• How Much Do You Need to Earn to Buy a Home in Your City?

    One of the causes of the Great Recession was predatory lending practices that encouraged borrowers to buy more house than they could afford. No wonder, then, that in the rebuilding years of our economy, many are focused on figuring out how much they'd need to earn to responsibly buy a home in their city.

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Adds 179,000 Jobs in May

    Private companies added 179,000 jobs last month, according to The ADP National Employment Report. That's less than the median prediction of 210,000 jobs offered by economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

  • How Long Will It Take to Pay Off Your Student Loans?

    Over 70 percent of college seniors carry student loan debt. The average amount owed? $29,400 per borrower. For an entering first-year student, who might never have earned more than minimum wage at an after school job, that's an incomprehensible amount of money.

  • College Grads: Hiring to Increase Nearly 9 Percent

    The Class of 2014 may not have to don fast food uniforms after the caps and gowns come off. Employers that hire new grads are feeling optimistic about the market and plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates this year as compared to last. Starting salaries for this year's class are also up by 1.2 percent, all this according to a recent survey released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

  • Low-Wage Workers Ask Employers to Voluntarily Raise Their Pay

    The fight to raise the minimum wage from the current federal mandate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 has met with fierce opposition from Senate Republicans. Now, low-wage workers are taking matters into their own hands, asking their employers to commit to raising their pay without waiting to be legally required to do so.

  • No, You Cannot 'Do Anything With a Law Degree'

    Once upon a time, liberal arts grads with uncertain career paths put their faith in a fairytale: if they really couldn't figure out what to be when they grew up, there was always law school. In the wake of the recession, when over 11 percent of law school grads are unemployed nine months after graduating, it seems that this particular coach has turned back into a pumpkin. At Slate, writer and attorney Jim Saksa reminds us that it was probably all make-believe in the first place.

  • 20 of the Happiest Jobs for New Grads

    In a tight job market and uncertain economic times, new graduates are often grateful for any job, whether it's one they enjoy or not. In order to help grads find a career they'll love, folks at CareerBliss, a site focused on searches and reviews of companies known for employee satisfaction, created a list of the happiest jobs for the class of 2014.

  • Old Economy Steve Is the Meme You Need for the Job Market You Didn't Deserve

    Hey Millennials, want to get enraged? Do we have a meme for you. Old Economy Steve, currently eyeing you dismissively from beneath feathered bangs at BuzzFeed and Quickmeme, has some wisdom to impart to you, the youth of today. Short version: you have it super easy, even though your life looks like dystopian science fiction next to Old Economy Steve's post-graduation years.

  • As Job Market Heats Up, More High School Seniors Skip College

    Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 66 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds who graduated from high school in 2013 enrolled in college that fall -- the lowest number since 2006. This is the third decline in the past four years, writes Ben Casselman at FiveThirtyEight.

  • Big Surprise: Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for the Economy
    Opponents of raising the minimum wage continue to scream that paying working class people higher wages will destroy the economy and the American way of capitalistic freedom will end. We have hard evidence that this is simply not true.
  • Minimum Wage in Seattle Might Soon Be $15 an Hour

    Yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that he has struck a deal that will allow that city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a jump of more than $4 an hour. The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 per hour.

  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Adds 288,000 Jobs, Unemployment Dips to 6.3 Percent

    Economists predicted that today's release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary would show gains of 218,000 jobs in April-- more than previous months, but far short of the actual 288,000 reported by the Labor Department. Unemployment fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

  • 10-Year-Old Girl Surprises Michelle Obama With Her Dad's Resume

    The next time you're feeling a little shy at a networking event, take inspiration from 10-year-old Charlotte Bell. At White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Bell took advantage of the opportunity and slipped her Dad's CV to the first lady.

  • Many Workers Still Not Prepared to Lose Their Jobs

    If you got laid off tomorrow, would you be OK, financially? A new Gallup poll shows that 29 percent of American workers would expect to experience "significant financial hardship" within one month of losing their job. Fourteen percent say they would only last one week.

  • The Rise of the Permanent, Unpaid Intern
    Unpaid internships were designed for students to get valuable training outside of the classroom. Some professions require supervised internship hours toward graduation and licensure. Unfortunately, the internship seems to have evolved into a default position that job seekers take to avoid not having anything at all. This is a problem, and it is also in some cases illegal.
  • Obama Announces $600M Job-Training Initiative

    During a visit to a community college in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced an initiative to create job training programs, including apprenticeships. The initiative will focus on training workers to fill jobs for which there's currently a shortage of skilled applicants, and will rely on existing Labor Department funds.

  • Are You Expecting a Raise This Year?

    Workers expect a 4.5 percent merit pay increase in 2014, according to the quarterly report Global Workforce Insights for Compensation, which is released by consulting firm CEB. Benefits Pro further reports that employees expect an increase in bonus pay of 2.9 percent, a 1 percent increase from last quarter.

  • Conservatives Want YOU to Go Without Healthcare
    The Affordable Care Act is now law, and in spite of the various technical glitches, Americans have been signing up, so that they may enjoy access to healthcare when they get sick. For some people, this may be the first time they have ever had health insurance. Now, there is a push from conservatives to change the definition of the full-time work week to get employers who do not want to offer benefits off the hook.
  • These 5 Companies Employ the Most Low-Wage Workers

    The debate over raising the minimum wage revolves, to a certain extent, around the idea that paying low-wage workers more money might cause their employers to cut hours or stop hiring altogether. And while there's evidence to support the idea that some companies would respond to a federal minimum wage hike by hiring fewer workers, that doesn't necessarily mean that employers of low-paid workers would do so out of strict necessity.

  • 3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50
    It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job.

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