Posts tagged 'economy'

The economy again takes center stage

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 | Tags: economy

The national economy took center stage again this week with the president's State of the Union address, and reporter Michael Lawson uses Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage to file a story on the increase in the number of working families who are still considered "working poor," according to government income thresholds. We also revisit our colleagues, Donald Barlett and James Steele, who have been writing about the economy — and, specifically, the intersection of Washington and Wall Street policies that have contributed to the nation's current plight. The two talk about their journalistic practices ...

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Book excerpts, series continue

Posted: Aug. 17, 2012 | Tags: economy

"The Betrayal of the American Dream" is the subtitle of our long-running project on how Washington and Wall Street have hurt working Americans. It is also the title of a new book by journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele. Our fourth and last excerpt from the book runs Sunday, Aug. 19, on the Workshop's site as well as The Philadelphia Inquirer's site and in its print edition. The Inquirer is the home of the original "What Went Wrong" series on the economy, which Barlett and Steele wrote 20 years ago.

Today we also begin an occasional series spotlighting ...

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District pays a lot per broadband bit

Posted: Oct. 6, 2010 | Tags: broadband, Connected, economy, net neutrality

Washingtonians get less bang for their broadband buck than every state in the nation except Alaska, according to a survey released Tuesday.

District subscribers don’t pay much per month ($43.72, fifth when compared to the 50 states) but when you add connection speeds to the equation, it’s a different story.

The median monthly cost for broadband in the District was $11.93 per megabit per second (Mbs), according to Ookla, the Seattle-based technology company that conducted the survey. That’s nearly double the national median cost of $6.13 Mbps.

Megabits per second is a measure of ...

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Workshop's wind stories kicking up political dust

Posted: Sept. 27, 2010 | Tags: economy, stimulus, west virginia, wind energy

The race for West Virginia's Third Congressional District is heating up, and my Blown Away stories have suddenly resurfaced in the latest round of back-and-forth between the campaigns.

Politico reported today that Republican nominee Spike Maynard has released a new political ad targeting the long-time incumbent, Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall on the issue of stimulus money for renewable energy creating jobs in China. The ad, which you can see below, claims that, "as part of the Obama-Pelosi team, Rahall voted for billions in tax breaks for foreign companies creating Chinese jobs. Rahall's vote helped foreign companies create jobs ...

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Economy still has long way to go

Posted: May 7, 2010 | Tags: Bureau of Labor Statistics, economy, unemployment

The April unemployment numbers came out today, and the headline news is that unemployment crept up from 9.7% to 9.9% - despite the creation of 290,000 new jobs.

As always, though, my interest lies in another piece of the data set released monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I like the A-15 and A-16 tables, which track people not in the labor force. And no, that's not the same as people who are unemployed. To count as unemployed, someone must have actively sought work in the last four weeks. If you give up looking, you're ...

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