Employment

U.S. job growth seen surging after storm-related disruptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth likely rebounded sharply in October after hurricane-related disruptions depressed employment in September, in a move that could seal the case for an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve in December even as wage growth probably slowed. FILE PHOTO: Job seekers listen to a recruiter at the Colorado Hospital Association job fair in Denver, Colorado, U.S. on October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo According to a Reuters survey of economists, the Labor Department’s closely…

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Powell Pledges to Pursue Fed’s Employment, Inflation Goals

Powell is a former Treasury Department official who spent much of his career outside government. (Photo: AP) Jerome Powell, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Reserve, pledged to pursue the U.S. central bank’s goals of stable prices and maximum employment while keeping a watchful eye on financial sector risks. “Inside the Federal Reserve, we understand that monetary policy decisions matter for American families and communities,” Powell said Thursday during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden with…

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national & world News for Hampton Roads, Va., from The Virginian-Pilot

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of opening fire inside a suburban Denver Walmart, killing three people, abruptly walked away from his roofing company job hours before the attack, his former boss said Thursday. Scott Ostrem’s employer and neighbors painted a somewhat dueling portrait of the suspect. Ostrem worked at a metal fabrication shop for the last three years without any problems, said David Heidt of B&M Roofing. He called Ostrem a quiet worker who was skilled at making…

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Reader Letter: Minimum wage hikes will lead to unemployment

A sign supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage is shown on April 15, 2016. Adam F. Dullum / Windsor Star Re: Minimum wage hike long overdue, by Lilian Bahgat, Oct. 28. I have been reading letters these past few weeks both for and against the minimum wage hikes being forced upon Ontario businesses. One letter writer, Lilian Bahgat, says it will boost the morale of low wage earners and help alleviate pressure on social programs. This may be a possible outcome.…

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German unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent in October, lowest since 1990 reunification- The New Indian Express

Image used for representational purpose only. (File photo | AP) BERLIN: Germany’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent in October as the buoyant labor market in Europe’s biggest economy benefited from a traditional autumn increase in hiring, official data showed Thursday. The Federal Labor Agency said the number of people registered as unemployed stood at 2.389 million last month — the first time the figure has dropped below 2.4 million since 1990, when Germany was reunited. There were 60,000 fewer…

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German jobless claims drop, meeting forecasts

FRANKFURT–German jobless claims fell in October as the unemployment rate remained at a record low, the Federal Employment Agency said Thursday. Jobless claims dropped by 11,000 in October after a revised decline of 22,000 in September, the labor agency said. The first reading for September showed a decline of 23,000. The figures are adjusted for seasonal swings. Economists in The Wall Street Journal’s survey expected jobless claims to fall by 10,000. Germany’s adjusted jobless rate remained at 5.6% in October,…

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Parties rain job promises on Himachal Pradesh voters- The New Indian Express

CHANDIGARH: With a bit more than a week to go for the election, it’s raining job promises in Himachal Pradesh. The Congress manifesto, released on Wednesday, promises 1.50 lakh jobs if the party is returned to power. Health minister Kaul Singh said the Virbhadra Singh government generated 75,000 jobs during the five-year term that’s just ending. However, he saw no problem in bumping up the figure to 1.50 lakh jobs in the next five years. By making jobs its main…

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Workers face daunting Industry 4.0 challenge

With Industry 4.0 likely to replace people on production lines with machines to improve productivity, reduce labour costs as well as administrative cost, workers in all countries face a daunting challenge, economist Le Dang Doanh said on the sidelines of the forum held last week on co-operation between Vietnam and Japan for Asia-Pacific economic integration. He said many Vietnamese companies had already started investing in automation, dismissing hundreds of workers. About 86% of Vietnam’s apparel and footwear workers are expected…

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New Seasons workers move to form union

PORTLAND — Workers at New Seasons Market are organizing a union, criticizing the Portland grocer for rolling back health coverage, among other things. “Right now our main demand is just for them to sit down with us,” said Isaac Byrd, a cashier at the Williams store. “We want to have a conversation.” Employees held a rally outside the North Portland store Wednesday. The workers are backed by UFCW Local 555, which represents 25,000 members — largely retail workers in grocery…

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Tesla fired 700 employees after performance reviews

Reuters/Bobby Yip; Business Insider/Dave Smith Tesla CEO Elon Musk said 700 employees were fired after performance reviews. Musk condemned coverage of the terminations, saying journalists failed to provide context. Tesla has declined to say how many people were fired before Wednesday’s earnings call. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said 700 employees were fired after performance reviews in the third quarter — the first time the company has provided clarity on the number of terminations. Tesla confirmed in early October that it had…

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Retailers look to workers, not tech, to handle holiday rush

Midmarket retailers and wholesalers are at a disadvantage when it comes to meeting the holiday demands versus online and retail giants.  Many omnichannel retailers will struggle to meet the demands of holiday overload due to lack of automation, according to a survey by Brightpearl, a provider of retail management systems. And a weak process will lead to a poor customer retail experience.  Of the 350 senior retail decision-makers surveyed for the report, 53% believe they can be competitive by hiring extra…

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Retailers Look for Workers to Telecommute this Holiday Season

More retailers across California are looking for workers who are willing to work from home this holiday season. According to Andrew Challenger with the executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas: Amazon, JCPenney and Williams-Sonoma are among the retailers offering work-from-home seasonal jobs, with more expected to follow suit. In-store sales fell more than seven-percent last December while catalog and online sales gained more than ten-percent. With the increase of sales in non-store retailers, jobs in those areas are on…

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Veterans job fair scheduled in Hickory | State

HICKORY — A veterans job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center at 1960 13th Ave. Drive SE.  This event is hosted by the NCWorks Career Center and sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. Catawba Valley Community College, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Alexander Economic Development Corporation and Vocational Rehabilitation are assisting. This event is at no charge to the veterans, job…

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Expert reveals 3 proven strategies to negotiate a better job offer

After you’ve aced the interview, you get a call from the hiring manager who wants to offer you a job! The only problem? The offer isn’t exactly what you were hoping for. Your options are to take it, leave it or try to negotiate. What are you going to do? RELATED: Career expert reveals 9 secrets to resume success According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 56% of workers don’t negotiate for better pay when they’re offered a job. Here are a…

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Sibanye-Stillwater retrenches 2,000 workers at Cooke operations

The group says that after extensive discussions and assessments, it had no choice but to follow through with the retrenchments. FILE: Miners at work in a mine shaft. Picture: AFP CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – As unemployment figures continue to paint a gloomy picture for the country, metal mining group Sibanye-Stillwater says it’s had to retrench over 2,000 workers at its Cooke gold operations. The mining group says it’s been experiencing difficulties for some time and accumulated losses. The…

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WA workers ‘most likely’ to take a mental health day in the nation

“One day last week, not wanting to tell my colleagues a lie, I explained to them I would be taking the next day off, sick. I didn’t have a cold, I didn’t have a headache. Physically, I was fine,” “What wasn’t fine was my mental health. I felt like I was drowning in work, in bills, in life in general. I had reached a point where something had to give, and that something was me. I had to give myself a break.…

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