Richard has another really good piece in the Chicago Tribune today. This one is about the significant increase in part-time workers in Illinois. The link is http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-involuntary-parttime-0808-biz-20140808-story.html.
It’s hard to argue that the economy has rebounded fully when so many willing, able workers want to find full-time work, but can’t. Those of us who are fortunate to have full-time work can’t fully appreciate the angst of not knowing what might be in your next paycheck.
How do we help these people realize the American Dream? The only emploment-related proposal being addressed is raising the minimum wage, but that’s no panacea. A raise in the minimum wage isn’t going to help these people — it will just cause their employers, who are trying to hold on themselves, to be even more grudging in allocating hours to the people at the bottom of the economic ladder.