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Study: Young Workers More Apt To Jump Jobs Quickly

March 26, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the survey, young adults born from 1980 to 1984 held an average of 6.2 jobs from ages 18 to 27 — 6.0 jobs for men and 6.3 for women.                                 

Judge Finds Labor Company Liable For Thai Worker Abuse

March 25, 2014 8:40 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has found a California-based labor contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.                     

Japan Nuke Worker Life Gets Recorded As Manga

March 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tatsuta said "1F" is not about taking sides on the debate over nuclear power, but simply a story of what it's like to work there.                        


RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

March 25, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

The company says it is increasing production at the Elkhart County factory to meet growing demand for its fifth-wheel towable RV.               Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               

Health Care Law Has Uneven Impact

March 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Its impact on companies varies greatly, depending on factors such as a firm's number of employees and whether it already provides health insurance.                  

Only 11 Percent Of Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs

March 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work.            

Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Toyota said the decision was in consideration of "law-abiding team members" who could return to work after signing a code of conduct.                    


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise Slightly

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.             

New Mexico Tries To Lure Tesla Battery Factory

March 19, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

New Mexico is one of four states identified as finalists for a lithium-ion battery factory that would supply the company's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.           

ConAgra Closing 2 N.Y. Plants

March 19, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it plans to close two plants in western New York by early next year, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.                   

Jesse Jackson Takes Aim At Tech's Lack Of Diversity

March 19, 2014 8:01 am | by Jesse Washington and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jackson's strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.    

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.              


Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 U.S. States In January

March 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent. That's far below the national rate of 6.6 percent that month.            

Toyota Shutters Indian Plants Over Wage Lockout

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A statement from the Indian unit of the world's largest automaker said that "under the instigation of the union, certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors."

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.                                

Obama Overtime Plan Already Stirring Controversy

March 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                    

Senators Strike Bipartisan Jobless Benefits Deal

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bipartisan Senate negotiators said Thursday that they'd struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue, agreeing to a five-month extension paid for by boosting some federal revenues.            Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Applications For Jobless Aid Fall To 3-Month Low

March 13, 2014 8:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.               

Panasonic Compensates Employees For Bad Air In China

March 13, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies.                   

Groups Protest Chemicals Used In iPhone

March 13, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.         

Low-Wage Workers Can't Find Middle-Pay Jobs

March 12, 2014 12:59 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The lower-wage jobs once seen as stepping stones are increasingly being held for longer periods by older, better-educated, more experienced workers.                    

Factory-Worker-Turned Poet Wins $100K Prize

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

A former Baltimore factory worker has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book of verse "The Government of Nature."                     

Fresenius To Create Over 600 Jobs At New Tenn. Plant

March 12, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years.                

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