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Workers In Key Industries Get Most Pay Raises

June 13, 2014 8:27 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Philly Looks To Attract Tech Buzz

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city has what young professionals want — including a vibrant nightlife and affordable, walkable neighborhoods — and it has what companies want: potential workers from universities including Penn, Drexel and Temple.                 

Canada's Meat Industry Says It Needs Temporary Foreign Workers

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's meat industry says controversy over the temporary foreign worker program has made it increasingly difficult for processing plants to hire enough staff to remain competitive.            

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Applications For Jobless Aid Up Modestly

June 12, 2014 8:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid remain near pre-recession levels.                      

Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

June 12, 2014 7:51 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new federal lawsuit is challenging Seattle's adoption of the nation's highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises.                      

Nebraska Company Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                 

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Take The Lead

June 11, 2014 11:48 am | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate, according to World Bank data, which also shows that necessity is the main driving force behind female entrepreneurship in poor countries.

UPS Accused Of Racial Discrimination

June 11, 2014 8:36 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company saying they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained.           

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National Instruments Drops Texas Expansion Plan

June 11, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

National Instruments Corp. has dropped plans for an $80 million expansion in Central Texas that would have added about 1,000 jobs.                      

Business Leaders Urge Action On Immigration

June 11, 2014 7:50 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executives of Coca-Cola, Tyson Foods, Cargill and a half-dozen other national and regional companies write that without action to overhaul ineffective immigration laws and allow lower-skilled workers into the country legally, their businesses cannot ensure the workforce they need.

Module X Solutions Expands In Shreveport

June 10, 2014 3:37 pm | News | Comments

A manufacturing facility is expanding and creating more than 350 new jobs in Shreveport.                             

Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches In April

June 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.                       

Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

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Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

June 10, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company's founder and president subjected them to "relentless sexual harassment."             

Four Reasons You Won’t Retire As Soon As You Think

June 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Martin Smith | Blogs | Comments

Older employees face their share of challenges in the workplace, sometimes in the form of outright discrimination. The numbers, however, tell an optimistic story for the next generation of retirement-age workers who are expecting to prolong their careers.

Where Have All The Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of the working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.           

Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated. 

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 8:16 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.     

Cisco To Hire 550 In N.C.

June 6, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. plans to expand its third-largest site by adding 550 jobs at its Research Triangle Park hub before 2018.                     

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                  

Unemployment Rate Stays At 6.3 Percent

June 6, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.                   

Applications For Jobless Aid Up Slightly

June 5, 2014 8:38 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid continue to hover near seven-year lows.                     

UAW Names Williams As New President

June 5, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have elected Dennis Williams as the union's new president. Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer.                  

Productivity Falls In 1Q

June 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, declined at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter, the weakest showing since the beginning months of the recession in 2008.        

Survey: Companies Added 179,000 Jobs In May

June 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 179,000 jobs last month, down from 215,000 in the previous month.                    

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