Getting more cash out of your employer this year doesn’t necessarily require asking for a raise. Workers are potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table in work perks, from discounts on cellphone service to cheap amusement park tickets and free cash for getting fit. “Most people aren’t up on those things,” said Bob Nelson, …

Layoffs hit the oil patch

The steady decline in oil prices is now prompting some energy companies to scale back, not only on production, but also on their workforce.

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Vivint Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The U.S. solar industry employs nearly 174,000 Americans, up nearly 22 percent in a year. “Solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate,” said The Solar Foundation, which released the numbers Thursday in its annual census on solar jobs. While 174,000 jobs is little more than one-tenth of 1 …

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Dentists have the best job in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, which were released on Tuesday. The jobs selected are based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions on which 100 jobs will grow the most between 2012 and 2022, the report said. “Those top 100 jobs, from the …

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A transmission for a Chrysler Ram 1500 truck goes through the assembly line at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan.

Job creation kept the pace in December, with the U.S. economy creating 252,000 jobs to close out the year, while the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent. The U.S. was expected to create 240,000 jobs in December, after adding an unexpectedly strong 353,000 jobs the prior month. The unemployment rate was seen falling to 5.7 percent …

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An attendant checks bottles on a production line at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Nilai on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on November 3, 2014.

In the next few months, Coca-Cola plans to layoff about 1,600 to 1,800 employees globally, according to Dow Jones. The move is a part of the beverage giant’s effort to cut $3 billion in costs, which was announced in October. Shares for Coca-Cola rose nearly 1 percent in morning trading after the report. The world’ …

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A man walks past a sign at the entrance to a Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce job fair in Princeton, Illinois.

Private-sector job creation popped in December, with companies adding a better-than-expected 241,000 workers, according to payroll processor ADP. The count topped economist estimates, according to Reuters, of 226,000 and helped continue a trend of solid aggregate job numbers. Services led the way, adding 194,000, while goods-producing industries contributed the remaining 46,000, according to the report …

Minimum wage hikes

Millions of workers will ring in 2015 with a little bit more money in their pockets because of new minimum wage increases.

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Workers connect drill bits and drill collars, used to extract natural petroleum, on Endeavor Energy Resources LP's Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas.

Although plummeting oil prices are considered an overall benefit to the U.S. economy, not everyone in the country will enjoy benefits. Oil and gas jobs are at stake, reports the Wall Street Journal—an unanticipated downturn after the industry became a leading beacon of job growth during the Great Recession. If oil remains around $56 a …

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A bitter war of words has erupted between a workers’ union and the owners of a U.K. delivery company that notified its workers of impending redundancies in an email on Christmas Day. More than 2,000 staff at City Link will be let go on New Year’s Eve, as the company goes into administration due to …

Jobs showing strength

Hampton Pearson tells us the labor market outlook as we head into 2015.


It’s that time of year again: the dreaded performance review. While this practice is key to getting teams to set priorities and clarify actions, managers (and employees) often treat it as a make-work task instead of a productive conversation. Perhaps it’s no wonder then that companies worldwide deliver just 50 to 60 percent of the …

Licensing requirements may hold back workers

Government requirements for licenses, registrations and certificates may be holding back hiring in some industries.

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A student at Dowling College training in an air traffic control simulator.

Saja-Lindsay Sudlow has known for years she wanted a job in aviation, ever since her high school job manning the museum booth in the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook in New York City. “This is something I always wanted to do,” the 23-year-old said. A recent graduate of Dowling College in Shirley, New York, …

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., left, urged the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act earlier this fall to help close the gender wage gap. It failed to gain enough votes.

Ladies, don’t celebrate that promotion or raise just yet. Working women in the United States still face a bigger wage gap than those in other countries. Of 38 countries assessed in the International Labour Organization’s Global Wage Report 2014/15, released Friday, Americans had the widest reported total gap, at 36 percent. That’s a bigger paycheck …