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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Are you better off than your parents? You might not think so, but new data from the Pew Center on the States suggests that for most people, the answer is yes. But the report also shows if your parents were poor, you are likely to be poor, as well, and ...

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Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

As a big part of the housing boom, Florida now stands at the epicenter of the fallout. The state's high unemployment and widespread foreclosures have a unique impact on the most vulnerable of Florida's residents — its children. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog. Photo by Mike Kane for ...

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Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

While the Silicon Valley area has regained all its jobs lost in the recession, some older workers in the tech sector are feeling left out. An Economic Policy Institute report estimates over 450,000 jobs were lost or displaced over the past decade in California because of the growing trade deficit ...

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Michigan pursues wind energy with tax policy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

President Obama laid out a vision in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that includes job creation through support for renewable energy. Michigan has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at 9.8 percent. A new tax ruling in the state could cost counties millions in revenue but ...

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How the new poverty measures stack up

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Kat Aaron, project editor of our ongoing What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream series, will be interviewed today at noon on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM 88.5.  Earlier this week, Aaron wrote about how the new poverty measures were constructed and what they revealed.

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Tuesday elections show labor still a force

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

While off-year elections rarely garner headlines, national attention had been drawn to yesterday's vote on Issue 2 in Ohio. The measure sought to repeal State Bill 5, passed with Republican support in March, which prohibited striking by public employees and limited the subjects of collective bargaining for public employees. Labor unions in ...

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Slumlords in New Haven taking Section 8 cash

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Photo by Neena Satija. Diamond Properties Managment told Nicole Dennis and her family not to cover up this hole because maintenance would do it. They haven't. Loose lending standards over the past decade had many implications, not just for the average homeowner but for those who used them to exploit ...

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Day of action in Oakland

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Occupy Oakland has gained national attention because of contentious exchanges between protestors and police. While labor unions expressed solidarity with the movement through a “mass day of action”, some labor contracts contain no-strike clauses.  Vanessa Rancano writes in the Oakland Local: Richard Mead, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse ...

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What we're reading - October 21, 2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: This week, I’ve been reading about the 1 percent and about the poor. The Census Bureau released a brief (pdf) this week mapping the percentages of people living in poverty by state, and the geographic concentration of ...

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What we're reading - Oct. 14, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: Last week, I mentioned an article from the Wall Street Journal about people cutting back on diapers. This week, American Public Media's Marketplace radio show focused on other off-beat indicators of how the economy is doing. The ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.

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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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