How to Survive Economy Class

Flying economy class? I’m sure you’re anticipating the worst – and no, you’re not just getting grumpier as you get older! The seats are smaller than they used to be. Forget about pillows and blankets. Food? Maybe a little bag of peanuts with a tenacious seal. (How’d my seatmate get that thing open? Should I ask him to open mine?) Still, if you plan ahead, it’s not too much hassle to bring along some of the creature comforts we used …

Improving Economy? Not for the Long-Term Unemployed

What’s the outlook for people out of work for at least six months? Longer unemployment. Three Princeton University economists examined the status of people who reported they were unemployed for 27 weeks or more between 2008 and 2012 - and then revisited them 15 months later. Only 11 percent had found steady full-time work one year later while 30 percent were still looking. As many as 35 percent had dropped out of the labor force altogether. Another 24 percent were in …

Free Advice for Job Seekers

A big job placement firm is offering job seekers, and workers who want to transition into another position, free call-in advice in December. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter John Challenger, CEO at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says job counselors will offer strategies to help people become more effective in their search. It’s happening on Dec. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time (phone number 312-422-5010). More information about the annual call-in is available at …

There is Nothing ‘Fuzzy’ About Social Security Benefits’ Positive Impact on the Economy

The idea that Social Security benefit payments help support local and state economies and the national economy is obvious to all 57 million beneficiaries who spend their dollars at stores and to the merchants who sell them goods and services. But it is not obvious to many in Washington. In a town focused only on what Social Security payments mean for the federal budget, a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute highlights, in actual dollars and jobs, what Social …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Public trust in the government is near an all-time low – not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …

Congressional Budget Experts Predict More Red Ink

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just published its 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, and this year’s set of predictions for the nation’s balance sheet is sure to push Washington’s heartburn rate up a few notches. Three quick takeaways from the CBO’s report: The percentage of federal debt held by the public is higher than at any point in modern U.S. history. Federal debt held by the public is likely to decline a little bit over the next few years, as …