Labor & Economic News Blog
Monday, May 11, 2015
Middle Class Fades, and Campaigns Stop Using the Term
It once signified a secure, aspirational lifestyle, but the middle class now connotes fears about falling behind, experts said.
Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan
the proposed minimum wage hike heading to the City Council for a vote,
some of the small-business owners who backed Eric Garcetti's first
mayoral bid are having misgivings.
Friday, May 08, 2015
U.S. Economy Added 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%
The gain was in line with the consensus forecast of 230,000 jobs added,
and the expectation had been that the unemployment rate would tick down
Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers
Some ingredients used in nail products have been
tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The
industry has long fought regulations.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty
In a large, continuing study of upward mobility based at Harvard,
commuting time has emerged as the single strongest factor in the odds of
escaping poverty. The longer an average commute in a given county, the
worse the chances of low-income families there moving up the ladder.
How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters
Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80 - or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it ...
The Ugly Side of Nice Nails
Manicurists in the New York area are routinely
underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New
York Times has found.