Tag Archives: Great Recession

Jobs Recession Finally Over?

Financial FAQs Is the jobs recession finally over? It’s taken this long to bring employment back to pre-Great Recession levels. Overall employment is still slightly below the pre-recession peak (437 thousand fewer total jobs).  But private employment is now above … Continue reading

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The Ryan Budget Myth and Obamacare

Popular Economics Weekly Representative Paul Ryan has come up with his latest Republican budget proposal, and it changes nothing. It neither promotes economic growth, nor reduces the budget deficit, as with past Republican budget proposals. That’s because its real target … Continue reading

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Government Is Missing in Job Creation

Popular Economics Weekly We know now why job creation has been so weak in the recovery from the Great Recession, or Lesser Depression, as some have called it. Governments have lost too many jobs, and that mostly includes public safety … Continue reading

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Janet Yellen’s Nemesis—The Great Moderation

Popular Economics Weekly New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of low inflation with moderate economic growth that prevailed from … Continue reading

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Weak Employment–American Austerity at Work

Popular Economics Weekly Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? Nonfarm payrolls have advanced just 188,000 over the past 2 months, when this was the average montly increase in prior months. It … Continue reading

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Post-WWII Lessons—How to Reduce Debt?

Financial FAQs There is a productive way to pay down the federal and consumer debt loads instead of the austerity policies currently in vogue both here and in Europe (i.e., that cut taxes and government spending). It’s means implementing policies … Continue reading

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Unemployment Still the Problem

Financial FAQs Friday’s U.S. unemployment report might have been an aberration due to the severe winter with just 74,000 nonfarm payroll jobs created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but how many of those workers who left the labor … Continue reading

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The Great Income Divergence—II

Financial FAQs Ben Bernanke is now defending his record as Fed Chairman. He shouldn’t have to, as without the Fed’s easy money policies—such as QE3—the economy would surely have plunged back into recession, as the European Union has done with … Continue reading

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The Great Divergence

Popular Economics Weekly The so-called “minimalist” budget deal just reached by Congress is another illustration of the great divergence in wealth distribution of recent years that has eclipsed the middle class. The Great Divergence is not a term usually associated … Continue reading

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Equality Is Good For Everyone!

Popular Economics Weekly It looks like some states are beginning to take the equality issue seriously again. Massachusetts just raised their minimum wage to $10 per hour, California is raising it to $8.25 over 2 years, with New Jersey and … Continue reading

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