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  • Which Workers Approve of Raising the Minimum Wage?

    If the minimum wage kept place with inflation over the past 40 years, it would $10.74 an hour -- over $3 more than today's federal minimum wage of $7.25. President Obama advocates raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but some fast food workers and union activists are pushing even higher, for an even $15 an hour.

  • Downwardly Mobile in America: Fewer Americans Feel They're Middle Class

    One-third of Americans who identified as middle class in 2008 now say they're lower or lower-middle class, according to a Mother Jones analysis of recent Pew research. A national survey found that, post-recession, fewer Americans feel that they're middle class than ever before -- 44 percent, or just slightly more than the 40 percent who feel they're lower or lower-middle class.

  • Would You Give Back Half Your Paycheck, for Principle?

    Kshama Sawant is the only socialist member of Seattle's City Council, and she's putting her money where her mouth is. After accepting office earlier this month, she announced that she will only keep $40,000 of her $117,000 annual salary -- less than half, and about the salary of the average worker in Seattle.

  • Stop Complaining About Being Overworked, Unless You Live in One of These 5 Countries
    Americans may think they’re being overworked, but a new study shows that they’re just being a bunch of wimps compared to professionals in these five nations.
  • Women Are Dominating in the World of Hedge Funds (and It's Great for Everyone)
    A new study shows that fund management is proving to be gender-biased, and women are, literally, giving men a run for their money in this male-dominant industry.
  • What the State of the Union Means to You

    Last night, President Obama called for 2014 to be a "year of action," asking Congress work with him to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits, and make better educational opportunities available to all Americans. In the meantime, the president has acted alone, issuing executive orders, directing government bodies under his control, and creating teams of private and public citizens. But those tactics will only go so far, if Congress won't act.

  • Who Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage? The Answer May Surprise You
    Is raising the federal minimum wage rate beneficial to the economy or not? We'll take a look at who's for and against raising the wage and how level of education affects people's opinions.
  • New Worker Co-ops Lead to Economic Prosperity

    The newest incarnation of worker cooperatives are worker self-directed enterprises (WSDE). WSDEs combine aspects of capitalism and socialism, resulting in an improved version of a centuries-old idea. Not only do the workers decide together when and how much to produce, but they themselves choose, via a democratic process, how to use the enterprise's net revenue. Suddenly, government agencies dependent upon enterprise tax payments become dependent not upon the CEOs, but on the workers themselves.

  • Does Your State Want to Raise the Minimum Wage?

    PayScale's recent survey indicates which state populations are in favor of raising the minimum wage to a full $15 per hour. Do you live in a state that is fighting to raise the minimum wage?

  • 3 Businesses That Are Booming in Colorado, Thanks to Legalized Marijuana

    There's a new gold rush in Colorado, thanks to new laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. And just as the businesses that supplied the miners in the first gold rush often struck it rich, the businesses that support the marijuana industry are doing almost as well as the dispensaries themselves.

  • Which Gender and Income Level Are in Favor of a Higher Minimum Wage? [infographic]

    When it comes to the minimum wage debate, how you feel depends on who you are. PayScale crunched the numbers to find out how gender and income relate to people's opinions on whether or not the US should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

  • The Embarrassing State of Parental Leave in the US
    American working parents continue to get the short end of the stick when it comes to parental leave. We'll take a look at how this troubling reality has grave effects for parents and, especially, the US economy.
  • Ready to Quit? It's Probably Because of Your Boss
    The recession caused many people to lose their cushy corporate jobs, and forced the newly unemployed to take on whatever job came their way, because any job was better than no job. Right? As it turns out, not really. We’ll examine how neglectful bosses are the cause of millions of employees ditching their jobs for bigger and better career opportunities.
  • Top 5 States for Job Growth in 2014

    A weak December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics not withstanding, 2014 is poised to be the year for job growth in the United States, according to Moody's Analytics. Of course, even if the economy does generate the 2.6 million jobs predicted, those gains won't be felt equally in every state.

  • You Can Now Get Your Paycheck in Bitcoin -- But Should You?

    If you're a gambler, you're probably salivating over that headline. After all, a Bitcoin today worth $800 was valued at only $13 a year ago, and at least one venture capital firm has predicted that a single Bitcoin could someday be worth as much as million dollars. Why not ask for your paycheck in Bitcoin, and reap the (potential) rewards?

  • How One 15-Year-Old Girl Is Changing the Future for Women in Business
    A young lady by the name of Adora Svitak wants nothing more than to eradicate the gender inequalities that continue to impede women's progress. We’ll take a look at how this 15-year-old feminist is changing the landscape for women and young ladies in business around the globe.
  • 3 Reasons Why Working People Need a Welfare State
    What would happen if the welfare state in America was eliminated? That's the question that a Quora user recently asked. Many of the answers serve as reminders of the self-serving reasons why we should contribute to a social safety net.

  • These 5 Middle Class Jobs Are on the Decline

    The U.S. economy added over 2.1 million jobs in 2013, but many of those new jobs were in low-paying industries like administrative support and leisure and hospitality. With the growing gap between the richest and the poorest Americans, many fear that the middle class itself is dying out.

  • Forget About Wages, It's About Pay Ratios
    Anyone who has ever had a boss plead poverty as an excuse for not giving raises, or even paying living wages, needs to read this article. The United States of America has no regulations regarding the difference between lowest and highest paid employees and CEOs of companies. That means people who pay minimum wages with no benefits to workers are free to set six figure take-home salaries for themselves, and it happens all too often. The fight to reverse this growing gap is starting.
  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Added Only 74,000 Jobs in December

    Economists predicted an addition of more than 190,000 jobs for December 2013, which makes today's Employment Situation Report unexpected bad news. Total non-farm employment increased by just 74,000 jobs in December, bringing the yearly average per month up to 182,000 per month -- identical to 2012's numbers. Unemployment, meanwhile, dropped to 6.7 percent, a new five-year low. So what's going on?