• ADP Jobs Report: Economy Adds 139,000 Jobs in February

    The private sector added 139,000 jobs last month, a number that's "well below average," according to Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP, which compiles the report using its payroll data.

  • Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Counteract Ageism at Work?

    For every news item that says Baby Boomers hang onto their jobs at the expense of Millennial and Gen X workers, there's another that points out that Boomers, once jobless, are inclined to stay that way for longer than their younger counterparts. A recent article in Philadelphia Business Journal says that some workers are turning to plastic surgery to even the playing field.

  • CBO: Minimum Wage Increase Would Have Mixed Results

    The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week examining the effects of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the number proposed by President Obama and the current minimum rate for federal workers. Called The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income, the report found that although a hike would lift 900,000 families out of poverty, it would also reduce total employment by 500,000 workers.

  • When One Job Won't Pay the Bills

    Officially, only 4.9 percent of working Americans toil at more than one job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's down from 5.2 percent in 2008, at the height of the Recession. So why are some commentators concerned that workers are being forced to work harder than ever to make ends meet? Three words: the underground economy.

  • Fewer People Lost Their Jobs in 2013, But Hiring Is Still Slow

    The economy added a net 1.9 million jobs over the course of 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, which was released Friday. Over the course of last year, 51.4 million people lost or voluntarily quit their jobs, while 53.3 million people were hired. Those are the lowest job lost numbers for any year in the 21st century -- but don't celebrate just yet.

  • How Do the Long-Term Unemployed Survive, When Benefits Stop?

    Six weeks after the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expired, Congress appears to be no closer to an agreement that would restore benefits to more than 1 million Americans whose regular unemployment has lapsed. A recent Washington Post article looks at some of the creative solutions some workers have cobbled together, to keep themselves afloat.

  • 10 Popular Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers to Follow
    Hiring managers are beginning to veer away from conventional methods of advertising job vacancies, and they are, instead, turning to social media to locate qualified candidates. Their weapon of choice? A little thing known as a hashtag. See how hashtags are a candidate’s best friend when it comes to finding a job in today’s digital age.
  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Adds Just 113,000 Jobs, Unemployment Dips to 6.6 Percent

    This morning, the Labor Department released the Employment Situation Summary for January, and the numbers are lower than economists had predicted: 113,000 jobs added last month, as opposed to the expected 185,000 jobs. This comes on the heels of Wednesday's ADP report, which saw 175,000 jobs added in January, and a lackluster December 2013, in which the BLS said the economy added only 75,000 jobs (revised upward from 74,000).

  • Will Obamacare Kill 2 Million Jobs?

    Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released an updated report, which included data on the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, several conservative commentators and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off tweets, Cantor claiming that "millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs" because of the Affordable Care Act." So will this come to pass?

  • 3 Reasons Employers Aren't Hiring Recent College Grads

    The unemployment rate for the youngest members of the workforce is significantly higher than the general population -- 14.8 percent, in fact, as of November, 2013, according to the Center for American Progress, compared to the 7 percent or so we've been seeing for the general population. All indications are that Millennial workers are not recovering from the Great Recession at the same rate as other age groups. But why?

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 175,000 Jobs in January

    The U.S. economy added 175,000 non-farm, private sector jobs between December and January, according to the ADP National Employment Report. This is about the same as the monthly average for 2013, but lower than economists' predictions of 185,000 jobs.

  • 4 Ways to Cope if You Lose Your Job Tomorrow
    We spend more time at our jobs than we do cultivating personal relationships, and similar to relationships, our jobs are important parts of our lives and often define a large part of who we are. Losing a job is similar to breaking up, and the coping mechanisms necessary to survive the transition address so much more than simply knowing how to budget severance pay or updating your resume.
  • What the State of the Union Means to You

    Last night, President Obama called for 2014 to be a "year of action," asking Congress work with him to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits, and make better educational opportunities available to all Americans. In the meantime, the president has acted alone, issuing executive orders, directing government bodies under his control, and creating teams of private and public citizens. But those tactics will only go so far, if Congress won't act.

  • Who Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage? The Answer May Surprise You
    Is raising the federal minimum wage rate beneficial to the economy or not? We'll take a look at who's for and against raising the wage and how level of education affects people's opinions.
  • How Workers Over 50 Bring Value to the Workplace
    It isn’t an easy task for any age group to find work sometimes. But workers over 50 have the most difficulty finding work of any age group. Before putting older workers out to pasture, employers should consider the benefits and skills that workers over 50 bring to the workplace.
  • 5 Reasons People Hate Their Jobs

    Over 2 million people voluntarily quit their jobs each month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though the unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent. Why would anyone leave their job when new gigs aren't exactly growing on trees?

  • The Embarrassing State of Parental Leave in the US
    American working parents continue to get the short end of the stick when it comes to parental leave. We'll take a look at how this troubling reality has grave effects for parents and, especially, the US economy.
  • Top 5 States for Job Growth in 2014

    A weak December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics not withstanding, 2014 is poised to be the year for job growth in the United States, according to Moody's Analytics. Of course, even if the economy does generate the 2.6 million jobs predicted, those gains won't be felt equally in every state.

  • Senate Fails to Extend Unemployment Benefits

    Over one million Americans who lost their unemployment benefits in recent weeks will remain without support, after legislation faltered in back-to-back votes in the Senate on Tuesday.

  • For the First Time, Half of Members of Congress Are Millionaires

    Last week, unemployment benefits expired for over a million Americans. Also, a report revealed that over 50.1 percent of Congress are millionaires.