The main reason the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent was that 273,000 workers reportedly left the labor force. And the widely touted November jump in wages was almost completely reversed.
Not only have Republicans in recent memory made tentative statements about being "open" to raising the gasoline tax, a group of Republican House members have actually voted to do it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for "different choices ... that put working people first" as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launches a new effort to mobilize workers for jobs and growth.
Yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony for California's high-speed rail system was the second major advancement in President Obama's vision for modernizing America's train tracks in the last two weeks.
Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
State and local tax breaks are exploited by wealthy corporations, propping up businesses that generate massive wealth for CEOs and shareholders while keeping wages and benefits down for rank-and-file workers.
Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
A fascinating graphic presentation from Bloomberg shows how America has nearly achieved energy independence and broken our addiction to oil. It's not because oil got too expensive.
The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken, a new report concludes, and other countries may have lessons for us to learn.
Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
Pursuing health care reform did not stop President Obama from building on the stimulus. Congress did. President Obama proposed $80B of additional stimulus in June 2010. Blame the 53 Senators who killed it.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.
Point Pleasant chemical plant retirees have for seven years lived under a dark shadow, as if the town's infamous monster Mothman, immortalized in the movie "The Mothman Prophesies," had returned.
We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
By Friday afternoon, we had met with Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen and – amazingly – seen that the Federal Reserve is already changing its policies in response to our campaign.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"
Transportation Advocate Ed Wytkind talks about transportation policy and what to expect from the next two years, the incoming Republican Congress and President Obama.
The Campaign for America's Future joined Good Jobs Nation and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to urge President Obama to issue executive orders that would boost wages and strengthen worker rights.
Job growth prompts optimistic headlines, but remains well under the rate of growth we really need to make workers whole after the damage done by the 2008 recession.
In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.
Economists come up with complexities when a shave with Occam’s razor is all that’s needed. The bargaining power of most American workers is at a historical low point. The best way to restore it is to get the economy back to full employment.
Imagine: The year 2034, late October. America is no longer dependent on coal and foreign oil, and the economy is nearing full-employment. Coincidence? Or the result of a sustained and major investment in clean energy?
Voters are rendering a harsh judgement against seven Republican governors running for re-election because the economic prosperity that was supposed to follow their trickle-down economic policies is only a trickle.
The White House announced new efforts to boost advanced manufacturing in new, strategic areas. The efforts include $550 million in spending on research projects, apprenticeships and aid to manufacturers.
It was the Republican strategy to block infrastructure spending and then campaign on a theme of “Obama’s failed policies.” Brooks is not right when he says "both parties" and "the political class" are at fault.
Once again, the Waltons — the exploitative multibillionaire heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune — get the goldmine, while workers and taxpayers are stuck with the shaft. It's shameful. But shameful is one of Walmart's core values.
Suppliers in Massachusetts and across the United State will likely not be getting orders from this company — thereby reducing economic activity, jobs and tax revenue.
America needs jobs, and not just any jobs. We need living-wage jobs that provide stability and security through regular working hours, paid time off and career paths for those who want to climb higher. We have the means to deliver.
In 2012, Republicans nominated for president a private equity firm CEO with a record of outsourcing jobs. It did not go well. In several states for the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have done it again.
Walmart is reaping the fruits of its leadership in the low-wage economy. It would do better if it did right by its workers, some of whom went to its family foundation office in D.C. to demand full-time work and a $15 wage.
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie rejected federal funding for rail tunnels connecting his state to New York, and residents are feeling the consequences. Chinese leaders are making a different set of choices.
One factor in this week's stock market decline: The growing consensus that austerity is killing economies around the world. So, around the world leaders are calling for increased spending on infrastructure.
It's probably unrealistic to expect that Congress would drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase. But unrealistic is not the same as unreasonable.
Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
For every job opening in August, on average, there were two jobseekers. It's one more sign that the job shortage should still dominate the national political debate.
Amazon responds to our post on a Supreme Court case involving workers having to undergo screening for stolen goods off the clock. If employees don't actually wait very long to be screened, why not just pay them for their time?
A mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability
The founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is on the front lines with restaurant workers, highlighting their plight and giving them a voice to challenge the National Restaurant Association.
If the Roberts court sides with Amazon, businesses will feel free to increase the ways they get time and work out of workers without paying them. Already, several major corporations are battling wage-theft claims.