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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 9, 2011 / 9 Menachem-Av, 5771

U.S. treading water on job creation

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two good things that can be said about July's unemployment rate of 9.1 percent: It's lower than June's 9.2 percent and it allayed, perhaps only temporarily, market fears of a double-dip recession.

But reading behind the figures reveals a disturbing fact about job creation since we officially came out of the recession in July 2009: We're pretty much stuck. Only twice since then has the rate fallen below 9 percent.

The July figure showed improvement only because the workforce shrank by 38,000 and perhaps as many as a million simply quit looking for work and thus weren't counted in the unemployment figures.

Private employers added 117,000 jobs, and that's good. But the economy needs to add 125,000 jobs a month just to stay even with the demand for work. The total number of jobless dropped over the month from 14.1 million to 13.9 million, but that's still almost double the number before the recession.

To put a serious dent in that number we need to create 250,000 jobs a month, and that requires serious economic growth. The increase in gross domestic product for the first six months of this year was just under 1 percent.

The underemployment rate, which some feel is a more accurate picture of how the average person experiences the job market, fell only one-tenth of a point, to 16.1 percent. That rate combines part-timers who want full-time work and those who are so discouraged that they're not even looking for work.

There are serious long-term problems ahead in the jobs market and no indication that Congress is willing to seriously address them. Indeed, if lawmakers persist in their drastic two-step cut in government spending, they will only make the problem worse as the federal government lays off workers, as do the states who depend on federal help; and the government lets fewer contracts for goods, services and construction, and layoffs begin to spread through the ranks of federal contractors.

In the meantime, workforce participation, the percentage of Americans eligible to hold a job that have one, is 58.1 percent, the lowest since the recession year of 1983. Also, people are out of work longer. The average duration of unemployment is at a record 40.4 weeks.

President Barack Obama has proposed extending a one-year Social Security tax cut that would benefit the average worker by $1,000 to $2,000 and renewing the emergency unemployment benefits that now cover up to 99 weeks.

But these are Band-Aids. More serious action is required, but, sadly, this feckless Congress is likely incapable of providing it.

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Previously:

08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest

08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky

08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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