Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. I don’t know if we’ve hit the grand prize yet of someone actually landing [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. The Internet is a strange and sometimes wonderful place, so who knows? Maybe we’ll [Read More...]

We have a wheelbarrow

“I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.” Thank you to everyone for your kind words and generosity in response to my getting laid off from the slowly dying newspaper industry. I’ve been struck, too, by how many others here — regular readers and commenters — are among the 14 million [Read More...]

Cut waste, create jobs, save money — what's not to like?

With 14 million Americans looking for employment, former President Bill Clinton offers his suggestions for “14 ways to put America back to work.” It’s a pretty good list. A few of these things were included in bits and patches and pieces in the original too-small Recovery Act but need to be done, as Clinton suggests, [Read More...]

Making work

The previous post was a bit of a bitter joke. I’m not seriously advocating any of those ideas as the best ways of addressing America’s jobs crisis (although we should be teaching music and art and it is probably long past time to try something other than the isolation strategy that has failed to work [Read More...]

It's time to panic

Brad DeLong notes that this week’s employment figures are cause for panic. What he suggests, actually, isn’t merely panic, but “PANIC!!” But given our current employment crisis, I think a third exclamation point may be required. We’ve got 13.9 million Americans who can’t find work. That’s cause for alarm — cause for all out panic [Read More...]

They're spreading blankets on the beach

The Economist: “America’s transport infrastructure: Life in the slow lane” America’s dependence on its cars is reinforced by a shortage of alternative forms of transport. Europe’s large economies and Japan routinely spend more than America on rail investments, in absolute not just relative terms, despite much smaller populations and land areas. America spends more building [Read More...]

Beatific economics

When we consider the rights of workers in relation to the “indirect employer”, that is to say, all the agents at the national and international level that are responsible for the whole orientation of labour policy, we must first direct our attention to a fundamental issue: the question of finding work, or, in other words, [Read More...]


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