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One of the ludicrous notions that has infected our political discourse is that government jobs aren’t ‘real’ jobs (tell that to fireman when your house is burning down…). But a lot of private sector jobs are heavily subsidized by the government. I’m not referring to private contractors hired by the government, but jobs that are…

…imaginary jobs that might or might not materialize. As a long-time customer of New Balance shoes (not only do I like the shoes, but they’re U.S. made), it looks like a ‘free’* trade agreement will kill off 1,000 existing jobs in Maine (italics mine): At the factory here owned by New Balance, the last major…

About the decrease in U3 unemployment (the ‘strict’ measure) from 9.2% to 9.1% (which, of course, beats the alternative increase): well, that’s the good news. The bad news is that the employment rate actually dropped 58.2% to 58.1%. Among men, we hit another all-time historical low. So how do you have a lower unemployment rate…

I do so wish we still had Democrats who bring the righteous thunder instead of sounding like mealy-mouth technocrats (although “Satan-sandwich” was kinda funny). Sadly, you’re stuck with me instead. Anyway, by way of Bill Mitchell, we come across a report (pdf) that has the rather dry title of “The “Jobless and Wageless” Recovery from…

While I’ve disagreed strongly with Megan McArdle, she recently wrote one of the more humane pieces I’ve read in the mainstream media about unemployment and underemployment (italics mine): I was unemployed for basically two years between the time I graduated from business school in 2001, and the time I accepted a job with The Economist…

We Are Worrying About the Wrong Deficit

We should be worrying about the employment deficit. Instead, we are worried about the budget deficit. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Nate Silver has a very good post detailing how the Republicans in Congress have positioned themselves to the right of….everybody. But what struck me is that nowhere in the poll would one have…

The Atlantic is being paid some unknown amount of money by McKinsey and Co. (the same people who brought you some very nice healthcare propaganda) to discuss this: The Atlantic and McKinsey & Company brought together some of the top minds in business, government, and the world of ideas, each to answer the same question:…

I think one reason that the Obama adminstration (including the preznit) don’t comprehend the level of anger about the economy is that many of them dwell in a world where they possess economic agency, whereas too many people do not. John Lanchester writes (italics mine): From the worm’s-eye perspective which most of us inhabit, the…

With last week’s release of the latest month’s unemployment data, it’s worth remembering that the official figures would be far worse were it not for our policy of mass incarceration (aka the War on Drugs). Why? Because people in jail (mostly men) are ‘disappeared’ from unemployment and employment statistics. And we imprison a lot of…

A while ago, I discussed the record low rate of male employment in the U.S. Well, Mike Konczal also has that figure (why read anyone but the Mad Biologist. We are always firstest…). But he notes some other jarring data: You have to go back to pre-1988 to find an era when there were a…