November 11, 2013 |
October's jobless rate, pegged Friday at 7.3 percent, was up slightly from September. But the number's meaning is a source of monthly public confusion. Here are some explanations. The arm of government that computes the unemployment rate is the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. This FAQ on the bureau's site explains how the number is reached and what it means. It starts with the question "Why does the government collect statistics on the unemployed?" When a willing worker is unemployed, everybody loses, it explains.
November 7, 2013 |
The administrative infrastructure supporting state unemployment benefit systems is collapsing due to chronic underfunding by the federal government. The result, according to a study released by the National Employment Law Project on Tuesday, is a system ill-equipped to handle the demands of the recession's lingering effects. "States work very, very hard to pay benefits, but they are doing it with one hand tied behind their backs," said Rebecca Dixon, a policy analyst with the New York-based advocacy group, which focuses on employment issues.
October 24, 2013 |
With Philadelphia's unemployment rate at 10.6 percent and a requirement that people filing for unemployment benefits register with the state's CareerLink system, there is no shortage of job-seekers profiled on the state's computerized job board. The missing ingredient? Employers offering jobs. At a City Hall ceremony Tuesday, 19 Philadelphia employers, including some of the largest, signed an oversize contract, the Philadelphia Jobs Compact, pledging to use Philadelphia Works, the city's link to the state system, to help them find candidates for job openings.
October 18, 2013
WE'RE SITTING at the re-creation of the second-floor window table where George Washington took his dinner and the German immigrant is wondering what has gone wrong with his adopted country. Chef Walter Staib is the immigrant from the Black Forest and his famous City Tavern at 2nd and Walnut, where we are talking, was closed as part of the federal shutdown of sanity. It didn't matter that not a single federal employee is among his 80 workers, almost all of whom lost pay for 10 days.
October 13, 2013 |
CAMDEN Johshon Norris sat quietly at a Camden community center, flanked by dozens of politicians, business owners, and reporters who came for the announcement of a city workforce training and employment initiative. A 20-year-old graduate of Camden High School, Norris had worked for Camden County's Public Works Department, performing landscaping work until the seasonal job ended and money started to dry up. "I graduated, I'm looking into taking classes at Camden Community, [and have]
August 23, 2013 |
SOMEONE OUGHTA give these folks jobs. Authorities count 57,700 Philadelphians among the so-called hidden unemployed because they aren't in the official unemployment figures compiled and released by the government. The Daily News spoke with four of those job seekers, each of whom might just be the star employee you've been looking for: Mark Mercer * What: Wants a job, like, yesterday. Out of work since 2011. Has tried applying online, but has taken to the streets of Center City.
August 23, 2013 |
MARK MERCER had filled out more job applications than he could count, and after two years of trying to snag a steady gig the old-fashioned way, he decided in June to try a new approach. Decked out in black shoes and a black suit - the only one he owns - Mercer stands almost daily in the heart of the city's financial district, on the southeast corner of 19th and Market streets, with a stack of resumes and a huge sign: I Don't Want Your Change. I NEED A JOB. Mercer, 54, was fired in 2011 after four years in a customer-service job in Bucks County for refusing to yell at a technician, he said.
June 5, 2013
THE GREAT RECESSION has done many bad things to many people. But perhaps one aftermath that has been beneficial is the increase in multigenerational households. Their numbers expanded from 2007 to 2009 - the recession years - to a record 51.4 million people, according to the Pew Research Center. "Starting right after World War II, the extended-family household fell out of favor with the American public," according to a Pew report. "Since bottoming out around 1980, however, the multigenerational family household has mounted a comeback.
June 1, 2013 |
LONDON - Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro hit another record high in April - and appears to be on course to reach 20 million this year in what would be another gloomy landmark for the currency bloc. Eurostat, the EU statistics office, said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 12.2 percent in April from the previous record of 12.1 percent the month before. In 2008, before the worst of the financial crisis, it was around 7.5 percent. A net 95,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed, taking the total to 19.38 million.
May 30, 2013
Unemployment rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 276 of 372 U.S. metropolitan areas, including the Philadelphia region, the Labor Department said. Rates reported by the government were higher in 78 areas, and unchanged in 18 areas. The rate in the Philadelphia region fell to 7.7 percent, from 8.0 percent a year earlier. The department's latest numbers were not seasonally adjusted. Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported a seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate for April of 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in March.