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  • News

    January 8, 2014

    Education Supplement: Launch Sequence

    Gov. Cuomo's plan to give tax breaks to startups on college campuses faces high costs, uncertain outcomes

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Jobs Boom Narrative in Bronx and Brooklyn Doesn't Tell Full Story

    "Bronx is leading city in private sector job growth," read a Daily News headline today. "B'klyn tops outer-boro jobs boom," read a New York Post headline today. Both statements are accurate. Job data is malleable and, as Democrats and Republicans show when new numbers are released each month, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2012

    Rightbloggers Revel in Romney Rout, But Good Job Numbers Put Them Back in Tinfoil

    Rightbloggers had one of their best weeks of the campaign. First their candidate, Mitt Romney, bested President Obama in a debate, and then the Labor Department posted a drop in the U.S. unemployment rate. Both events convinced them of impending electoral victory, as the first proved that the Presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Guess Why Unemployment Just Went Down?

    The new monthly jobs report states that unemployment went down to 8.1%, which would be cause for rejoicing in the streets, except for the reason for that decline:

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    New York Republicans Continue To Whine About Barack Obama Running For President. In Related News, The Sun Came Up Today

    President Barack Obama will be in town tonight to attend a fundraising event to raise money for his ongoing presidential campaign -- because, well...he's running for president, and attending fundraisers is what people running for president do. Obama's doing what everyone who's ever run for president ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2012

    Big Apple's Unemployment Rate Hits 10% Again

    We hate the phrase 'double-dip,' especially when it becomes an unfortunate reality.In September of 2009, as President Obama's stimulus package was beginning to leak into the economy, New York City's unemployment rate hit its peak of 10.1% and stayed there for six months. Since then, the job num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2012

    Giuliani: Romney is Good, But He's No Giuliani (We Don't Understand It Either)

    Endorsements are vital parts of a campaign's method of connecting with voters who would otherwise remain skeptical of a candidate's performance. They run as supplements to the Big Picture, stumping on behalf of a message that they believe in for the most part (search: Republican candidates' speeches ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Unemployment Is (Barely) Down

    And now for even more reasons to be skeptical about the alleged economic recovery: Unemployment is down, but a smaller share of Americans are in the labor force and many have just given up on trying to find work. The newest Bureau of Labor Statistics data came out this morning, and the April jobs n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Veto! Bloomberg Rejects Wage Bills, Says City Council Proposal Would Kill Jobs

    As expected, Mayor Mike Bloomberg today vetoed the City Council's wage legislation, but unlike his past public comments on the matter, he didn't go so far as to compare the bills to Communism. Still, if the legislation passes, Bloomberg will sue. The proposals in question were the prevailing an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    America Added 120,000 Jobs in March: Is This Good or Bad?

    In March, the U.S. added 120,000 more jobs, just released Bureau of Labor stats indicate. Now, this sure sounds like a lot, but compared to February -- when America's payroll swelled by 240,000 jobs -- this turns out not to be all that exuberant. But is this cause for concern or disappointment? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets Facer Higher Unemployment: Survey

    Members of the armed services who have come home face substantially higher unemployment rates than the government claims, an Iraq and Afghanistan advocacy group claims. And 37 percent of veterans surveyed say they know a fellow vet who committed suicide following deployment. The report comes from I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    National Unemployment Rate Falls to Three-Year Low

    ​Finally, some genuinely good news to celebrate: the U.S. Department of Labor's monthly job market snapshot says that the national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.3 percent, the lowest it has been in three years. January saw 243,000 jobs added to the market, mostly in business services, labo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Comptroller John Liu: City Unemployment in Double Digits For Youth and Minorities

    ​Comptroller John Liu, a possible 2013 mayoral candidate, released a report yesterday that highlighted the disparities in unemployment rates across the city. At the end of 2011, the rate of unemployment was in the double digits for young people, blacks, and Hispanics -- and the rate was nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    New York Pols Respond to Obama's State of the Union

    Hooray for Obama! Just keep your promises! That seemed to be the message that tied together several electeds' obligatory response statements to the president's State of the Union on Tuesday. After his speech ended, Runnin' Scared's inbox was flooded with reactions from local pols. So we gathered a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, on the Living Wage Bill

    When Speaker Christine Quinn presented her compromised version of the Living Wage Bill last week, we immediately wondered how it would affect retail-clothing workers, #47 on the Voice's list of the 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers. We got in touch with Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Whol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2012

    Modest Jobs Recovery; Dolan to Become Cardinal; Deadly Hot Air Balloon Crash in New Zealand

