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Emeritus Professor of History, Labor and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; board member of National Jobs for All Network.
Author of American Unemployment: Past, Present, and Future (University of Illinois Press)

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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2015
The Holidays: Arguing about Good Jobs with the Family America needs the federal government to create good jobs directly. Nothing else is doing it. Objections to this argument take the form of a family discussion at a holiday dinner.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 6, 2017
Poverty Down, Jobs Up, Everyone Earning More: What's Not to Like? A Father and Son Discuss the News Examines recent numbers about falling poverty, falling unemployment, rising incomes, to show that we have a long, long way to go before we are even on the road to wiping out poverty and unemployment.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Republican Tax Cuts Are Not About Economic Growth or Lifting Working-Class Incomes Dropping individual tax rates for rich people does not lift average Americans. Neither does cutting corporate taxes, as long as there is a plentiful supply of jobless workers and few strong unions. Don't expect a big jump in real business investment when many companies already have more money than they know what to do with.
.Road to Serfdom., From FlickrPhotos
(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The Crummy Good Economy and the New Serfdom Another effort to explain, at apparently full employment, real wages have gone nowhere for two years. New arguments about fast-food serfdom that limits worker mobility.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 16, 2020
The Gig Economy: How Big, How Bad? Part I: The Numbers First step in evaluating the gig economy is to estimate how large and new it is. This piece strives to deal with numbers and categories in a not-too-technical way.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Want to Fix Social Security? Push Democratcs to Do the Right Thing and Vote for Democrats Most Democrats seem ready to fix the Social Security funding problem without cutting benefits. Most Republicans are not. Ergo, vote for Democrats.
New Year Office Party, From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 29, 2017
Happy New Year, Sure, But Why Aren't Wages Soaring? Imaginary characters try to explain why average wages have not increased much, despite what looks like high demand for workers.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving for Black Americans? The article uses key numbers to show that while black unemployment rates are quite low, they are still pretty high and the official rates hide a lot of hidden black unemployment. Also, income and wealth holdings have fallen farther behind white levels since 2000.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2019
Poverty Rates are Pretty Low, but So Are Poverty Lines. Highlights of latest poverty report and a critique of the very low lines that the U.S. government uses to get a poverty rate. The lines are absurdly low and vastly underestimate the real level of poverty in America.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 27, 2019
More Good Factory Jobs? What Do the Numbers Say? The effort to "bring back" factory jobs has not gone very far. This article briefly reviews the important numbers.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 1, 2020
Would Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 Lift Many Workers? Would it be a good thing if the federal minimum wage were raised to $15? Would that help a lot of people. This article highlights facts that answer yes and yes. It also notes that even $15 is not an adequate living wage.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2019
So How's That Republican Tax Cut Working Out for the Working Class? Reviews the latest information about the broad impact of the tax cut and shows that the cuts have not brought significant benefits for average workers. Surprise: it was all about enriching the richest Americans.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 27, 2020
Are Real Wages Rising? What are the real facts about real wages in recent times? Job markets are supposed to be excellent for employees and unemployment seems low. Inflation, too, is low. But are real (after-inflation) wages growing very much?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Way Better than A Christmas Carol Highlights a terrific article about the New Deal as a movement that made life better and one that can inspire today's Green New Dealers. And the 30s New Deal really happened. A Christmas Carol did not. znor will relying on good capitalists today help much.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2018
Wages Rising? Despite the best labor markets in years, real wages for rank-and-file workers are not rising much at all. Many reasons are mentioned, but the article highlights the fact that real unemployment is higher than the official rate says. The essay also discusses Amazon's $15/hour wage and where it fits into the picture.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2020
Uber admits underpaying drivers by 30% to 120%! Uber and Lyft refuse to obey the California law ordering them to classify their employees as employees. Their business model requires underpaying their workers. They've lost in court and are shutting down in California
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 18, 2016
Bring Back the Jobs. But How Many? This article does the numbers on how many manufacturing jobs we could get back, even if policy was nearly perfect. It suggests focusing new jobs on poverty areas. Sounds simple, but can we do it?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 31, 2017
$15 an Hour Should be the Absolute Minimum Minimum Wage $7.25 an hour is a disgrace. A $15 an hour minimum for everyone in America would be huge in a real way. But still not enough to have a comfortable living standard.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Five Things You Should Know About Social Security Five bad ideas about Social Security and five better ones. And Social Security needs defending.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Thinking about an Infrastructure Program: Part I A national infrastructure program. How to begin thinking about one that is fair and efficient.
