It’s Opposite Day for the hawks and doves at the Federal Reserve

It’s the hawks who are squawking about the labor market, while the doves are fussing over inflation.

The Fed minutes: We read them so you don’t have to!

Officials grappled with new questions on familiar issues: low inflation and unemployment

Hiring rebounds in September; unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent

The strength in hiring this year has been one of the clearest indications that the country is finally escaping the long shadow of the Great Recession.

OECD: America’s job market is better than most

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said this morning it expects the unemployment rate among its 34 member countries to inch down from 7.4 percent to 7.1 percent by the end of next year.

Will the long-term and shadow unemployed ever come back?

There's little evidence that a stronger recovery will bring back discouraged workers.

Yellen: Labor market healing but economy still needs Fed support

On Capitol Hill, Yellen acknowledged that broader measures of labor market health have registered “notable improvements.”

Is this the jobs recovery we’ve been looking for?

The recovery looks like it might finally be picking up speed after it added 288,000 jobs in June.

The Fed’s unemployment conundrum

Falling unemployment could mean the Fed will face a very big decision.

Economy adds 217k jobs in May; jobless rate holds steady at 6.3 percent

The U.S. labor market continued to blossom in May.

Want to help the long-term unemployed? Try a two-tiered minimum wage.

Why the minimum wage shouldn't apply to the long-term unemployed -- for now.

  • Rand Ghayad
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  • May 5, 2014
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U.S. economy adds 288,000 jobs in April; jobless rate falls to 6.3 percent

The hiring spree surpassed most analysts' expectations and is the strongest showing in more than two years.

An unemployed aid program could help millions. Why aren’t more states using it?

7.4 million people are working part-time for economic reasons. Federal worksharing aid could help them -- except that few realize it exists.

Yellen gave a shout out to two ex-offenders in a speech this week. So what?

Reports highlighting her omission of their prior offenses implied that people such as Poole and Brownlee were poor examples because they do not reflect the American workforce – or worse, because their records make them less deserving of employment. Neither could be farther from the truth.

Janet Yellen goes Main Street

The new leader of the Federal Reserve revealed her real-world approach to policymaking Monday during her first public speech since taking over the reins of the nation’s central bank this year.

Five reasons why the long-term jobless don’t matter to the economy

A single paragraph that explains why unemployment is still so high

A new chart on the duration of unemployment from the White House explains why the unemployment rate remains so high almost five years after the recession ended.

The February jobs report debunked the weather blame game

To understand why, you have to dive into the boring logistics of how the Labor Department calculates its data.

Economy adds 175,000 jobs in February

The U.S. economy added a solid 175,000 jobs in February, despite harsh winter weather that many analysts expected would curtail hiring, according to government data released Friday morning.

Should we extend unemployment insurance — and cut the minimum wage?

Michael Strain, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, occupies an interesting place in today's discussion. He favors extending emergency unemployment insurance but opposes raising the minimum wage. He argues that, in some cases, you might even want to cut the minimum wage -- while offering workers more government aid.

What happens when jobless benefits get cut? Let’s ask North Carolina.

North Carolina cut its unemployment insurance program back in June 2013. And there's a lot of debate about what happened next.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 24, 2014
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