    The American workforce added about 200,000 jobs over December, doubling November's rate of job creation. The Wall Street Journal reports, "The new jobs were scattered over a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, and even the battered construction sector," and "the sector that added t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2011

    McDonald's Cashier Cleared of Assault Charges; Unemployment Down; Deadly Shooting on Q111

    ​Rayon McIntosh, the McDonald's cashier who was videotaped beating two unruly customers with a metal rod in October, was cleared of all charges after eleven days of grand jury testimony. The Daily News reports McIntosh, who had previously served almost ten years in jail for a manslaughter rap, ... More >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's Texas Fantasyland

    Rick Perry's Texas is a job-makin', low-taxin' oasis of economic growth. It's also a fantasy.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    In 2011, We All May Have Jobs, Yet!

    Cover from August 2009​According to the weekly report from the Labor Department, new jobless claims have fallen to the lowest level since July 2008, declining 34,000 for the week ending on Christmas Day. Apparently "seasonal layoffs" often pick up in that week, which seems particularly shitty, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    You Are 0.1 Percent More Employed Than Last Month

    ​Hey, New Yorkers: Things are looking up. The state Department of Labor has new numbers out, which the New York Times says show a dip in the city's unemployment rate. It's true! Our rate of downtrodden, jobless recession victims for October is down to 9.2 percent! Which means September (whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Even Michael Bloomberg Showed Up for Eataly's Opening

    Getty​It's all Eataly all the time this week--yesterday, we showed you the line of people waiting to get in to Mario Batali's new mega Italian market and food court, and it turns out that everyone and their mother really was there. Micheal Bloomberg made an appearance, and ate some pizza, as h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Unemployment Is Steady; Americans Settle for 4-Cent Raise

    ​In your unhappy Friday news, the U.S. Labor Department has reported more job losses than expected and a steady unemployment rate of 9.5% for July. This has to do to some extent with 143,000 temporary census workers being let go, with only 71,000 private-sector jobs being added.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    New York Unemployment Down, National Jobless Claims Up, Dow Just Crazy

    ​The good news first: the city's unemployment rate was finally below 10 percent last month, the first time since August. Colleen C. Gardner, the state's labor commissioner, says that the number of private-sector jobs in the city rose by 21,000 in April, nearly triple the average increase for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Any More Jobs and We May Actually Have to Work

    ​Uh oh, people. The job market in New York City is officially perking up. Which means ... that old "nobody's hiring" excuse is just not going to fly. If you want to stay home and eat peanut butter and watch Law and Order all day, you better at least call yourself a "blogger" or something. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    The Unintended Benefit of Joe Biden's Awful Broadcast Correspondence Jokes

    ​Joe Biden was the headline speaker at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner last night. And by "spoke," one means "delivered a routine," as tradition for these dinners dictates. Unfortunately, in this case, "delivered a routine" means "bombed," which Biden did. A few of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Jon Kyl Continues GOP War on Unemployment Benefits

    ​The other day Republican Senator Jim Bunning waged a one-man war on, among other things, extension of unemployment benefits. Among the highlights: "Tough shit" and "[gives finger]." (And this was without being required to perform a real, talk-all-day filibuster, so you can't put it down to fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    City Unemployment Rises to 10.6%, State to 9%

    Well, we got a little break in December, when it dropped to 10 percent, but that's all done: Now the unemployment rate in New York City is 10.6 percent, according to the state labor department. That's the worst it's been in 17 years, and as bad as Oswego's, the only municipality in the state with d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    On the Jobless Front in NYC: Now You Can See How Poorly Your Own Neighborhood is Doing

    One Depression-era approach to dealing with the unemployed.Those of you who insist on leavening your holiday happiness with doses of grim reality can now check out a new neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of unemployment in New York City, courtesy of the Fiscal Policy Institute. The FPI clai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    The Bronx May be Up But Its Wages Are the Lowest

    Here's a new study on city salaries that ought to be on top of Mayor Bloomberg's holiday reading pile and which helps explain why Bronx residents and political leaders were pushing so hard to win a living-wage for any new jobs created by the city at the mammoth Kingsbridge Armory: The Bronx has the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    New York Unemployment Goes Down, a Little!

