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Turns Out We Weren't Adding 200K Jobs a Month

Department of Labor revises job gains figures, with 501K fewer than previously estimated

(Newser) - It's not uncommon for the Department of Labor to revise job growth numbers. It actually does so annually, when, instead of using the surveys that help form those initial estimates, it reviews unemployment insurance records in each state to come up with more accurate figures. What is uncommon is... More »

Lowe's Just Made Another Big Move to Cut Costs

Thousands of maintenance, assembly workers have been laid off

(Newser) - Lowe's has been stumbling of late, with lagging sales and store closures . Now the home improvement retailer is saying goodbye to thousands of jobs: Maintenance and assembly staff—the folks who put together items such as grills for customers—at all of the chain's 1,800 or so... More »

Tacked Onto Economy in July: 164K Jobs

Unemployment rate holds steady from June, at 3.7%

(Newser) - US employers slowed their hiring in July, adding a still-healthy 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-plus expansion, the AP reports. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7% for a second straight month, close to a 50-year low. Average hourly... More »

Soft Jobs Report Signals Fear of a Larger Slowdown

Employers add 75K jobs, well below projections

(Newser) - May's jobs report is in, and the numbers are weaker than expected. Employers added 75,000 jobs, well below projections in the 180,000 range, reports the Wall Street Journal . The pullback in hiring is a sign that businesses may have become more cautious in the face of slowing... More »

These Are the Best, Worst Starting Jobs

Electrical engineers top the list, while welders finish last

(Newser) - Which 2019 college graduates will fare the best in their respective fields? WalletHub has a new ranking of the best and worst entry-level jobs, one that uses various metrics including salary, job openings, and opportunity for growth. In terms of starting salary alone, tax attorneys will do best, but the... More »

America's Lowest-Paying Job Isn't in Fast Food

Food service industry still dominates the top 10, though

(Newser) - The website 24/7 Wall St has determined the lowest-paying jobs in America, and it finds that women dominate 18 of the top 25 occupations on the list. It turns out that those in the laundry and dry-cleaning business make the least of all US workers. The site compiled the list... More »

'No Choice': Why Afghans Keep Signing On for Deadly Duty

New York Times: Options are limited in war-torn country

(Newser) - It's a tough choice people face in Afghanistan, where almost constant war has raged on for more than four decades: Keep fighting and sustaining massive casualties, or broker peace with the Taliban to end these mass deaths—and risk putting enemies into power who may then slaughter members of... More »

January Jobs Report Contains 'One of the Bigger Surprises'

Employers add 304K jobs, well above predictions

(Newser) - US employers shrugged off last month's partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The figure is well above analyst expectations of 165,000, resulting in what is perhaps "one of the bigger surprises... More »

Looking for a Paycheck? Here's Where There's Work

WalletHub ranks US cities with the best prospects

(Newser) - New year, new you, new ... job? If you've been looking to switch things up employer-wise, January seems like a good month to start putting feelers out, and a good time overall: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent jobs report notes the national unemployment rate has fallen to 3.... More »

New Job Figures Are Out

Hiring doesn't meet expectations, but investors seem happy

(Newser) - US employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That's below this year's average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market, per the AP . Analysts had expected a gain... More »

Looking for Work? Here's Where to Go

24/7 Wall St. ranks US cities based on 5-year employment increase

(Newser) - It's a good time to be looking for work. The unemployment rate sat at 3.7%, a 49-year low, for October with a better-than-expected 250,000 jobs added, per CNN . 24/7 Wall St. knows where to find them, having ranked US metro areas based on the percent increase in... More »

It Was Her Dream Dress. Her Dad Found a Way to Buy It

Ricky Smith picks up extra shifts at his 3 jobs to buy 14-year-old Nevaeha a dress for dance

(Newser) - Ricky Smith already works three jobs to support his family, so when his 14-year-old daughter, Nevaeha, came to him with a special request, he wasn't sure he could fulfill it. ABC News reports the Pittsburgh teen had her eye on a two-piece floral dress for her upcoming middle-school dance,... More »

No Experience or Degree? You're Hired

'Wall Street Journal' sees looser hiring standards amid low unemployment

(Newser) - It's a job-seekers' market, apparently. With unemployment low , the Wall Street Journal reports that employers in a wide range of fields around the US are loosening up on job requirements in order to fill positions. For those without a college degree or experience in a particular field, it means... More »

Harvey Weinstein, Paralegal?

That's the disgraced movie producer's new side gig, according to his attorney

(Newser) - It might be tough for Harvey Weinstein to find a job these days, so he's apparently created one for himself, reports Vanity Fair . After a hearing Monday in which he pleaded not guilty to three new sex-crime charges, lawyer Ben Brafman said that the disgraced movie producer was still... More »

Unemployment Rate No Longer Starts With a 3

Ticks up to 4%

(Newser) - The unemployment rate rose to 4% in June, up from the 18-year low of 3.8%. The uptick comes as 213,000 jobs were added, which exceeded analysts' expectation of 195,000, per the Wall Street Journal . It calls that jobs count "another strong reading in a string of... More »

Your Image of Lifeguards Probably Needs to Change

Older Americans are showing up in place of busy teens

(Newser) - The iconic teenage summer job is being nabbed by grandparents. Older adults and retirees are increasingly climbing up the lifeguard chair, with fewer high schoolers and college students seeking jobs, reports the Washington Post , telling the story of a 70-year-old Texas woman who went from making just over $10 an... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for Jobs

Washington ranks No. 1; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - Some good news on the unemployment front Friday, with a 3.8% rate that hasn't been that low since April 2000. But in which states are one's prospects for finding a job best? WalletHub looked at the job market and economic environment in all 50, factoring in criteria... More »

Unemployment Rate Hasn't Been This Low Since April 2000

It's now at 3.8%

(Newser) - May ushered in an 18-year low as far as the unemployment rate goes, with 223,000 jobs added and the jobless rate sinking to 3.8%. That's better than expected: Economists had anticipated a gain of 190,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to hold at 3.9%.... More »

These Jobs Are Seeing Biggest Pay Hikes

Lawyer, truck driver among the group

(Newser) - Lawyers have enjoyed one of the largest pay increases over the past year. A 4.7% increase as of April brings the median base pay for an attorney to $101,817, according to Glassdoor. But lower-skill positions in high demand are making strides, too, including truck and delivery drivers. The... More »

This Town Will Pay You to Live 45 Minutes From Cincinnati

Labor shortage is a problem for America's small cities, towns, and suburbs

(Newser) - America's 4.1% unemployment rate doesn't exactly bring smiles to the leaders of America's small towns. "Eventually you run out of people to do the work," is how one economist puts it to the Wall Street Journal . And we're nearing that eventuality, following an... More »

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