From flickr.com: Obamacare, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 21, 2017
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a Job-Creation Program Reminds the reader that the ACA created many new jobs, and that they were jobs doing good things for people. But it was not perfect and it needs reform.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 11, 2016
What's Wrong with These Men? Why Aren't They Working? Why are 7 million prime-age men not working or even looking for work? Just lazy? High government benefits are better? This article reviews the explanations and emphasizes the role of lousy wages as a disincentive. Includes a list of useful sources for those who want more.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 21, 2021
The May Jobs Report and The Fake Labor Shortage Commentary on the BLS employment report for May. And the hoopla about labor shortages, which are exaggerated, to say the least.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 24, 2009
Obama's Job Plan: What We Can learn from the New Deal New Deal job programs show that quick action on a very large scale is possible. They were also flawed and we can do better. New jobs must be decently paid and thought of as permanent. And we need a lot of them, 2-3 million for every year of Obama's eight years. Otherwise we won't erase the job deficits of the past 8 years or keep up with a growing labor force.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Here's How Good and How Bad American Job Markets Are (Now Donald and Hillary, Pay Attention and Learn Hard to know from Donald and Hillary how much work we have to do to get to full employment. Our country is not going to disappear, as some say, but to get to full employment, which we rarely have, will be a yuge political task.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 18, 2018
Unemployment: 3.9%. Finally, We Can Stop Worrying About Unemployment By conventional standards, unemployment is very low. Yet wages aren't rising much. Why? One reason is that there's a lot of hidden unemployment
Rally demanding $15/hr minimum wage, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 12, 2021
"$15: We Aren't Asking for Much" Five Key Facts that centrists and progressives in Congress and across the land should keep in mind before lowering their sights from a $15 federal minimum wage.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Is Low Inflation the Path to Sustained Real Wage Growth? Should we hope for less inflation as the way to get more real wage growth? Should we push for larger increases in nominal pay? I believe we should assume that inflation will usually be in the 2-3% range and that workers should be getting paycheck increases of 4 to 5% a year.
Hub Factory (MSA), From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Manufacturing Job Increase: Back to the 50s? Careful analysis of the numbers of manufacturing workers in American in recent times. Aims to give the reader a realistic assessment of claims about "bringing back" manufacturing.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Have We Reached Full Employment? Should The Fed Put the Brakes on Job Growth to Avoid Inflation Down the Road? The answers are no and no. Even when the official unemployment rate is 4.1%, we are not close to real full employment. And inflation is mild. If the authorities are really worried about higher inflation later on, they should start working on counter-measures that don't include higher unemployment.
Making an Adjustment to Poverty, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 19, 2020
Those Gosh-Darn Lazy Unemployed People Brings facts against right-wingers who strive to cut government-benefit programs for people who need help. Jason Turner thinks there are lots of jobs out there.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 15, 2017
Full Employment and How to Get It Illustrates that we have had too much unemployment and lousy wages for forty years and shows that tax cuts for the 1% won't turn things around. Describes what a full-employment America might look like.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2019
It's True: Real Wages Are Rising. But Fast Enough? And for How Long Economists are always searching for good news on the wage front.There's been a little but real wages are about where they were in the early 1970s. Political action and government reform is essential for substantive wage growth.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Jobs and More Jobs, Now and Forevermore We have lost 7 million jobs since in the meltdown; we lost millions before that, in he anemic Bush recovery from 01 recession. Private sector won't create the jobs we need. In fact, we have had a shortage of good jobs since the 70s. The Federal Government must create jobs that involve useful contributions to our society. Examples are given

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