Just a Reminder: The Labor Market Is Still Unhealthy

To wit: After adding 217,000 net new jobs last month, the U.S. economy has recovered all the positions lost during the Great Recession. But economists warned that the news Friday from the Labor Department was no real reason to celebrate. “Things are improving, but it’s happening agonizingly slowly,” said Heidi Shierholz, a labor market economist …

The Employment Market Continues to Be Weak

At this rate, it will take us forever to achieve full employment: The American economy added 113,000 jobs in January, a disappointing showing that is likely to spur fears that the labor market is poised for yet another slowdown. Before the report from the Labor Department on Friday morning, economists had been looking for the …

Rethinking Employment Policy

Michael Strain has drawn up an employment policy agenda for conservatives (and for right-of-center libertarians too, for that matter), that is must-reading. It serves as a valuable contribution to the debate over employment policy and hopefully will shake up that debate significantly and lead to pathbreaking reforms and legislation that might help get more people back …

Extremely Disappointing Employment News

Just when I thought that we might be out of the woods: In a blow to hopes that the economy was finally gaining momentum, the government reported on Friday that employers added jobs last month at the slowest pace in three years, although some experts cautioned that wintry weather in many parts of the country …