Sunday, November 29, 2015
empty desk

Closing The Book After A Rough Termination

I recently was told that my job was going to be eliminated after nearly 20 years. While I found a new position and am moving on, the whole process was very impersonal and felt unfair. But what would have been fair to expect?

November 18, 2015

U.S. Job Growth Stumbles, Raising Doubts On Economy

The new data marked the smallest two-month gain in employment in over a year, could fuel fears that the China-led global economic slowdown is sapping America’s strength.

October 2, 2015
walking man to work city suit

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
A guest takes a video of U.S. President Barack Obama with his mobile phone during a welcome reception for the WNBA Champions Phoenix Mercury team at the East Room of the White House in Washington

5 Huge Historical Events That America Is Mostly Ignoring

Some truly historic things have unfolded this summer, and been only glanced at by a media transfixed on conflict and personality.

September 7, 2015

U.S. Employers Add 173,000 Jobs In August; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.1 Percent

The low headline number was well below analyst expectations for 223,000 net new jobs, and down from July’s strong 245,000 figure.

September 4, 2015

Dear Millennials, You’re Ruining The Economy. Move Out

The kids are back home and showing no inclination to move out on their own.

August 2, 2015
Scott Walker Wisconsin protests

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
Job-seeker completes an application at a career fair held by civil rights organization National Urban League as part of its annual conference, in Philadelphia

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 41.5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41.5 years.

July 23, 2015

With U.S. Wages Flat, Jeb Bush Calls For More Full-Time Jobs

Jeb Bush said Americans need more full-time, not part-time work in order to grow the U.S. economy, comments some called out of touch. Also, he said nothing about wages.

July 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
fair wage

How Much Do We Value Work?

Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people had a chance to rise.

July 2, 2015
Republicans and Democrats

5 Reasons Republicans Would Vote Democratic If They Were Being Honest

Republicans are famous for only holding Democrats to standards — not themselves. Here are five reasons that if Republicans really wanted richer, safer, and more “life”-centered America, they’d vote Democratic.

June 15, 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
working in office

To Keep Good Workers, Some Employers Are Trapping Them

Companies have been using “noncompete” agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.

June 4, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr

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
Handy with wires? Electricians are in demand.

Butchers, Electricians Among Jobs Hardest To Fill, Manpower Says

Jobs in the trades top the list of the hardest-to-fill positions in the United States, followed by drivers and teachers, according to Manpower’s survey of employers conducted during 2015’s first quarter.

May 18, 2015
Retirement, Pensions, Tips, Jobs, Savings, Money

Five Jobs That Still Come With A Pension

The value of a pension is an invaluable benefit when considering life after retirement.

May 14, 2015
Money, Jobs, Boss, Self-Employment, Tips, Josh Felber

Five Signs You’re Financially Ready To Quit Your Job

Ready to be your own boss? Here are five easy steps towards a successful self-employment.

May 14, 2015

The Poor Get A Moment

Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will politicians talk only about the middle class since mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

May 14, 2015
Students, Teachers, Hiring, Jobs, Top News, Education, Advanced Degrees, Learning

Best Teachers Can’t Get Hired By Public Schools

Obtuse hiring standards are making it difficult for motivated and intelligent teachers to find jobs in elementary schools.

May 13, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over’

The safety net has become a sieve, Caroline Fredrickson writes, in her new book ‘Under The Bus,’ about how workers’ rights continue to elude working women.

May 10, 2015
College, Education, Health, Health Care Managment, Degree, Liberal Arts, Medical Training, Jobs

Liberal Arts Schools Branching Out With Health Industry Programs

Liberal Arts schools begin to incorporate ‘health care management’ programs for students who seek ‘recession-proof’ jobs.

April 22, 2015
Jobs, Immigrants, Visas, Infrastructure, World News, Technology Industry

Companies Labor To Get Visas For Skilled Foreign Professionals

The debate over immigrant visas centers, for some, on their education and ability to contribute to the technology industry.

April 22, 2015
Infrastructure, Diary, Farming, Upstate New York, Immigration, Undocumented Workers, Chobani, National News, Jobs

Dairy Farmers, In Dire Need Of Workers, Feel Helpless As Immigration Reform Sours

In the dirty business of dairy farming, finding employees has led some farmers to hire undocumented workers.

April 1, 2015
job application

Hirers Bemoan Wasted Time With Some Job Applicants

Small businesses simply don’t have time to continue to pursue job applicants who express interest but don’t follow through. Said one admin: “I’m not going to chase these kids down!”

March 24, 2015
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