Looking for ways put food stamp recipients to work

Only about a fifth of SNAP recipients are eligible for training. The rest are elderly, disabled, children or already in the workforce.

Looking for ways put food stamp recipients to work

Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls. The grants come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — […]

A strong monthly job gain: Will it continue?

A strong monthly job gain: Will it continue?

Just after a midterm election that was driven by voters’ anxiety about the U.S. economy, the government is likely Friday to report the latest strong monthly job gain. Employers are expected to have added 230,000 jobs in October, according to economists surveyed by FactSet. That would be in line with this year’s average monthly gain […]

Jobless rate drops to lowest level since July 2008

The job gains were broad-based and included many higher-paying industries.

Jobless rate drops to lowest level since July 2008

U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008. The Labor Department report Friday also showed that employers added a combined 69,000 more jobs in July and August than the government had previously estimated. The unemployment rate fell […]

Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

So politicians hedged their bets and pointed fingers

Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth. But the public continues to perceive the economy as poor. So, heading into a midterm campaign season, the […]

Where, oh where, are all of America’s missing workers?

Where, oh where, are all of America’s missing workers?

The unemployment rate has been on a slow downward trajectory since the recession ended nearly five years ago. While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of the working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s. In May, the U.S. […]

For men, the future doesn’t look too good

For men, the future doesn’t look too good

If you’re an American man you’re more likely to be unemployed than your female counterparts. Today more than 4.3 million Americans are considered “long-term unemployed” — out of work for more than 27 weeks. Fifty-six percent of them are men. The Great Recession emasculated generations of men, displacing many of them from the labor force […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

Jobs report shows momentum for new year

Jobs report shows momentum for new year

The government is expected to report Friday that businesses stepped up hiring in December, a trend likely to gain momentum in 2011. Economists are predicting that employers added a net total of 145,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent. Some are even more optimistic after a private payroll firm […]

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations. But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health […]