Jobs Crisis

The Crisis in Black and Brown Youth Unemployment

by Imara Jones on Jan 15, 2014 7:00AM

With one out four blacks and one out of six Latinos under the age of 25 without work, a generation of youth of color risks falling behind.

Topics: Economic Justice, Schools & Youth, Jobs Crisis

The Grinches Who Stole Jobless Benefits

by Imara Jones on Dec 17, 2013 7:00AM

And may further wreck the whole economy in the process.

Topics: Economic Justice, Jobs Crisis

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

by Kai Wright on Nov 7, 2013 10:51AM

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records--a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Criminal Justice

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers' Pay

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 19, 2013 7:00AM

Corporations like Burger King and Domino's pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business--except how they keep labor costs down.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, How We Eat

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

by Imara Jones on Sep 6, 2012 9:50AM

The president has a plan to end the Depression-level unemployment in black and brown communities, thereby reversing the overall jobs picture. He refuses to say that, and it matters.

Topics: 2012 Election, Jobs Crisis, Economy

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on Jul 9, 2012 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now--including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Jobs Crisis, Politics, Economy

Obama Was Right. It's the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

by Imara Jones on Jun 11, 2012 10:00AM

This weekend, President Obama took a beating for declaring the private sector "fine." But he was correct. The real jobs crisis is in the public sector, and Obama's the only one with a plan to fix it. Turns out, that's also the only real plan to deal with black joblessness.

Topics: Jobs Crisis, Economy, 2012 Election

Is This the Calm Before Another Storm? How the Economy May Get Worse, Fast

by Imara Jones on Jun 7, 2012 10:11AM

Greek austerity? Eurozone collapse? What's this got to do with the financial slog so many communities of color are still facing in the U.S.? For starters, it could make things a lot harder, soon. Imara Jones offers a primer--and preventive steps.

Topics: Economic Justice, Global Affairs, Jobs Crisis

The U.S. Jobs Crisis Summed Up: If You Fail To Plan, You Plan to Fail

by Imara Jones on Jun 1, 2012 10:01AM

Today's jobs report tells most Americans already what they already know: We're still mired in joblessness. But Imara Jones argues we should really fear the larger problem: There remains no plan for getting unstuck.

Topics: Jobs Crisis, Economic Justice

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7, 2012 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: Drug Tests, ALEC, Politics, Economy, Jobs Crisis