Several conservatives chided me for not recognizing that the increase in the number of people who say they're part-time for economic reasons is clearly due to the influence of the Affordable Care Act and its employer mandates. I think this aspect of the law is misguided and ought to be changed, but as you can see above the rise in part-time work happened well before the law was passed. It was part and parcel of the general economic decline that began in early 2008 and continued until the spring of 2009.
And my point is that this kind of thing is a sure sign of a demand shortfall. The part-time for economic reasons worker isn't unemployable. In fact, he's employed. And he says he's eager to work more hours at the same wage. But his employer doesn't have enough customers for that to make sense.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.