February 2, 2014 |
Maybe if it were illegal to discriminate against the long-term jobless, and doing so led to stiff fines, Cheryl Spaulding would be more impressed with the pledge to hire the long-term jobless made by business executives at the White House on Friday. "Every little bit helps," said Spaulding, cofounder of Joseph's People, a network of support groups for the unemployed based in Philadelphia suburban churches. "The truth is that there is no incentive to hire these people, other than ethical and moral," she said.
January 14, 2014
WE ELECT members of Congress to represent our interests and our views. Does that mean that Congress' view of Americans is, in fact, how we see ourselves? We hope not, because that view is unflattering, to say the least. Case in point: In December, more than a million people ran out of unemployment benefits, Congress having failed to pass an extension of federal jobless benefits that kick in after the typical 26-week state programs expire. Last week, the Senate advanced a bill that Republicans in the House say has little chance of passing.
December 25, 2013 |
Dozens of unemployed people and their families dug into a fine holiday meal Monday - ham, mashed potatoes, baked beans, dessert by the tray load. The holiday party for the unemployed, who have no office festivities or pizza at the plant, has become an annual tradition at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Downingtown, where a mission for the unemployed, now in its third decade, tends to the practical and psychological aftermaths of joblessness. "We do this party because these people don't have the capacity to do a Christmas party," said Cheryl Spaulding, one of the cofounders of St. Joseph's People, a network comprised of a dozen churches in the Philadelphia suburbs.
December 18, 2013 |
THREE DAYS AFTER Christmas this year, 1.3 million laid-off American workers will see their unemployment benefits stopped. In Pennsylvania, the number will be 87,000 people drawing their last check on Dec. 28. "If my wife loses her benefit before she finds a job, we lose our house. " - Philadelphia resident These are working people caught in the worst economic crisis in more than 70 years, one that will not end. Unemployment in Pennsylvania is still 7.5 percent with 485,000 people officially unemployed.
December 12, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH North America and Europe have finally emerged from the darkness of the global financial crisis, the economies of the West still lag behind those in the rest of the world. That's particularly the case when it comes to jobs. The unemployment rate in the United States, for example, remains stubbornly around 7 percent. In Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico and South Korea, however, the official unemployment rate is way lower. So here's a novel solution to America's problem: Move the people to where the jobs are. Exporting the unemployed may sound radical, even cruel, but the quest for jobs has been a driving force behind global migration - and population growth in the New World - for centuries.
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]