Economic Opportunity

Calamitous BLS Report Underlines Ongoing Employment Crisis for American Workers

I’m running out of adjectives to describe the consistently awful monthly reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For April, I’m using calamitous.

BLS reported that last month the economy created a paltry 160,000 jobs, well below the 200,000 analysts had their fingers crossed for. All the news is bad including the one item Wall Street pointed to as encouraging: wage growth.

On Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, 2016, Fewer Blacks, More Overseas Players

Tomorrrow, Jackie Robinson Day, Major League Baseball will celebrate the anniversary of the first African-American player to break the color line in 1947. As MLB Commissioners and team owners have done in past years, they publicly bemoan the diminishing number of black Americans in baseball, and vow to work overtime to restore them to their once prominent position. Today’s rosters have only a few black players who in total represent about 8 percent of all players.

Seven Amnesties Since 1980 Contribute to 35 Years of Income Inequality in America

For the tiny handful of Americans who may still wonder why the voter rebellion against the establishment is so intense, a recent Economic Policy Institute blog post explains it. EPI called income inequality “a defining feature” of the American economy for the last three-and-a-half decades that has “directly affected most Americans.”

Taxing Remittances Is a Long Overdue Enforcement Tool to Curb Immigration

Enforcement advocates have proposed many solutions to curb illegal immigration: double-layered fencing, mandatory E-Verify, hefty fines and jail sentences for employers who hire aliens. But a less publicly discussed option that might be equally effective is to tax remittances, the money illegal aliens send back home.

Carrier, Hertz Cut U.S. Workers; Some Jobs Going to Mexico, Others Likely to H-1Bs

February has been a bad, bad month for American workers. First came the totally dismal Bureau of Labor Statistics report which found that in January the long-struggling U.S. economy created only 155,000 jobs, most of them low-paying.

Beverly Hills Bakery Blues: Rich Immigrants Exploit Poor Immigrant Workers

Few United States cities are more sympathetic to illegal immigration than Beverly Hills. Many wealthy residents have incomes high enough to hire the nannies, gardeners and housekeepers they consider essential to their lifestyles, but who are nonetheless unlawful U.S. residents.

Damning New Challenger, Gray Report Destroys Tech Lobby ‘Shortage’ Claim

In a recent press release, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global consultancy firm, wrote that in 2015 the U.S. technology sector – computer, technology and telecommunications firms – announced 79,315 planned job cuts.

For American Workers, Bad TPP News Dwarfs Poor January BLS Report

Last month, as Wall Street anticipated, only 151,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were created, with 70 percent of the new jobs driven by low paying work in retail, food services and drinking places – clerks, waiters and bartenders. The January report represents a large drop from December’s much stronger jobs report, even after revised down to 262,000 from an initially reported 290,000.

Israel Worries about the Long-Term; U.S., Not so Much

Once again, Israel is showing that it has its citizens’ best interests at heart, and is willing to take action to prove it, while the U.S. Congress, so it would seem, has never heard of long-term, at least as it applies to border security and worker protection.

Job Growth Still Not Keeping Up with Population Increases

Millions more work authorized immigrants to enter 2016 labor pool.