Will Wisconsin Stop Its Job Piracy?

By: Monday July 14, 2014 7:15 pm

The term “border wars” has taken on a new meaning for many states and cities across the United States that have been engaged in the practice of job piracy. However, a number of areas in the country are shifting away from this practice of luring jobs over state borders after recognizing that it is inefficient and does little to fuel job growth. Wisconsin policymakers should learn from the experiences in those states and localities and from the remedial actions they are taking.

 

May 2014 Jobs Reports: Good News, Bad News

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 2:18 pm

Through all these four plus years of job growth to get back to where we were at the start of the Great Recession, we have been falling behind as it takes roughly 90,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with the new people entering the job market each month. If we take it back to the beginning of the Great Recession in December 2007, we are still in the hole on needed jobs by a bit over 7M (6.5 (years) x 12 (months per year) x 90K (jobs per month) = 7,020,000.)

New Careers for the New America

By: Sunday May 4, 2014 5:50 pm

Are you one of the tens of millions of Americans, left behind in the new economy? Have you found that your advanced degree in science, education or mathematics, hasn’t helped much in the current job climate? We’ll, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or a college professor, to put two and two together. We must all adapt to the times, we can’t keep looking back, pining for the old days. We must move on or as the President says, “we must move forward,” seeking the new careers for the new America.

The Myth Of A ‘Skills Gap’ And Our Phony ‘Education Crisis’

By: Monday March 31, 2014 11:33 am

Ask a neoliberal why trickle down economics is not working in America and there are a few standard excuses offered. The excuses range from the fringier “inner city people are lazy” to the boilerplate “government is distorting markets” to the more establishment friendly “it’s a lack of education.” Let’s put racial dog whistles and reactionary ideology aside for a second and focus on the last excuse, education.

Bill Gates: In The Future, Tech-Bots Will Take Your Jobs and Ending Corporate Taxes Will Prevent Poverty and Social Unrest

By: Monday March 17, 2014 2:37 pm

The richest man in the world also opposes raising the minimum wage, and believes that in order to prevent the social unrest that comes with mass unemployment the government should appeal to the better natures of large corporations by eliminating corporate and payroll taxes in order to encourage them to employ people they apparently won’t need.

When Job Creators Create Lousy Jobs

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 9:00 am

One of the most interesting links I found while researching last week’s post on Teach For America was the item on how TFA hiring in Connecticut was denying job opportunities to local residents. It occurred to me that the author was getting an on-the-ground look at a similar phenomenon I’ve observed with the oil and gas industry in Ohio (and presumably elsewhere): both TFA and fracking rely on short term, out of state labor.

Late Night: Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son

By: Monday February 10, 2014 8:00 pm

Scholars have determined that the Prodigal Son parable is one of the most authentic stories of the man called Christ, but some Christian conservatives don’t want to accept that the God of the New Testament is about forgiveness, love and joy. The God of the Old Testament, with his wrath, anger and stoning of “sinners” is more to their liking.

Who’s Really to Blame for Unemployment?

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 7:00 am

Guided by the mythology of the “American dream”—the idea that, given the opportunity, the deserving will excel and rise above their peers—politicians often attribute unemployment to a mystical “skills gap.”

No bargain grand enough

By: Monday January 6, 2014 1:30 am

If we manage to get out of the remaining three years of the Obama Administration without something being referred to as a “grand bargain”* passed it will be a minor miracle.

Six-State Study Finds Industry Supporters Exaggerated Jobs Impact of Shale Drilling

By: Monday November 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. In fact, in Pennsylvania, shale-related employment accounted for less than half a percent of total nonfarm employment in 2012.

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