Employment

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Dealing with emergencies is nothing new to the heath care industry, and while not life threatening, a lack of skilled medical coders threatens to disrupt one of the critical elements a hospital needs to stay up and running—insurance payments. “Right now there is a dramatic shortage of skilled workers in the market so we have …

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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, September 25, 2014.

Job growth bounced back in September after a disappointing August, with the U.S. economy creating 248,000 fresh positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that the unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent as the labor force participation rate fell to 62.7 percent, its lowest level since February 1978. Taken together, though, the numbers renewed …

Why small business isn’t hiring

A new survey shows a lot of small businesses aren’t taking on new workers. What’s holding them back?

NSA competes for top talent

Rocked by the Edward Snowden disclosures and facing stiff competition for top talent from high-paying Silicon Valley firms, the NSA is looking to recruit employees through a new program.

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

A lot of strategists seem a bit nervous that more economic data will come in lower than expected. Thus far, their fears seem well-founded. This morning saw a flurry of disappointing data: consumer confidence for September came in at 86, well below expectations of 92.6. Separately, September Chicago PMI, a measure of manufacturing activity in the Chicago …

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Richard Branson works from his home on Necker Island

Tired of only two weeks of vacation a year? Perhaps you should work for Virgin—where boss Richard Branson believes employees should be allowed to take off as much time as they want. The self-made billionaire laid out Virgin’s vacation policy on the company’s website in a blog post on Wednesday entitled “Why we’re letting Virgin staff take …

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Showing up to work high? You’re not alone. A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent of Americans fessed up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. The data analyzed the marijuana and …

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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.