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Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots In Vietnam

May 20, 2014 7:46 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.           

Temporary Jobs On The Rise As Economy Shifts

May 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and "contract" workers are filling many of the new jobs.                   

High Gas Levels Ignored At Turkish Mine

May 19, 2014 8:20 am | by Berza Simsek and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the Turkish mining disaster that killed 301 workers but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday.              


Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 7:54 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.         Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

Obama Touts Jobs Projects

May 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama and Vice President Biden are lunching outside the White House and promoting government financed work projects that he says could be endangered if Congress does not act by the end of the summer.           

Swiss Mull $24 Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a nation of mostly haves and have-mores, Swiss voters head to the polls Sunday to decide on a union proposal that would create a new nationwide minimum wage at 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour — the world's highest.      

Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. States

May 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.          


Mich. Senate Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Emma Fidel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Senate approved raising the state's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour from $7.40 in a compromise that some supporters hope will pre-empt a ballot drive to raise it to $10.10.             

Former GM Site To Become Auto Glass Plant

May 16, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company has finalized its plan to build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site.                 

6 Injured In Explosion At Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran told local media outlets that one worker was in critical condition with burns over 80 percent of his body. He says the others suffered less severe injuries.          

Seattle May Lead Nation To $15 Minimum Wage

May 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Seattle mayor is proposing to raise the wage to $15 in the coming years to the highest level in the nation, some activists say that's too slow and are threatening to take the issue to voters with a ballot measure that would force a raise sooner.

Fewest Americans In 7 Years Seek Unemployment Benefits

May 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.                  


Layoff Notice Preceded Fatal Mine Accident In W.Va.

May 15, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.          

Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions.     

Chrysler Dedicates Indiana Transmission Plant

May 14, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Chrysler's Tipton Transmission Plant, a sprawling factory seven years in the making, was dedicated Tuesday during an event that celebrated the promise of 850 jobs.               

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia.  

Cummins Expects To Start Hiring This Year In Indiana

May 13, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. expects to start hiring this year at a central Indiana factory as it starts building a new diesel engine that will go into the light-duty Nissan Titan pickup truck.                

Solar Industry Tries To Salvage Rebate Effort

May 13, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. 

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer For Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 8:14 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca, prodding him on whether he could be trusted to honor promises made as part of the bid.    

Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                

Job Openings Slip In March After Strong Gain

May 9, 2014 11:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs and slowed hiring a bit in March, though the declines came after healthy gains the previous month. The figures suggest the job market is improving in fits and starts.        

Workers At Cargill Plant Due More Benefits

May 9, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                

Applications For Unemployment Aid Fall To 319K

May 8, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.                               

Argentine Automakers Suspend Staff As Sales Plummet

May 8, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

 Argentine automakers are suspending production and laying off factory workers as sales plunge due to a gathering storm of economic trouble.                               

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