President Obama

  • Job Seekers Flock To The Gap

    Job Seekers Flock To The Gap

    Many applicants seek to flee lower-paying retail stores.

    Job seekers are bombarding the retailer with applications after it announced plans to raise the hourly minimum wage of its employees to $10 next year. Continue Reading

  • Minimum Wage Debate In A Nutshell

    Minimum Wage Debate In A Nutshell

    Plenty of talk but no action in the U.S. Senate

    Senate Republicans have blocked a formal debate on a minimum wage increase. But senators on both sides are talking about it at length. Here is a sample. Continue Reading

  • Obama Rallies a Connecticut Crowd For Minimum Wage Hike

    Obama Rallies a Connecticut Crowd For Minimum Wage Hike

    Four New England governors join Obama in a college gym

    President Barack Obama goes on the road to rally support for a federal minimum wage increase. First stop: New Britain, Connecticut. Continue Reading

  • 9 Famous Whistle-Blowers: Where Are They Now?

    9 Famous Whistle-Blowers: Where Are They Now?

    It's one of the big questions concerning Edward Snowden, the self-confessed leaker and National Security Agency whistle-blower: What next? While legal experts debate whether he will be extradited from Hong Kong, where he's hiding out, and how much jail time he could face, AOL Jobs decided to glean some insight... Continue Reading

  • Obama's State Of The Union To Focus On Jobs And The Economy

    Obama's State Of The Union To Focus On Jobs And The Economy

    By Grace Wyler President Barack Obama will pivot back to the economy and jobs during his State of the Union Tuesday, shifting away from the progressive social agenda that he pushed in his second inaugural address. Senior White House officials say that the Obama will use the State of the Union to "outline his... Continue Reading

  • Walmart Hiring Plan Excludes Nearly 1 Million Unemployed Veterans

    Walmart Hiring Plan Excludes Nearly 1 Million Unemployed Veterans

    Walmart's plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans comes with a major catch: Only those who have been honorably discharged on or after the plan's announcement on Jan. 15 will be eligible. (The official launch date is Memorial Day.) Which means that veterans who left service yesterday, or last week, will not be... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

    Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

    By Christopher Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally... Continue Reading

  • Obama Signs Whistle-Blower Protection Law

    Obama Signs Whistle-Blower Protection Law

    WASHINGTON -- During President Obama's first term as president, Obama was criticized often for his tough stance against government whistle-blowers. The administration charged six people under the 1917 Espionage Act -- more than all past presidencies combined. "Leaks that favor the president are shoveled out... Continue Reading

  • FEMA Chief Craig Fugate: Is Obama's Fate In His Hands?

    FEMA Chief Craig Fugate: Is Obama's Fate In His Hands?

    Striking just a week before a presidential election, Hurricane Sandy could have been bad news for President Obama. The federal government doesn't have the cleanest record after all for swift and seamless natural disaster response. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been roundly praised for... Continue Reading

  • Clint Eastwood's Inflated Unemployment Count

    Clint Eastwood's Inflated Unemployment Count

    By Chris Isidore NEW YORK -- Clint Eastwood's biting criticism of President Obama was a big hit with the crowd at the Republican National Convention. But his reading of the nation's unemployment situation missed by a wide margin. Eastwood's speech on Thursday night mocked supporters of the president like... Continue Reading

  • Obama To Give Major Jobs Speech

    Obama To Give Major Jobs Speech

    By BEN FELLER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Barack Obama will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. Continue Reading

  • Obama: Uncertainty Over Debt Limit Impacts Hiring

    Obama: Uncertainty Over Debt Limit Impacts Hiring

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the uncertainty over whether lawmakers will raise the nation's debt limit is keeping businesses from hiring. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama says that once Congress reaches an agreement on the debt ceiling, businesses will have the confidence they need to add... Continue Reading

  • Was the Stimulus Worth $278,000 for Each Job Created?

    Was the Stimulus Worth $278,000 for Each Job Created?

    It's become the most charged word in the American political lexicon -- jobs. The 2012 election is beginning to heat up, and an unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent might both bedevil the incumbent White House and prove a godsend to Republican challengers. Continue Reading

  • Mayors Call on Obama for Help Creating Jobs

    Mayors Call on Obama for Help Creating Jobs

    WASHINGTON -- City mayors are urging President Barack Obama to help create jobs by spending more on infrastructure projects and on worker training programs, areas the president himself says should be protected from efforts to rein in long-term deficits. The bipartisan group of mayors spent nearly an hour... Continue Reading

  • Black Lawmakers Press Obama on Jobs in Urban Areas

    Black Lawmakers Press Obama on Jobs in Urban Areas

    By ERICA WERNER WASHINGTON – Black members of Congress pressed President Barack Obama Thursday for a greater focus on creating jobs in urban areas where unemployment is often highest. Obama said that he was trying to fix the economy as a whole, said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., chairman of the... Continue Reading

  • President Obama Says, 'We Focused on Jobs'

    President Obama Says, 'We Focused on Jobs'

    On Wednesday, Dec. 15, President Barack Obama met with 20 corporate Big Foots. There was only one thing on the President's mind: getting America back to work, reports The New York Times. And that's exactly what he told the media after the four hour meeting at the White House. The President announced, "We... Continue Reading