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JOB-RELATED NEWS updated April 3, 2015

Unemployment data--March 2015 graph: unempl> 6mos.   CBPP 4/3/15 Chart Book

    Baker, CEPR, 4/3/15 "Clearly, weather played an important role in the weaker-than-expected report....There does finally appear to be evidence of accelerating wage growth. The average hourly wage over the three months from January to March rose at a 2.8 percent annual rate compared with the average for the prior three months."

    Gould EPI 4/3/15 "It’s too soon to sound the alarm, but this morning’s Employment Situation Report report should give us pause.....there is still ample slack in the labor market. Private sector hourly wages are up only 2.1 percent over the year. Wages need to grow faster, and for a longer time, before we can say the economy is truly working for working people." See graphs

    Stone CBPP, 4/3/15 "As experts increasingly recognize — and as former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated at this week’s CBPP Full Employment project event — reductions in the unemployment rate do not fully reflect how close we’re getting to full employment. The unemployment rate does not, for example, account for hidden unemployment that arises when people who want to be working and likely would be working in a full-employment economy have stopped looking and thus dropped out of the labor force.  Nor does it account for underemployment that arises when people want to work full-time job but can only find part-time work.  The labor department’s “U6” measure ....doesn’t include many more who might be lured back into the labor force by the higher wages and greater job opportunities that a full employment economy likely would generate.....The job losses incurred in the Great Recession have been erased.  There are now 3.3 million more jobs on private payrolls and 2.8 million more jobs on total payrolls than at the start of the recession in December 2007.  Because the working-age population has grown since then, the number of jobs remains well short of what is needed to restore full employment.....The labor force participation rate (the share of the population aged 16 and over in the labor force) edged down to 62.7 percent in March, 3.3 percentage points lower than it was at the start of the recession. 

    Burtless, Brookings, 4/3/15 "The March employment report showed sharply slowing payroll gains after a long string of robust monthly gains..... there are still many potential workers available to enter the workforce who have not yet been persuaded to start looking for a job. One heartening sign in the latest report is the gradual increase in the percentage of jobs that offer full-time work schedules.

    Zero Hedge, 4/3/15 "...the main reason why wage growth remains subdued, and 50% below the Fed's target, has to do with what continues to be record slack in the economy "....According to the BLS there were 98.4 million "prouduction and non-supervisory" private workers in March, or 82.5% of the total 119.3 million private workers employed in the same month. This also means that there are about 17.5% supervisory, or "boss" jobs in the US.

    It is the distinction between the two that is critical. Because as the BLS also reported today, in addition to a disappointing 2.1% wage growth for all US employees, this was accompanied by an even more disappointing 1.56% annual increase in compensation for the majority of America, i.e., its non-supervisory workers, whose average hourly earnings rose from $20.50/hour a year ago to $20.86 in March. But, if wage growth for over 80% of America's workers is sliding even as wage growth for all American is flat, that must mean that the wage growth for the tiny 17% of America that is its bosses and supervisors must be soaring. And sure enough, it is. In fact, [see chart at site]wage growth of "supervisory" workers has never been higher!

    America continues to be a country where there are only jobs for old men, those 55 and older, who saw a 329,000 increase in jobs in the past month. Every other age group saw job losses! Participation Rate Drops To February 1978 Levels;

Witness Wednesdays, Stories of the Unemployed

Union membership rate in 2014 is 11.1 percent, down from 11.3 percent in 2013

State, Met. Area Employment and Unemployment Data, BLS, monthly

Interactive map: Unemployment rates by state, BLS; also WSJ

Interactive map: Job loss by state. EPI

Global Wage Report 2014/15, ILO

Geography of Recession chronological map of unemployment rates by county

Annual State-by-State Unemployment, Underemployment 2003-2012

At Amazon.com "cheap" comes at a very hefty price, Hightower 8/14

Report Uncovers the Real Costs of Outsourcing Public Services, JwJ 3/14

Do You Have Job Fear? What's WhyWe Need Full Employment, Johnson CAF 8/13

Millions of Americans live in extreme poverty, Matthews, 5/13

The Missing Workers--How Many Are There and Who Are They?, Shierholz, EPI 4/13

Going Nowhere: Workers Wages since the Mid-1970s, TCF, 1/13

Are We Winning the War on Poverty? Landy, TCF 9/12

No Relief in 2012 from High Unemployment for African Americans and Latinos EPI, 2/12

How Do States' Safety Net Policies Affect Poverty? Wheaton et al, Urban Instit, 9/11

Who Has Benefitted from the Post-Great Recession Recovery? Sum &McLaughlin 7/11

Jobs Missing in the Great Recession. 12/11

Downturn Continues to Lower Union Membership, Zipperer, CEPR 1/11

How Government spent your income taxes, National Priorities Project

Unemployment Insurance Extension May Be Short-Lived, Bloom, WDL10/10

International Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes 2008-2009, BLS

The Stagnating Labor Market Jayadev & Konczal, Roosevelt Institute 9/10

The Good, the Bad and the ERGly, Stecker, NJPP 9/10

How America Can Create Jobs, Andy Grove, Intel, BW 7/10

SF Labor Council demands U.S. enforcement of treaties & laws ensuring Full Employment, Right to a Job & Union Rights, 3/10

