During a period of inflation, people are motivated to join the gig economy for extra income to cover rising expenses. Inflation simultaneously engenders and exacerbates fiscal obstacles for gig workers.
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D.C. raised its minimum wage to $16.10 on July 1, making it higher than any state in the country.
D.C. workers applying for unemployment insurance still report long wait times and late pay, as DOES slowly modernizes their application system.
Reggie Jones reflects on the state of the world.
Even as STAY D.C. applications are closed and the city has lifted its utility moratorium, residents still have access to myriad resources to help pay for their utilities this winter.
Employers nationwide in service and low-skilled industries have struggled to find willing workers for many reasons, including remaining fear of COVID-19. Job seekers have struggled to keep up with skill requirements and balance family care needs. Local D.C. programs are working hard to bridge the gap between the two by placing applicants into reliable jobs.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson famously declared war on poverty. Up until this point, the U.S. had no official measure of poverty and therefore no statistics on its scope, shape or changing nature. Author and professor Mark Robert Rank discusses his book Confronting Poverty and how the approach that the government came up with in the 1960s is still its official measure of poverty, used to determine eligibility for hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid.
Vendor Jeffrey McNeil offers commentary on the United States’ economic priorities.
Reporting on findings that indicate minorities are being affected the most by the economic recession.
Douglas E. Schoen shares his opinions on how the federal government could unify for the betterment of the economy.
Opinion reporting on the increased difficulties faced by those experiencing homelessness as they try to secure employment and re-entry.
Opinion reporting on the spending priorities of the U.S. Government.
A Street Sense interview with Economist Dean Baker on the economy – what went wrong and how to fix it.
Laura Thompson Osuri shares about her experience at the North American Street Newspaper Association conference.
Reporting on responses from various interest groups as well as those experiencing homelessness on how the District should spend its federal stimulus.
Reporting on the “landmark” $1.5 billion earmarked for homelessness prevention in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Maurice King offers thoughts on tempering expectations and hoping for the best as the Obama Administration begins.
Artist/Vendor Jeffery McNeil offers some advice on how to cope through the recession.
Reporting on the 2009 point-in-time enumeration sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which is intended to provide an annual snapshot of the homeless population in Washington and its suburbs.
In-depth reporting on requests to President Obama to take action to stop the increase in homelessness across the United States,