The U.S. unemployment crisis is urgent, but there's no quick fix for what's wrong with it.
By Becky Quick, contributor
FORTUNE -- Now that President Obama has unveiled his jobs bill, the critics are busy picking apart the details. But it's the details that aren't included in the plan that have those in the know most concerned. If passed by Congress (and that's a big if), the plan may offer some short-term MOREOct 4, 2011 5:00 AM ET
It's been a tough slog coming out of the Great Recession. As for a double dip, consider this: We've had only three in 160 years. Here's a look at how this recovery compares with recessions past.
By Nicolas Rapp and Katie Benner
Reporter associate: Doris Burke
Note: Recovery of GDP growth rates is based on real GDP adjusted for inflation. Employment is seasonally adjusted.
Sources: Bureau of Economic Research; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Bureau MOREAug 18, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Add stagnant wages to a list of woes hitting American families struggling for a life that was better than their parents had.
FORTUNE -- A key tenet of the American Dream is that each generation will do better than the last. That principle was severely shaken by the Great Recession. Most of the blame rested on the housing crisis, which forced families out of homes they couldn't afford. Now a new MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Jul 26, 2011 12:26 PM ET
Heeding the call that outsourcing is not always the best bet, big companies are taking notice and re-shoring operations.
By Elizabeth G. Olson, contributor
FORTUNE -- Retired machine tools salesman and executive Harry Moser grew up in Elizabeth N.J., home of the sprawling Singer sewing machine factory. His father and grandfather spent their careers at Singer, the former in management and the latter as a foreman on the factory floor.
"In my day, MOREJul 22, 2011 5:00 AM ET
In normal times, the default setting for the U.S. economy is 'expand.' But these aren't normal times.
By John Cassidy, contributor
FORTUNE -- Last year I dropped by a birthday party for Nouriel Roubini (a.k.a. "Dr. Doom"), the New York University economist who shot to fame after predicting, in 2006, a housing and credit bust. Somebody brought out a cake. On top of it was a big frosted "W," representing the double-dip MOREJun 8, 2011 5:00 AM ET
New research reveals just how tough the job market is on America's youngest workers, and they may have their grandparents to blame.
When the U.S. government releases its monthly jobs report later this week, an important figure to note is not the unemployment rate but rather employment. After all, the percentage of America's workforce without jobs, currently at 8.9%, isn't going to tell us much that we don't already know about MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Mar 29, 2011 2:52 PM ET
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