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  • A Lull in the Iranian Crisis?
  • Teachers and School Integration—Both Matter: A Response to Slate’s Matthew Yglesias
    A response to Slate’s Matthew Yglesias
  • Graph: America Has a Part-time Employment Problem
    All things considered, 2012 was a decent year for employment growth. Despite a global economic slowdown and weak demand at home, the unemployment rate dropped 0.7 points to 7.8 percent in December, following thirty-four consecutive months of steady, albeit slow, private sector job creation. The long-term unemployment rate fell, too: Last month, the percentage of people out of work more than six months fell below 40 percent of all job-seekers for the first time in more than three years. Yet even as the quantity of jobs has increased, their quality has declined. Many of the newly reemployed have had no choice but to accept part-time jobs with lower wages and fewer benefits.
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