Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing
Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, "Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets." The findings of three studies, published over the last several years in Perspectives on Psychological Science, suggest that Rock is right. We have no idea how unequal our society has become
Friday, March 20, 2015
Inland Empire: Next 'big dog' in California economy?Inland Empire: Next 'big dog' in California economy?
Mexican farmworkers strike over low wages, blocking harvest
The strike, which began Tuesday, has shut down schools and stores across the region and focused attention on alleged labor abuses at agribusinesses that export millions of tons of produce to the U.S. every year. Among those targeted are U.S.-based BerryMex, which grows strawberries and raspberries sold under the Driscoll label.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
See which California jobs require the longest hours
As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'
The Pentagon lifted the ban on women serving in the unforgiving world of ground combat — infantry, armor and artillery units — but gave the armed service's branches until January to ask for exemptions. Now the Marines and the Army are running the necessary tests to see what women soldiers can do. Dozens of female Marines are taking part in this experiment at the desert base at Twentynine Palms for the next month.
Job gains continue, so why are wages stubbornly stagnant?Job gains continue, so why are wages stubbornly stagnant?
February’s labor report came in with stronger growth than expected, with 295,000 jobs added last month and the lowest unemployment rate since the 2008 financial crisis. But wage growth continues to lag, with hourly earning rising just one tenth of a percent. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez analyzes the numbers with Judy Woodruf
Why workers’ comp isn’t working for many who need itWhy workers’ comp isn’t working for many who need it
Workers’ compensation benefits have played a critical role in the American labor market by allowing businesses to pay for medical costs and wages if an employee is injured on the job. But a new investigation has found that more than 30 states have passed laws reducing these benefits. Judy Woodruff learns more about the impact from Michael Grabell of ProPublica and Howard Berkes of NPR
Why you shouldn’t expect wages to rise any time soon
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties