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Struggling to get by has changed for the worse, according to the executive director of Chattanooga, Tennessee's Metropolitan Ministries:
“It used to be that folks came in with a single issue — it was like, ‘I have to buy a new tire because my tire blew out,’ or, ‘I’m short on my electrical bill,’ ” Ms. Whelchel said. “Now they come in with a rubber band around a bunch of bills and problems. Everything is wrong. Everything is tangled with everything else.”
That worsening struggle is visible in the lives of Chattanoogans Steven Greenhouse interviewed, like a nurse's aide stuck at part time and $9.00 an hour after having been laid off from a full-time job at $13.25 an hour, or a prep cook with a college degree who "usually takes home less than $200 a week." And it's not just anecdata:
Climbing above the poverty line has become more daunting in recent years, as the composition of the nation’s low-wage work force has been transformed by the Great Recession, shifting demographics and other factors. More than half of those who make $9 or less an hour are 25 or older, while the proportion who are teenagers has declined to just 17 percent from 28 percent in 2000, after adjusting for inflation, according to Janelle Jones and John Schmitt of the Center for Economic Policy Research.

Today’s low-wage workers are also more educated, with 41 percent having at least some college, up from 29 percent in 2000. “Minimum-wage and low-wage workers are older and more educated than 10 or 20 years ago, yet they’re making wages below where they were 10 or 20 years ago after inflation,” said Mr. Schmitt, senior economist at the research center. “If you look back several decades, workers near the minimum wage were more likely to be teenagers — that’s the stereotype people had. It’s definitely not accurate anymore.”

Yet despite the large number of Americans who are working and poor, when Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan talk about poverty, they talk about people who don't want to work, not jobs that don't pay enough and that keep people stuck at part-time with unpredictable schedules and unpredictable paychecks. The thing is, Ryan may have a point when he says that our nation has "a real culture problem" and a "dignity of work" problem. It's just that employers, not workers, are the ones with the problem.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:19 AM PDT.

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  •  The only person not working hard for their money (24+ / 0-)

    is Paul Ryan(and the rest of his craven congress critters).  He has never worked a day in his sorry life.

    •  Working Poverty hot trend my *zz! (4+ / 0-)

      I've been stewing now for 48 hours and am so angry at De Lauro the women's rights champion's hypocrisy.  She put forth a bill to ban home gardeners from sharing produce w/neighbors doing bad in this economy, and sm organic faming in Aug 01, 2005, right under voters noses.  Now granted she did this before the economic crash, and probably doesn't realize her "ethicly challenged bill/gift to her husband at MONSANTO" is causing a real problem on all sides of the American family table.  HR 875 banned organic foods to give MONSANTO US contracts to feed children in schools, prisoners, hospitals, and every other food source store.  Monsanto products, seeds, produce, biortic chickens, cows and pigs are BANNED everywhere else in the world, so perhaps her husband asked her to do it.
      I don't give a rat's patooti, I've got IBS and the chemicals in their FRANKENFOODS cause digestive problems, and I'm in a red state that won't expand for Medicaid to pay for a doctor.  I've been gardening for over 14 years, and now Rosa De Lauro is overstepping to please her hubby and use the seat to gain profit at OUR health's expense.  Right now Begich and Murkowski have a bill from 2009 that bans the 3 gene spliced salmon, they are trying to palm off on our tables from Monstersanto.  I think De Lauro should hear from us Liberal, Pissed off Republicans, Independents, Green Party and Libertarians, that grow a garden, not only for the food, but for the peace of mind of knowing what's in the veggies and meats from natural farming, range grown livestock and fresh milk.

      They are also banning vitamin supplements, and labling walnuts and any food that benefits or gives health to the body as drugs to be "monitored/controlled by MONSANTO.

      Now farmers in Idaho and other break basket states have been fighting Monsanto and this myche is sneaking bills in to have us forced to eat their lousy products that even STARVING Africans won't touch.

      CALL HER OFFICE AND TELL HER TO WITHDRAW THE BILL because they are kicking in doors, fining gardeners, killing the livestock, and making so many rules to grow, God would kick 'em in the pants over 'em.

      WE have a right to have ONLY sun, rain, and healthy manured soil to give us healthy foods with "more than 2% daily allowance, Monsanto products have.  If the body needs more than 2%, we have to pay whatever the seasonal price is, instead of growing a cucumber, tomatoe, or greens ourselves.  Monsanto has been selling produce with "listeria" in it.  I cannot trust that company to feed me or my family.

