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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall; Reading Clouded by Processing Snafu

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall; Reading Clouded by Processing Snafu

The number of new U.S. jobless claims fell sharply last week but much of the decline appeared due to technical problems in claims processing. Read More »

100 Walmart Protesters Reportedly Arrested In 15-City Strike [UPDATED]

100 Walmart Protesters Reportedly Arrested In 15-City Strike [UPDATED]

Organizers and activists are calling for a minimum annual salary of $25,000 for full-time employees.

Walmart workers and activists are planning strikes in 15 cities. But will they have any impact? Read More »

Jobless Claims Fall Sharply to 5-Year Low

Jobless Claims Fall Sharply to 5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week to its lowest level since the early days of the 2007-09 recession. Read More »

Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

Companies are making substantial gains in productivity but aren't sharing much of the gains with workers. Read More »

7 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require A Bachelor's Degree

7 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require A Bachelor's Degree

With millions of unemployed competing for jobs, many Americans are returning to school to learn new skills that will hopefully lead to a new job. With college expenses on the rise, however, pursuing a four-year degree may not be financially feasible for many of them. But there a plenty of good-paying jobs... Read More »

Home Care Aide Tells What Really Goes On At Work

Home Care Aide Tells What Really Goes On At Work

It's one of the fastest growing fields and requires no special training or degree, but it has some significant downsides. Read More »

Another Disappearing Blue Collar Job?

Another Disappearing Blue Collar Job?

Working in coal mines can bring to mind dirty and dangerous labor. But for more than century, it often was lucrative. Joe Caudill, who worked as a roof-bolter in an underground coal mine in Knott County in eastern Kentucky, brought home $105,000 last year, after factoring in overtime pay. But Caudill and... Read More »

Jobless Claims Rise, Reversing Previous Week's Drop

Jobless Claims Rise, Reversing Previous Week's Drop

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits surged last week, although the figures may have been distorted by seasonal factors. The Labor Department says applications rose by 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000. The increase reversed a big drop the previous week. Read More »

Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May, suggesting layoffs are easing and hiring could pick up. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Read More »

The History Behind All That U.S. Jobs Data  [Infographic]

The History Behind All That U.S. Jobs Data [Infographic]

Even casual observers of business news have likely noticed that the federal government spews out information about the nation's economy and its people at a seemingly unstoppable pace. From weekly reports on initial claims for jobless benefits to monthly reports on prices, employment, goods production and... Read More »

Almost 1 Out Of 2 Workers Ready To Quit, Is That Foolish?

Almost 1 Out Of 2 Workers Ready To Quit, Is That Foolish?

Fed up and ready to bolt from your job? You're not alone. A recent online survey shows that nearly half of workers are considering quitting this year. But given last week's dismal jobs numbers, it's worth asking, "Are they crazy?" Read More »

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

Working at a car wash may be better than digging a ditch, as the 1970s hit song says, but employees in New York City who work cleaning cars and trucks say pay and working conditions need vast improvement. A report released Tuesday shows that car-wash workers are paid less than minimum wage, routinely denied... Read More »

Workers, State Officials Allege Labor Abuses At Calif. Warehouse Complex

Workers, State Officials Allege Labor Abuses At Calif. Warehouse Complex

Workers at a massive warehouse complex in Southern California are claiming that they were shorted wages and routinely subjected to workplace indignities, among other labor abuses, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles. The workers are employed at three large warehouses at a complex in... Read More »

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

Working at a car wash may not be the most glamorous job, but for workers at several of them in California it's gotten a little more rewarding. Owners of eight car washes across the state have agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages and penalties for underpaying the workers and denying them rest and... Read More »

300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

Working in China's burgeoning manufacturing sector is proving exceedingly tough for many Chinese workers. Long hours and intense pressure to quickly churn out the latest high-tech gizmos destined for overseas markets have led to protests and even suicides among some workers, according to media... Read More »

The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

The escalating cost of a college education has many young people wondering whether a bachelor's degree is worth the expense. Given the current lackluster state of the job market, some are deciding that it's not worth going into debt for tens of thousands of dollars only to find themselves on the unemployment... Read More »

Manufacturers Bringing Business (And Jobs) Back To America

Manufacturers Bringing Business (And Jobs) Back To America

The revival in manufacturing in America's heartland has been driven in part by the increasing costs associated with importing goods from China, India and other Asian nations where labor has traditionally been cheap. With the cost of oil rising and a weak dollar eating into profits, many manufacturers are... Read More »

Underemployment Remains High -- And A Big Problem

Underemployment Remains High -- And A Big Problem

Underemployment has been as much a frustrating feature of the recent job market as the nation's high unemployment rate. What makes a worker underemployed? A number of a factors, including the inability to find full-time work in a chosen field. Read More »

As Labor Day Looms, U.S. Workers Busier Than Ever [Infographic]

As Labor Day Looms, U.S. Workers Busier Than Ever [Infographic]

With the Labor Day holiday looming, it would seem that many more Americans would find a way to kick back, relax and enjoy the fleeting days of summer. But we're an industrious bunch, so it may come as little surprise that the vast majority will find themselves busy with some enterprise this weekend, a new... Read More »

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