Sara Wade, an Illinois schoolteacher, is the sole breadwinner for son Dominic and daughter Genevieve, 10. She got divorced in 2004 and her former husband, a carpenter and contractor, hasn't been able to pay child support since January of 2009. April's strong employment growth showed women gained 86,000 jobs last month, far fewer than the 204,000 jobs gained by men, according to a Joint Economic Committee report. (Carrie Eccleston via Associated Press)
** FILE ** President Obama points out Energy Secretary Steven Chu as he delivers remarks on energy jobs during a visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 headquarters in Lanham, Md.
Gerry Kraus, a registered nurse, joins hundreds of physicians in protesting plans for government reform of the health care system at a 2009 rally on Capitol Hill. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)
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Job seekers line up in front of a Dollar General booth at a Little Rock, Ark., job fair in October. Some economists and business executives warn that health care and climate-change costs on corporations would stifle the ability of employers to hire workers.
Valero Energy Corp.'s Delaware City, Del., refinery lost about $1 million every day this year. Falling fuel demand has forced refineries across the country to shut down and put hundreds of employees out of work.
** FILE ** Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) wields his old gavel as he talks about the issue of health care, during a press conference regarding H-232, the Affordable Health Care Act, on the west steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
For the first time since the 1980s, Social Security will dole out more in benefits than it collects in taxes for the next two years. Those deficits will add to the overall federal deficit. (Associated Press)
Khavdal Khurman worked in a Soviet run coal mine outside Naliakh, Mongolia, for 11 years. The mine was closed down in 1990 after the democratic revolution, because of safety concerns. Now he picks through the detritus from surface coal shafts for fuel to heat his ger. He survives on a small pension from the government because of mining related illness, but believes the new democracy will lead to a better life for Mongolians. (J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times)
Officials look over two light-rail trains involved in a crash in San Francisco on Saturday. Forty-seven people were injured in the crash. The city's transit workers union blamed a "medical condition" for the driver's loss of consciousness.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney listens to testimony on employment at a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee, which she chairs. Her friend Gloria Steinem wants to know about her efforts for women. (Getty Images)
Job applicants line up at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., to apply for work in what is shaping up to be the longest recession since the Great Depression. Extended benefits are about to run out for thousands of the unemployed.