Employment

Unemployment rate falls below 4 percent for first time since 2000 – but for a bad reason

WASHINGTON – The U.S. labor market improved somewhat last month, adding a solid 164,000 net jobs while the unemployment rate reached a new milestone, falling below 4 percent for the first time since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday. But while job growth rebounded from a disappointing March figure that was revised up Friday to 135,000, other aspects of the closely watched monthly report were lackluster. And the drop in the unemployment rate was for a bad reason: The labor…

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SNAP Benefits Already Underestimate Nutritious Diet Costs; Employment Requirements Could Further Constrain Low-Income Households, Experts Say

SNAP benefits are already too low and new employment requirements proposed in the 2018 Farm Bill could constrain low-income families more, say two Virginia Tech experts who specialize in food and health economics and have examined the federal program’s benefits for over a decade. “SNAP benefits are already based on a model that underestimates the cost of a nutritious diet by up to $100 per week because it ignores the cost of labor,” said Professor George Davis. “And labor costs…

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U.S. Labor Productivity Growth Falls Short Of Estimates In Q1

Labor productivity in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the first quarter, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said labor productivity climbed by 0.7 percent in the first quarter after rising by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter. Economists had expected productivity to increase by 0.9 percent. The weaker than expected productivity growth came as a 2.8 percent spike in output was partly offset by a 2.1 percent jump in hours…

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Idaho Corporate Whistleblower Center Urges an Employee of a Contractor or Company in Idaho To Call about Rewards If Their Employer Is Paying Less Than Mandated Davis Bacon Wages on Federal Jobs

If you work for a company that is not paying their employees Davis Bacon wages on a federally funded job anywhere in Idaho or the nation please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 about possible rewards     WASHINGTON, DC, May 03, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Idaho Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “We are appealing to an employee of an Idaho based contractor or company that does any kind of work for the federal government to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if their employer…

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Dire consequences await gulf countries whose youth stays unemployed

There is nothing worse than unemployed youth. Their options are to stay home and live off of their parents, become demotivated and leave the country, rebel or steal. Yet youth unemployment is here in the GCC and getting worse. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said this week that nearly a quarter of the Middle East’s youth are unemployed, warning that unless deeper reforms are made, millions of young people entering the labor market each year may not find jobs. RELATED: Employers be alert:…

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Better PH labor situation vowed

By Genalyn D. Kabiling The government is determined to improve the labor situation after a research group reported that more than one million people joined the ranks of the underemployed and part-time workers in the country. “Government continues to address and improve the labor situation in the country,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. In its latest labor force data, IBON Foundation said the number of underemployed increased to 7.5 million in January this year from 6.4 million in January…

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Amazon Opens Third Fulfillment Facility In Kansas, Employing Humans And Robots

Amazon celebrated the grand opening of its third “fulfillment center” in Kansas on Tuesday. The new 850,000 square-foot Kansas City, Kansas, began operations on August 6, 2017; other facilities were already operating in Lenexa and Edgerton. The centers serve as the conduit between an online order on Amazon to the shipment to the customer.  The new facility is the first in the state to equip robots, several hundred of which operate along with 2,000 full-time employees. As soon as a…

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Workers Demand Minimum Wage Increase From K25, 000 to K45, 000 – Malawi Voice

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) yesterday led workers in the country in commemorating Labour Day, with a call on government to consider raising the minimum wage from the current K25, 000 to K45, 000 to match the high cost of living. MCTU President Luther Mambala also pressed on government to consider giving pensioners 60 percent of their money as opposed to the current 40percent take home funds being given. Mambala also pressed government to employ more youth that graduate…

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Railway records document more than a century of seismic labor shifts

A photo from the Kheel Center’s collections of an open pit mine belonging to Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway. Railroads transformed the world and sped the pace of social change. Newly organized and now available to researchers, the Kheel Center’s railroad collections tell stories about the seismic shifts, catalyzed by railroads, that shaped the modern age. The collections, drawn from the records of railroad worker union groups and owners, contain firsthand accounts of the Marshall Plan, since railroad unions…

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A group for Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech firms warns against restricting Chinese workers

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are engaged in a trade battle. (Andy Wong/AP) Technology giants are urging President Trump to leave what they call a crucial talent pool out of the trade discord: Chinese workers. Dean Garfield, chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, said its members are alarmed at reports the White House is considering a ban on Chinese citizens conducting high-tech research at American universities and companies. The firms…

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Trade unions harm workers with unrealistic demands

So, recently trade unions, such as Saftu and Cosatu, held massive rallies across the country in celebration of May Day, officially known as Workers Day. These two trade unions, the second largest and largest respectively, seem to be at loggerheads regarding the proposed national minimum wage of R20 per hour, with Cosatu supporting it and Saftu opposing it. This article will analyse Saftu’s opposition to the minimum wage and analyse some of their other demands. Saftu, with an estimated membership…

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Union leaders urge workers to fight to protect rights – Stabroek News

Union leaders urge workers to fight to protect rights – Stabroek News Log into your account Log in for full access to stabroeknews.com. You can also post comments, and manage your email subscription. Trade union leaders yesterday called on Guyanese workers to “fight” to preserve hard-won rights and privileges, which they said are being eroded after being enshrined in law a generation ago. “Workers face a clear and present threat of losing what is constitutionally-protected and guaranteed,” General Secretary of…

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IMF: Mideast not growing fast enough to reduce unemployment

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that nearly a quarter of the Middle East’s youth are unemployed, warning that unless deeper reforms are made, millions of young people entering the labor market each year may not find jobs. The IMF says current levels of growth across the region will not generate a sufficient number of jobs to reduce unemployment, which was one of the main grievances behind the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Economic growth for oil-exporting countries in the region…

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Michelin named No. 1 for ‘America’s Best Employers’ by Forbes

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — Michelin, whose North American headquarters is in Greenville County, was named No. 1 for “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes. Michelin climbed 33 spots to clinch the No. 1 spot, Vicky Valet with Forbes said. The list was determined by Forbes teaming up with a research company who surveyed 30,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees, Valet said. The survey was anonymous. The participants were asked to rate how likely they would be to…

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Opinion | The Red-Scare Relic That Holds Back Smart Labor Policy

When the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, it was one of the most radical pieces of legislation in American history. It established an agency, the National Labor Relations Board, that encouraged workers to unionize in order to lift Depression-era wages and thus give Americans more money to spend, in the hope of stimulating the economy. The board had a secret weapon: its Division of Economic Research. The division included labor economists and social scientists who gathered evidence…

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Latin American Herald Tribune – Thousands in Bangkok Join Workers across Asia to Mark Labor Day

BANGKOK – Thousands of workers took to the streets in Thailand on Tuesday as they marked International Labor Day by calling for improved working conditions. The rally, which defied the ruling military junta’s law against large public gatherings, was peaceful and colorful, and was well attended despite the heavy showers that have flooded some of the capital’s streets this week, an epa-efe journalist reports. The laborers called for better welfare, as well as an improvement in their working and living…

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