Low wage recovery highlighted by 7 out of 10 jobs added in January coming from minimum wage waiters and temporary retail workers.
The unemployment rate fell below the 5 percent mark for the first time since the Great Recession wrecked havoc on the economy. This is good news right? Well the stock market didn’t think so for a couple of reasons. First, this adds more fuel to pushing interest rates higher (a big expense on the $19 […]
The rise of the part-time and disposable employment army: Record number of people now employed in transient labor positions while good paying jobs remain stuck in the mud.
The headline employment numbers present a glamorous picture of the economy but one that is not based on reality. After all, you have over 94 million Americans not in the labor force and this growing army of people is helping to keep the unemployment rate low. And for a growing number of Americans those in […]
New Year begins with record number of men not in the labor force: Those not in the labor force increased by 1.9 million last year while the labor force increased by only 1.1 million.
The New Year begins with a record number of men not in the labor force. Those “not in the labor force” remains at a record level and this cannot be explained away simply by shifting demographics. Demographics alone is a convenient explanation for this large number but unfortunately only explains part of the large number […]
We have traded building cars for mixing drinks: This year the US added nearly 300,000 waiters and bartenders, and zero manufacturing workers. Manufacturing was once 33 percent of all jobs and now it is below 10 percent.
While the Federal Reserve now looks to have the green light on raising interest rates after many head fakes, the employment report isn’t so clear. Sure, we are adding jobs but we are adding a large number of jobs in the low wage segment of our economy. Case and point? Since the start of the […]
The drop in the labor force is coming from prime-age Americans, not aging retirees: Examining the 94.6 million Americans not in the labor force.
Those not in the labor force hit a record number in the last month. While the mainstream press tries to spin it as a retirement trend, the reality is most Americans are too broke to retire. The Atlanta Fed added some color to explain the big decline in labor force participation. As it turns out, […]
Record shattering 94 Million Americans not in the labor force: The army of non-working Americans continues to grow.
The employment numbers released a few days ago left much to be desired right before entering into the nationally celebrated Labor Day holiday. Not many people can enjoy the “labor” part of the holiday since those not in the labor force has hit another stunning record. The latest gloomy figures show that 94 million Americans […]
Trends in low wage America: 1.4 million waiter/bartender jobs gained while 1.4 million manufacturing jobs lost since 2007. Top 4 employment sectors pay $10 an hour or less.
The media pundits are scratching their heads as to why two political outsiders are garnering all the attention. You want to know why? Both are addressing the low wage epidemic plaguing the country. Now we can debate their policies since both stand at the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum but their message is clear […]