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employment

U.S. Labor Market On Solid Ground As Jobless Rate Hits Eight-Year Low

In January, the unemployment rate fell even as more people entered the labor force.

February 5, 2016

Things To Watch In 2016: Steady Economy Is The New Hot

After a year free from government shutdowns and other self-inflicted wounds, the U.S. economy in 2016 is expected to power forward.

December 23, 2015

Do Remote Bosses Cause Inequality?

Could there be a reason for the widening pay gap that’s not exactly economic? There could be.

September 17, 2015
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Out Of The Job Market, Many Working-Age Men Aren’t Coming Back

In the past, a recovering economy usually meant rising labor participation as more people gained confidence and got off the sidelines and into the job market. But not this time.

September 9, 2015

Jobless Rate Down; Wages Flat

Although employers added 223,000 jobs in June, workers’ average wages flattened, and the unemployment rate fell due to a shrinking labor force.

July 3, 2015
Jimmy John's sandwich shop

Is Jimmy John’s Bullying Workers With Non-Compete Agreements?

Jimmy John’s is making its employees sign non-compete agreements, contracts typically required of high-ranking executives, not fast-food workers.

June 10, 2015
Markets, Economy, Wages, Jobs, Employment, Great Recession, National News

U.S. Economy Creates A Strong 280,000 Jobs In May

Jobs, employment, and wages rose last month, nearly seven years after the Great Recession.

June 5, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015

Job Market For College Graduates Gains, But Not To Pre-Recession Levels

As the economy continues to grow, surveys show employers will be looking at new degree holders to fill positions. Schools are also reporting an increase in recruiting on campuses this year.

April 27, 2015

Keeping Your LinkedIn Profile Fresh

What are the most overused buzzwords in LinkedIn profiles?

March 10, 2015
President Obama

5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015
jobs

Sharp 2014 Growth Proves Right-Wing Predictions Flat Wrong

As 2015 commences, America is moving steadily toward full employment for the first time since a Democrat last occupied the White House, during the Clinton presidency. The past 12 months marked the single strongest year of job increases since 1999, with unemployment down from 7 percent to 5.8 percent. The national economy is currently growing […]

January 3, 2015

Why I’m (Still) Thankful For President Obama

Yes, he makes mistakes, and he has flaws — but Barack Obama’s achievements, temperament, and persistence are worthy of thanks.

November 27, 2014

Economy Added 214,000 Jobs In October; Unemployment Rate Down To 5.8 Percent

The economy posted another solid, though somewhat disappointing, month of job growth in October.

November 7, 2014

Poverty Rate Slips, But Median Income Remains Flat

By Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times The nation’s poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the typical household income barely budged in a sign of the continuing sluggish economic recovery from the Great Recession, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The decline in the poverty rate to 14.5 […]

September 16, 2014

U.S. Manufacturing Sector Gained In August

Washington (AFP) — Activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector picked up pace in August, to its best level since August 2011, the Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday. Helped by a pickup in production and new orders, the ISM’s manufacturing purchasing managers index rose by 1.9 points to 59.0. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. […]

September 2, 2014

Small-Business Optimism Fades Despite Hiring Plans

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Small-business owners were less optimistic about the economy last month despite reporting their most ambitious job creation plans since 2007, according to a private survey released Tuesday. The optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business fell 1.6 points in June to 95, the first drop […]

July 8, 2014

Economy Adds 288,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment Rate Down To 6.3 Percent

WASHINGTON — Hiring surprisingly surged last month as the economy added 288,000 net new jobs — the best performance in more than two years — and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. Job-creation figures for February and March were also revised upward by […]

May 2, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Tick A Bit Higher

Washington (AFP) – New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits edged higher last week but still remained close to a seven-year low, the Labor Department said Thursday. Americans filed 304,000 initial jobless claims in the week ending April 12, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level. Last week’s increase was much smaller […]

April 17, 2014

Obama, Biden Tout Job-Training Grants

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promoted his latest attempt to help U.S. workers compete in the global “skills race,” announcing $600 million in grants for job-training programs focused on industry partnerships and apprenticeships. Speaking at a community college near Pittsburgh, Obama warned Wednesday that other countries have done more […]

April 17, 2014

Study Of Working Homeless Sheds Light On Financial Motivation

By Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A competition among working homeless people to see who could save the greatest percentage of their pay provided researchers with valuable insights that could be used to encourage middle class people to improve their financial circumstance. In what is believed to be the first detailed study of the savings behavior […]

February 17, 2014

Gordon Brown Accuses Murdoch Of Employing “Known Criminals”

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown upped the stakes today in the developing scandal over Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid hacking scandal: On Tuesday, Mr. Brown accused The Sunday Times — owned by News International, the British subsidiary of Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation — of employing “known criminals” to gather personal information on his bank account, legal […]

July 12, 2011