Economic Collapse, Pandemic: There Is No Plan (For You)

By Hamilton Nolan, In These Times. -

In the midst of an enormous, unavoidable increase in national unemployment, the $600 per week unemployment benefit increase that has sustained millions is set to run out at the end of this month, [...]

United States: Record 47.2% Of Working-Age Without Jobs

By Shannon Jones, WSWS. -

According to newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures, 47.2 percent of working-age Americans were without work in May, the highest level recorded since the end of World War [...]

Racism, Lack Of Jobs As Workers Face Social Pandemic

By G. Dunkel, Workers World. -

The capitalist class in the United States now wants to force unemployed workers to take a job, any job, no matter how dangerous or low paid. This attack on workers’ incomes drags down the economy [...]

‘Misclassification Error’ Is Making Unemployment Rate Look Lower Than It Really Is

By Jake Johnson, Commondreams. -

Buried at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' May jobs report—which President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers touted Friday as evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from [...]

Employers Are Behind The Rush To Reopen

By Chris Brooks, LaborNotes. -

The federal government squandered the time the states spent in lockdown. We still face a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits and PPE and there is no nationwide testing or contact tracing [...]

Pivot To Mass Struggle: A Lesson From Ferguson

By Ashton Rome, Black Agenda Report. -

Like the financial meltdown of 2007–08, the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression and a period of political radicalization, this period will dawn a new epoch in struggle. The [...]

Redacted Tonight VIP: How The Virus Beat The US

By Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight. -

Lee Camp sits down with Vijay Prashad, the executive director of The Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. They discuss how the US failed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the [...]

Trump Administration Tells States To Yank Benefits From Those Who Won’t Return To Work

By Arthur Delaney, Portside. -

Congress created special unemployment benefits so that laid-off workers could stay home while the coronavirus pandemic rages outside, but the Trump administration wants states to make sure that [...]

Low-Balling The Unemployed In The 2020 Economic Collapse

By Jack Rasmus, Predicting the Global Economic Crisis. -

This past Friday, May 8, the US Labor Dept. released its latest jobless figures. The official report was 20 million more unemployed and an unemployment rate of 14.7%. Both mainstream and [...]

Mass Unemployment Is A Failure Of Capitalism

By Richard D. Wolff, Popular Resistance. -

The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice [...]

Covid-19 Is A Reason To Start The Green New Deal Now

By Sarah Lazare, In These Times. -

Our political leaders, Republican and Democrat, are leaving tens of millions of people in free fall. Instead of a guaranteed income and universal, single-payer healthcare, we are offered paltry, [...]

Update: Number Of Unemployed Now Over 30 Million

By Economic Policy Institute. -

The number of workers applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits has risen to never-before-seen levels as a result of the coronavirus shock. In the last six weeks, nearly 28 million [...]

Trump Relaxes OSHA Rules And Governors Block Unemployment Benefits For Meatpackers

By Mike Elk, Payday Report. -

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order to use the Defense Production Act to order meatpacking plants to remain open.  Now, Smithfields is already using Trump’s [...]

Over 24 Million Workers Apply For Unemployment In Five Weeks

By the Economic Policy Institute. -

In the last five weeks, the number of workers applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits has skyrocketed to well over 20 times what it was in the pre-coronavirus period, and over five [...]

Residents At An Apartment Complex Prepare To Strike

By Eliza Berkon, WAMU. -

A month ago, Sami Bourma had two jobs. He was a cafeteria cook at the National Institutes of Health and an Uber driver. Now, he can’t work. Furloughed from his NIH job and wary of picking up [...]

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