June 8, 2016
By Dean Baker More than eight years after the start of the Great Recession, the U.S. labor market is far from recovering by most measures. At 4.7 percent, the unemployment rate is not very different from the prerecession level, but the main reason it is so low is that millions of people have given up looking for work and are no longer counted as being unemployed. And this is not a story of retiring baby boomers. The share of the prime age population (those 25 to 54 years old) that is working is down two percentage points from the prerecession level.
July 11, 1990 |
Everybody loves a short workweek. Everybody except George Geist. Geist, the chairman of the Camden County Republican Party, says he was outraged when Gloucester Township employees worked only two days last week prior to the Independence Day holiday. The township offices are normally closed Fridays, and when township employees also received Thursday off, that made three straight days off. "She (Township Mayor Ann Mullen) did the ultimate when she closed the government for three days," said Geist, a Gloucester Township resident.
December 11, 2012 |
The morning fog defied predictions it was likely to lift by 10 a.m., remaining dense even in Center City more than 40 minutes later. Visibility, though, which was only a quarter-mile as of 8 a.m., had improved at half-mile at Philadelphia International Airport, which saw some morning delays. (To check a flight, go to www.phl.org .) A bunch of rush-hour accidents - nine was the count around 8 a.m. - gave way to just a couple around the area nearly three hours later, according to traffic.com.
September 24, 2008 |
Adriane Livers makes sure her boss has as close to a glitch-free work life as humanly possible. Each week, the administrative coordinator keeps the boss' schedule, screens calls and e-mails, books speaking engagements, travels to client sites, and manages a deskload of other responsibilities. On Tuesdays, however, her duties are markedly different: Livers, 40, might sort through personal mail, pay household bills, visit the post office or bank. Often by midday, she gets an early start on dinner.
August 22, 1995 |
Angela R. Walker works odd hours - and she likes them. In fact, she asked for them. A tax examiner at the IRS processing center in Northeast Philadelphia, she checks individual tax returns from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., five days a week. The next week, Walker works those hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. She then works 8 1/2 hours on Thursday, and takes Friday off. The following Monday, the cycle begins again. The West Philadelphia resident opted for her current schedule about five years ago. "I chose it at the time because my children were very young and I needed the day off to take care of my personal needs: seeing a doctor or dentist, taking the kids to school and even getting a break for myself," she said.
November 4, 1994 |
As shadows lengthen, Dee and William Metz of Northeast Philadelphia leave the Ocean City Music Pier. The Metzes were taking a break from working on their Shore home. For work or play, the weather was on their side: The warm, sunny days are expected to continue through the weekend. Real November weather will return with the workweek.
March 10, 1995 |
DEEP IN THE HEART OF MENSA LIES YEN FOR THE COWBOY LIFE Cowtown's I.Q. level may be getting a little boost. Fort Worth, the plainer sibling of brassy Dallas, says that Mensa, the organization whose members are among the most intelligent in the world, has chosen it over Kansas City and Dallas for its national headquarters. American Mensa Ltd., the U.S. arm of the high I.Q. group, will be relocating from Brooklyn, N.Y. Proud of its Cowtown moniker, Fort Worth has historically been a hub for cattlers and still retains its stockyards, filled now with little stores and restaurants.
June 18, 2008 |
By the end of this month, the government in Gloucester Township in New Jersey will turn out the lights on Fridays - literally. And in Berks County, Pa., a number of office cubicles could soon go dark one day a week. All across the country, municipal and state governments are scrambling for solutions to their ballooning energy bills, and are considering everything from changing to energy-efficient lightbulbs to cutting the traditional five-day workweek. As early as tomorrow, Berks County commissioners could consider whether to put some departments on a four-day workweek, following the lead of several local governments across the nation that have done so to save commuters and taxpayers money.
August 11, 1991 |
My company is considering putting us on a four-day workweek. It sounds good, but I'd like to know if there's a negative side to it. Just reconfigure those 40 hours and you'll end up with 10-hour days and three-day weekends. Sounds great, but the compressed workweek, as it is sometimes called, has pros and cons. "There are some who believe it increases stress (because of) longer days, and you really don't see the kids at all during the week. There are others who swear by it, think the three-day weekend allows them to become refreshed, and provides a relief valve for stress," said Dana Friedman, co-president of the Families and Work Institute, a New York-based national information clearinghouse for issues affecting work and family.
August 20, 2010 |
Economic conditions for Philadelphia-area manufacturers weakened significantly in the first half of August, a widely watched survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday. The survey, along with a disappointing jobs report, sent stock market indicators lower throughout the day. After two months of slowing, the broadest index in the Business Outlook Survey fell to minus 7.7 for August, from plus 5.1 in early July. Readings less than zero signal contraction, and the numbers mark a period of declining monthly activity for the first time since July 2009, the Philly Fed said.