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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 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 »
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 »