Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

"VA is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness among Veterans. We will use every tool at our disposal – health care, education, jobs, safe housing – to ensure our Veterans are restored to lives with dignity, purpose and safety."
– Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs –

On Friday, the Texas Insider reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was "… allocating $39 million to fund about 2,200 new transitional housing beds through grants to local providers" as part of its efforts to end homelessness among Veterans within five years.   (more…)

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If you read, listen to or watch the news, it’s a good bet that you’re probably familiar with the phrase: "jobless recovery."

Since I’m not an economist or analyst, it’s difficult for me to completely understand the dynamics of how you can actually have an economic recovery if there isn’t any job creation taking place.

Yet, according to an Associated Press news article I read yesterday, later this week, the Government will be announcing that the recession if officially over. On the other hand, sometime next week, the Government will be releasing another set of data which is expected to point to an additional increase in unemployment.

Yes, you read that correctly: the recession is over, but the unemployment rate is going to rise.   (more…)

A few days ago I read a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) which examined the current unemployment situation in the U.S.

The report suggested that the current recession is the "… longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression."

Not exactly a comforting thought, is it?   (more…)

For the past couple of days, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been testifying before Congress.

Yesterday, he told the Senate Banking Committee that the unemployment rate could reach as high as 10.1 percent by the end of the year.   (more…)

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

On that day, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to ever set foot on the moon’s surface.

I recall watching the grainy footage of the event on our family’s black and white television. I also recall hearing those now infamous words spoken by Mr. Armstrong:

"That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

As an elementary school-aged boy who loved watching Star Trek, I have to tell you – I was pretty impressed by the whole thing. Actually, I still consider it pretty impressive.   (more…)