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Where Are the Jobs?

“Indicators suggest a deterioration in overall labor market conditions in recent months,” said Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernake, August 9, 2011.

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Coal Outlook: Sunny with Scattered Clouds

You’ve got to hand it to the coal industry’s own revered Falstaff, better known from the Monongahela Valley to the Mongolia coalfields as Gerard McCloskey. He still puts on quite a show bearing his name even if it really isn’t just his show anymore. No matter. As MC of the annual IHS McCloskey Coal USA Conference, he juggled CEOs and market analysts on stage for two days to keep a packed audience focused on coal—in mid-town Manhattan. Try that sometime.

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Dear Class of 2011...

By Luke Popovich

June was the ritual month for annual commencement speeches at colleges across the land. Here’s one speech we didn’t hear but wish we had.

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America Needs a Competitive Energy Standard

Few issues have captured and held the attention of Congress and the administration as energy has, and yet an agreement on energy policy appears as distant today as it has been at any time in recent years.  That’s because the policies enjoying the latest political currency abandon the attributes most cherished by voters—energy security and affordability.  

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Green Jobs...Dry Water

News this month that the U.S. jobs market showed a pulse was hailed by the administration as proof the ailing economy was on the mend. But private analysts, pundits and the 13 million Americans still unemployed know better.  

There are five people still seeking work for every job available, and this counts only the jobless still looking, not those who have given up. Many obviously have, say labor economists. And the jobs that are available pay substantially less than those created in recent recoveries. So even after bottoming out, the jobs market is at best limping toward recovery.

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