Jobs Crisis Fact Sheet, A.Turner, 3/10

How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America, D.Peck,, Atlantic, 3/10

Many highly profitable companies cut jobs in 2009, Orr, EPI 12/09

"Generation Recession," Ratner, the Nation, 11/09

The safety net and the recession, Mishel, EPI, 10/09

Unions and Other Community Groups Benefit Local Economic Development 8/09

The Great Recession of 2007-2009: PostWW II Record Impacts on Rising Unemployment& Underutilization Problems, Sum & al, 7/09

Work-Sharing May Help Companies Avoid Layoffs, Greenhouse, NYT 6/09

Work Sharing--an Alternative to Layoffs for Tough Times, Ridley, CLASP 3/09

Welfare Aid Isn’t Growing as Economy Drops Off, NYT, 2/09

Where Homes Are Cheaper Than Cars: Bankruptcy Weighs Heavily on Real Estate, Timiraos, WSJ 6/05

Why labor law doesn't work for workers, Bacon [EFCA], 3/09

Illegal Firings During Union Election Campaigns, CEPR 3/09

Interactive map: Unemployment rates by state

Conference Board Employment Trends Index

Median income rose as did poverty in 2007 2000s have been extremely weak for living standards of most households, Bernstein, EPI 8/08

The medicare myth that refuses to dieLorinc, Globe and Mail, 8/08

Dr. Wall Street: How the American Health Care System Got So Sick, Brecher, 7/08

Equality in Job Loss: Women Are Increasingly Vulnerable to Layoffs During
Recessions, US Congress, JEC , 7/08

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy: A State-by-State Picture of Occupations that Gain from Green Investments, Pollin & Wicks-Lim

Woe is the American Worker, Waldman, Am. Prospect, 12/07

What We’re In For: Projected Economic Impact of the Next Recession, Schmitt & Baker, 1/08

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Job Quality in the United States over the Three Most Recent Business Cycles, Schmitt, CEPR, 11/07

Typical families see income and earnings decline, Irons, EPI, 9/07

Bridging the Gaps:A Picture of How Work Supports Work in Ten States, 10/07

No-Benefit Jobs Leave Parents Struggling, H. Boushey, Sojourners, S/O 07

CEO pay: 364 times more than workers, 8/07

Neither Free Nor Fair:The Subversion of Democracy Under NLRB Elections,7/07

Americans' ambivalence about the economy, Mishel et al, 6/07

Unemployment may depress immune function, 4/07

Making the Federal Minimum Wage a Living Wage , R. Pollin, 6/07

A Tale of Two Time Periods for Low-Income Families, Bernstein, 6/07

The Gender Pay Gap is the Smallest on Record—Not Necessarily Good News 9/06

Jobs for All: The Key to Rebuilding after Katrina, Kochan, CAP

Data--employment, earnings, family income, hours, prices, unionization

The Bush Tax Cuts, 3/07

99 Percent... are Net Losers Under Bush Tax and Spending Policies 6/06

The Middle Class on the Precipice, by Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Mag.,J/F 06

What's wrong with the economy? Mishel & Eisenbrey, 12/05

Without defense-related spending private sector would still be in a jobs hole 8/05

Finding the better fit: Receiving unemployment insurance increases likelihood of re-employment with health insurance, Heather Boushey

Ownership Society--Social Security Is Only the BeginningWray, Levy Inst.

U.S. workers enjoy far fewer vacation days than Europeans, EPI, 8/05

Injuries to All [workplace injuries]

Whatever Happened to Private Pensions? C. R. Morris, TCF, 2/06

Whoops! There Goes Another Pension Plan M.W. Walsh, NY Times , 9/18/05

Riding into the Sunset [retirement], Wm Greider, Nation, 6/05

Productivity growth and profits far outpace compensation in current expansion, EPI. April 21, 2005

Corporate America Pulling Back Pension Safety Net, LA Times, 5/15//05

Government Budget Calculator, CEPR

The Permanent War Economy: Real Security or False Promise? NJFAC Resource written by ministers for church bulletins.

International comparisons: Beyond the U.S. model, EPI; Book chapter

The Rise in Job Displacement, 1991-2004, Crisis in Manufacturing, CEPR, 8/04

Middle-Class Tightrope, Jacob Hacker, August 2004

Miltary Spending and Jobs: A Quiz

The Job Market--Down and Out in White-Collar America, Fortune, June, 2003

Special Report 4: The Permanent War Economy: Real Security or False Promise? C. Bell, S. D. Collins, H. L. Ginsburg, and M. Malloy

Job Deficits Deepen as Budget Deficits Explode, by Gregory DeFreitas

Poison pill: Why the new reform bill will make Medicare's problems bigger--and even harder to fix, J. S. Hacker & T. R. Marmor, Boston Globe, December 7, 2003

The Savings from an Efficient Medicare Drug Plan, D. Baker, 1/06

"Jobs for All": Another Dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mathew Forstater 

Innocent Fraud, by John Kenneth Galbraith

Better than Money: Alternatives to GDP, Nordic New Network


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