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Let’s Call It Like It Is

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on the labor market’s performance in February. The online version of their report links to supplemental tables normally left out of stories. One of those tables shows the unemployment rates of young workers 16 to 24 years old, by whether they are enrolled in school and by their education attainment and race. The table for those who are no longer enrolled and presumably completed with their education was very telling. It reported those out of school, white high school drop-outs had an unemployment rate of 17.5%, while black college graduates had an unemployment rate of 17.7%.

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Productivity vs. Wages

In the latest Worker's Watch from the Alaska AFL-CIO, Deputy Political Director Kim Hays explains the disconnect between recent increases in worker productivity and stagnating wages. Take a look.

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8 Things You Need to Know About That Gallup Poll on Trade

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On Monday, Gallup released a new poll on America's attitudes toward trade. Before getting too caught up in potential spin regarding the poll, it's important that anyone interested in the state of public opinion on trade think about a few key points. Here are eight things you should know about the poll and what Americans think about trade-related issues.

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More Jobs, Still Weak Wage Growth: The Federal Reserve Must Wait

February’s employment report showed a gain of 295,000 jobs and a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent. The report is another in a string of strong employment reports, but it also contains depressingly familiar news about weak wage growth and millions of workers still short of work.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute, Think Progress and Robert Reich have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Executive Council Outlines Action Plan to Raise Wages

The AFL-CIO Executive Council outlined a comprehensive national raising wages initiative at its winter meeting this week in Atlanta. In its statement today on raising wages, the council says:

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Walmart’s Raise for Workers ‘Proof Collective Action Works’

Walmart announced today it was giving its lowest-wage workers a raise to at least $9 an hour by April and $10 an hour by 2016. The retailer’s action comes after Walmart workers have been increasingly vocal and active over Walmart’s low pay, benefits, working conditions and treatment. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the announcement: [after the jump]

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It's All in the Narrative

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There is history—the facts of events—and then there is myth and fable—the essence of things, the narratives that shape our understanding of complex events inspiring, motivating, rallying and galvanizing us as people and nations.

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Economy Adds 257,000 Jobs in January

Economy Adds 257,000 Jobs in January

The economy added 257,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate ticked slightly up to 5.7% from December’s 5.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Failed Trade Strategy Continues to Cost Good Middle-Class Jobs

The December trade data released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that once again America's trade policy is failing America's workers and their communities. It’s costing us middle-class jobs, and it's depressing wage growth throughout the country.

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