Hank and John Green on the Decoupling of Productivity and Wages

Today, if you’ve got eight minutes, consider watching these two Vlogbrothers videos from Hank and John Green about the decoupling of productivity and wages.

The U.S. Spends More on Social Services Than Many Other Countries

Which country spends more money on social services: the United States, or Sweden? Turns out, it’s the U.S.

Fifty Nifty Small Town Rankings

Let’s say you wanted to combine the economic advantages of a specific state with the cost-of-living advantages of small-town life. Which small town would you choose? Well, Business Insider, in addition to releasing the fifty nifty United States economy rankings we looked at earlier today, has also put together a list of the most affordable small towns in each state.

Fifty Nifty United States Economy Rankings

Which state do you think has the best economy? How about the worst? Where do you think your own state falls into the ranking?

We Literally Cannot All Be Middle-Class

I have some potentially alarming news.

IT’S POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE NOT IN THE MIDDLE CLASS

Is Your Boss Springing for a Holiday Party

Fortune claims that 90% of offices are planning parties in 2014. Get out those reindeer headbands!

A Recovery Without Steady Incomes

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently at 5.8 percent—the lowest since the financial crisis of 2008. The U.S. economy has grown at a rate of 3 percent for the past four to five quarters encouraging analysts to say that our country “is finally casting aside the shackles imposed by the financial crisis.” Corporate profits are at a record high. And yet, household incomes remain volatile—especially for low and middle-income households.

Sobering Loan, Debt, Savings News; Or, Janet is Yellen at Us Again

Pros and Cons of “The Uber for Housecleaning”

Lydia DePillis at the Washington Post wrote about the new “Uber for home cleaning” companies like the one I used this week. This one focuses on Homejoy, and smartly discusses a lot of the pros and cons.

Parent Penalty FOR MOMS ONLY Blah Blah Blah Let’s Talk About Something More Cheerful

1 Source Of Income: Good. 12 Sources: Better!

I paid two months of COBRA premiums with my winnings from Cash Cab, since I no longer had a job and was able to do things like be on a game show at two in the afternoon on a Monday.

On Who Pays Writers & Being Really Interested In That $50

n+1 has published one of their Editorials with that smooth, authoritative voice that gets me every time. It Tells Us About The World like a maestro conducting an orchestra of discriminating tab-openers, who nod in time with the paragraph breaks. That all-knowingness, so calm on the surface but you know his eye is twitching from all the drafts and redrafts. Copy of copy of copy of August 2014.

Festivus Poles, Soup Nazi Soup, & More “Seinfeld” Micro-Economies

How Americans Think About Fairness and the Economy

It’s a Good Time to Go to Law School? Really?