• Sad summer in the city seen for U.S. job-hunting teens

    Job-hunting teenagers in cities across the United States face the third bleak summer in a row.

  • STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future

    A close look at American unemployment statistics reveals a contradiction: Even with unemployment at historically high levels, large numbers of jobs are going unfilled.

  • Five Graduate Degrees That Don't Pay Off

    A recent report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce found that a graduate degree can boost an individual's earning power by more than 40% in some fields -- but the true value can vary wildly from industry to industry.

  • Working Hypothesis: STEM Jobs Need Better Branding
  • Fiscal cliff: Another Shot at a Grand Bargain?

    Congress is addicted to short-term fixes. Whether it’s a yearlong budget or long-term deficit reduction, lawmakers have limped from one stopgap measure to another. But some politicians and budget experts are holding out hope that the looming threat of the fiscal cliff will give them another shot at passing long-term reform: They hope the January 1 deadline will not only force Congress’s hand on the Bush tax cuts and the sequester, but also pave the way for a sweeping overhaul of both taxes and entitlements.

  • More than 7 in 10 US teens jobless in summer

    Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August.

  • Levin: Mitt Romney's stance on GM, Chrysler rescue would've cost Michigan 1 million jobs

    President Barack Obama's campaign for re-election kicked off a Michigan Road to Recovery tour Monday with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin telling reporters on a conference call that the administration's economic policies saved a million jobs in Michigan that would have been lost if Mitt Romney was in the Oval Office.

  • Our Divided Political Heart (video)

    E.J. Dionne talked about his new book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

  • Government is the solution

    Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things. One of those valuable things is that government creates jobs — yes, really — and also the conditions under which more jobs can be created.

  • What happens after the health law ruling?

    Since President Obama's health care law passed in 2010, the federal government, states, insurers, doctors and hospitals have been building a complex scaffolding to extend insurance to 30 million more Americans. The question is: Will the structure be completed, or dismantled?