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7 Industries With Plummeting Salaries

7 Industries With Plummeting Salaries

Middle class wages, over all, have been pretty stagnant for over a decade. But not everyone's wages have stagnated. In fact, some people have seen their salaries rise at a rosy clip, while many others have actually become poorer. The Bureau of Economic Analysis has tracked average full-time income by industry... Read More »

4 Retail Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

4 Retail Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

Retail salesperson is the most common job in America. The sector is still growing, but most of the jobs come with lousy compensation. The average salary? Just $25,310 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More »

The New Face Of The Union Movement: Female, Minority -- And Poorly Paid

The New Face Of The Union Movement: Female, Minority -- And Poorly Paid

For much of the 20th century, America's unions were known for their fierce and relentless advocacy of manufacturing workers -- mostly men, working relatively high-paying, blue-collar jobs at steel mills and auto plants. But as the U.S. has moved from a manufacturing economy to a service-based one, the face of... Read More »

Best And Worst Seasonal Jobs

Best And Worst Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal jobs can be a good way for students to earn money while on break from their studies. But for many adults, including parents and retirees, temporary jobs are a reliable source of much-needed extra income during the holiday season. Seasonal job seekers will find it a bit easier this year than last... Read More »

7 Industries That Are Losing Jobs

7 Industries That Are Losing Jobs

October's employment report released earlier this month showed continued steady improvement in the job market. But hiring remains sluggish; a number of employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. As the Labor Department reported Tuesday, job openings... Read More »

Underemployed Workers: Left Behind In The Recovery?

Underemployed Workers: Left Behind In The Recovery?

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 »

Seasonal Hiring Booming: Retailers Hiring Holiday Help Now

Seasonal Hiring Booming: Retailers Hiring Holiday Help Now

As the holiday grows nearer, more retailers continue to announce hiring plans to fill seasonal jobs. And this year the U.S. could see the most robust hiring its seen in five years, according to a poll of 1,000 hiring managers by Snagajob (via CBS MoneyWatch). Meanwhile, an annual report from the National... Read More »

The 3 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers

The 3 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers

Employees at Walmart, the world's largest retailer, are striking for the first time in 50 years. It's hard to believe it took so long. Walmart Stores Inc. is a massive corporation, yet many workers receive low wages and are denied benefits. But a couple of big myths about retail workers keep the public from... Read More »

Target's New 'Amazing' Script For Training Employees Leaked

Target's New 'Amazing' Script For Training Employees Leaked

Big corporations have long used relentlessly cheery speeches and other tools to motivate employees. But sometimes those efforts can come off as trite, childish and downright cheesy. Target Corp., apparently, is no exception. As Gawker reports, the big-box retailer is rallying its employees to provide... Read More »

Kohl's Holiday Hiring: Part-Time Job Opportunities Or More Lousy Retail Work?

Kohl's Holiday Hiring: Part-Time Job Opportunities Or More Lousy Retail Work?

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 »

Seasonal Hiring: Retailers Ready To Staff Up

Seasonal Hiring: Retailers Ready To Staff Up

By Christina Cheddar Berk Retailers are looking to staff up ahead of the holiday shopping season, according to the findings of a recent survey that suggests that the industry is betting on stronger sales this year. The majority of retailers surveyed by consulting firm Hay Group said they are planning to... Read More »

Best Buy Customer Says 'Geek' Copied Racy Photos From Her Smartphone

Best Buy Customer Says 'Geek' Copied Racy Photos From Her Smartphone

All Sophia Ellison wanted was a new smartphone to replace her damaged one. But what she got instead, she says, was humiliated and angry after learning that a Best Buy clerk, who was supposed to move the contents of her old iPhone to a new one, instead said he copied its photos -- including some "racy" ones --... Read More »

Walmart Worker Jan Sullivan, Fired After Black Friday Fracas, Now Near Poverty

Walmart Worker Jan Sullivan, Fired After Black Friday Fracas, Now Near Poverty

It isn't easy working in retail on Black Friday, the notorious shopping day following Thanksgiving. Big-box retailers offer their top discounts, and shoppers respond with mad rushes through the check-out line. So Jan Sullivan, who stands 4 feet 11 inches and is 73, was hardly in an enviable situation last... Read More »

Summer Job Forecast: Partly Cloudy With Improving Hiring Conditions

Summer Job Forecast: Partly Cloudy With Improving Hiring Conditions

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, many yearn to leave the constraints of their offices or cubicles and enjoy the outdoors. But if you're unemployed during the summer months, chances are you'd be happy to trade in the open spaces for the office. Read More »

Ikea Accused Of Spying On Employees And Customers

Ikea Accused Of Spying On Employees And Customers

The friendly giant of affordable, hard-to-pronounce furniture is currently under investigation in France for spying on workers and prying into the personal backgrounds of dissatisfied American customers. Two French unions filed complaints, charging that Ikea hired a private detective to snoop into secret... Read More »

Strong Retail Sales Are Sign Of Improving Economy

Strong Retail Sales Are Sign Of Improving Economy

By Anne D'Innocenzio NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans stepped up their spending in February, boosting sales at many stores and offering the latest sign that shoppers are feeling more confident in the economy. Read More »

Retail Manager Fined For Underpaying Developmentally Disabled Worker

Retail Manager Fined For Underpaying Developmentally Disabled Worker

A manager of a retail store in Australia reportedly has been fined 11,500 Australian dollars (about $12,400) by a government agency for underpaying an employee with developmental disabilities. Fair Work levied the fine against Maria Doherty, a former manager and part owner of a Garfield Berry Farm store in... Read More »

Study: NYC Retail Workers Underpaid, Too Few Have Steady Hours

Study: NYC Retail Workers Underpaid, Too Few Have Steady Hours

New York City is many things to many people. But if there's one feature that most agree on, it's that Gotham is an expensive place to live. The average rent for a Manhattan apartment is nearly $3,000 a month, roughly three times that of the average rent paid nationwide, so it can tough making a living in the... Read More »

Retail Group Forecasts 3.4 Percent Growth For 2012

Retail Group Forecasts 3.4 Percent Growth For 2012

By Anne D'Innocenzio NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest retail trade group expects a solid 3.4 percent increase in sales this year, below last year's 4.7 percent increase as job woes weigh on shoppers. Read More »

Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

It's time for good news. The country added 200,000 jobs last month, according to government data. And it may create 1.7 million jobs this coming year, according to economists' estimates compiled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators. And manufacturing, one of the most weakened sectors of our economy, has recently... Read More »

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