Employment

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Summer jobs, internships, and part-time gigs in fast food seldom provide an accurate dress rehearsal for the “real world” of work. As a result, new grads are frequently surprised by their first professional experience — and not necessarily in a good way. “Bart” left college with an excellent academic record. He had also held several …

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Crowley Maritime's L.A.-based tugboat "Scout"

On a typical sunny Southern California day, a bright red tugboat cuts through the channel in the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. On the banks, containers filled with cargo are stacked high. Massive cranes dip in to pull them out one at a time and load them onto waiting vessels. After a steep drop in …

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A worker polishes a 2015 Ford Mustang on Aug. 28, 2014 in Flat Rock, Mich.

Job growth cooled in August, with nonfarm payrolls adding just 142,000 even as the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. The fall in the headline rate came as labor-force participation fell, declining to 62.8 percent, or 64,000 workers, tying the 2014 bottom and remaining at the lowest level since 1978. …

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A customer shops for produce at a Whole Foods Market in San Francisco.

College is expensive. Fast food workers are battling against low wages. If you are armed with only a high school diploma, it can be tough finding a job that you can turn into a career. Glassdoor.com, a website where employees rate and review their own companies, has released a list of the top places to work for …

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Fast food workers protesting outside a McDonald's in Times Square, New York

As part of a fight to earn $15 per hour and the right to form a union, fast-food workers across the nation went on strike Thursday. Several were arrested as workers protested outside of fast-food restaurants and some held signs pledging to do “whatever it takes for $15 and union rights.” Workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Yum Brands’ Kentucky …

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Kieth Miller works on the assembly line building Victory motorcycles at the Polaris Industries factory on August 8, 2014 in Spirit Lake, Iowa

This is a breaking news story. Check back here for updates. Private sector job creation slowed a touch in August, missing expectations though roughly maintaining the pace of expansion so far in 2014. A report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics showed employment growth of 204,000 positions, off a touch from the downwardly revised 212,000 in …

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Studies have shown that millennials in the workplace are seen as disproportionately entitled, and are willing to sacrifice work friends for a promotion, but new research shows that they are even more willing to lie to get ahead. Millennials—defined as anyone between 19 and 36 years old—say they would take credit for someone else’s work to get ahead …

State of the job market

On this Labor Day Hampton Pearson takes a closer look at the job market: the progress it’s making and the challenges ahead.

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Professionals are lining up to learn coding as a way to give their careers a new lease of life, with a slew of training companies cropping up to meet a booming interest in programming. But many in the tech industry are warning that recruiting career-change techies is not enough, and that coding should be the …

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Fed up with constantly checking the Blackberry while on the beach? Fearful of the backlog of emails when you’re back in the office? These well-known work-related hazards could soon be a thing of the past, if one German company’s idea catches on. Automaker Daimler is giving its 100,000 German employees the chance to be free from work …

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Job openings rose in June, hitting 4.7 million, up slightly from 4.6 million in the prior month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest reading marks the highest since February 2001. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen often cites the survey when she assesses the state of the labor market. Over the last …

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At a factory 10 minutes from the famed Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, brightly colored golf carts are being assembled, inspected and prepped for shipment. These E-Z-GO carts come in vivid reds, blues, greens, the classic whites and a subtle gold color, all part of the expanding product line of Textron Specialized Vehicles. It is an …

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If you’re a business owner, you may have noticed the ads in a spam folder or on the corner of your favorite page on a browser: apps and websites that offer to do background checks, some with lurid headlines like, “Find sex offenders in your neighborhood.” Technology has made getting information on a person’s past …

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The U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in June, below expectations, as the unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent, reflecting a consistent but unspectacular level of employment growth. Economists expected nonfarm payroll growth to hit 233,000 in July, down from an upwardly revised 298,000 in June, and unemployment to fall to 6.0 percent from 6.1 percent. …

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Pedestrians walk by a now hiring sign posted in the window of a Ross Dress for Less store on June 6, 2014 in San Francisco.

Private businesses created 218,000 jobs in July, a number that while solid and in line with trend fell below expectations, according to ADP. The number also fell well short of the 281,000 created in June—the initially reported total was not revised—and could cause economists to tinker with their projections for Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report. Consensus …