Posts Tagged ‘Unemployment’

Brunch Links

July 17, 2009

Cap Times: WI unemployment up to 9.2%

Paul Soglin: What right-wing think tanks don’t tell you about the garbage tax.

Bryon Eagon: “I am frustrated with the process of these non-renewals, even as the Alder, I was not included in any discussions with city staff or police about serious actions proposed in my district and I would appreciate future inclusion in future discussions.”

Critical Badger: UW to crack down on ticket scalpers. Don’t they have something better to do?

La Crosse Tribune: Assembly Democrats renege on fundraising pledge. Reschedule canceled fundraiser.

State Journal: Monona City Council: Then again, maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to have chickens.

Cap Times: Consultants from Illinois are robbing UW blind.

A must read for every college student

July 5, 2009

For some of us, this New York Times article hits VERY close to home.

School’s out for summer 2009, and instead of getting a jump on the boundless futures that parents and colleges always promised them, students this year are receiving a reality check.

The well-paying summer jobs that in previous years seemed like a birthright have grown scarce, and pre-professional internships are disappearing as companies cut back across the board. Recession-strapped parents don’t always have the means or will to bankroll starter apartments or art tours of Tuscany.

Numbers provide the backdrop to the story — not just the grimly familiar national unemployment rate, 9.5 percent in June, but the even scarier, less publicized unemployment figure for 16- to 19-year-olds, which has hit 24 percent, up from 16.1 percent two years ago.

Next article: Unemployed college students turn to blogging.

The best father’s day present

June 18, 2009

Mike Ivey:

“Forget the gas grill or the Bermuda shorts. What a lot of dads could use for Father’s Day this year is a job.
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed men in the United States aged 20 and older has doubled in the last year, increasing from 3.7 million in May 2008 to 7.5 million last month.”