It's the first Friday of the month, which means the Bureau of Labor statistics releases the monthly jobs numbers. The full February report is here in PDF form. Below, quick takes and analysis some from of our favorite economy watchers on Twitter. If there's someone else you'd recommend, tweet us @brianlehrer.
This week's "most read" New York Times article is a Thomas Friedman column that expands on a previous NYT interview with Google's hiring manager Laszlo Bock. "Corner Office" columnist for The New York Times, Adam Bryant, discusses his original interview with Bock, and why Google looks for unconventional types of intelligence.
Some of New York's only unionized fast food workers are getting a raise.
The fashion industry may have found a champion in Bill de Blasio, as the new mayor kicks off his first Fashion Week.
It's become popular to insist that the key to a successful career is to simply "follow your bliss" straight into a profession that you're truly passionate about. For most people, is it really practical to do what you love? And if it's not, why are we giving this advice to our young people? Miya Tokumitsu, holds a Ph.D in art history. Her recent essay in Jacobin magazine breaks down why being told to "do what you love" isn't necessarily sound advice.
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The latest state and local employment numbers show the jobless rate fell in New York and New Jersey in December.
Today's jobs report shows 74,000 added jobs, and a drop in the unemployment rate -- but also a persistent problem of "discouraged workers" dropping out of the workforce entirely after searching for jobs. Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan economist and currently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses the trend, and helps take your long-term unemployment stories.
Workers celebrated last October when an arbitrator raised their pay, but now many of them are getting pink slips.
A pay raise for the lowest-paid workers in New York and New Jersety
Over this past year, there were increases in both high-end jobs and low-end service jobs. But the types of jobs that so many Americans rely on—those in the middle market—just aren’t being created. And if that doesn’t change soon, it could spell danger for the economy in 2014 and beyond. Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, lays out the problem—and how it might be solved.
Life is about to get harder for people who have been out of work for a long time.