• FILE PHOTO: A job seeker talks to an exhibitor at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver
    June 4, 2017  

    At 4.3 percent, the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2001. But left out of this figure are people who are working part time or fewer hours than they desire — – the underemployed. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports on how the underemployed are struggling in the U.S. economy. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America. Continue reading

  • Children riding home from school on a school bus . File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
    May 4, 2015   BY  

    We need to look beyond the ugly surface manifestations of young black men being shot in the back and consider the deeper socioeconomic plight of this demographic in this country in 2015. The truth of the matter is that people of color are disadvantaged by the current socio-economic system from the very beginning of their lives. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2015   BY  

    How close will February’s unemployment rate come to “full employment”? Not close enough, argues economist John Komlos, who believes the right to life implies a right to a job. Komlos is the author of “What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn’t Get in the Usual Principles Text.” Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011  

    January unemployment numbers sent mixed signals for economic recovery. The jobless rate dipped to 9 percent, but a survey of businesses found only a net gain of 36,000 jobs last month. Jeffrey Brown assesses those numbers with New York Times economic reporter David Leonhardt. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011    

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading

  • June 5, 2009   BY  

    Unemployment jumped to a 25-year high in May, according to new Labor Department numbers, but the rate of job losses slowed with 345,000 jobs lost last month, down from 504,000 in April. Continue reading

  • March 6, 2009  

    The Labor Department’s release of new unemployment numbers Friday had analysts comparing the job market in the current recession to the jobless rate in 1982. New York Times reporter David Leonhardt draws parallels from the past and assesses the current crisis. Continue reading