Labor & Economic News Blog


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Death Reveals The True Cost Of ...


A New Jersey woman died earlier this week trying to catch a few hours of sleep between jobs, a chilling reminder of the struggle low-wage ...

 

Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’

Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’

Small companies find contract work a good way to assess candidates for permanent jobs, especially in certain types of positions.

 

A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

The United States trails nearly all other industrialized nations when it comes to educational equality, and it shows in income inequality..

 

Employer health rates rise 3%, worker deductibles top $1,200

Employer health rates rise 3%, worker deductibles top $1,200
The price of employer health insurance rose a modest 3% this year, a major survey shows, but workers will be paying more when they get sick as deductibles soar. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 3%, on average, to $16,834, according to the survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

 

Despite 'recovery,' long-term jobless still at record levels

Despite 'recovery,' long-term jobless still at record levels
The national economy is in its sixth year of recovery, but the number and share of people out of work for more than six months, the 'long-term unemployed,' remain at historic highs.

 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

$800 million in public pension 'spiking' uncovered

$800 million in public pension 'spiking' uncovered
CalPERS has made itself vulnerable to incidents of pension manipulation by not aggressively reviewing its 3,100 member agencies' payroll records, an audit finds.

 

Monday, September 08, 2014

More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy

More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy 
More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy
Once the domain of recent immigrants trying to scratch out a living, the ranks of sidewalk merchants have swelled since the economy soured in 2007. The group — an estimated 10,000 countywide — is now larger and more diverse, pulling in out-of-work professionals, war veterans and single mothers, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles chief legislative analyst's office. 

 

How Are American Families Doing? A Guided Tour of Our Financial Well-Being

 

In Hair Care, More Black Women as Owners

In Hair Care, More Black Women as Owners


The Internet and the mounting popularity of naturally textured curls and braids have enabled African-American women to claim a bigger share of hair products industry.

 

Fracking Helps Manufacturing Rebound in a Rust Belt State

Fracking Helps Manufacturing Rebound in a Rust Belt State

In Ohio and other heartland states, once-decayed steel towns and desolate rural regions are rising anew as domestic oil and gas production surges.

 

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