October 1, 2013
Avita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years, juggling a sales job with her studies in political science and law at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old has been the top sales associate for the last three years and works between 29 and 35 hours a week. But over the past few months, she said, she has watched as friends working in stores around her have their hours and benefits slashed – and she’s worried that she will be next.
Image: Mall of America.
September 25, 2013
With the latest jobs report, it is now the case that “Under Obama, Food Stamp Growth [Is] 75 Times Greater Than Job Creation,” according to statistics compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee. “For Every Person Added to Jobs Rolls Since January 2009, 75 People Added To Food Stamp Rolls.”
Here’s a chart detailing the growth:
Since January 2009, as the chart shows, a net of 194,000 new jobs have been created. During that same time, 14.7 million have been added to the food stamp rolls.
The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13. In May, rates fell in 109 cities and rose in 243.
Unlike the national figures, the metro unemployment data are not adjusted for such seasonal changes. Many of the cities with significant rate increases have large universities where students graduated in June and began looking for work. And many university workers are temporarily unemployed in the summer when the academic year ends.
Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, down from 8.2 percent a year ago. Employers added 195,000 jobs last month. That’s close to average monthly gain in the first half of this year of 202,000. Hiring averaged only 180,000 a month in the previous six months.
New survey shows majority of Americans struggle with near and real poverty, no job or other ills of a nation mired in economic insecurity
(NATIONAL) — For some, the results of a new Associated Press economic survey about the struggles of Americans may come as a shock. To some it may be an outrage and a call for action.
But for others, now jaded and quite familiar with the story line, the survey will provide no news — simply a confirmation of survey after survey before it that indicate there is something radically wrong in America and that for many the American “dream” has become the ongoing American nightmare.
The AP’s survey shows four out of five adults in this country, for at least part of their lives, struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare and that the hard numbers show a sign of “deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.”
The survey results seem to lend credence to President Obama’s comments in the past that there is a growing sense in this country that the game is somehow rigged for those at the top at the expense of those in the middle and the poor classes.
What’s happening here?
(MoneyWatch) Fast-food workers in a number of locations across seven cities plan to walk off the job today in protests over low wages. The employees, many of whom are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, are demanding $15 an hour, while many say they also want union representation.
The planned strikes are taking place in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Kansas City, Mo., Milwaukee, New York and St. Louis at various Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s franchises. Although some data show that consumers are increasingly confident about the economy, a large class of workers are on the edge, receiving low pay and no benefits.