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The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 287,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%, up from 4.7% in May,  according to figures released this morning  by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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What Working People Are Doing This Week

What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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$1.3 Trillion. 42 Million People

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With the problem this big, it’s no wonder so many people are talking about student debt.

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How Much Is College Going to Cost This Year?

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It’s that time of year. Families are preparing to send students off to college for the 2016-2017 school year, shopping for union-made school supplies and doing the really fun things, like filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid .

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Join the Conversation Tuesday: Trading Up from the TPP

On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO will host a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy from across the political spectrum.

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How Much Does Our Failing Child Care System Cost You?

In the United States, our child care system is failing and this has hidden costs for working families. The typical annual cost for child care for a family with two children (an infant and a four-year-old) is nearly $18,000. That averages to about 30% of the typical working family's paycheck. This cost is so high that many can't afford it and leave the workforce altogether, with 75% of mothers and 50% of fathers in a recent poll saying they either left the workforce or switched to a less-demanding job.

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Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports Deliver Reassuring News

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to the release of the 2016 Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports (after the jump):

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John Oliver Takes a Closer Look at Retirement Plans

Have you ever wondered about the ways Americans plan and save for retirement and why the whole process seems so complex? John Oliver has and he explains why saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice.

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Saddled with Student Debt? Blame Your State Legislature

Saddled with Student Debt? Blame Your State Legislature

A report out from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities details the drastic cuts made to state public higher education budgets since the start of the Great Recession in 2008.

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The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The U.S. economy added 38,000 jobs in May and unemployment fell to 4.7%, down from 5.0% in April,  according to figures released this morning  by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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