Paying workers more could lift nearly 1 million out of poverty, but low-skilled workers need more than that to thrive in today's job market.
By Isabel Sawhill
FORTUNE -- Over the years, economists have produced countless studies either supporting or disputing the wisdom of raising the minimum wage. And last week's report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office added to the growing body of research: An increase from $7.25 to $10.10 MOREFeb 25, 2014 10:23 AM ET
As employers stop considering the long-term unemployed, those still in the game have gained salary negotiating power.Christopher Matthews - Feb 14, 2014 9:38 AM ET
The labor market is weak. Period.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Feb 7, 2014 1:29 PM ET
Friday's report on January's state of the labor market is beyond mixed. It's of declining relevance.
By Mohamed A. El-Erian
FORTUNE -- I normally go on TV on employment Friday just after the monthly data release. I did not do so today; and it turned out to be a good thing as this morning's report was particularly complex in terms of content and implications. No wonder the initial interpretations and market MOREFeb 7, 2014 1:19 PM ET
January's jobs number should have the Fed rethinking Bernanke's taper promise. Is it time for the real Janet Yellen to step up?Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Feb 7, 2014 11:14 AM ET
Aren't there better things we can talk about other than the weather? Let's talk about it.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Feb 6, 2014 2:07 PM ET
America's jobless tend to blame themselves rather than "the system," leading them to stop looking.
By Ofer Sharone
FORTUNE – As the release of January's jobs report will likely remind us on Friday, unemployment is a double whammy for white-collar American workers. In addition to experiencing financial stress, many unemployed workers end up fearing that something is deeply wrong with them.
I interviewed more than 170 white-collar job seekers in the U.S. and MOREFeb 4, 2014 10:35 AM ET
More than four years after the Great Recession, the economy is healing. And it could only get better.
By Marc Benioff
FORTUNE -- If I had written a title for President Obama's State of the Union address this week, it would be called "America Rising." When he leaves office in 2017, the U.S. will have experienced a period of critical economic recovery. By the end of 2016, Fannie Mae estimates the MOREJan 31, 2014 3:07 PM ET
Instead of just looking at inflation, the Fed should consider the gap between income and inflation. And the gap is wide.
By Sheila Bair and Preston Cooper
FORTUNE -- When the Fed meets to decide its monetary policy on Wednesday, Jan. 29, we believe it should continue tapering its bond buying program and let interest rates rise. Why? Low interest rates and low inflation are having a negative impact on the MOREJan 29, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The U.S. workforce is shrinking, but that's not because Americans in their prime working years are dropping out.
FORTUNE -- Where have all the workers gone?
The U.S. labor force has dropped by six million. Workers began to disappear during the Great Recession, but it has continued even after the economy has improved. So what's going on?
One answer is demographics. Back in 2006, a paper from a number of Fed economists, predicted MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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