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JOB-RELATED NEWS updated February 6, 2015

Unemployment data--January 2015 graph: unempl> 6mos.   CBPP 2/6/15 Chart Book

    Baker, CEPR, 2/6/15 "The household survey showed little change in the employment situation for most groups. It is striking that less educated workers continue to be the largest beneficiaries of the recovery.....While the unemployment rate edged up, the overall EPOP also rose, hitting 59.3 percent, a new high for the recovery. However this is still 3.7 percentage points below the average for the year before the recession. Contrary to what is frequently claimed, most of this decline is due to prime age workers (ages 25-54) dropping out of the labor force. That reversed the pre-recession trend, in which the percentage of both prime age men and women in the labor force had been rising.....The January report provides further evidence of a strengthening labor market. However, the weak 4th quarter GDP growth, coupled with a rising trade deficit and continued weakness in investment, should raise concerns about its durability. The labor market is not yet tight enough to produce substantial wage growth, which means that future consumption growth will be limited."

    Gould EPI 2/6/15 "The official unemployment rate ticked up slightly last month as more potential workers entered the labor force. While is it a positive sign that more people are actively looking for work, the unemployment rate still understates the weakness of job opportunities. This is due to the existence of a large pool of “missing workers”—potential workers who, because of weak job opportunities, are neither employed nor actively seeking a job. In other words, these are people who would be either working or looking for work if job opportunities were significantly stronger.....Similarly, we saw a tick up in the employment-to-population ratio for prime-working-age population in January, following a trend that has been slowly moving in the right direction for years. That said, it’s clear that there is a long way to go before we return to pre-recession labor market health." See graphs

    Stone CBPP, 2/6/15 "Today’s strong jobs report shows continuing labor market improvement but also continuing significant “slack” — people who are not working but want to be, or people who want to work full time but can only find part-time jobs.  Prominent among those struggling to find work are the roughly three-in-ten jobless workers who’ve been looking for a job for 27 weeks or longer. These workers no longer receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, since most states offer 26 or fewer weeks of regular state UI and the emergency federal program enacted in the Great Recession to provide additional weeks expired at the end of 2013.....The sharp decline in labor force participation during the much of the recovery appears over, but prior to recent years, the labor force participation rate hasn’t been this low since the 1970s and continued strong growth in participation will be needed to restore normal labor market health."

    Burtless, Brookings, 2/6/15 "Robust gains in the private sector were somewhat offset by payroll losses in the government sector, which shed 10,000 workers in January 2015.  Private companies have added to their payrolls for 59 consecutive months, boosting total employment by 11.8 million.  Over that same period, government payrolls fell in 37 months, including January, and public sector employment shrank 685,000.....Hourly pay in the private sector edged up $0.12 to $24.75 in January and has increased 2.2 percent over the past 12 months. Although modest, this increase represents a small improvement over nominal wage gains earlier in the recovery.....A disappointing feature of the recovery so far is that the labor force participation rate has remained low even though it has become steadily easier for job seekers to find work."

    Zero Hedge, 2/6/15 "As already observed, when it comes to tracking the job losses in the energy space, the BLS had some rather significant "seasonally-adjusted" or otherwise issues in January, reporting just 1.9K job losses in the oil and energy exploration space, when the reality was orders of magnitude higher. But while the Bureau of Labor Services may have failed to notice the collapse of the highest-paying US jobs (after Wall Street of course), it determined that over 250K jobs were created in other sectors. Where were they?

    Below is a detailed breakdown of all the January job additions (and losses) by sector, with the following notable highlights: education and Health: +46K; Retail Workers: +46; Leisure and Hospitality: +37K, of which 35K waiters and bartenders; And the following job losses: Government: -10K; Transportation and Warehousing: -9K; Temp Help Services: -4K; Add the infamous mining and logging, where energy jobs would be found, or not as the case may be: -3K

    Economic Populist, Meyers 2/6/15 " the number of Americans working more than one job ... rose from 6.9 million to 7.3 million multiple job holders over the past year.."

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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