United States

23 states raising minimum wage or weighing increases

by Emma Beck USA Today January 28, 2013

Nearly half the states have increased their minimum wage this year or are considering plans to hike it as the economy transitions from recession to a stronger recovery....

Proposal to raise tip wages resisted

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times January 26, 2013

Nearly 50 years ago, federal law created a lower minimum wage for workers who receive tips. Congress decreed that it could not be less than 50 percent of the federal minimum wage....

Share of the work force in a union falls to a 97-Year low, 11.3%

by Stephen Greenhouse New York Times January 23, 2013

The long decline in the number of American workers belonging to labor unions accelerated sharply last year, according to data reported on Wednesday, sending the unionization rate to its lowest level in close to a century....

The ranks of the so-called working poor have grown even as the nation is showing signs of shaking off the worst effects of the recession.  Photo: Michael S Williamson/Washington Post

Ranks of working poor increasing

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post January 16, 2013

Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report....

A time to fight: Faced with the foreclosure of her home, Detroit resident LaKeisha Tuggle devised creative solutions to weather economic hardship.  Photo: New York Times

Hanging on: Life in the red

by Benedict Carey New York Times January 14, 2013

DETROIT — The belt-tightening was the easy part. Cancel the cable. Skip the air conditioners. Ration the cellphone, unplug the wireless Internet, cook rice and beans — done, and done....

Younger Americans die earlier, and are less healthy than counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car acci...

by Sabrena Tavernise New York Times January 9, 2013

Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States....

‘Great Society’ agenda led to great—and lasting—philosophical divide

by Karen Tumulty Washington Post January 8, 2013

The ambitious “Great Society” agenda begun half a century ago continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life. But the deep philosophical divide it created has come to define the nation’s harsh politics, especially in the Obama era....

US continues to add jobs at a slow pace, report shows

by Catherine Rampell New York Times January 4, 2013

Despite concerns about looming tax increases and government spending cuts, American employers added 155,000 jobs in December. Employees also enjoyed slightly faster wage growth and worked longer hours, which could bode well for future hiring....

Angelica Gonzales graduated at the top of her high school class and headed off to one of the nation’s top universities. Four years later she is back home, without a degree.  Photo: NYT

For poor, leap to college often ends in a hard fall

by Jason DeParle New York Times December 22, 2012

GALVESTON, Tex. — Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor — black boots, chains and cargo pants — but undermined her pose of alienation with a place on the honor roll. She nicknamed herself after a metal band and vowed to become the first in her family to earn a college deg...

The “undeserving” poor: The American welfare system has grown, but so have the ranks of the poor, and as the US tries to focus help on tho...

by Kristina Cooke, David Rohde and Ryan McNeill Reuters December 20, 2012

The American welfare state has grown, but so have the ranks of the poor. As the U.S. tries to focus help on those deemed most worthy, millions of adults are getting squeezed....

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