The job market has been slowly recovering in the United States. But for African-Americans, the unemployment rate remains high at 13 percent — nearly double the national average.
Social scientists say racism continues to be one factor. But now researchers have uncovered another important obstacle to employment: favoritism. Rutgers Business School professor Nancy Ditomaso talks about it with David Hyde.
In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.
Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. When times are tough, unemployment rolls are booming.
Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:45 pm
Researchers say the economic benefits of prisons often don't materialize for rural communities. That's according to a new paper by Northwest sociologists. In fact, they found communities with private prisons fare worse than they did before.
Washington State University sociologist Gregory Hook says rural areas that opt to build prisons, even courting them with tax breaks, have one main goal in mind: jobs.
“You know, you look across the way and you say 'Oh there's a prison. Fifty people have a job there. So that's 50 new jobs in my community.' … Only it's not.”
Job growth continues to be sluggish, but there’s one big exception: temporary work. The number of temp and contract jobs has increased by nearly 30 percent since early 2009, according to the American Staffing Association.
Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the new temping economy with Steven Greenhouse, the labor reporter for The New York Times.