‘The gig economy model that is often believed to be the new utopia of opportunity is not so enlightening.’ File photograph: Getty

At the end of January 2021 almost 500,000 workers here were on the pandemic unemployment payment. The roll out of vaccination programmes has shifted m(...)

Brad Ruoho, owner of  Legacy Toys,  in his Mall of America store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The US economy continues to bleed fresh jobs. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Another 1.5 million people applied for US state unemployment benefits last week, the US Labor Department said on Thursday, while 760,000 more filed n(...)

The inflation-adjusted wages of non-supervisory workers in retail – who weren’t particularly well paid to begin with – have fallen almost 30 per cent since 1973.

‘Tis the season to be jolly – or, at any rate, to spend a lot of time in shopping malls. It is also, traditionally, a time to reflect on the plight of(...)

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. “Far from becoming more aggressive, the Fed is talking about ‘tapering’ its efforts.” Photograph: Reuters

Last Friday’s employment report wasn’t bad. But, given how depressed our economy remains, we really should be adding more than 300,000 jobs a month, n(...)