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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Monday, June 29, 2009

GM plans to quit Nummi plant

GM plans to quit Nummi plant
General Motors plans to quit a joint venture with Toyota to make cars at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:45 AM


Friday, June 05, 2009

Jobs Picture, June 5, 2009

Jobs Picture, June 5, 2009
The unemployment rate increased from 8.9% to 9.4% in May, as the Household Survey showed that over three-quarters of a million workers were added to the jobless rolls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. May marked the 17th straight month of job loss; the current recession is now officially the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:22 PM


SEIU, San Francisco city pact will limit layoffs

SEIU, San Francisco city pact will limit layoffs
San Francisco's largest union has overwhelmingly approved a package of contract concessions, giving City Hall some wiggle room as it works to bridge a major budget deficit.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:19 PM


Current Employment Statistics Latest Numbers

Current Employment Statistics Latest Numbers
By U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Change in Payroll Employment:-345,000(p) in May 2009Historical Data
Change in Average Hourly Earnings:+$0.02(p) in May 2009Historical Data
Change in Average Weekly Hours:-0.1(p) in May 2009Historical Data
Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours:-0.2(p) in May 2009Historical Data
Change in Aggregate Hours Index:-0.7(p) in May 2009Historical Data
Change in Real Earnings:+$0.01(p) in Apr 2009Historical Data
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# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:34 AM


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Limiting the Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Insurance Can Help Pay for Health Reform

Limiting the Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Insurance Can Help Pay for Health Reform
Limiting the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance could provide significant revenues for health reform without eroding employer-sponsored insurance or causing other undesirable side effects — if the cap and the rest of the health reform legislation are well designed.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:32 AM


Justice Dept. looks at high-tech firms' hiring

Justice Dept. looks at high-tech firms' hiring
Justice Department investigators are examining the hiring practices of major technology companies including Yahoo, Google and Genentech to see whether they violate antitrust laws, according to people familiar with the...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:37 AM


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

In Hollywood, Too Many Extras

In Hollywood, Too Many Extras
NPR audio:
For many in Hollywood, being an extra has always been a good way to make a little extra cash — some even make a living out of it. But unemployed locals have taken notice, and lines at Hollywood agencies that cast extras are longer than ever.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:20 AM


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The worst downturn since the Great Depression

The worst downturn since the Great Depression
This recession has become the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. On June 5, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its May employment report, detailing how the labor market fared during the 17th month of the recession.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:20 PM


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