The booming non-labor force in the United States: Those not in the labor force surged by nearly 1,000,000. A large portion of added jobs were in low wage sectors.
Any job is a good job for the headlines. While one part of the BLS survey showed that US payrolls increased by 200,000 last month, another survey finds that nearly 1,000,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force. That is right, a stunning 932,000 Americans simply dropped out of the labor force last month bringing […]
Means-Tested recovery: Over 108,000,000 Americans received means-tested benefits in latest report from Census Bureau, more than are currently employed full-time.
The Census Bureau released some interesting data in October. One of the pieces of data that we knew was coming was the continuing decline of household income. This decline is in line with the growing income disparity that is occurring in the US. Another piece of data made this trend abundantly clear. The comprehensive data […]
McJobs for McAmerica – Fastest growing jobs in low wage sectors. Of 10 largest occupations in US only one pays more than $35,000 per year.
The end of the Great Recession has done little to protect the middle class. The largest employment growth has come from low wage positions. According to Social Security data on wages the per capita wage for Americans is $26,000. Your typical household is pulling in about $50,000 per year. The growth in low wage jobs […]
United States sets another food stamp record: Households on food stamps at new peak and more Americans live in poverty compared to the entire population of Spain.
The gap between rich and poor in the United States continues to grow in-line with food stamp usage. Many Americans watch in dismay as they view countries like Spain rip its self apart by a massively discontent and unemployed youth movement. Many probably watch thinking that somehow, our problems can never come close to what […]
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
While the unemployment rate continues to fall in large part because people are dropping out of the workforce, we reach another record which highlights a difficult economy for young people. A record number of young Americans now live at home. It would be one thing if this was being driven by a desire to stay […]
The scam of unpaid internships: How companies exploit free labor from students under the guise of unpaid internships.
Many people have taken on internships that were unpaid merely to learn some transferable skill or to build a solid network. This was okay in a time when graduating students had little debt and higher education was more affordable. Today some companies have used interns as a source of free labor without adding any benefits […]
One of the common views regarding the labor participation rate declining is that many baby boomers are retiring and leaving the work force. Unfortunately many are finding that retirement is a myth when you are broke and many will be working deep into their later years. So when we examine the numbers we actually find […]