While President Obama's win Tuesday has garnered lots of attention, ballot initiatives approved by voters in six states that boost wages and may result in more jobs in some niche industries -- and threaten jobs in another -- are also noteworthy. Some are praised as breakthrough measures. Others (such as a... Read More »
Like many part-time employees, Bintou Kamara would like to work more hours. Employed as a cashier at a flagship Ambercrombie & Fitch store in midtown Manhattan, Kamara, 22, says that she works as few as five hours a week and is paid $9 an hour.
Kamara's predicament is made all the more difficult by a... Read More »
Movies, novels and television shows are often at their most poignant when they take on contemporary subjects. Over the course of the current financial crisis, few versions of commercial entertainment have been as pitch-perfect as the CBS reality series "Undercover Boss." By sending corporate executives to work... Read More »
A painful truth of the current employment situation in the U.S. is that they are plenty of jobs out there going unfilled because employers can't find workers with the right skills.
That's particularly true in manufacturing. Companies across the nation are looking to fill about 600,000 manufacturing jobs,... Read More »
Job seekers, get out your seasonal cookie cutters and hunt down some eggnog, it's time to prepare for the holidays.
OK, so maybe it's a little early for the festive cookies and cocktails, but if you plan on looking for work during the holiday season, it's high time you started preparing. Read More »
The industries hit hardest by the recession are well known. They're usually involved in building things Americans can no longer afford (construction workers, carmakers, architects). Less talked about is the suffering of the tipping industries, the professions that rely on tips to survive. Read More »
There are very few rates as depressing as employment in this country, but one of them may be marriage. The number of weddings in America has been declining for decades, since premarital sex and cohabitation are no longer taboo, women go to college for more than their "MRS" and high divorce rates have left... Read More »
Time is a relative concept. Don't worry, we're not talking in an Einstein, speed-of-light kind of way. We mean in a practical, "time flies when you're having fun" kind of way.
Most of us feel like times when we're enjoying ourselves go by quicker, while times when we're unhappy, bored or stressed seem to... Read More »
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months.
The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the highest total... Read More »
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON -- Restaurants, hotels, retailers and financial companies saw more business in July, but the broader U.S. service industry experienced its weakest growth in 17 months.
The report Wednesday from the Institute for Supply Management confirms other data that show the... Read More »
Labor relations between the Park Hyatt Chicago and certain employees were hot enough during a recent strike, but one manager upped the temperature even more by lighting the heaters over strikers on one of the hottest days of the year. The striking workers are now filing charges against the hotel. Read More »
It looks like the good old summer company picnic/barbecue if finally going the way of the raucous company Christmas party. Fewer and fewer businesses are throwing seasonal bashes these days. Recent research showed that only 41 percent of the companies surveyed are planning a company picnic this summer. Read More »
By Dawn Papandrea
If this lagging economy has taught us anything, it's that jobs aren't as secure as they once were. For many, that means carving out a whole new career path. The good news is that you can launch a healthy career in two years or less, and even out-earn many who enter the workforce with... Read More »
Health care, health care, health care, right? Sure, hot hiring trends are typically focused on health care and technology, but how about recreation and day care? Dare we even say construction? There are pockets of expansion within various industries that continue to create a demand for workers. Read More »
For a hotel concierge, engagement ring shopping, clearing a helicopter to land on a small island and doling out recommendations for an area's best restaurants are all in a day's work. Just ask Wendy Waltz, who -- at one time or another -- has encountered each of these tasks in her role as chief concierge at... Read More »