Obama’s Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring

January 8, 2017

The figures reflect the job market’s vast improvement from the deep layoffs and surging unemployment rate that prevailed when Obama took office in January 2009. Last month, the jobless rate was just 4.7 percent, up from a nine-year low of […]

How Barack Obama Changed the Rules of the Workplace

January 8, 2017

In early 2014, as his domestic agenda languished with a Republican Congress, President Barack Obama undertook what White House staffers called the “pen-and-phone” strategy. Unable to overcome GOP opposition on Capitol Hill, the […]

EPI: The Obama Legacy: Creating More, Better Jobs

December 26, 2016

Despite the president-elect’s claim that there are “no jobs,” the labor market has improved at a remarkably steady rate as the country worked its way out of the deep recession. During the past six years, there has been job growth each and every month, and a 5 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate. […]

Obama May Jump Into Fray as Democrats Counter Trump

November 20, 2016

President Obama is rethinking his plans to withdraw from the political arena after he leaves office next year, hinting to friends and supporters that he wants to add his voice to the shellshocked Democratic activists and elected officials who […]

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