      What say you?  Do you want a FrankenSalmon w/3 genes spliced in, of unknown origin?  Do you want to keep rolling the dice on chemicals and pesticides to keep their weak seed growing that doesn't reproduce, or healthy sun and rain crops, with natural compost and nutrients in the soils?

      Like I said, 97% of the crap on the shelves, i'm unable to eat, and now she's gonna force me and my family and grands to come, to the mercy of a ethicly challenged global non regulated company using chemicals and splicing genes to own the food chain and 20 yrs. down the road say Ooops, our bad, we didn't know all those antibiotics in that steak, would make your immune system so weak that your susceptible to any and everything under the sun.

      HR 875 of Rosa De Lauro Democrat, MUST GO.  Call the switchboards, I've already called Bernie Sanders and John Dingle, who has made sure our foods were safe for over 60 years.

      This food source keeps us able to pay a bill that would have gone for their crappy shelflife chem food.

      •  You should do a whole post on this. (4+ / 0-)

        I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

        by LaraJones on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:49:59 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  monsanto foods (1+ / 0-)
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        thanatokephaloides

        I saw the next comment,  and I agree 150%!!
        Could you please do a post on this???

        Also,  how can we start a fight against her bill?

        Please help me on this!!

      •  Thank you Duckdodgers for letting us know about (0+ / 0-)

        this!  OMG!  I raise chickens, which unfortunately are much fewer than just 2 days ago, due to a stray dog that killed all but 2 of my laying hens and my rooster. My rooster is injured but will survive.  The hens are shook up but ok. I have baby chicks inside in a brooder so in 6 months I will be ok.  I have been giving my excess eggs to neighbors who are having a rough time.  They have been the difference between them having food and not having anything at all to eat.  Plus they are healthier.  I plan on growing a garden, if our rain ever stops long enough here.  The thought that they are trying to stop those of us who want to live a healthier life and also help out our struggling neighbors scares the crap out of me.  This bill must be stopped!  I will do all I can, thats for sure.  Maybe an online petition?  There are lots of us out there nowadays growing our own.  We can't let Monsanto win on this!  

      •  I hate Monosato! (0+ / 0-)

        But I did not know about this! You know how my father survived the Great Depression? His famly grew a little produce and some chickens, so they took eggs and veggies to the store and traded. Country folk actually had it better than the city dwellers. Plus they did a little hunting as well.

        It is outrageous that you would not be allowed to share your produce with others.

      •  I'm confused: I hate Monsanto, too but (0+ / 0-)

        you wrote that the bill she put forth was 2005?  This is 2014, is there anything more current she's doing to help Monsanto and GMOs?  I live in CT and I'm allergic to GMO tomatoes (I've flirted with anaphylactic shock a few times) but I feel foolish going after someone for something they supposedly tried to do in 2005.

        Also, it seems much of what you have posted here is Urban Myth.  ALWAYS CHECK WITH SNOPES!

        http://www.snopes.com/...

        Food Safety Modernization Act
        Claim:   The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 would eliminate home gardens and put organic farmers out of business. MOSTLY FALSE

    •  Let's amend that (4+ / 0-)

      for accuracy's sake.

      There is not a single Gee O Pee member of the Congress or any state legislature actually working as hard as the average minimum-wage peon at large. Not a one.

      Few of the Dems work as hard either. It's not required of them in order to continue drawing a check as a legislator, and that makes them assume the same is true for all their constituents UNLESS they're physically reminded.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:00:43 AM PDT

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    •  Amen to that! All Ryan knows are handouts his (4+ / 0-)

      entire  life.

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:06:25 AM PDT

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  •  Caedy works for .03 above State minimum (26+ / 0-)

    wage. She has a master's degree in medical management, a BA in business management and all but 4 or 5 credits in a masters in accounting. She works at McDonalds. Everyone wants years of experience that she doesn't have. No one is willing to give college grads the chance to actually earn the experience, probably because those with years of experience are also working minimum wage jobs and looking for better as well.

    Right now she's putting applications in and considering putting herself further in debt to try and get a CNA or Medical Assistant certification so that she can expand to front end doctor's office, who seem to want both the medical management AND MA/CNA so the person can work office and triage type duties.

    The question is, how far do you put yourself in debt to expand your skills, and risk still not being able to find a better job?

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:37:13 AM PDT

    •  I agree with you, it's a real crap shoot (7+ / 0-)

      at this point. There was a time when getting an advanced degree would pretty much put you in the cat bird's seat in terms of better jobs.  However, since '09, jobs in the aggregate have been disappearing because employers are insisting on cutting their workforce to the bone regardless of whether their company's efficiency suffers or not.

