unemployment

CA Republican Goes Homeless for a Week, and Learns All the Wrong Lessons

CA Republican Goes Homeless for a Week, and Learns All the Wrong Lessons
California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari did a stunt spending a week homeless in Fresno looking for a job, then wrote about it in the Wall Street Journal. It turns out — shock! — that getting a job isn't as easy as asking for one, and — double shock! — relying on our patchwork safety net doesn't exactly deliver results or human dignity.
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ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'

ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'
The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment. The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers. The survey also showed that wages are rising and echoed arguments made by Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen that discouraged workers would return to the labor force when the economy improved.
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Give 'Em a Job Already: Business Lobby's Claims of Labor Shortage Untrue, Says New Report

Give 'Em a Job Already: Business Lobby's Claims of Labor Shortage Untrue, Says New Report
New construction labor statistics from the Economic Policy Institute indicate that the business lobby's claims of a labor shortage are wholly unfounded. Workers are ready, and contrary to the lobby's statements, very much skilled.
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First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs

First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs
Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. Unemployment among veterans who have served since September 2001 stood at 9 percent in 2013, about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending

Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending
President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years, but say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. A divided Congress in an election year is not likely to heed that call.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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None of Last Seven Min Wage Increases Have Negatively Impacted Restaurant Employment

None of Last Seven Min Wage Increases Have Negatively Impacted Restaurant Employment
The restaurant industry claims that if the minimum wage goes up employment in that industry would go down. Research for a Bloomberg article this week clearly shows this statement as bunk. The only time employment went down was during a recession. When wages rose, so did employment.
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With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers

With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers
In an extraordinary statement about the fundamental lack of commitment to Connecticut citizens, the Hartford Board of Education will be meeting tonight to authorize Superintendent Christina Kishimoto to extend the Hartford Board of Education's contract with Teach for America, costing Connecticut and Hartford taxpayers an additional $650,940. Meanwhile, 136,500 Connecticut residents remain unemployed including many trained teachers who already hold Connecticut teacher certificates.
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GOP: 'Gimmick' to Use Offset to Help Jobless Not a Gimmick When It's For Vets

GOP: 'Gimmick' to Use Offset to Help Jobless Not a Gimmick When It's For Vets
Last month, Senate Democrats offered Republicans a concession in order to help the long-term unemployed continue to receive unemployment insurance: offset the $17 billion cost by extending sequester cuts an additional year into 2024.
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'Congress' Isn’t Blocking Unemployment Extension; Republicans Are

'Congress' Isn’t Blocking Unemployment Extension; Republicans Are
Senate Republicans have been using the filibuster to block the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. There are rumors of a “deal” that gives Republicans a payoff to stop obstructing the extension. The price this time is “pension smoothing,” which means letting big companies skip paying into their employee pension plans.
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Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'

Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'
Sen. Franken called on his Senate and House colleagues to act swiftly and pass an extension of unemployment benefits that help Minnesotans keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. He also shared several stories from Minnesotans who have reached out and talked with him about how failing to extend unemployment insurance will affect them.
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