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Labor Dept. bad news: Colorado still bleeding jobs

The latest U.S. Labor Department figures provide no cheer for Coloradans. The news from Washington is that the state lost another 8,600 jobs in...

Organized online, jobless Americans eye midterm elections

Sometime this spring, Republicans turned against unemployment. In Nevada, Sharron Angle (R), the candidate facing incumbent Sen. Harry Reid (D), told local reporters, “You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job.” (Untrue.) Angle also called the unemployed “spoiled.”

More evidence suggests federal stimulus spending was too low

Via Ezra Klein, Bruce Bartlett argues that state budget shortfalls and ensuing cuts to staff and services clearly cancel out the benefits of the...

Public-sector workers a target in recession politics

At Politico, Maggie Haberman and Ben Smith have a good piece on the “perfect storm” ginning up politicians’ opposition to public-sector workers. Firefighters and...

Despite rising job numbers, U.S. unemployment stuck in crisis

The May jobs number is out, and at first blush it looks good. The economy added 431,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate...

Economy creates 162,000 new jobs; unemployment rate stuck

The Department of Labor this morning released its employment numbers for March, indicating that the economy created 162,000 new jobs. Yet the nation’s unemployment...