One of the refrains over the past four to five years has been how many Americans are unemployed but uncounted in the “official” unemployment figures.
The following chart does not suggest that chronic unemployment does not exist among certain demographic groups or in certain locations, nor does it suggest that a sizable number of those employed are not under-employed–in terms of having under-utilized skills, working part-time because full-time positions are not available, or getting paid less currently than previously.
But the chart does show that the very real problems with unemployment and under-employment have been used to create a much more negative impression of overall employment than is actually supported by the numbers.
If the current trajectory continues under President Trump, he will have something real to brag about. If not, he is going to have to say something more than the numbers have been “rigged” to make him look…
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POSTED BY MARTIN KICH
On January 3, John McNay, the President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, appeared with Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga on Ed Ferenc’s radio program “America’s Workforce Radio.” Among other topics related to the labor movement, they addressed “right to work” theats looming in Ohio and nationally.
The audio of the program is available at: http://awfradio.com/todays-show-1-3-17/.
During the 2016 election, the Carrier factory’s decision to move jobs from Indiana to Mexico was a story that stuck. Donald Trump won a political victory when he convinced the CEO of Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, to keep 800 jobs in Indiana. Trump’s efforts run counter to a broader global trend, however. Most factory jobs haven’t been outsourced, they’ve just disappeared thanks to automation. In this documentary, The Atlantic travelled to Indiana to talk to Carrier employees and see how they’re handling the shift. Author: Jeremy Raff.
The documentary is available at: