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Taking the Student Debt Challenge

Taking the Student Debt Challenge

Repaying your student loans can be a serious challenge. In fact, around 20% of federal direct student loan borrowers in repayment are at risk of defaulting or are already in default. There are lots of options out there to make repaying easier, but they can be confusing and hard to find. Not to mention the student debt help scams out there.

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The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March and unemployment was 5.0%, essentially unchanged from February, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

A new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that low-income Americans are experiencing a massive increase in housing costs that makes it impossible for some to afford basic needs. The study found that low-income Americans spent a median of $6,897 on housing in 2013, and that number rose to $9,178 in 2014. This was the biggest jump in the nearly 20 years of data that Pew studied. Other necessities, such as transportation and food, also have risen, but not as drastically.

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ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

A new study from the International Trade Union Confederation shows that investing in the care economy in seven countries would create 21 million jobs and address other problems related to aging populations and economic stagnation. The analysis looked at Australia, Denmark, German, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and found that an investment of just 2% of GDP would narrow the gender pay gap, reduce overall inequality and lower barriers to women's participation in the workforce.

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Recipe for a Recession...Mmm, Tasty!

Recipe for a Recession...Mmm, Tasty!

The latest video from AFSCME takes a look at some of the Republican policy proposals for the economy and finds that the recipe adds up to recession.

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The Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February, and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 4.9%

The Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February, and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February and unemployment was 4.9%, unchanged from January, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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AFL-CIO Asserts that Gig Economy Workers Are Employees

AFL-CIO Asserts that Gig Economy Workers Are Employees

The AFL-CIO Executive Council affirmed that working people in the gig economy share a single common designation: employees.

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The Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Remains Essentially Unchanged at 4.9%

The Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Remains Essentially Unchanged at 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January and unemployment was 4.9%, slightly less than December's 5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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Where Are the Jobs? New Reports Show TPP Fails Workers

Where Are the Jobs? New Reports Show TPP Fails Workers

When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the operative question for Americans to ask is “Where are the Jobs?” According to two new independent analyses, they’re nonexistent.

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Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

A company of 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, (USCT) Infantry/Wikimedia

Next month is Black History Month. We will hear stories about black Americans and their successes in this country against the barriers (slavery, Jim Crow, poll tax just to name a few) thrown in their paths. Yet for every success story, there is still the nagging fact that the median net wealth of white households is 12.2 times greater than that of black households.

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