US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low - page 16

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The Labor Department says employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000... Read More

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    MOST agree that would just increase prices for everyone. MOST agree that it is an entry level wage and not designed to support of family of 6. Most agree that if you find yourself making minimum wage it is up to you to advance yourself and get a better paying job. MOST agree that raising the minimum wage benefits unions the most.

    Quote from aknottedyarn
    Agreed. If the minimum wage were increased most agree that it would trigger more buying power and therefore strengthen the economy. Obviously with the do nothing Congress this is unlikely so growth will be slow. Since the 1% want to hoard all their money off shore rather than use it for growth of their industries in this country we all suffer.

    Creation of jobs needs to be high priority.

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    I am all in favor of unions being successful because as they represent workers the workers have it better. Not sure how one is expected to advance if we continue to have jobs going overseas and have priced higher ed and student loans out of the possibilities for advancement. We encourage employers like Wal-Mart to fail to pay living wages and reward them for this. Congress, by the indifference to job creation, had abdicated their responsibilities.
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    Great union leaders of our time. Or better yet typical union leaders of our time.

    Union president chows down and snoozes on the job - NYPOST.com


    Quote from aknottedyarn
    I am all in favor of unions being successful because as they represent workers the workers have it better. Not sure how one is expected to advance if we continue to have jobs going overseas and have priced higher ed and student loans out of the possibilities for advancement. We encourage employers like Wal-Mart to fail to pay living wages and reward them for this. Congress, by the indifference to job creation, had abdicated their responsibilities.
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    Gosh...have you seen what our high paid legislators are doing while on the clock??
    I would be fired if I worked so little and to so little positive effect...those freeloaders are the responsibility of ALL OF US and they are costing this country dearly both financially and in the political division born of their inability to negotiate in good faith.
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    Unions know how to negotiate. Perhaps that is a job for out of work union organizers and leaders: They can instruct Congress in negotiation.
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    Congress doesn't have to negotiate...they get elected to do nothing...especially if their doing nothing is related to relentless animus toward the current POTUS. Those constituents buying into the relentless animus will re-elect them until BO is gone.

    By that time, this political obstructionism will be practiced and ingrained. Having established this behavior as now normal and acceptable, I expect NOTHING but trouble from our legislators.
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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    MOST agree that would just increase prices for everyone.
    Companies like Walmart, who pay below the poverty line even in non-entry level jobs, could actually afford to double their wages without having to increase prices for their products. There can be a temporary cause-push inflation associated with raising minimum wages, but overall it costs people less. A recent study found that a single wal-mart store cost the public $900,000 a year because Walmart wasn't providing their employees with the minimum amount required to live. So because Walmart pays even promoted, long term staff below the poverty level and puts the extra cash in their own pockets, we (taxpayers) end up having to give their employees the money that Walmart didn't, so we might as well just be putting our tax dollars right into the Walton family bank accounts.

    Most don't agree that minimum wage should remain stagnant, depending on the poll, about 2/3 to 3/4 support raising the minimum wage.

    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    MOST agree that it is an entry level wage and not designed to support of family of 6.
    Agreed, that's the point. About 2% of workers are "entry level" yet 22% of jobs pay entry level wages. A manager at Walmart still makes below poverty level and can't support a family without aid.
    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    Most agree that if you find yourself making minimum wage it is up to you to advance yourself and get a better paying job.
    These people do advance themselves, and still make below poverty level. The makeup of jobs in our economy is fairly set. We can't just say everyone in the service sectors should just get other jobs that don't exist, most jobs are dependent on other aspects of the economy, you can't do away with one sector and expect others to boom, in reality that would actually kill jobs in other sectors.
    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    MOST agree that raising the minimum wage benefits unions the most.
    Most union member are already above minimum wage, so no, that would be unlikely to have much effect on unions.
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    Most is not much if you have a very narrow perspective and data base...just sayin


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