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Next Blue-Collar Revolution Has Already Arrived

It's computer coding, writes a columnist at Wired

(Newser) - It's a common complaint: Decent-paying blue-collar jobs are disappearing across the US and thus putting the middle class in danger. Not so fast, writes Clive Thompson at Wired . While it's true that jobs we traditionally think of as blue collar are dwindling, he makes the case that the... More »

Hundreds of Thousands Enter Drawing for Decent Job

The ILWU is hosting lottery for 2,400 part-time longshoreman gigs

(Newser) - It's Willy Wonka's golden ticket but for adults desperate for a blue-collar job in America. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is holding a drawing for 2,400 part-time jobs loading and unloading shipping containers at ports in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reports. While... More »

The 10 Best Jobs in the US

They pay well and are gratifying

(Newser) - A career in technology is a good way to go, according to Glassdoor . The jobs site has ranked the 50 best jobs in the country based on average starting salary, job satisfaction, and the number of available positions, with "highly skilled" professions in tech, health care, and finance dominating... More »

GM Set to Announce $1B Factory Investment: Source

AP source says jobs announcement coming Tuesday

(Newser) - General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter tells the AP . The Detroit automaker will make the announcement Tuesday morning. The investment is part of the normal process of equipping factories to... More »

10 Best-Paying Jobs in US

They're all in the 6 figures

(Newser) - Our only advice if you want to crack into the best-paying gigs in the US: Start filling out those med school applications. The top jobs on US News & World Report's 2017 "Best Jobs" list are all within the medical or dental field, and all with median salaries... More »

Hiring Steady as Wages See Biggest Rise Since Recession

Unemployment now at 4.9%

(Newser) - US employers added a decent 161,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9% from 5%, reports the AP . It was the final major report on a lukewarm but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week. The Labor Department said Friday that average... More »

Freelancers Are 35% of US Workforce—and Growing

So why do politicians ignore them?

(Newser) - America's freelancers work more hours than the average American and are earning more money than ever while doing it, Yahoo reports. The average American workweek in September was 34.4 hours—an increase of 0.1 hour that one analyst says is a good sign for the economy. But... More »

September Jobs Report Shows Decent Gain

Numbers could keep the Fed on track to raise interest rates

(Newser) - Job gains in September were slightly weaker than the 172,000 jobs that Wall Street economists expected, but the 156,000 jobs that employers did add were enough to welcome new workers and bring back some of those who fell off the map after the Great Recession, per the New ... More »

August Jobs Report: Numbers Can't Compare to Recent Gains

151K jobs added—about half of July's gains

(Newser) - Hiring downshifted last month as US employers added a modest 151,000 jobs, about half the blockbuster gains of the two previous months, the AP reports. The Labor Department said Friday the unemployment rate remained 4.9% for the third straight month. The figures are far below July's gain... More »

10 US Cities Losing the Most Jobs

Sorry, Atlantic City

(Newser) - More bad news for Atlantic City: It's losing more jobs than any other US city, based on employment declines from June 2012 to June 2016, per 24/7 Wall St . The 10 cities that have lost the most jobs, plus their employment declines: More »

Clinton's Job Promises Fell Short as NY Senator

She promised 200K for upstate

(Newser) - Donald Trump often accuses the Washington Post of being out to get him, but on Monday, the newspaper turns a critical eye toward his opponent. Specifically, the Post looks at Hillary Clinton's track record of creating jobs in New York state while she served as a senator from 2001... More »

June Jobs Report Shows Huge Gains

Unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%

(Newser) - Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient US economy. The hiring spurt marked a sharp improvement from May's dismal showing, when just 11,000 jobs were added, reports the AP . A modest 144,000... More »

Want a Job and a Cheap Home? This Town Wants You

NZ town has 1K vacant jobs, $160K homes

(Newser) - "So many of the things Kiwis value, such as owning your own home and providing for your family, have become an impossible dream"—but not in the tiny town of Kaitangata. Bryan Cadogan, mayor of the Clutha district, which includes Kaitangata, on New Zealand's South Island, says... More »

10 Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates

Farming, fishing, and forestry top the list

(Newser) - Teachers and librarians have the lowest suicide rate while farmers and fishermen have the highest, according to a CDC study of 12,300 suicides in 17 states in 2012. Why the discrepancy? Researchers say "job-related isolation and demands, stressful work environments, and work-home imbalance, as well as socioeconomic inequities"... More »

Top 10 States Adding the Most Jobs

Utah leads the way over the last 5 years

(Newser) - Looking to move to a state where it's easier to find work? 24/7 Wall St has ranked the states using a variety of factors including unemployment rates and the size of the local labor force. Here are the top 10 states in terms of job growth over the last... More »

April Jobs Report: Job Gains Smallest in 7 Months

But unemployment rate stays at same low of 5% it's been at since the fall

(Newser) - US employers pulled back on hiring in April after a streak of solid monthly gains, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, the AP reports. The unemployment rate remained at a low of 5%, roughly the same level it has been since the fall. The job gain was... More »

Marijuana Reporter Gig Comes With a Catch

You have to pass a drug test

(Newser) - The Denver Post is looking for a journalist to cover the marijuana scene, including legalization battles, in the US and Canada for its website the Cannabist —or as Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham puts it , "DREAM JOB SIREN." But don't get too excited, stoner scribes. "... More »

'Datageddon' Day: 215K More Jobs, but Unemployment Ticks Up

The good news: More Americans are on the hunt for jobs

(Newser) - US employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding a higher-than-expected 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail, and health care industries, the AP reports. Despite the jump, the Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5% from 4.... More »

Dream Internship: Get Paid $12K to Travel, Swill Beer

3 lucky interns to be selected in April

(Newser) - Want to get paid to travel and drink beer all summer? Of course you do—and World of Beer could make it happen. The tavern chain based in Tampa, Fla., is looking for three interns to send around the world for four months "to explore beer for themselves and... More »

These 10 Jobs Pay the Best

Glassdoor's top US rankings all offer salaries in the six figures

(Newser) - Sure, money isn't everything, but that doesn't mean you're going to complain if your job comes with a fat paycheck. Glassdoor has published its 2016 list of the highest-paying jobs in America, courtesy of individuals who self-reported their salaries, and there's one caveat for cash-seekers: More... More »

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