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America’s hidden unemployed: too discouraged to count

by Lucia Mutikani Reuters September 23, 2012

When Daniel McCune graduated from college three years ago, he was optimistic his good grades would earn him a job as an intelligence analyst with the government. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Virginia, majoring in government service and history, McCune applied for jobs...

Romney says 47 percent of Americans—those who back President Obama are victims who are “dependent upon government” and “pay no inc...

by Mother Jones September 18, 2012

On Monday and Tuesday Mother Jones published exclusive video that captured Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder. Responding to a question about the "Palestinian problem," Romney said peace in the Middle East is not possi...

Fed ties new aid to jobs recovery in forceful move

by Binyamin Appelbaum New York Times September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve opened a new chapter Thursday in its efforts to stimulate the economy, saying that it intends to buy large quantities of mortgage bonds, and potentially other assets, until the job market improves substantially....

Income gap between the wealthiest 20 percent of American households and the rest of the country grew sharply in 2011, Census Bureau reports

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times September 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — The income gap between the wealthiest 20 percent of American households and the rest of the country grew sharply in 2011, the Census Bureau reported, as an overwhelming majority of Americans saw no gains from a weak economic recovery in its second full year....

Obama, Romney answer faith leaders’ call to address poverty in election (video)

by Sandi Villarreal Villarreal Sojourners September 12, 2012

Christian leaders asked, and the presidential nominees answered. The poverty rate in America is still at a staggering 15 percent and 46.2 million Americans remain in poverty — what is your plan to address the problem? - ...

Outlook grim for middle income workers, report says

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post September 11, 2012

Middle-income workers have endured a “lost decade” of stagnant wages and are teetering on the brink of another, the consequence of both the recent recession and a long series of policy choices that have eroded their leverage in the job market, according to a report....

New Initiatives in Development Education

by Paula Hirschoff September 7, 2012

Most Americans support U.S. involvement overseas for humanitarian, environmental and other social causes, according to public opinion polls. Many support or work on refugee resettlement, peacemaking, and cultural exchange program through churches, civic groups, and universities. Yet they are not org...

Jobs grow by 96,000 in August; 13,500,000 still unemployed

by Nelson D Schwartz New York Times September 7, 2012

The nation’s employers eased up on hiring in August, making it clear that the economy was stuck in low gear.The pace of job creation, disclosed in government figures released on Friday, fell far short of the stronger showing at the start of the year. It presents a fresh challenge to President Obam...

Poverty Causes Mental Illness and Behavioral Problems, North Carolina Study Shows

by September 7, 2012

(November 27, 2003) An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in October indicates that poverty causes mental illness and behavioral problems in children with removal from poverty improving their mental health. Since 1993, Jane Costello of the Duke University ...

Ten percent of American households were not able to provide their children with “adequate, nutritious” food at times during 2011, according to a new USDA Economic Research Service report. This translates into more than 16.6 million children — or 22 percent of all American kids — who lived in households that could not adequately feed them.  Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Ten percent of U.S. households couldn’t adequately feed kids in 2011

by Tim Carman Washington Post September 5, 2012

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  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
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