They show up each year in malls and department stores like clockwork, seemingly eager to hear every child's Christmas wish list and pose, broadly smiling for photos. And, of course, there's that unmistakably hearty "Ho, ho, ho!" that signals that the holiday season -- and Santa Claus, himself -- has... Read More »
It's been more than five weeks since Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard, devastating the lives of thousands residents in New York, New Jersey and several other states. Many are still dealing with the fallout caused by damaged homes, destroyed possessions and lost wages.
They include New... Read More »
With unemployment hovering around 8 percent, you'd think unemployed workers would be champing at the bit to take a job -- any job. But shipping companies such as UPS Inc. and GSI Commerce Inc. can't find enough workers to staff warehouses in Louisville, Ky., a region with a 7.5 percent jobless... Read More »
If the world has an impoverished president, it may be Jose Mujica, the current head of state in Uruguay, the South American nation of some 3.3 million people that's about the size of Washington state.
As BBC News reports, President Mujica (pictured above) shunned the luxurious house that Uruguay provides... Read More »
Among scary Halloween movie villains, Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series perhaps had the cushiest job: maintaining a boiler at a generating plant on the outskirts of charming Springwood, Ohio. A simple gig, it's an occupation that typically pays well. What's more, it left him plenty of time... Read More »
The gender pay gap is an enduring fact of American life. Many say that's due to the enduring responsibilities of motherhood, which lead to women taking more time off than men to care for the kids. But according to a new report from the American Association of University Women, just a year out of college, the... Read More »
If the stagnant job market has an upside, it may be this: college students (and likely their parents) are taking a hard look at which degrees will result in lasting, good paying jobs.
Unfortunately for art and history majors, the best money-making careers these days are in more pragmatic fields, focused on... Read More »
Finding a job in this economy isn't easy, but one way to get ahead is to take a look at careers that fly below the radar of other job hunters.
That's what CareerCast has done in unveiling its latest list of underrated jobs, careers that the job-search website says offer increasing opportunities for job... Read More »
A PayScale reports the starting and mid-career salaries of 1.5 million graduates with bachelor's degrees who attended one a U.S. of college or university. Read More »
Raises have been minimal, or non-existent from 2010 to 2012, according to a survey from Mercer, a New York human resources consulting firm. Most raises have been in the 2.7 percent range this year -- less than the 2012 cost of living adjustment of 3.6 percent.
Clearly, the struggling job market is enabling... Read More »
Large retailers are gearing up to hire throngs of seasonal workers to help with the increased customer traffic many expect for the holidays. They include Kohl's Corp., the nation's third-largest retailer, which plans to fill nearly 52,700 seasonal jobs at its 1,134 stores, as well as at its distribution... Read More »
What makes a job dangerous and potentially fatal? It can be any number of factors, including the type of work and where it's performed. Last year, as the Labor Department recently reported, 4,609 people lost their lives on the job, a rate equal to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers.
While the... Read More »
One of the disadvantages to most part-time jobs is the lack of benefits. But Starbucks Corp. doesn't discriminate, providing the ubiquitous coffee chain's 95,000 part-timers with full health insurance benefits.
For many who lost full-time jobs during the Great Recession and got part-time gigs at Starbucks,... Read More »
An aging population, advances in technology and the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- ensure that jobs in medical professions will continue to grow in the U.S. for years.
Employment for both salaried and hourly workers in the health care... Read More »
The word "startup" for many people conjures up images of a newly formed tech company filled with young, not-too-well paid staffers who are hoping their stock options might be worth something someday.
But that's changing -- at least in tech hotspots, such as Silicon Valley, according to a new online... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Oscar Wilde once said, "When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is." While his sentiment is perhaps a little cynical, it rings true, as every part of life has a price tag attached: transportation, medical bills, groceries,... Read More »
Lots of homeowners get frustrated by unsolicited phone calls from salespeople trying to sell them something that they don't want. But it appears it was a telemarketer's turn to let off steam last week, after he allegedly threatened to blow up the house of a Mead, Colo., homeowner who turned down the offer of... Read More »
By Jada A. Graves
Call it employee malaise, or some component of "The American Dream," but many workers in the United States feel that they're not earning the salary that they deserve. For some of them, that notion is personal and emotional, but not always logical.
Sometimes, though, the idea that a job is... Read More »
He may have taken an oath to serve and protect the public, but a former police chief in California, ousted two years ago amid a pay scandal, now appears more interested in padding his wallet on the backs of taxpayers.
Randy Adams (pictured above), who served as police chief in the Los Angeles suburb of... Read More »
By Abby Rogers and Callie Bost
Unemployment is still a major problem in the United States.
But it looks like we're finally making our way out of the recession, at least in terms of pay wages. Read More »