Allison Linn, CNBC.com’s Posts

For many of the millions of workers who toil in the nation’s shops, malls and supermarkets, the changing face of retail isn’t so pretty. Most retail workers are earning less than they were 35 years ago after adjusting for inflation, and experts say they are increasingly being asked to accept unpredictable schedules so retailers can …

More dads are staying at home full time with their kids than in decades past, but a new report finds that many of them are doing so because of health reasons or a lack of employment. Still, the new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows there has been a sharp jump in the share …

Americans still like their bills and coins. Consumers are using cash more frequently than any other type of payment, a new report shows, especially when it comes to relatively small purchases for food and personal care supplies. “This really surprised me, to be honest,” said Barbara Bennett, vice president and chief strategist for the Federal Reserve …

At a time when the cost of college is an increasing worry for many families, running a public college is becoming a more lucrative job. Nine public-college presidents earned more than $1 million a year in total compensation in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, a new analysis from The Chronicle of Higher Education finds. That’s up …

As the latest crop of millennials collect their diplomas and head into the work force, they’ll be facing a host of stereotypes: That they are entitled, lazy and/or lack a strong work ethic. Join the club. The baby boomers were considered so spoiled and self-absorbed that the writer Tom Wolfe dubbed the 1970s the “Me …

Younger Americans who are still paying off student loans have a lot less money—and a lot more overall debt—than those who don’t have any student loans, a new report finds. It’s not clear why, but the report from Pew Research Center said one possible explanation is that people paying off hefty student loans have trouble …

Less-educated Americans desperate for work may not be finding a job online for one simple reason: The job they want isn’t being posted there. A new analysis of online job postings, released Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that most jobs for people with a college education are now posted …

It’s been hard enough teaching people how to save for their retirement. It could be even more difficult to teach them how to spend that nest egg. As the multi-trillion dollar 401(k) industry becomes the predominant way that many Americans finance their golden years, millions of retirees are going to have to make big, complex decisions about …

Here’s a reason to embrace your inner guitar player or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work—like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative thinking—were more likely to be helpful and creative problem solvers on the job, …

Take this job and shove it—oh, and thanks for the $2,000. Amazon said this week that it has started a program called Pay to Quit, in which it offers workers at its fulfillment centers between $2,000 and $5,000 to quit. In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company hopes its workers won’t …

The latest tactic to close the gap between men’s and women’s wages: Just talk about it. President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday prohibiting federal contractors for retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation with one another. It’s a move advocates hope will help those employees feel more comfortable comparing pay stubs—and perhaps …

More proof that Americans are workaholics: Even when we get paid vacation, many of us don’t take it. A new survey of employees finds that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took all of their vacation days last year. What’s worse, 15 percent took none of their vacation days at all. The …

Don’t be surprised if you see fewer steaks on the backyard barbecue this summer. Economists are expecting grocery prices to rise modestly in 2014, following a year in which grocery bills barely budged. That could lead to sticker shock—especially in the meat aisle, where beef prices have reached record highs—and cause shoppers to trade out …

Here’s how most Americans manage their mix of 401(k) investments: They ignore it. “One of the dominant behaviors is inertia,” said Jean Young, senior research analyst in the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research. The vast majority of retirement plan participants are too busy, overwhelmed or just plain bored to make any changes to how their …

What’s your greatest weakness? If you’re trying to find the best employees, it could be just asking that question. Many of the common questions people ask in job interviews aren’t actually that helpful in predicting how well a person will do in a job, experts say. Instead of finding the best job candidates, they end …