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Tell Congress: Extend UI Lifeline for 6 Million Now

If Congress doesn’t act to ensure 6 million longtime jobless workers don’t lose unemployment insurance (UI) next year, 2 million people desperately seeking work will lose the lifeline that’s helping them and their families get by on Jan. 1.  Another 4 million will run out of help week by week next year.

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One Union Worker from Omaha Says: We Need ‘Made in America’

Bill Redler of Omaha, Neb., knows both the hard times of the American construction worker today and the right way forward.

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As Unemployment Aid Sets to Expire, Jobless Worker Says: ‘All of Us Need to Stand Together’

Terry Maile’s supervisor called her into a conference room with all of her co-workers to hear the news: It was their last day of employment at Level 3 Communications in Pittsburgh.

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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders Not Immune from U.S. Jobs’ Crisis

Emmelle Israel, AFL-CIO Media Outreach fellow, sends us this.

“Unemployed, Not Undeserving”—the first-ever congressional briefing on Asian American and Pacific Islander unemployment and job creation—yesterday brought to light issues of long-term unemployment, income inequality, and the need for bold jobs legislation as it relates to Asian American and Pacific Islander workers.

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The Conservative-Created Jobs Crisis

Combine Friday’s dismal jobs report that showed the economy added just 80,000 jobs in October with recent unemployment reports and the evidence is clear that job creation is just not taking off.  If this recovery followed the pattern set by other recessions, the nation should be seeing about 300,000 new jobs every month.

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Iceland’s Recovery Proves Fallacy of Economic Austerity

As Greece teeters toward collapse because of austerity measures imposed upon it by international lenders, the current doctrine of cutting public employment and programs in the midst of an economic crisis perhaps deserves a reassessment.

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Economy Adds 80,000 Jobs, Jobless Rate Drops to 9%

The U.S. economy added just 80,000 jobs in October and the nation’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 9 percent, down from September’s 9.1 percent, according to thelatest figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The nation’s economy needs 130,00-150,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with the influx of new workers. As economist Heidi Shierholz at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) puts it: 

At this rate, the labor market will never start putting the backlog of nearly 14 million unemployed workers back to work.  In other words, given the enormous scope of the unemployment problem, this minimal level of job creation will keep us mired in disastrously high unemployment.

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Congress Responsible for 370,000 Job Cuts

Cuts instituted by Congress for the 2011 fiscal year eliminate some 370,000 jobs, while endangering the public and delaying necessary repairs and infrastructure work that will only be more expensive to complete in the future, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP).

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Median Income Sinks as Top Earners’ Increases

New figures on paychecks paint a grim picture for the average worker, while the ranks of those who annually make $1 million or more increased in 2010.

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For 99 Percent, No Recovery in Jobs or Income

The nation’s so-called economic recovery hasn’t been one for either job growth or income, according to two new reports out today.

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