Rick Newman


November 2010


The Curse of a Shrinking Labor Force

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We don't just have fewer jobs than we used to. We also have fewer people who even want a job.

In 2007, before the recession hit, the percentage of working-age Americans who considered themselves part of the labor force was about 66 percent. It's been falling ever since, and today, it's about 64.5 ...

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TAGS:
labor
employment
economy

Why Every Worker Needs New Skills

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If there's ever been doubt about the value of education, the recession erased it. The unemployment rate for people with a college degree or higher is well below 5 percent. For high school grads, it's above 9 percent, and for those without a high school diploma, it tops 14 percent. Clearly,

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TAGS:
hiring
careers
employment

How to Navigate Body Scans and Pat-Downs

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Invasive body searches. Nazi-style checkpoints. Traumatized children and their speechless parents.

[See 12 ways to stop America's decline.]

These are some of the horror stories likening America's airports to a police state, thanks to intensified new screening procedures meant to prevent airborne ...

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TAGS:
airlines
Department of Homeland Security
national security terrorism and the military
National Security Council
TSA

12 Industries Still Losing Jobs

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Finally, the economic recovery that we've been hearing about since 2009 seems to be materializing. The private sector has added jobs for several months in a row, and overall employment, including government and nonprofit sectors, is finally inching upward. But nearly 15 million Americans are still ...

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TAGS:
employment
unemployment

How the Economy Will Swing the Election—in 2012

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Big plans. Every time a new group of politicians arrives in Washington, they intend to remake government and fix everything the last bunch screwed up. That's clearly what the incoming group of reformers hopes to do over the next two years.

[See 12 ways to stop America's decline.]

But chances are, the ...

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TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
elections
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
Republican Party
Democratic Party

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