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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:57 AM

the jobs report and why the recovery has stalled robert reich


We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington arenít doing squat about it.

In fact, apart from the Fed Ė which continues to hold interest rates down in the quixotic hope that banks will begin lending again to average people Ė the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class, and cutting spending.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that American employers added only 157,000 jobs in January. Thatís fewer than they added in December (196,000 jobs, as revised by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The overall unemployment rate remains stuck at 7.9 percent, just about where itís been since September.

The share of people of working age either who are working or looking for jobs also remains dismal Ė close to a 30-year low. (Yes, older boomers are retiring, but the major cause for this near-record low is simply the lack of jobs.)

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