Painful Reality about Jobs

From the AFL-CIO

Despite the media’s touting of 312,000 new jobs last month, the painful reality is that working people are still being left behind in an economy rigged to enrich a handful of elites. Even as wages continue to stagnate, unemployment rises and retirement plans teeter, corporate executives are still happily pocketing fistfuls of money for themselves.

 

 

Here are a few key takeaways from the December jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The overall unemployment rate rose from 3.7% to 3.9%.
  • The unemployment rate among black workers jumped from 6% to 6.6% and rose among all workers without a college degree.
  • The total number of unemployed workers increased by 276,000 to 6.3 million.
  • Wage growth continued to fall below the minimum level needed for workers to begin reaping the benefits of economic growth.

 

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Union Matters

Raise the Wage!

From the AFL-CIO

It’s been a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased—the longest period in American history without an increase. In that time, the cost of living has increased and working families have struggled to make ends meet. The Raise the Wage Act would finally bring the federal minimum wage up to $15 an hour.

The House of Representatives is voting tomorrow on the Raise the Wage Act, and we need to make sure lawmakers know where workers stand. Will you show your support and ask your friends to call their representatives?

One in 9 workers in the U.S. is in poverty—even when working full time and year-round. Passing the Raise the Wage Act as it stands would empower working families in need and build an economy that works for everyone.

Share our #RaisetheWage message on social media right now.

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