Jobless Rate Declines from 8.3% to 8.1%, 96,000 Jobs Added in August

 

09/07/2012; Tula Connell

The unemployment rate declined from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, with 96,000 jobs added last month, according to data out this morning from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The improvement in the unemployment rate was due to workers dropping out of the labor force, not to an increase in employed workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

Jobless rates for adult men stood at 7.6 percent; adult women, 7.3 percent; teenagers, 24.6 percent; white workers, 7.2 percent; African American workers, 14.1 percent; and Hispanics, 10.2 percent—all of these showed little or no change in August. Continue reading “Jobless Rate Declines from 8.3% to 8.1%, 96,000 Jobs Added in August”

Richard Trumka: ‘We Love Our Country….We Built It’

09/05/2012; Jackie Tortora

America needs good jobs and shared prosperity, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told delegates at the Democratic National Convention tonight. It’s abundantly clear the Romney-Ryan ticket is only offering prosperity for the rich and an economic nightmare for everyone else, whether it’s cutting Medicare and Social Security, giving the rich more tax breaks or outsourcing America’s jobs. “Prosperity requires democracy—starting with the essential right of everyone in this great country to a voice, both in the ballot box and in the workplace.”  Continue reading “Richard Trumka: ‘We Love Our Country….We Built It’”

2012 Democratic National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by The Honorable Richard Trumka, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

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2012 Democratic National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by The Honorable Richard Trumka, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

CHARLOTTE, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a copy of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by The Honorable Richard Trumka, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5, 2012:

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Good evening, brothers and sisters. I’m Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. I’m a third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania. I’m here on behalf of millions of people who do the work of America.

Last week, Mitt Romney told us that he and his friends built America—without any help from the rest of us. Well, let me tell you, Mitt Romney doesn’t know a thing about hard work or responsibility. We are the ones who built America. We are the ones who build it every single day—because it is our work that connects us all. Continue reading “2012 Democratic National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by The Honorable Richard Trumka, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)”

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

By , Published: September 5

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