• Need a Job? The Sewing Industry Is Making a Comeback
    We've all heard about manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas, but consumers are demanding more American made textile products. The problem is manufacturers have too much work and not enough sewers.
  • Millennials Reach Median Wages Later in Life

    Gen Yers are getting a slower start on their careers, thanks to a soft economy and a changing professional landscape. A recent report finds that these delays have far-reaching impacts for younger workers, who may hit the sweet spot in their careers later than previous generations.

  • Will the Japanese Sex Crisis Bring the World Economy to Its Knees?
    If you thought the debt ceiling crisis was bad, brace yourself. Japanese 20-somethings aren't into sex! The economic implications could be dire far beyond the East Asian island. If that sounds utterly ridiculous, well, you might be right.
  • September Jobs Report Finally Released: News Mixed

    The Department of Labor released the September jobs report yesterday, and the bottom line is that while unemployment is down (7.2 percent, as opposed to 7.3 in August), hiring appears to have slowed. The economy added 148,000 jobs last month, down from 193,000 for August.

  • World Series Will Bring Economic Boost to Boston and St. Louis
    Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals fans will be on edge this week as their teams compete for a championship. But in one way, both cities will come out winners.
  • 'Hire' Education: What Makes You the Best Hire?
    Nowadays, simply having a degree doesn't guarantee a candidate an interview, so job seekers need to know what will make them stand out in the crowd. We'll take a look at the infographic beneath the cut to see how job-specific training makes you the best hire.
  • Small Costs Make Big Differences in College Applications
    Small reductions in the cost of applying to college results in low-income students applying to, and sometimes attending, more selective schools.
  • Poor Students are Encouraged to Aim Higher
    The College Board, the group that administers the SATs, is reaching out to high-scoring, low-income students, to convince them to aim higher and apply to elite colleges and universities.
  • Smart People Plan Summer Vacation as Winter Encroaches
    Don't rely on credit cards to fund your vacations. Start thinking about next summer today, and you can save yourself a lot of money in years to come.
  • Has Inflation Shrunk the Minimum Wage?
    Economists argue over whether inflation has shrunk the minimum wage, and they never seem to resolve the issue. Here we have the argument over money and inflation simplified.
  • Buying Power of Incomes Is Dropping

    Were you one of those lucky few who were able to hold onto your job during the Great Recession, but still feel the pinch when it comes time to pay bills or buy groceries? Well, you are not alone.

  • 5 Ways a Government Shutdown Could Affect You

    It seems probable that the government will shut down at 12:01 tomorrow morning. The question for most of us is, how will this impact our lives?

  • How Much Will Your Insurance Cost Under Obamacare?

    There's a lot in the news lately about health care reform, but it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of real information about what Obamacare will mean for the consumer. The bottom line for folks who will be participating in the health insurance marketplaces is: how much is this going to cost me, and what do I get for what I pay?

  • How Not Increasing the Debt Ceiling Could Ruin Your Life
    Politicians in Washington are currently negotiating a continuing resolution to fund the government. It's a big deal, but it's almost small compared to the next fiscal fight – the debt ceiling.
  • Where Did All the Jobs Go?
    One economic theory says that raising the minimum wage causes employers to hire fewer workers.
  • The Myth of the Earned Income Tax Credit
    Conservative economists argue that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) negates the need for a minimum wage.
  • Why Won't New Jersey and Oregon Let You Pump Your Own Gas?
    For more than 60 years, New Jersey and Oregon have made it illegal to pump your own gas. Why?
  • Low Wages Do Not Cause Poverty

    It seems to make sense that low minimum wages are the cause of poverty, but that is not necessarily the case. Low wages may not cause poverty as much as not having a job at all.

  • Investment in Education Is Best for the Economy
    The best way to help the working class and create jobs is not to raise the minimum wage, but to invest government dollars in education.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts the Working Class
    In the great debate about raising the minimum wage, people seldom discuss how doing so could actually hurt the workers that it's intended to help.