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01/18/2016 - Food For Thought: 1/18/2016

U.S. Growth and Employment Data Tell Different Stories

– The New York Times

Traditional Indicators like Gross Domestic Product and the Stock Market would say the economy is faltering. However, the economy is doing well thanks to the service sector – led in large part by the restaurant industry – and the larger role hourly employers are playing in the overall economy.
How a Shorter American Work Day Is Hurting Income Inequality

– National Journal

Research shows the more education you have, the more hours you work each week. But Americans of all education levels are working less than in 2007, at the start of the Great Recession. The National Journal looks at how trends in hours worked mir­ror trends in income inequality raises questions about how this dynamic may be contributing to the growing distance between the so-called haves and the have-nots.

 

Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity

– Brookings

Brookings looks at the facts that contribute to America’s “race gap,” particularly when it comes to income inequality, and wonders what Martin Luther King, Jr. would think about today’s America had he lived to see his eighty-sixth birthday.

 

Age discrimination in the workplace starts as early as 35

– PBS

Older women workers now make up half of the long-term unemployed. PBS’ Newshour explores some of the reasons behind this trend, particularly among hourly employers.