Labor & Economic News Blog
Monday, November 23, 2015
Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor
Selective government assistance programs have left behind the
persistently poor, an issue that has not been addressed in the
presidential election season.
Half of New Yorkers Say They Are Barely or Not Getting By, Poll Shows
The survey showed great differences in perceptions of the quality of
life in the city’s five boroughs, but it found that economic anxiety was
Urban Charter Schools Often Succeed. Suburban Ones Often Don’t.
Studies show the schools benefit poor, nonwhite students in cities, but
in suburbs they do no better than public schools, and sometimes worse.
Rosy jobs numbers blind us to the bleak reality of the 'real economy'
When you see news that unemployment in California has dipped to 5.8%,
said Chris Hoene of the California Budget & Policy Center, it's not
as rosy as it sounds. "There are more and more sectors in which
people are being paid less than they were before … or they're having to
work several jobs," said Hoene.
For Artfully ‘Worn’ Jeans, Technology Replaces Labor
Strauss & Co.now uses an awful lot of design and technology to
produce beat-up pants that command higher prices and margins. Technology
is not only replacing ever-more-expensive labor but ever-more-busy
consumers who don’t have the time to break in their jeans.
Robots Take on More-Elaborate Tasks
In a former kitchen-cabinet workshop here, a dozen engineers are
creating robots to sew garments and rugs—tasks usually relegated to
low-wage workers in distant countries.
The Argument for a 70% Pay Raise for Women
The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute finds a 71% “gender and inequality wage gap.
Mobility Is More Important Than Ever, and Here’s Who’s Missing Out
new report shows that residential mobility has been largely stable in
recent decades, but has declined for African-Americans, even as the link
between moving and economic mobility grows stronger
The Nationwide Nursing Shortage
in a relatively free market, labor-supply shortages resolve themselves
over time. Why has this not been the case with nursing in the U.S.?
Working-Class Voters Hold Key to 2016
To win in 2016, candidates in both parties must capture working class voters of all stripes.