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  • Unemployment Is Down, So Where Are the Wages?
    If you've been waiting for a fatter paycheck to find you in 2015, so far the news has been discouraging. Unemployment rates are down, which is exciting news, but we still haven't seen an improvement in wages. Here's why a lower unemployment rate hasn't translated to higher pay -- yet.
  • The Minimum Wage Increased in 20 States This Month
    In 20 states and the District of Columbia, the New Year meant higher wages for the lowest-paid workers. For states like Arkansas, Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, South Dakota, and West Virginia, the hike means that minimum-wage employees will make more than the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour for the first time ever.
  • What We Know So Far About Obama's Plan for Free Community College
    Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his plan to offer eligible college students two years of community college for free. More information about the America's College Promise proposal will be revealed today, alongside an American Technical Training Fund proposal, which would expand technical training programs that meet employer's needs and prepare more Americans for higher paying jobs. Here's what we know about the plan right now.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 252,000 Jobs Added, But Wages Remain Soft
    This morning's release from the Labor Department showed an increase of 252,000 jobs, beating economists' expectations of 240,000 added jobs, and a decline in the unemployment rate from 5.8 percent in November to 5.6 percent in December. This is the lowest unemployment rate since June, 2008. In addition, last month's blockbuster report was revised upward from 321,000 jobs to 353,000 jobs. Wages, however, actually declined slightly from last month.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 241,000 Jobs in December
    Ahead of this morning's ADP National Employment Report, economists predicted the addition to private payrolls of 225,000 jobs. The report, which is jointly produced by Moody's Analytics and payroll processor ADP, showed higher gains than expected -- 241,000 jobs in all. In addition, last month's payrolls were adjusted upward from 208,000 jobs to 227,000 jobs.
  • Unemployed Men Still Do Less Housework Than Women
    Possibly the only upside to being unemployed, as long as it doesn't go on too long, is finally having enough time to take care of your living space and spend time with your children, if you have them. But as The Upshot's Josh Katz recently discovered, even unemployment looks different, depending on whether you're a man or a woman.
  • The Salary You Need to Buy a Home in Most Major Cities
    Buying a new home is exciting, but it can be difficult to determine how much you can afford to spend, or, whether or not you can afford to buy at all. Through analyzing how much it would cost to pay a median-priced home's mortgage principal, taxes, and insurance, the mortgage website HSH.com has determined how much a family would have to earn to afford to buy a home in many major US cities.
  • 3 Endangered Jobs for 2015
    Out with the old, and in with the new! While some industries are thriving in 2015, and anticipating further growth, other professions are struggling to stay relevant. Growth in the tech industry, for example, has been easy to understand and anticipate. But, other industries are paying a price for the changes technology has brought.
  • Americans Are 40 Percent Poorer Than Before the Recession
    In recent months, there have been many indications that the economy has recovered from the recent recession, as over 300,000 jobs were added in November and unemployment is at its lowest in nearly a decade. But are these jobs allowing Americans to live well?
  • 5 Reasons to Take Vacation for the Holiday
    'Tis the holiday season, which means that the people you know (and work with) are likely taking one of two approaches: They are either working more than ever; or they are taking lots of time off to be with their families and enjoy a well-deserved break. Here's the thing, though. More of us seem to be in the group of those who are working too hard and not having much fun. In fact, 40 percent of us don't take all of our vacation days each year.
  • Gaming, Craft Beer, and Cannabis Cultivation โ€“ 3 New Fields of Study for College Students
    Our economy is changing. The idea that many of the jobs that will be available 10 years from now don't exist today, is more true now than it has ever been. But, it's not just the tech industry that's moving our culture along. Many new professions await today's students, and universities are always trying to anticipate, and prepare for, these future opportunities. In response to the growth of some surprising industries, colleges are offering more and more outside-the-box fields of study that might be a little more than tempting to today's students. Come to think of it, many of yesterday's college students might have enjoyed them as well....
  • Job Outlook for 2015: Best and Worst Cities for Growth
    For several years now, the unemployment rate has been improving. While this is encouraging, progress has definitely been patchy. Some areas have recovered more quickly from the economic recession than others, just as some industries have endured more of a hit and are slower to bounce back. This week, Manpower Group released the results of their employment outlook survey, forecasting job trends for the first quarter of 2015 based upon a survey of 18,000 U.S. employers in 100 metropolitan areas.
  • Congress Considers Drastic Cuts to Pension Plans
    For the first time ever, Congress may move to cut pension benefits to current retirees. Proposed legislation, which would take the form of an amendment to a $1.1 trillion spending bill, would cut benefits for multiemployer plans, common in the grocery, trucking, and construction industries, and often managed jointly by employers and unions.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 321,000 Jobs Added, Beating Expectations
    Prior to this morning's report from the Labor Department, economists were predicting gains of 230,000 jobs for November. Instead, The Employment Situation Summary reported the addition of 321,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls last month. This marks the tenth straight month of 200,000-plus job gains. Unemployment held steady from last month's report at 5.8 percent.
  • The Pros and Cons of Unions Today
    The labor movement has given the American worker benefits that today are often taken for granted, such as overtime laws, child labor laws, and minimum wages. The right to bargain collectively gives employees the power to demand reasonable treatment without the threat of being replaced by somebody less noisy. However, unions are far from perfect.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 208,000 Jobs in November
    Private companies added 208,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, according to The ADP National Employment Report. This was lower than economists' predictions of 220,000 jobs, but still in line with the previous six months.
  • To Spare Retail Workers, Some Shoppers - and Companies - Boycott Black Thursday
    For better or worse, Black Friday, the informal commercial holiday that follows the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day, has been a widely accepted fact of life for retail workers, and shoppers, for decades now. However, in the last few years, an effort by brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online retailers has led to earlier and earlier kickoffs to the official start of the holiday shopping season. Many stores now open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. This practice, along with other demands placed on retail workers by their employers during the holiday season, has serious consequences for these employees, and many are saying that enough is enough.
  • Obamacare Enrollment: What You Need to Know
    Last year, Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, helped 10 million Americans sign up for health insurance. Being insured is now a requirement, so it's important to be sure your coverage is all set for 2015. If your employer provides your insurance, nothing has changed and no action is required on your part. Just keep doing what you have been doing. But, if your employer doesn't offer health insurance, (or if you're a freelancer, or currently between jobs,) enrollment is a great option to get the coverage you need.
  • Even Red States Recognize That the Minimum Wage Is Too Low
    America's federal minimum wage is $7.25 -- not enough to pay rent in many states. The debate over whether to raise the minimum rages on, but voters in some states -- and not just blue ones -- are taking matters into their own hands.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 214,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 5.8 Percent
    The economy added 214,000 jobs last month, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slightly less than the 230,000 jobs predicted by economists. In addition, the unemployment rate declined 0.1 percent from the previous month.