The Solman Scale of under— and unemployed rose from 18.09 percent to 18.29 percent. That means 29,286,000 Americans say they want a full-time job, but don’t have one.


Oh, for God’s sake. 

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It’s hard enough to be unemployed — but there’s a growing problem with companies that refuse to hire people who don’t already have a job. With unemployment at 9%, this kind of discrimination affects a huge number of people. And it hits Black communities particularly hard — more than 15% of African Americans are unemployed.[1]

60,000 people signed a petition asking job listing websites like to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed.[2] But not only did refuse to ban these ads — they actually threatened legal action against the creators of the petition3 Other job listing websites have been completely silent. It’s outrageous. needs to hear our voices now. Please join me in calling on and other job listing websites to stop publishing ads which discriminate against the unemployed. It takes just a moment:

At a time when more than 9% of Americans are out of work, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, no one should have to have a job in order to get a job. This type of discrimination hurts everyone who’s looking for work. But Black people are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as White folks. And Latinos are also unemployed at a higher rate than Whites.[4]Whether it’s intended or not, discrimination against the unemployed is discrimination against Black and Latino Americans.

Democrats in the House and Senate are crafting legislation that would make this kind of discrimination illegal. But right now, without any law to prevent discrimination against the unemployed, job listing websites could do more than anyone else to stop this practice. These companies are supposed to be in the business of helping people find jobs. But by continuing to publish help wanted ads that say “you must be currently employed to apply,” they’re enabling a practice which makes it even harder to recover for the people who are struggling the hardest in this economy. has said that they’re against discrimination against the unemployed[5] — but they’re refusing to stop publishing these ads, saying that they’ll leave it up to individual companies to decide what to do.[6] wants to have it both ways — they think they can pay lip service to opposing this practice, while continuing to make money off of the companies that engage in it. It’s selfish and irresponsible.

We can help by joining the more than 60,000 people who have already called for and other job listing sites to stop discrimination against the unemployed. If enough of us speak out, we can create negative media attention that will make easier for to do the right thing than to continue profiting from job listings that discriminate.

Please join me in demanding that and other job listing companies stop publishing ads that discriminate against the unemployed:


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Monday’s 600-point fall was the sixth largest one-day drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s history. To keep these numbers in perspective, TNR presents a handy guide to the worst stock market crashes of the last century (or so).

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“If lower taxes and less regulation was such good policy, then George W. Bush’s economy would have been a lot better. But under Bush, Republicans cut taxes on business and on investors and high-income people and they didn’t add many regulations and that business cycle was the first one in the post-war period where the income for a typical working class family was lower at the end than at the beginning.”

— Larry Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, quoted by Ezra Klein (via ryking)

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