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Latinos: Only Group Whose Employment Numbers Have Returned to Pre-Recession Levels

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 3:33PM

The LA Times is reporting that Latinos recovering more quickly from the recession than other demographic groups.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Strong U.S. Job Growth Leads to Lowest Black Unemployment in Years

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 2:20PM

Latest jobs report sees biggest drops in black unemployment in years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year's Super Bowl Showdown

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year’s Super Bowl Showdown

by Jamilah King on February 2 2012, 9:51AM

Indiana’s unionized workers have found an unexpectedly loud ally in the NFL’s players association.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy

What Would it Cost to Deport All Undocumented Immigrants? $285 Billion

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 2:09PM

Business Insider has gathered data from both ICE and third party reports and estimates a mass deportation campaign over five years would cost $285 billion.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

How San Francisco Organizers Rewrote the Rules to Save Minimum Wage [Video] Play

How San Francisco Organizers Rewrote the Rules to Save Minimum Wage [Video]

by David Zlutnick on January 27 2012, 9:04AM

Thanks to an innovative multiracial organizing campaign, San Francisco’s minimum wage is the first in the nation to pass the $10/hr mark. Colorlines.com’ video team speaks with the organizers about how they did it and what’s next.

Topics: Economy

Obama's Big Shift: Let's Truly Investigate the Banking Sector's Crimes

Obama’s Big Shift: Let’s Truly Investigate the Banking Sector’s Crimes

by Kai Wright on January 25 2012, 10:21AM

President Obama said he’s eager to debate equal opportunity in last night’s State of the Union. But he also offered a huge policy change he’s avoided for four years: investigate the banks’ housing boom crimes.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Could Protect Latino and Black Borrowers

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 4:27PM

Discriminatory housing practices are one reason why our country needs a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

There was Virtually No Change in Black Unemployment Rate in 2011

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 10:32AM

The black worker unemployment remained in the 15 to 16 percent range, while unemployment for the rest of the workforce dropped below 9 percent.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What Percent Are You?

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 7:51PM

Enter your household income and see how you rank in 344 zones across the country.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Carwasheros in Los Angeles Win Over $1 Million in Settlement

Carwasheros in Los Angeles Win Over $1 Million in Settlement

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 10:58AM

Workers at a car wash in Los Angeles will receive unpaid wages since 2006.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Unemployment Rate Improved for Everyone in 2011, Except for Blacks

Unemployment Rate Improved for Everyone in 2011, Except for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 8:03AM

Black men captured about 237,000 job gains in 2011, whereas black women actually ended the year with fewer jobs than they had a year ago.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Campaign to Get Kim Kardashian to Endorse the CA Millionaires Tax

A Campaign to Get Kim Kardashian to Endorse the CA Millionaires Tax

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 1:04PM

Kim Kardashian made more than $12 million in 2010, but she only paid 1% more in taxes than a middle-class Californian.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

98 Percent Pass Indiana's Job Training Drug Tests

98 Percent Pass Indiana’s Job Training Drug Tests

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 4:26PM

The state has spent thousands of dollars to prevent 23 applicants that tested positive for drug use from joining the program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Obama Skips GOP, Appoints Consumer Watchdog Cordray

Obama Skips GOP, Appoints Consumer Watchdog Cordray

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 1:14PM

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the sole reform to come out of the financial crisis that aims to deal with that fact.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Latino-Owned Businesses Are Leading the Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:39PM

The number of Latino-owned businesses with more than $1 million in revenue grew to over 44,000 in 2007, up from just 29,000 five years earlier.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We're Screwed

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We’re Screwed

by Kai Wright on December 21 2011, 10:00AM

We have organized society around a misguided belief in unfettered growth and unrestrained capitalism. The question of 2012 must be how we begin building a society based on something different.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Economy, Kai Wright

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 12:00PM

Worried about last minute holiday shopping? Supporters of Marcus Books have developed a new tool to help folks get off their computers and shop in person.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

Obama Shuts Jim Crow Era Labor-Law Loop Hole for Home Care Workers

Obama Shuts Jim Crow Era Labor-Law Loop Hole for Home Care Workers

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 10:35AM

President Obama and Secretary of Labor Solis announced nearly 2 million homecare workers will soon have federal overtime and minimum wage protections. These workers, among others, were left out of 1930s laws at behest of Southern white lawmakers.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

by Kai Wright on December 16 2011, 10:20AM

The poverty in which millions of people of color live is not accidental. It’s the result of decades of political choices that first created ghettos and then left them prey to a growing industry that profits from their existence. The Bronx offers a uniquely clear example.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Nation’s Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Takes on Amazon’s Price Check App

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 10:25AM

The grandaughter of the partners that opened the nation’s oldest independent African-American owned bookstore says a recent Amazon.com promotion took competition a little too far.

Topics: Economy, /NOW