Employment Articles


The Up Side of Microtasking

10:16 AM, Jul 16, 2012

Last week I wrote a long exegesis on microtasking and the future of temporary, remote workers. I only dabbled in microtasking on Amazon's Mechanical Turk exchange, but reader D. Bush uses it often and writes in about her experience:

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Employment Rate Below 60.0 Percent for 40 Consecutive Months

6:19 AM, Jul 11, 2012

For 280 consecutive months before President Obama took office — a span of more than 23 years — the portion of Americans who were employed always exceeded 60.0 percent (according to official tallies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). In marked contrast, last Friday’s jobs numbers show that, under Obama, the portion of Americans who are employed has remained below 60.0 percent for 40 consecutive months.

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Obama Surrogate on Economy: 'We've Turned the Corner'

8:20 AM, Jun 20, 2012

A surrogate for President Obama's reelection campaign, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a member of the president's cabinet, says that "we've turned the corner" on the economy:

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New Republican Ad Hits Obama's Policies that Leave Hispanics 'Suffering Disproportionately'

6:55 AM, Jun 20, 2012

The Republican National Committee has released this web ad, which hits President Obama--because, under his leadership, "Hispanics are left suffering disproportionately under his economic policies," according to an RNC press release.

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Help Wanted

8:01 AM, Jun 16, 2012

Charles Krauthammer seeks a full-time research assistant for one or two year tenure. Send resume to job@charleskrauthammer.com.

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Obama Celebrates 8 Percent Unemployment, Suggests Full Recovery Will Take 10 Years

1:36 PM, Jun 14, 2012

President Obama, speaking this afternoon in Cleveland, seemed to celebrate the unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, and said it "typically take[s] countries up to ten years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude." 

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Romney Campaign: 'Has There Ever Been a President So Out of Touch with the Middle Class?'

6:01 AM, Jun 11, 2012

The latest Mitt Romney campaign web advertisement asks, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?"

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Scott Walker: Obama’s Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy

2:52 PM, Jun 08, 2012

Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comment Friday morning that the “private sector is doing fine.” The mockery is well-deserved.

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Obama Nearly Takes Employment Back to the 1950s

8:15 AM, Jun 07, 2012

At this point in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for reelection, the Yankees’ 24-year-old Mickey Mantle was on his way to winning the Triple Crown, 37-year-old Jackie Robinson was playing in his final season in the big leagues (eventually helping Brooklyn edge the Milwaukee Braves by 1 game for the pennant), 21-year-old Elvis Presley had just performed “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show, and 57.6 percent of Americans were employed.

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Not All Employment Indicators Are Worth Following

12:07 PM, May 24, 2012

Everybody is worried about the nation’s dismal employment situation, and that worry has prompted news organizations, pundits, market watchers, and others to focus intently upon any and all economic metrics that gauge the problem. On the first Friday of every month, the non-farm payroll report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is hotly anticipated, and can move the markets for days afterwards.

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Under Obama: 30 Worst Months of Employment in the Past 25 Years

7:05 AM, May 23, 2012

The federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes monthly tallies for the employment-population ratio.  That stat shows something rather straightforward:  Among those who are living in America and are free to pursue employment, what percentage are employed?  (The bureau excludes those who are under 16 years old, are active-duty military, or are — in the bure

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Reid: Protecting Government Employment More Important Than Saving Private Sector Jobs

The mask slips.
2:08 PM, Oct 19, 2011

We all suspected this was the case, but you're always surprised when one of the most powerful Democrats in the country just comes out and demonstrates the extent to which his party is beholden to public sector union campaign cash:

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Surprise! Green Jobs Not Actually Helping Employment Figures

1:45 PM, Aug 19, 2011

When even the New York Times is forced to confront reality, you know things are bad:

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Home Depot Founder Unloads on Obama

9:07 PM, Jul 21, 2011

John Merline of Investor's Business Daily interviews Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot. Marcus tells IBD that Home Depot "would never have succeeded" as a retail business if it were founded today because of the regulatory burden. Here's a taste of the interview:

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Federal Workers Often More Likely to Die Before Losing Their Job

1:00 PM, Jul 20, 2011

For the last year or two, USA Today has really been doing some terrific analysis on the federal workforce, and as you might expect, much of what they've discovered is pretty damning. The latest:

Federal employees' job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

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The White House's Contradictory Spin on the Dismal Jobs Numbers

10:47 AM, Jul 08, 2011

White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee on Friday cautioned against overreading a dismal June unemployment report showing just 18,000 jobs added. Don’t “read too much into any one monthly jobs report,” he said.

Goolsbee said the same thing after a disappointing jobs report last month. “One month is not a trend.”

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Despite White House Protests, Stimulus Still Cost Taxpayers $278,000 Per Job

Why does the White House have a problem with basic math?
9:26 AM, Jul 06, 2011

On Sunday, I noted that an estimate from President Obama’s own economists shows that the economic “stimulus” has cost taxpayers $278,000 per job and that, without the “stimulus,” 288,000 additional jobs would have been

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Boehner Dismisses Concerns About Federal Workers Losing Jobs

The Speaker has lots of very good reasons to do so.
12:21 AM, Feb 16, 2011

Talking Points Memo (and the rest of the left) are in a tizzy over John Boehner's comments yesterday about the effect of GOP budget cuts on federal workers:

If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back.

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