      There's a real risk of sinking lots of money and time into an advanced degree only to find that the competition for better jobs is just as great as with out the degree but NOW with the addition of more debt. I don't know what the answer is.

    •  @ the risk of sounding callous, perhaps (3+ / 0-)
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      one cure is to get out of Florida.
      And Texas.
      And Wisconsin.
      And Louisiana.
      And Mississippi.

      It's not a matter of your skill set being inadequate. It's a matter of the corporate masters' benefits outweighing your chances to make a living. Some states are demonstrably likelier to favor corporations over workers than others -- you can tell them 'cause they elect Gee O Pee governors and legislative majorities.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:04:35 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  easier said than done. (6+ / 0-)

        How do you move out of state when you can't save any money because you a) live paycheck to paycheck and b) any money you would manage to save is subtracted from your food stamps, etc as an 'asset'?

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:09:04 AM PDT

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        •  In the late 20s and 30s, (3+ / 0-)
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          people hopped freight trains.

          We are almost there again. Another really dry year or two and we'll be looking at The Depression instead of The Recession.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:13:26 AM PDT

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          •  Hobo rail is not a feasible answer (1+ / 0-)
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            Especially with kids and families...

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:18:18 AM PDT

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            •  kids and families piled into jalopies (1+ / 0-)
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              with mattresses on top and headed to California to pick fruit.

              What several generations of lawmakers (mostly Democrats) put in place to prevent a repetition of the Crash of 29 and the Great Depression ... worked. Really well. Until the Gee O Pee got power and undid it all -- at the behest of such "geniuses" as that idjit Aggie economics professor whose wife is on the board of Credit Suisse.

              Neither she, nor he, has suffered in the resultant economic apocalypse. Nor will they. Phil Gramm's signature achievement? Releasing the CDS kraken while protecting the bankers.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:32:40 AM PDT

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        •  My son lived in Pennslyvania, couldn't find more (0+ / 0-)

          than a temporary job.  It got so bad, he couldn't pay rent anymore, and I had to send him a bus ticket to come here to Florida.  Its not any better here, but at least he isn't starving out in the cold.  People are moving in with each other, with family.  Our family is a mix, my husband and I both retired and disabled.  Our granddaughter, who we have custody of, now our son, her dad.  And a friend who when he lost his job, asked us if we could take his cat while he lived in his car.  We told him we'd take his cat and him too.  He has lived with us for almost 20 years now, he is a disabled vet and has had heart surgery and cancer.  He pays a little rent and helps out with repairs and stuff around here.  We band together and do the best we can.  It is the same everywhere we look.

  •  Teenagers (11+ / 0-)

    This is just an observation, but it seems to me that there are fewer teens who hold these low wage jobs.  

    My kid is 16, and he is able to earn money coaching chess.  It just seems the very few of the kids he knows have the kind of job that I had when I was in highschool.  

    So, the hopeful part of this is that the more adults who are in low wage jobs, the greater the justification for raising the minimum wage.  The other benefit (Bright side...) is that adults are more likely to act politically to change the situations.  

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:44:58 AM PDT

  •  but they have dignity! (16+ / 0-)

    Republicans talk about the dignity of work but NEVER about the indignity of the minimum wage not being raised for 2 decades.  they make me want to puke.

  •  A NY times article compares the life expectancy (9+ / 0-)

    of two counties a few miles apart in Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Not surprisingly the column affirms that as the 1% take more and more from the middle and lower economic classes they are also stealing their lives both in quality and quantity.

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:58:39 AM PDT

  •  That's why (8+ / 0-)

    every single democrat running or holding office needs to work harder and open their pieholes all day long about this.  Gay rights by itself is not going to win the house or keep the Senate. You have got to make people feel that you are fighting for them, for something tangible and not just for an idea.  

    People need jobs and hope for the future, which you get when you create an environment that raises wages for the lower rungs and NOT for the top.

    •  It's in the vote (3+ / 0-)

      Politicians (especially democrats) have been campaigning on saying they're going to help the poor and improve the wealth discrepancy in our nation for eons.  They've campaigned on making big improvements in black poverty and improving the opportunities for many various racial groups.  

      Today?  Things are worse than ever.  It will take more than just "making people feel that you are fighting for them".  It will take voting in the people that WILL actually fight for these things and stand up for what they campaigned on in the first place rather than just getting into office and do the "go along" dance so as to fit into the Washington DC culture.  

