• The impact of the Affordable Care Act isn't the loss of jobs; rather it may create some job openings for America's long-term jobless, whom President Obama greeted at the White House last month when touting the extension of unemployment insurance. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
    February 24, 2014   BY  

    Much has been made of the Affordable Care Act’s effects on workers, many of whom may now quit their jobs or work less because they can obtain health care outside of work. But their choice to work less could also have a big effect on America’s jobless. Continue reading

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    February 22, 2014   BY  

    As part of PBS NewsHour’s coverage of the long-term jobless, we gathered personal stories from Americans who have lost their emergency unemployment benefits since the turn of the new year. NewsHour received hundreds of submissions from people age 23 to 68, from Aurora, Colo., to New York City. Continue reading

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    February 22, 2014  

    On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance when an emergency federal unemployment insurance program expired. Critics of extended unemployment benefits say the benefits raise jobless numbers by allowing people to stay unemployed longer instead of taking an available job. But people like Trista Selmar-Steed, a 38-year-old former medical biller who lost her job in 2012, say the benefits have kept her family above water while she looks for work. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey reports from Georgia. Continue reading

  • In 2009, job seekers lined up at an American Apparel store. Now, the company has filed for bankruptcy.
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    Don’t believe the statistics that point to the stagnant demand for college-educated workers; college attendance is still an advantage in the labor market, and suggesting otherwise only discourages those who could benefit most from going to college. Continue reading

    February 19, 2014  

    Amid dialogue over how to reverse income inequality, both political parties are seizing on a report by the Congressional Budget Office that claims that raising the minimum wage could lift 900,000 families out of poverty, while possibly eliminating half-a-million jobs. Judy Woodruff talks to Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and David Neumark of University of California, Irvine for opposing takeaways on the report. Continue reading

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    February 18, 2014   BY  

    “Hunger Through My Lens” gives digital cameras to food stamp recipients and asks them to chronicle what it’s like to be hungry in America. So far, 15 women –who come from all walks of life– have participated. Over the months, they’ve formed a “sisterhood” of sorts, supporting and encouraging one another. One woman is a former paralegal who suffers from autism. One is a family practice physician. A third woman is HIV-positive and has struggled with chronic homelessness. A fourth just got off government assistance and is now an executive director of a local non-profit organization. Continue reading

  • There's no talent shortage, says headhunter Nick Corcodilos. Recruiting technology does a bad job of connecting job seekers and employers. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
    February 17, 2014   BY  

    Nearly a quarter of Americans cite unemployment as the country’s biggest concern in the February poll, up from 16 percent in January. Continue reading

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    February 16, 2014   BY  

    When the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their long-term unemployment insurance — a number that continues to rise as people across the country exhaust regular state benefits. Continue reading

    February 8, 2014  

    HARI SREENIVASAN: We wanted to follow up tonight on yesterday’s monthly unemployment report. Our focus this evening, a persistent problem; how unemployment affects young people and people of color disproportionately. Here to help unpack it is Nela Richardson, a Senior … Continue reading

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    February 7, 2014  

    Just 113,000 new jobs were added in January, according to the Labor Department’s monthly employment report. The numbers failed to meet expectations, but the unemployment rate nevertheless ticked down to 6.6 percent. Economics correspondent Paul Solman deciphers the numbers with Justin Wolfers of the Brookings Institution. Continue reading