The Hill’s Congress Blog: Proposed Rail Regulations Are Bad for Consumers, Workers and the Environment

Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face […]

If Skilled Workers Don’t Come, the U.S. Loses

As Washington continues to debate immigration, one aspect of our immigration laws that are sometimes overlooked is that of high-skilled immigrants seeking to work in the US. Immigrants with education and experience in the STEM fields can apply for an H-1B visa, of which there are 85,000 visas available on a yearly basis. These visas […]

Employment: A New Report and Old Problems

Nonfarm U.S. payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April but there remain 13.7 million unemployed.  The unemployment rate rose from 8.8% to 9.0%, because the labor force increased.  Employment now stands 1.4 million jobs higher than this time last year, but on a base of almost 140 million employees, that’s just one percent – over […]

Unemployment Rate Drops to 9% — or did it?

The unemployment rate fell four-tenths of one percent to 9.0% in January, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Employment Situation Report.  While the decline in unemployement should be good news for American workers and policymakers, the drop was not due a sharp increase in hiring.  In fact, only 36,000 jobs were created during the month, according […]