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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published at Next New Deal

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Helping the Unemployed Move Might Not Help Them Find a Job (WaPo)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal thinks that relocating the long-term unemployed to areas with lower unemployment will result in their being unemployed in a new place. It would be better to concentrate on improving the economy as a whole.

Cable Monopolies Hurt Consumers and the Nation (LA Times)

Michael Hiltzik speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford about how much the lack of competition is harming Americans' access to high speed Internet. She suggests that genuine oversight is needed, by treating Internet access as a utility rather than a luxury product.

Full Time, Part Time, Good Jobs, Bad (NYT)

Nancy Folbre suggests that part-time work needs to include jobs of the same quality as full-time work. Part-time jobs that pay the same hourly wage and offer pro-rated benefits could increase gender equity in our economy.

Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed? (The Atlantic)

Matthew O'Brien examines data from the Urban Institute comparing the long-term unemployed, newly unemployed, and discouraged workers. The long-term unemployed are generally older, and are primarily out of work due to lay-offs.

This Week in Poverty: '90 Percent of Workers Aren’t Getting Bupkis' (The Nation)

Greg Kauffman looks at a report from the Economic Policy Institute, which finds that wage stagnation has the same causes from minimum wage workers all the way up. An economy that is geared toward corporate profits isn't going to lift people out of poverty.

Wal-Mart’s Newest Scheme to Ruin the Middle Class (Salon)

Stacy Mitchell says that Wal-Mart's new plan to increase their purchases of U.S.-made goods is a hollow marketing campaign. Most of that increase will be in their growing takeover of the grocery industry, and won't create new jobs.

New on Next New Deal

Can President Obama's New Metrics Curb College Costs?

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal thinks that the new rankings will be helpful if they can reduce the costs of private schools, expose administrative bloat, and bring accountability to for-profit schools. Otherwise, they could just be a waste.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by Unemployment Chronicles and Daily Kos.

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  •  Telecom in Italy versus the USA (0+ / 0-)

    Interesting article on the cable monopoly -- and, of course, we should all be aware that the problem isn't just with Internet service, but also our wireless service, and even plain old landline telephone service.

    I have a friend who lives in Italy, in Rome.  I'm in a major metro area (Dallas) in the US.  He has more choices when it comes to both wireless and home service -- and the result is much lower prices.

    His home Internet service is nothing to brag about when it comes to speed, something like 8 mbps download speeds.  But his bundle of Internet and telephone (which allows unlimited calling in Italy plus several hundred minutes a month to North America) only costs 30 Euros/month -- about $40/month.  We're hard pressed to find just decent internet for that price.

    Same thing with wireless service.  He has a contract phone, with 4 GB of data per month, unlimited text messages, and I forget how many minutes of talk time per month.  It's a contract phone that was subsidized by the carrier -- and it costs him 24 Euros/month -- about $32/month at current exchange rates.  Similar service for a contract (post paid) phone in the US is going to be more than double that.  

    Yeah, we're really getting screwed when even Italy does a better job of offering choices and good prices than we're getting in the US.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:29:22 PM PDT

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