Streams

 

Jobs

WQXR News

Jobs Bill: Teachers Win, Food Stamp Recipients Lose

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Poverty advocates say the newly passed $26 billion jobs bill will hurt New York City's nearly 2 million food stamp recipients.

Comment

The Takeaway

The Unemployed Who Don't Get Counted

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The 9.5 percent unemployment rate does not count a huge number of Americans: People who are out of a job and have given up looking. With millions of people out of work and competing with each other for the small percentage of open jobs, it makes sense that a significant portion will call it quits – at least for the time being – and cease searching for employment all together.

If you're unemployed but not looking for work, tell us: At what point did you stop looking for a job?

Comments [6]

The Takeaway

Good Luck, Steven Slater

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Steven Slater is getting his 15 minutes of fame, and he will eventually get his day in court as well. Slater lost it after an argument with a passenger. He used the P.A. system to deliver a profanity-laden tirade, grabbed a couple beers out of the galley fridge, deployed the inflatable slide and zoomed down the slide to unemployment.

Read More

Comment

The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, August 09, 2010

David Sanger, of The NYT, on troop levels in Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, Elena Kagan and the House jobs bill.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Job Training: Is It Worth It?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sheila Maguire, senior vice president of Program Effectiveness at Public/Private Ventures, a research group that works to improve policies and programs for low-income communities, discusses the effectiveness of job training and a new study on sector-based employment programs.

Comments [23]

The Takeaway

Latest Report Shows Worrying Decline in Temp Jobs

Monday, August 09, 2010

The Labor Department's jobs report for July, released last Friday, showed overall unemployment stayed the same at 9.5 percent, but that the economy lost 5,600 temporary jobs. This ended nine months of gradual increases. Concerned economists say temporary jobs can be seen as a leading economic indicator of how businesses will proceed in the hiring of permanent workers. 

Comments [2]

The Takeaway

Jobs Report Released: 131,000 Jobs Lost in July

Friday, August 06, 2010

While private employers added 71,000 in July, the economy lost 131,000 jobs overall and unemployment remained unchanged at 9.5 percent. Many of the job losses were due to the expected reduction in Census Bureau staff. The numbers put increased pressure on Washington to find ways to help the economy.

Lakshman Achutan, managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, analyzes the report and what it could mean for you and where jobs are headed in the months ahead.

Comment

WQXR News

U.S. Employers Cut More Jobs Than Expected in July

Friday, August 06, 2010

The nation’s payrolls shrunk by 131,000 jobs last month. That's another troubling sign that the recent economic recovery could be stalling.

Comment

WNYC News

Employers Cut More Jobs Than Expected in July

Friday, August 06, 2010

Employers cut more jobs than expected in July as the government reported that the nation’s payrolls shrunk by 131,000 jobs. That's another troubling sign that the recent economic recovery could be stalling.

Comments [3]

The Takeaway

Fears of Deflation Amidst Falling Prices

Friday, August 06, 2010

On the face of it, prices going down seems like it could be a good thing. However, as economists await Friday's monthly jobs report, they're worried about the dreaded deflation. To help get a sense from our listeners, we're looking for your personal jobs report: Do you feel secure in your job, if you have one? If you're still looking, has it gotten any harder? Easier? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments [2]

WQXR News

Senate Approves $26 Billion Jobs Bill

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The U.S. Senate has approved a $26 billion jobs bill, clearing the way for a House vote on the measure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said lawmakers will return from their August recess to vote on the measure next week, according to The Associated Press.

Comment

The Takeaway

Pay Cuts Becoming Common

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

At the height of the recession, many companies were offering their employees time off without pay in order to save money and not have to eliminate jobs. Those furloughs are now being replaced by pay cuts, and many fear those pay cuts could potentially lead the United States into a period of deflation. We discuss this with Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, Louise Story.

Comments [1]

WQXR News

NY Gov. Paterson Says Layoffs for State Workers Imminent

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he and his staff will being working “immediately” on layoff plans for state workers since New York is running out of cash.

Comment

WNYC News

Paterson Says Layoffs for State Workers Imminent

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he and his staff will being working “immediately” on layoff plans for state workers since New York is running out of cash.

Comment

Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like Edition

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the summer blockbuster Inception, Steve Jobs and the woes of the iPhone 4 and finally Old Spice ads gone viral.

Comment

WQXR News

Senate Votes to End Filibuster on Jobless Benefits Bill

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate voted 60-40 Tuesday to end a filibuster on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits.

Comment

The Takeaway

How Much Does Job Training Actually Help With Unemployment?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate is set to vote later today on extending unemployment benefits, just 15 minutes after the new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in to replace Robert Byrd. The new senator’s arrival will give Democrats the last vote they need to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.

Comment

The Takeaway

Cash-Strapped City Outsources Municipal Jobs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

By firing all 96 of its full-time employees, the cash-strapped city of Maywood, California is saving money by utilizing a strategy well known to American companies: outsourcing. They town may have had to file for bankruptcy if it hadn't taken this outsourcing approach.

Comment

The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, July 19, 2010

David Sanger, of The NYT, on spies, national intelligence and unemployment benefits.

The Takeaway

Census Data Show a Boom for Minority-Owned Businesses

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Census Data from the years 2002 - 2007 show that the number of minority owned businesses in the US rose by 46 percent during those five years, to about 5.8 million. That's nearly twice the national rate for all businesses during that time.

Comment