    Hooray, recession over! New York City unemployment went down point-three percent in November. It had been 10.3 percent, and is now a flat 10. And New York State unemployment dropped too -- from 9.0 to 8.6. This is from state Department of Labor seasonally adjusted private sector job numbers. We've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Bloomberg World in Collision: As of Now, Bronx Saying No to Armory Project

    Will Bloomie's world come crashing down in the Bronx?​Around City Hall this afternoon, fingers of blame will be pointing in all directions if - as seems likely at the moment - the mayor's proposal for the Kingsbridge Armory is voted down today. At last count, the Bronx council delegation and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Breaking: H&H Bagels Owner Indicted for Stealing Withholding Taxes and Unemployment Insurance Tax Evasion

    Ty Hewitt/New York Magazine​Earlier this afternoon, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced the arrest and indictment of Helmer Toro, the owner of H&H Bagels, for stealing withholding taxes and evading unemployment insurance tax in connection with his wholesale and retail busin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    D.A.: H&H Bagel King Collected Taxes from Workers, Didn't Give to Govt.

    Poor Helmer Toro, owner of the legendary H&H Bagels, can't seem to stay out of trouble. In summer 2008 we noted some of his legal and financial woes, including a $2.335 million property lien brought against him by the IRS. Toro had previously been accused of shunting some of his tax liability to a q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    U.S. Unemployment Goes Double Digit; Obama Will Sign Benefits Extension

    As usual, New York got there first, recording 10.3 percent unemployment in September. Now the nation at large is catching up. The Department of Labor today reveals that U.S. unemployment is at 10.3 percent, up from 9.8 and the highest rate in 26 years. "The economy is recovering," insists an exper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Number of Stimulus Jobs Produced: 30,383. Number of These in New York: 54

    While the nation was preoccupied with hot air, the White House released its first list of actual jobs created thus far from the federal stimulus. Tallying up to a paltry 30,383 jobs, they've got a long way to go to reach the 3.5 million they'd hoped to create by the end of the year. To be fair, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    Alan Greenspan supports extending unemployment benefits, but the Senate balks

    In an appearance on This Week, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan said he sees the unemployment rate rising above 10% and staying there for a while, but he's particularly concerned with the number of people who have been unemployed over six months. Greenspan says that prolonged unemployment can lead to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Like the Sun, New York Unemployment Rises Again

    We know you're getting tired of hearing it, but knowledge is power, they tell us, so be aware that the state Department of Labor just put out new figures and guess what, everything's worse. New York City's unemployment rose from 6.9 in January to 8.1 in February. We seem to be tracking the national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Unemployment Up to 7.6 Percent, 598K Jobs Lost

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released released job numbers for January, and the new is not good. Non-farm employment by 598,000 jobs last month, the biggest one-month drop since 1974, increasing the official unemployment rate from 7.2 to 7.6 percent. (That rate excludes longtime discouraged w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Liveblogging the State of the City, If We Can Stand It

    We'll give it a shot, anyway. The Mayor is going to give this annual speech today at Brooklyn College. Let's begin: 1:21 p.m. Brooklyn borough president/buffoon Marty Markowitz tells a few jokes. He has "declared Brooklyn a Republic," but collegially tells Queens beep Helen Marshall that "whatever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    When Elephants Fight: Not-quite-liveblogging the Brodsky Yankees Hearing

    This morning in Yankeefunland: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's surprise last-second hearing on the latest round of taxpayer-financed Yanks and Mets stadium bonds, with promised testimony (under duress) from Yankees president Randy Levine and city Economic Development Corporation chief Seth Pinsky. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Study: NYC Unemployment to 8.5% This Time Next Year

    The good news from a new study from the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York is that the city's employment, which had lagged the nation's for most of the post-September 11 era, began to match and even exceed U.S. levels even as the current recession hit. The bad news is, we're on our way down again. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    At Press Conference, Obama Cites Problems, Refers Vaguely to Solutions

    In his first, brief meeting with the press, a low-key President-elect proceeded with extreme caution, responding very generally to some questions and evading others. We still don't know what kind of dog he's getting the kids. The most substantive bits were a strong stand on Iran, an indication that ... More >>

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    October 18, 2005
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    April 22, 2005

    NYC Pols Play Numbers Game

    There's more good news for Mike Bloomberg on Friday—the city's unemployment rate is down to 5.2 percent, the latest gift for a mayor enjoying a fractured Democratic opposition and an almost bottomless campaign war chest. Consider that Rudy Guiliani cruised to reelection despite a 9.9 percent un ... More >>

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    August 24, 2004
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    August 17, 2004
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    June 8, 2004

    Kiss Your Career Goodbye

    Welcome, new workers, to the world of McJobs

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Bush’s Unemployment Line

    Newest labor statistics show that at least snow jobs are on the rise

  • News

    February 25, 2003

    Pataki's Prattle

    Job-Jingo Governor Proposes 'State-Killing' Budget

  • News

    September 3, 2002

    Labor's Cheap Date With Pataki

    It's Solidarity—For the Time Being, Anyway

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