Painful Reality about Jobs

From the AFL-CIO

Despite the media’s touting of 312,000 new jobs last month, the painful reality is that working people are still being left behind in an economy rigged to enrich a handful of elites. Even as wages continue to stagnate, unemployment rises and retirement plans teeter, corporate executives are still happily pocketing fistfuls of money for themselves.



Here are a few key takeaways from the December jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The overall unemployment rate rose from 3.7% to 3.9%.
  • The unemployment rate among black workers jumped from 6% to 6.6% and rose among all workers without a college degree.
  • The total number of unemployed workers increased by 276,000 to 6.3 million.
  • Wage growth continued to fall below the minimum level needed for workers to begin reaping the benefits of economic growth.



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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”


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