congress has mandated the Federal Reserve to pursue.  Long-term unemployment remains a particular concern, highlighting why Congress must restore...

New York Times Is Right: “No Spring Break for the Unemployed”

April 18, 2014

“As members of Congress enjoy their extended spring break, 2.3 million unemployed Americans have been left to worry about whether lawmakers will ever get around to renewing federal unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013,” today’s New York Times editorial points out.  And the...

Ryan Budget a Path to Adversity for Millions — and Maybe for the Economy Too

April 9, 2014

In my latest US News & World Report post, I reprise CBPP analysis showing that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget is, in fact, as CBPP President Robert Greenstein...

Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

April 4, 2014

Today’s solid jobs report shows a labor market that continues to improve gradually, but that remains far from healed. With the share of the population with a job stuck at recession levels and long-term unemployment still very high, it’s too soon for the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates — and it’s well past time for lawmakers to restore emergency federal unemployment insurance...

Mapping the Impact of the Senate Deal on Jobless Benefits

March 18, 2014

A top priority when Congress returns to work next week should be for the Senate to pass the bipartisan deal worked out last week to restore...

Time to Get on Board Senate’s Unemployment Insurance Deal

March 14, 2014

My latest post for U.S. News & World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog explains why policymakers should quickly enact the...