It's hard to remember but the economic recovery began officially three years ago. While it's a positive that the most recent data show Minnesota adding jobs, those numbers mask at least one seriously troubling trend: The number of Minnesotans out of work for more than a year has skyrocketed during the "recovery."
According to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development:
While the overall unemployment picture in Minnesota is improving, near normal unemployment rates disguise a hidden trend of people who are underemployed in terms of hours and pay or who are working in jobs that aren't on par with the ones they lost during the recession.Moreover, the number of people who have been unable to find work for well over a year continues to swell.
Incumbent workers looking to upgrade, new entrants in the labor market and newly laid off workers might find the economy only a little slow, but many others face real and continuing challenges in their personal economic situations.
If you've been out of work for a year or more, it's hard to make your way back into the labor force. Job growth here and in the country during the 'recovery' has been tepid.
Things are improving now. But what happens to that population of long-term unemployed -- a population that's leaped from fewer than 10,000 adult Minnesotans in 2007 to nearly 50,000 in 2012?
-- Paul Tosto
Posted at 10:55 AM on July 25, 2012
by Paul Tosto
Paraskevi Papachristou won't win any medals at the London Olympics. But she likely won herself a little historical fame anyway -- the first Olympic athlete to be expelled by her country over a tweet.
USA Today reports :
The Tweet that got Papachristou in trouble was posted July 22: "So many Africans in Greece at least West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food"Fifty-four people marked it as a "favorite" on Twitter.The Hellenic Olympic Committee didn't chuckle, saying her comments ran afoul of the "values and ideals of Olympism."
Papachristou was to compete in her first Games. The 23-year-old is from Athens.
The IOC has strict guidelines on what athletes can say in social media. This is the first case of an athlete being expelled from an Olympics for social media use.
She apologized on Twitter and Facebook, saying that her comment was a joke.
"I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.
Note: Media are reporting Papachristou's spelling and first name different ways. I went with the spelling from the Hellenic Olympic Committee that booted her.
-- Paul Tosto(1 Comments)
By funny, I mean "Ha, Ha" funny.
College athletics are very tense these days. But it's OK to laugh at a new video from Notre Dame athletics that is pleading with fans to stop recruiting players online.
Apparently, some Irish fans feel so much a part of the team that they also feel one with the university's compliance department.
The message, humorously delivered, is, "Knock it off!"
-- Paul Tosto(1 Comments)