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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oakland nixes proposal to gradually increase minimum wage

Isaih Hood examins some of his papers in the lobby of the Youth Employment Partnership on July 28, 2014 in Oakland, CA. At $9 an hour Oakland's Youth Employment Partnership can employ 1,000 Oakland teens to learn skills in offices, pick up trash or other jobs. A dramatic spike to Oakland's minimum wage that voters will consider in November may have the unintended consequence of making it much harder to hire at-risk youth who are desperate for subsidized and grant-funded minimum wage jobs that organizations like the YEP provides.  If the wage jumps to $12.25 the group could only employ 700 teens -- a 30 percent drop.
Oakland nixes proposal to gradually increase minimum wage
The Oakland City Council voted late Tuesday to scrap a plan that called for a gradual increase in the city's minimum wage for nonprofits...

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

California cities among slowest to recover from recession

California cities among slowest to recover from recession
  California cities among slowest to recover from recession
California cities are rebounding significantly slower than those in other parts of the country, particularly Texas. San Francisco is the state's best performer and it ranks 20th.

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Here’s why Obama should get credit for reducing income inequality

Here’s why Obama should get credit for reducing income inequality
The rich have grown farther apart from the rest of us during the Obama years, but Obama’s tax policies and the Affordable Care Act are narrowing inequality to less than it would otherwise be. This is what is important.

 

Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent

Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent
Why have states like Indiana managed to create accessible resources for busy and struggling parents while others are stuck in the dark ages?

 

Economics Across States: North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits

Economics Across States: North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits
Conservatives claim that cutting benefits has lifted the economy. Liberals say the cuts have damaged the economy. The evidence disagrees with both.

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance
The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday.

 

The long-term unemployed might finally be getting jobs
Here's the good news: in the past six months, unemployment has fallen much faster than expected, from 6.7 to 6.1 percent. And as you can see above, 88 percent of that has been due to declining long-term unemployment. But is it really good? Long-term unemployment might be falling for the bad reason that people are giving up, rather than for the good one that they're getting jobs.

 

The Number That Many French Businesses Fear

The Number That Many French Businesses Fear
Taking on a 50th person unleashes nearly three dozen labor regulations that are a serious burden for companies.

 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The American economy America's lost oomph

The American economy America's lost oomph
Back in the mid-1990s, America's economic prospects suddenly brightened. Productivity soared. Immigrants and foreign capital flocked to take

 

Baby, it's you: Why boomers are an economic boon


Baby, it's you: Why boomers are an economic boon
There's also an economic benefit to increased life expectancy, with many boomers working longer

 

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