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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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The Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs in December and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs in December and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs in December and unemployment was 5%, remaining unchanged from the previous month, 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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Working People Must Be Protected in 'On-Demand Economy'

Working People Must Be Protected in 'On-Demand Economy'

Today, the AFL-CIO released its “Statement of Principles on the On-Demand Economy” laying out ways to protect working people in an ever-changing work environment.

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Making the Same Mistake Twice: Why the Fed Shouldn’t Raise Rates

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Many are convinced that the November Employment Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was positive enough to finally give the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) the room to raise interest rates.  The report extended the record straight months of job gains, and because the numbers for the previous months were adjusted upward, the report made the last two months more positive.

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So What's the Deal with the Minimum Wage, Anyway?

So What's the Deal with the Minimum Wage, Anyway?

It's been a year of huge momentum in the efforts to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. Workers across the country have been joining together to say that the minimum wage isn't enough and that all workers deserve a chance to earn enough money to support their families. The minimum wage seems like a very simple topic at first glance, but there's a lot more going on that most people are aware of, so the online magazine Eater has created a beautiful interactive guide to what you need to know about the minimum wage.

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The Economy Adds 211,000 Jobs in November and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The Economy Adds 211,000 Jobs in November and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in November and unemployment was 5.0%, remaining unchanged from the previous month, 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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On World AIDS Day, Here Are 12 Reasons TPP Is Bad for People with AIDS

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December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day described as "an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died." The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a complex trade deal that we're still trying to figure out all the ramifications of.

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Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

This month, the class of 2015 will start to receive their student loan repayment schedules now that the six-month grace period is over. This graduating class of undergraduates owes close to $70 billion in student debt, averaging out to around $35,000 a person, making the class of 2015 the most indebted class ever.

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