| Feb 21, 2014
Livable wages and less income disparity are noble objectives that resonate with many people. President Obama has proposed that Congress raise the minimum wage as a way to meet those objectives. But there's a better way to improve wages, assist low-...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 11:57 AM
North Shore School District 112 officials argue the district's future looks bleak without closing four or even six of the district's 12 school buildings.
Members of the district's superintendent's citizen finance and facilities advisory committee have...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 7:36 AM
Layoffs appear to be easing as the number of people who filed for unemployment claims last week dropped by 10,000 to 316,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday.
The number of initial unemployment claims has decreased in six of the last seven...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:37 PM
99 Cents Only Stores Inc. has laid off about 160 workers as the company sought to streamline costs and stay competitive.
No stores will be closed and no employers or managers at any of the chain's 332 stores were affected in Tuesday's move, according to...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: What should I say, other than "duh," when an interviewer asks why I've been out of work for so long? Is this question even legal? -- J.R.
An interviewer uses the legal why-jobless-so-long question as a time-saver to quickly uncover what's...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is laying off 2,300 employees in its Sam’s Club division as it tries to make its workforce leaner.
In total, 2% of the 116,000 Sam’s Club employees in the U.S. will lose their jobs. Employees were being informed of the...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Never let a crisis go to waste, says an old rule of politics.
For some major players in the economy, the financial crisis that began five years ago this month with Lehman Bros.' collapse turned out to be as much an opportunity as a calamity....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 3:07 PM
The editors of many local Patch websites were among a large number of employees reportedly laid off by the news company Wednesday, under a national "restructuring" by its new owner.
Investment holding company Hale Global agreed to assume majority...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm neither an employee nor a stockholder in Sysco or U.S. Food Service, but this combination will not benefit either company or its employees ("Sysco to buy US Foods, former Columbia-based company, for $3.5 billion," Dec. 9).
Two companies calling on...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:02 PM
California added a net 13,600 jobs in December, a modest but decent showing for a month of less-than-robust growth throughout the nation.
Those gains were enough to help push the unemployment rate down to 8.3% from 8.5% the previous month, the state...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:26 PM
NBCUniversal is laying off more than 160 employees from its Burbank facility, a direct result of “The Tonight Show’s” pending move to New York City with Jimmy Fallon as the new host, according to a company spokesperson.