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Archives for February, 2011

They're back: 99ers turn to Twitter for a second week

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

For the second week in a row, unemployed people from around the country gathered on Twitter for an online chat. The focus was on the 99ers, the group of people who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. As we did last week, we used the Storify tool to ...

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Organizations urge Oakland to overhaul budget

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Like many cities around the country, Oakland, California, is facing a serious budget crunch.   Jennifer Inez Ward of Oakland Local reports on a recent community forum on Oakland's financial woes. Flickr/ Wayne Hsieh Oakland's government, centered at City Hall, is facing serious budget shortfalls. Oakland’s financial situation is in ...

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City job cuts in New Haven

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Paul Bass and Melissa Bailey of The New Haven Independent report that 82 city workers were laid off last week, following major budget cuts in the city.  The cuts included 16 police officers; some 200 protested at City Hall.  Thomas MacMillan Photo New Haven Police protest budget cuts. 96 Job ...

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Unemployed organize on Twitter

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Unemployed men and women around the country gathered online last night to talk about their situation. The chat was fast and furious, with tweets streaming by every few seconds at its peak. We used the Storify tool to organize a summary of their conversation.

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Economic inequality hits the big screen (in the credits)

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The financial crisis hasn't escaped the attention of the popular media.  And it's not just documentaries.  Take the Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg cop comedy "The Other Guys."  The movie hinges on a swindle, a ponzi scheme in which an investor tries to rip off the police pension fund to ...

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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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