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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Unemployed? You Might Never Work Again (NYT)

Binyamin Appelbaum reports on a new study from three Princeton economists, which looks at the relationship between inflation and unemployment. They conclude that prospects for the unemployed diminish rapidly.

Income Inequality isn’t About the Rich — it’s about the rest of us (WaPo)

Catherine Rampell writes that Americans are less concerned about inequality when they also experience upward mobility. So if the 1 percent are tired of being vilified, she notes some policies they could support.

An 87 Percent Vote for a $15-an-Hour Wage (The Nation)

In an advisory referendum, Chicago voters showed overwhelming support for a high minimum wage for large employers, reports John Nichols. Now it's a question for the Chicago City Council and the Illinois gubernatorial candidates.

Pixel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in the Gig Economy (Fast Company)

Sarah Kessler writes about her attempts to let work come to her through smartphone apps offering paid-by-the-gig opportunities. This form of "entrepreneurship," as the companies like to call it, turns out to be less than viable.

How public sector layoffs add to the racial income gap (MSNBC)

Recent layoffs in the public sector disproportionately affected black communities, writes Ned Resnikoff, with a "probability of displacement," or likelihood of getting fired, 2.8 percent higher for blacks than whites.

Learn to Love This Loophole (U.S. News & World Report)

Programs that qualify people for heating assistance and food stamps at once have new requirements, but some governors are just raising heat aid to match, reports Pat Garofalo. Boehner calls that cheating instead of feeding the hungry.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 05:13 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  An NPR Segment I Heard c. 2 Years Ago Observed (3+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, Aunt Pat, jbsoul

    that government was the #1 employer of Black men and #2 for Black women. Evidently there's still some resistance to Black labor in the free market.

    So yeah, laying off government workers is going to affect them disproportionately.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:09:10 PM PDT

  •  That has been true for decades (1+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul

    Government employment has been the anchor of the Black Middle Class. The majority of adults in my childhood were employees of some level of government: teachers, postal workers, parks and recreation maintenance, waste management, document clerks, etc. Cutting the size of government has usually been a body blow to aggregate minority income.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:37:29 PM PDT

  •  will liquidate for food (0+ / 0-)
    “Either because, on the supply side, they grow discouraged and search for a job less intensively or because, on the demand side, employers discriminate against the long-term unemployed, based on the (rational or irrational) expectation that there is a productivity-related reason that accounts for their long jobless spell,” the new paper says.  It adds that the two explanations are complementary, “as statistical discrimination against the long-term unemployed could lead to discouragement, and skill erosion that accompanies long-term unemployment could induce employers to discriminate against the long-term unemployed.”

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 04:38:32 AM PDT

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