      There is more to this than words.  Democrats need to stop just saying things so as to get votes and actually DO them when they get elected.  The excuse that republicans oppose everything they want to do is pretty lame.  This has been a problem for decades and poverty and homelessness and inequality is doing nothing but getting worse.

      •  Oh yeah, it's more than words (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree.   People have got to vote, and endless phone calls to vote isn't going to achieve that unless people believe by your actions and your words that you are fighting for them and working to improve tbe odds for success.

        •  That belief (1+ / 0-)
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          Duckman, that belief only comes through actions.  All the words in the world are worthless unless they're backed up by actions....thus my post above.

          •  I've been preaching action (1+ / 0-)
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            thanatokephaloides

            standing up for and fighting for your values instead of taking it in the shorts, so to speak, passing laws that help support working people, educating the misinformed at every opportunity, all of these things taken together.  There's no one magic bullet that fixes Dems problems at the polling places, but rolling over while they creamed ACORN for instance, didn't help.  (Sorry about the pun there, it just happened).  Running away from ACA or ACA 1.2 won't either.  But you gotta talk to people too, you know tell em what you're going to do, do it, then tell them what you did.

  •  The Owners don't "have" the problem (2+ / 0-)
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    They are the problem.

    The power of the Occupy movement is that it ....realizes a fundamental truth about American politics… there is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs.

    by orson on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:14:20 AM PDT

  •  This is Tennessee, how (1+ / 0-)
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    many of these people vote for the likes of Bob Corker and the other GOP representatives in that state?

  •  The biggest immorality of all this is that most of (6+ / 0-)

    the people struggling at low wages work much harder than most professionals, white collar managers, and certainly politicians.  For people in the restaurant industry we can help with good tips, but we don't get much chance to tip the people who stock the shelves in our grocery stores or clean our offices after we leave...

    Armed! I feel like a savage! Barbarella

    by richardvjohnson on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:18:47 AM PDT

  •  Here are the problems I see. (6+ / 0-)

    My wife an I graduated college in 1983.  The economic downturn then hit WV worse than the one in 2008.  We never really recovered from the 1983 one because so much of our employment base was manufacturing.

    We both could not find good jobs then. She worked at a department store and I worked making and delivering donuts. Min wage was 3.35 and I think I made 3.90.

    After 1 year we both found jobs that while they were not great, enabled us to move out of our parents houses, buy cars and get married.

    OK, so now I know MORE college graduate kids who have been at their parents longer than we have and have found nothing.

    Then using an inflation calculator the 3.90 that I made back then would be 9.16 if it had kept up with inflation.
    Not only that but the bakery I worked at had free health insurance and sick leave!!!

    AND! The job I got that was a living wage job, the same job I have now???

    There is a 1 year probationary period and then you become a full time employee and get a raise.

    Accounting for inflation the kids who start here today, make it thru the probationary period, and become full time employees make $3500 dollars less in real terms than I did 30 years ago, AND back then the insurance was FREE and we had 2 more holidays back then!

    I had a good friend in IT, made great money. Then he was laid off. Didn't find another job for a year at like age 53, and had to spend most of his 401k to survive. He will have to work till he's really old to retire and he doesn't make as much now.

    Guest workers are shoving the salaries down on those jobs.

    I had another pal who worked as a manager at a fast food place for years. He made like 30,000 a year and was on call all the time.  Worked like 60 hours a week.

    What I see in the US is an acceptance that the powerful have total control over the working class.

    When I grew up even technical jobs that required a lot of training often you learned them on the job.  Now you are expected to bear the cost of your training and also often bear the cost of being re trained 2 or 3 times when you ar laid off and have to get a new job.

    Then often because they can import educated workers who will work for less, people who pay for their education are often unable to pay the loans off because they are getting substandard wages depressed by the importation of workers.

    Then the unemployment rate?? How can we ever get that down???

    If we are making it so older people have to work longer and longer that means that the younger people, not only are they competitng with the guest workers, they are competing with older workers for the same jobs.

    If we are making all people work longer hours that means less employees. How can we get the unemployment rate down doing that??

    How can we expect people to be responsible for their health care, their education, and their retirement when we are paying them less than we did in years past??

    The sad part is that in the last 30 years we have so equated anything the government does to even the score with socialisim because we have confused Capitalisim with democracy that the average person opposes anything to help him based on principle.

    Really the best thing would be to see a renewed union movement but the public has been so poisioned about unions that that is even going to be hard.

    I'm not sure if it is this way evereywhere else but basically the unions throw all their money into supporting democrats here even though the democrats don't do shit to help union members or promote unions.

