| Jun 9, 2015
| 12:30 PM
The recent flurry of minimum-wage increases among companies, cities and states is welcome news for many workers. For example, Wal-Mart recently hiked its starting wages to $9 per hour (the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour). Cities such as Chicago,...
| Jun 5, 2015
| 6:31 AM
U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that...
| Jun 2, 2015
| 4:40 PM
If you're a glass is half full kind of person, the Lehigh Valley's job picture was steady in April.
You say your glass is half empty? Then it was stagnant.
The region's April unemployment rate stayed at 5.7 percent, 13th out of 18 regions in the state,...
| May 27, 2015
| 5:29 PM
Growth in Maryland's labor market appears to be slowly solidifying, as expansion in a wide range of industries created more jobs in April than in any month in the past five years, driving the state's unemployment rate to its lowest level since 2008....
| May 27, 2015
| 10:40 AM
Consumers are in a holding pattern because the economic crisis is "still fresh in their minds," a Discover Financial Services executive says.
He also said U.S. employment gains are illusory and skewed toward minimum-wage jobs.
At a Barclays investment...
| May 26, 2015
| 2:49 PM
The number of jobs in the state grew by 1,200 in April, a modest rate that's slower than the average growth rate of about 1,500 jobs a month since the recovery began in February 2010.
The Connecticut Department of Labor on Tuesday said the...
| May 22, 2015
| 5:01 PM
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania recorded its biggest one-month jobs gain in nearly two decades in April, while its unemployment rate stabilized after rising for three straight months, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday.
| May 21, 2015
| 2:07 PM
Gov. Scott Walker made it only about halfway toward fulfilling his signature 2010 campaign promise — repeated in the 2012 recall — that 250,000 private-sector jobs would be created over four years under his leadership.
New figures released...
| May 14, 2015
| 1:37 PM
As the unemployment rate falls, the labor market tightens and employers find themselves in a war for talent among increasingly choosy employees, just what kind of jobs are people seeking?
In Chicago, searches for "data scientist" positions grew...
| May 8, 2015
| 4:59 PM
Cynthia Oliver faced two options when she arrived at the Anderson Boys & Girls Club at 9:30 a.m. Friday: get a full-time job or leave the city again.
Oliver, of Gary, wasn't expecting the former to happen on the spot, but she'll start at Chicago-based...
| May 7, 2015
| 5:57 AM
Initial claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week from a 15-year low while planned layoffs surged in April to a three-year high, providing mixed signals about the health of the labor market ahead of Friday's jobs report.
About 265,000 people...