Our friends over at Working America have blown us away with a powerful new online tool they launched last week: behold the Job Tracker!
The Job Tracker is a beautifully simple online search tool you can use to find out which companies in your area (or any area in the country) are exporting jobs, laying off workers, endangering workers' health, or are involved in cases of violations of workers' rights. The database contains information on more than 400,000 companies nationwide.
Just enter any U.S. zip code, and voila!
Here we used a zip code in Cincinnati, OH. The results are pretty impressive. Considering the economic situation in Ohio right now, you might not be all that surprised to learn of that over 100 companies are in the process of making mass layoffs. But take a look at the number of companies with safety and health violations in the workplace - more than 2,500! Seems like OSHA needs to step it up in southwest Ohio.
Beyond being a super cool and well-designed online tool, the Job Tracker is a gateway to very important information about the forces driving our economy. Outsourcing and other irresponsible employer behavior amount to a full-fledged epidemic in the 21st century - one we need to work to fully understand in order to end. "Sending Jobs Overseas: The Cost to America’s Economy and Working Families," the detailed report on outsourcing that accompanies the job tracker, is a must-read.