    IMO the unions money would be better spend in commercials educating the public about how unions improve the condition of the working class then supporting DINOS.

  •  Having been there, I have empathy. What's the fix? (1+ / 0-)
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    Lots of stories and diaries like this -- do they do more than feed our sense of futility? At least some of the Walmart folks are starting to ORGANIZE and build themselves some actual power, which is the only thing, I think, that will create any change for the better.

    It's maybe a useful piece of a much larger set of necessities, but empathizing, and electing more of what we choose to call Better Democrats ain't gonna do it, far as I can see. Given the actual real undeniable power that's lined up to keep making more of us poorer and more miserable and fearful and ready to genuflect and put our knuckles to our brows as a sign of, ah, deference.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:37:56 AM PDT

  •  Another "win-win" for Tennessee and other states: (0+ / 0-)

    It also seems that the less likely one sees "working real hard and you'll get rich" as realistic, the more lottery tickets the state sells.

  •  That's how Democrats need to redefine the debate (2+ / 0-)
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     when Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan talk about poverty, they talk about people who don't want to work, not jobs that don't pay enough and that keep people stuck at part-time with unpredictable schedules and unpredictable paychecks.
    As long as "takers" is the word people use the conservatives will continue to keep getting away with blaming the victims.

    None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

    by gjohnsit on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:14:36 AM PDT

  •  We all know that money doesn't go as far... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...go to one of those inflation calculators on line.  Put in what you made at your first good job, and see what that would come out to today.  And then think about this:  back "then" did your employer take out some money for the heath care, insurance contribution?  Did you have a high deductible? Etc. And compare the rent you had to pay and the school loans you were paying on.

    So I did this for my first teaching job.  I earned $7100, which wasn't great, but I had really low expenses, especially since the district paid for the health insurance, etc.  My school loan was something like $100/month, which was just about my highest expense.  I didn't own a car, so no car payments or insurance.  I had to find a place to walk to my school.  I rented half of a basement room.

    That wage translates to $41000 in today's dollars.  But in today's economy, a young teacher might start at $33,000 and be at the same wage after 4 years, have the insurance taken out of that wage, and have a high deductible and 30% co-pay.  Plus he might have to drive to work, so there are car payments and insurance.  I'm talking about my son.  These are real numbers.  And he works very hard, evenings, weekends, from Mid August through late June.  He has it really good, ha?

  •  Today's Wall Street Journal (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    The editorial page of the Journal, although not known as being impartial to say the least, had some real facts of what might be happening in today's paper. In "The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers", instead of new jobs created, the author uses numbers of hours worked divided by workers to figure out that, in reality, we are "down" 100,000 jobs since September 2013.

    For example, if the average worker was employed for 34.4 hours and total hours worked declined by 344 hours, the 344 hours would be the equivalent of losing 10 workers' worth of labor. Thus, although the U.S. economy added about 900,000 jobs since September, the shortened workweek is equivalent to losing about one million jobs during this same period. The difference between the loss of the equivalent of one million jobs and the gain of 900,000 new jobs yields a net effect of the equivalent of 100,000 lost jobs.
    It certainly might explain how this economy sucks so bad. Then, of course, there was another interesting tidbit, this on the front page of the Business section:
    Fourth-quarter results bring the trailing 12-month margin for S&P 500 companies to the highest it has been in records dating back to 1994 and probably ever

    IMO, we need a new jobs report.  One that shows the jobs created that are OVER the poverty wage,  the number that paid OVER the median wage and  how many jobs UNDER those numbers were created.   And, just for the heck of it, the amount of benefits thrown onto the salary/wage by the employer.  Now THAT would give us a sense of which direction our lives were liable to be heading.  

    Who cares about the hours one works, its the income, stupid!

    "Corporate earnings now represent the largest share of the gross domestic product—and wages the smallest share of GDP—since records have been kept" - Robert Reich

    by Copp on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:25:28 AM PDT

  •  Lyin Ryin (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, thanatokephaloides

    He's a weiner.  He has had it too easy as it is.  Our "culture problem" is the right wing party.  They want to strip everyone of everything except themselves and the wealthy.  Stupid people who believe it's the deficit have pop rocks for brains or their mamas gave birth to fetuses with no brains like Louie Gohmert wants.  

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    chickenfarmerwood

    " The thing is, Ryan may have a point when he says that our nation has "a real culture problem" and a "dignity of work" problem. It's just that employers, not workers, are the ones with the problem. "

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