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Hardship in America, 2013: Unemployment Benefits for Long-Term Jobless Set to Expire

November 25, 2013

The slow economic recovery continues to take a toll on workers.  The share of the population with a job, which hit 62.7 percent at the start of the Great Recession in December 2007, has remained below 60 percent since early 2009 and dropped to 58.3 percent in October.

Many jobless workers —...

Who’s to Blame for the Slow Economy?

November 22, 2013

Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger blames President Obama for the weak recovery from the Great Recession, but...

More Than a Million Americans Will Lose Jobless Benefits at Year’s End Without Congressional Action

November 21, 2013

Legislation proposed in the House and Senate yesterday would renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through 2014, providing critical support for long-term unemployed Americans.  That’s important because, without congressional...

Jobless Workers Facing Unhappy New Year’s

November 15, 2013

My latest post for U.S. News & World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog warns that jobless benefits will end abruptly for...

Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

November 8, 2013

Today’s jobs report, which is colored by October’s federal government shutdown, sends distinctly mixed signals about the job market. The employer survey shows much greater job creation than analysts expected, while the household survey shows that significant weaknesses persist. Either way, unemployment remains stubbornly high and too many people have been out of work too long.

Fix the Jobs Deficit First (It Can Help Fix the Debt)

October 28, 2013

My latest post for U.S. News & World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog notes that private employment is still 1.3 million jobs short of where it was when the Great...

Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

October 22, 2013

Today’s jobs report, which was delayed from October 4 by the government shutdown, shows that the labor market recovery remains disappointingly slow. Employment remains well below normal levels, and long-term unemployment remains near historic highs.

Below are some charts to show how the new figures look in historical context. Check...

Budget Crises Taking an Economic Toll

October 18, 2013

My latest post for U.S. News & World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog warns that, while the latest budget crisis is over, the political dysfunction that...

Shutdown Means No Jobs Report

October 4, 2013

The government’s report on the September jobs situation is a casualty of the government shutdown.  Here’s what the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) website says:

Special Notice:

This website is currently not being updated due to the suspension of Federal government services. The last update to the site was...

Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 4: Weak Job Market Keeping SNAP Enrollment High

September 12, 2013

House Republican leaders don’t typically argue that there’s an abundance of jobs and that the economy is doing fine.  Nevertheless, that line of argument seems to underlie their proposal to cut at least 2 million poor jobless workers from SNAP.

Noting that SNAP enrollment hasn’t fallen in tandem with the...