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Incomes rose 6.8% in the U.S. last year—but a closer look shows there may not be much to cheer about

Incomes rose 6.8% in the U.S. last year—but a closer look shows there may not be much to cheer about

Keep Me Logged InThe real median household income was $68,700 in 2019, up 6.8% from the year prior, according to . But a deeper dive into the data reveals the growth may not be as robust on second glance, and many Americans have barely broken even from the setbacks suffered during the last recession. This is because the official income estimate likely overestimates the gains. According to the Census Bureau, the survey encountered a significant falloff on response rates in March and April as the coronavirus pandemic impacted millions of Americans and the U.S. economy as a whole. The lower...

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Millennial moms nearly three times more likely than dads to forgo work because lack of child care or school

Millennial moms nearly three times more likely than dads to forgo work because lack of child care or school

Keep Me Logged InAbout one in three millennial mothers who were unemployed in July reported that it was because they were unable to access child care or needed to care for children who were not in school. Yet only 11% of millennial fathers cite a lack of school and child care as the reason they are currently out of work. That divide is highlighted in a fellows Rasheed Malik and Taryn Morrissey published Wednesday based on data collected in the U.S. Census Bureau's from April through mid-July. "The coronavirus pandemic is stretching millennial parents to the breaking point and may set...

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Aug 12
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House Democrats call for an investigation into Trump's use of force against protestors in Portland

House Democrats call for an investigation into Trump's use of force against protestors in Portland

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsHouse Democrats on Sunday called for an immediate investigation into reports that federal law enforcement agents have unlawfully arrested protestors in Portland, Oregon in recent days. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney  condemning the recent law enforcement actions authorized by the Trump administration in Portland and last month in Washington D.C. and called for the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice and Department of...

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17.6 million unemployed Americans probably won't return to their pre-pandemic jobs

17.6 million unemployed Americans probably won't return to their pre-pandemic jobs

Keep Me Logged InJust over 1 in 10 Americans who are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic don't have a good chance of getting called back to their old jobs,, a left-leaning think tank. About 11.9 million Americans who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic, or about 7.2% of the workforce, have no hope of returning to their old jobs, while 5.7 million workers, or 3.5% of people, expect to get called back to work but probably won't, writes , senior economist and director of policy at EPI. That puts the share of the workforce currently out of work with no reasonable chance of...

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