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It's President Obama Who Needs to 'Stop Complaining' and Get to Work

It’s President Obama Who Needs to ‘Stop Complaining’ and Get to Work

by Kai Wright on September 28 2011, 11:51AM

Obama ruffled feathers with a speech telling black leaders to take off their “bedroom slippers” and join the battle for his jobs bill. Funny thing is, that’s just what they were trying to tell him.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Politics

Maxine Waters Asks Why The President Is So Afraid to Say 'Black Unemployment'

Maxine Waters Asks Why The President Is So Afraid to Say ‘Black Unemployment’

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2011, 10:50AM

In an interview with Loop 21, the outspoken lawmaker explains why she’s been so critical of the president.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

by Shani O. Hilton on September 9 2011, 3:24PM

While some have a lukewarm reaction to the president’s proposal, others say that elements of the plan could pay off for those who’ve been hardest hit by the bad economy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama's Latest Jobs Plan

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama’s Latest Jobs Plan

by Shani O. Hilton on September 7 2011, 10:35AM

Tomorrow’s big jobs speech will feature more tax cuts than stimulus spending, and the GOP is still not into it. Sound familiar? That’s because it is.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

A Picture of the Jobs Crisis--in Black, White and Brown Infographic

A Picture of the Jobs Crisis—in Black, White and Brown

by Hatty Lee, Kai Wright on September 7 2011, 10:20AM

The president has crafted a polite response to an impolite problem. Here’s what the devastation looks like in black and Latino communities—so far.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

Stocks Are Down! Obama's Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

Stocks Are Down! Obama’s Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

by Kai Wright on September 2 2011, 12:53PM

Another dismal monthly jobs report and another round of all the wrong questions and concerns. Meanwhile, millions of people continue fighting for survival.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

D.C. Gets Back to Work--and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

D.C. Gets Back to Work—and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

by Shani O. Hilton on August 31 2011, 9:17AM

House GOP leaders will roll out more so-called jobs ideas this week, in anticipation of the president’s expected proposals next week. None of it is expected to meet the scale of the problem.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

by Akiba Solomon on August 15 2011, 9:37AM

A growing number of employers are using credit checks to determine who they hire, promote and fire. Learn how race factors in—and what you can do about it.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Jobs Crisis

The Fed's Bombshell: Our Economy's Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

The Fed’s Bombshell: Our Economy’s Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

by Imara Jones on August 12 2011, 9:37AM

After months of debate over the nation’s debt, the central bank’s unprecedented interest rates announcement this week was entirely about the jobs crisis. The subtext was clear: politics, not economics stand in the way of recovery.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Jobs Crisis

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers' Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers’ Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

by Shani O. Hilton on August 4 2011, 9:22AM

Widespread reports suggest would-be employers and placement agencies are weeding out applicants who are unemployed—leaving the long-term jobless with even fewer options.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

by Kai Wright on July 11 2011, 9:53AM

How many times are we going to act shocked upon learning that the recessionary goblin isn’t actually dead?

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

Do Businesses Have the Right to Discriminate? [Reader Forum]

Do Businesses Have the Right to Discriminate? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 11 2011, 8:06AM

A young Muslim woman got fired by Abercrombie & Fitch for wearing a hijab — then sued and won. Colorlines.com readers debate the rights of employers vs. the rights of employees.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Putting People Directly to Work Is

Putting People Directly to Work Is “Too Radical” For Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on June 17 2011, 11:12AM

Still, there really are job-creation ideas out there. Really. Here’s another one.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Republicans Bash Immigrant Workers and Call It a Jobs Bill

Republicans Bash Immigrant Workers and Call It a Jobs Bill

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2011, 10:42AM

Labor and immigrant rights groups are pushing back against a renewed push to expand use of the E-Verify workers’ database.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Jobs Crisis

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.'s Shelves

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.’s Shelves

by Shani O. Hilton on June 15 2011, 11:28AM

Really, they still exist. But Congress and the administration have stopped looking at them.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

John Boehner's GOP Jobs Plan Attempts to Rewrite History

John Boehner’s GOP Jobs Plan Attempts to Rewrite History

by Shani O. Hilton on May 31 2011, 11:22AM

The plan conveniently blames the Obama administration for job losses, completely ignoring former President George W. Bush’s tax cut free-for-all.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Graduates, Go Forth and...Join the Unemployment Line Infographic

Graduates, Go Forth and…Join the Unemployment Line

by Stokely Baksh, Kai Wright on May 31 2011, 8:58AM

As millions of graduates join the workforce this summer, they enter a world in which there’s already a 4-to-1 ratio of job seekers to job openings.

Topics: Economy, Graduates, Jobs Crisis, Schools & Youth

Union Bashing in the Name of Job Creation

Union Bashing in the Name of Job Creation

by Shani O. Hilton on May 27 2011, 8:29AM

Once again, House Democrats fall short fail to craft a meaningful discussion on jobs.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

by Shani O. Hilton on May 25 2011, 10:29AM

A review of Washington’s ambitiously conceived, but conservatively created initiatives.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

What's Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let's Find Out

What’s Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let’s Find Out

by Shani O. Hilton on May 17 2011, 10:16AM

Colorlines’ D.C. reporter/blogger Shani O. Hilton will spend the summer blogging out the institutional and political hurdles, and the overlooked solutions.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis