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US Employers Added a Sluggish 210,000 Jobs in November
Economy
US Employers Added a Sluggish 210,000 Jobs in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers slowed the pace of their hiring in November, adding 210,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year. Friday’s report from the Labor Department also showed that the unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.2% from 4.6%.... Read More

In The News
Paid Leave Advocates Say Bipartisan Path not Feasible
2021-12-01 18:42:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Advocates for the passage of paid family and medical leave into law are pushing the policy as a solution to what could be a difficult 2022 midterm election for Democrats. Provisions for paid leave were included in the... Read More

Employment
US Jobless Claims Hit 52-Year Low After Seasonal Adjustments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless... Read More

Economy
US Jobless Claims Drop Seventh Straight Week to 268,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday.... Read More

In The News
Labor Secretary Says Investment Needed to Create Equal Opportunity
2021-11-18 14:06:15
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is rebounding but the pandemic has not ended and neither have efforts needed for the nation’s full recovery, said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Wednesday.  Speaking at a Brookings Institution event, Walsh insisted the... Read More

Energy
Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Worldwide, Report Says
2021-10-21 17:55:51
by Dan McCue

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million in 2019, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. The eighth edition of “Renewable Energy and... Read More

Economy
US Employers Add a Weak 194,000 Jobs as Delta Maintains Hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic still has a grip on the economy with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs.  Friday's report... Read More

Employment
House Seeks More Job Protections for Nursing Mothers and Older Applicants
2021-09-28 15:03:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Monday considered whether changes are needed to two proposals for expanding workplace rights of nursing mothers and older job applicants before submitting them to final votes by lawmakers. The holdup on the bills is... Read More

Employment
Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
2021-09-03 15:46:42
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. employment grew by 235,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in August, but that 0.2% decrease still leaves 8.4 million Americans unemployed. The 235,000 growth spurt highlighted in the Labor Department’s August Employment Situation... Read More

Employment
Gig Apps for a Pandemic Economy: Part Time, No Commitment

LONDON (AP) — For months, Gabrielle Walker had been looking for a part-time job. She applied to restaurant chains and retailers like Nando's and Primark, and she scoured the job search site Indeed. Nothing. Then one day, Walker, a 19-year-old... Read More

Employment
Capitol Employee Who Took Gig Job During Pandemic Could Be Out $20K
2021-08-20 15:25:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- An employee of the Architect of the Capitol’s office who took a job working with Amazon while on administrative leave during the pandemic may have to repay the office $20,197, the AOC Office of the Inspector General said... Read More

Economy
Job Openings Exceed Unemployment by Roughly 1 Million
2021-08-10 13:05:35
by Reece Nations

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Monday that job openings increased to their highest ever recorded point at the end of June to 10.1 million available positions, the Department of Labor reported on Friday that some 8.7... Read More

Economy
Employers Added 943,000 in July in Sign Economy Will Weather Delta Variant
2021-08-06 19:07:47
by Victoria Turner

Employers added 943,000 jobs in July and drove the unemployment rate down by 5.4%, with leisure and hospitality, local government, education and business services leading in the hiring, the Labor Department said Friday. In remarks delivered at the White House,... Read More

Business
Some Workers Oppose Vaccination Requirements as Mandates Skyrocket
2021-08-06 14:45:48
by Reece Nations

Disney, Walmart and Tyson Foods are some of the most high-profile corporate entities to announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their employees, but not all are on board with the requirement. On Friday, Disney and Walmart announced new policies that... Read More

Employment
As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer: Thank goodness for teenagers. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed... Read More

Employment
US Adds a Solid 850,000 Jobs as Economy Extends Its Gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an encouraging burst of hiring, America's employers added 850,000 jobs in June, well above the average of the previous three months and a sign that companies may be having an easier time finding enough workers to... Read More

Future of Work
Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
2021-06-28 15:01:39
by Dan McCue

Programs that teach employees a new skill - whether it's something additional to better perform a current role, or a new set of capabilities to prepare someone for a different role, will be a key component in competing for the... Read More

Business
SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
2021-06-22 21:27:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much good came from the COVID relief funds doled out by the Small Business Administration as the pandemic ran its course time has shown that certain businesses -- particularly those owned by women and minorities -- went... Read More

Employment
Desperate for Workers, US Restaurants and Stores Raise Pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. restaurants and stores are rapidly raising pay in an urgent effort to attract more applicants and keep up with a flood of customers as the pandemic eases. McDonald's, Sheetz and Chipotle  are just some of the... Read More

Employment
US Employment Situation Improves Slowly but Surely
2021-05-07 16:10:19
by Victoria Turner

With the US unemployment rate essentially unchanged from March to April from 6.0% to 6.1% respectively, the American state of employment seems to continue on its positive track, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest report.  Employment in nonfarm... Read More

Employment
Help Wanted: In Pandemic, Worry About Finding Summer Workers

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of seafood restaurants on Cape Cod has eliminated lunch service and delayed the opening of some locations because his summertime influx of foreign workers hasn't arrived yet.  More than a thousand miles away, a Jamaican... Read More

Travel
Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
2021-04-19 20:07:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — As the industry continues to rally back from the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions, some passenger airline companies are still struggling to retain full-time employees. February employment figures for airlines were down nearly 1% from January, according to... Read More

In The News
US Employment Picture Brightens
2021-04-06 19:16:41
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover report paints a brighter picture for the country’s employment situation more than a... Read More

Employment
Jobs Surge As Employers Add 916,000 Workers
2021-04-02 13:24:18
by TWN Staff

The U.S. added a solid 916,000 jobs last month -- far surpassing an expected increase of 675,000 jobs -- and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. The new numbers come after the economy added... Read More

In The States
LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
2021-03-15 21:00:15
by Reece Nations

DALLAS — Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in favor of a former Tarrant County College District employee who claimed she was fired from her job after disclosing her sexual orientation to a supervisor. Amanda Sims alleged in... Read More

Mental Health
Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
2021-02-19 15:01:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional subcommittee tried to assess the well-being and mental health of its own workforce Thursday after a year that one of its members described as “like drinking from a firehose while in freefall.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Business
Public/Private Plans for ‘Upskilling’ the Workforce
2021-02-12 20:51:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The work environment during COVID has demonstrated an increased need for technical expertise in the workforce. A report from the World Economic Forum offers that by 2022 — just next year — half of employees will require significant... Read More

Employment
New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
2021-02-12 15:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Fox News television host Gretchen Carlson advocated during a congressional hearing Thursday against employment arbitration contracts that limit workers’ rights to sue their employers. She said they often force employees into silence about misdeeds of their bosses,... Read More

Future of Work
Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Call for 'Rethinking' of Job Flexibility
2021-02-02 16:00:02
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has exacerbated deep-rooted issues in the structure of jobs. The need to “rethink” the future-of-work to incorporate flexibility and employee needs came to the limelight during a fireside chat between the presidents of two Federal Reserve Banks on... Read More

Economy
CBO Report Says US Economy to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels by Mid-2021
2021-02-01 20:59:56
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. economy will return to its pre-pandemic level by mid-2021, but employment levels will not fully return to normalcy until 2024. The nonpartisan federal agency that provides budget and economic analyses... Read More

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