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  • Unemployed More Likely To Shop, Watch TV, or Play Sports Than Look For a Job

    09/01/2015 7:28:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/01/2015 | Ali Meyer
    Unemployed individuals in America are more likely to go shopping, watch TV, or play sports on an average day than to look for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Less than one in five of America’s unemployed, or 18.2 percent, participated in job search and interview activities on an average day, according to the BLS data from the American Time Use Survey. Yet 40.8 percent of the unemployed shopped on the average day by store, telephone, or Internet. Of those who shopped, 21.5 percent of those shopped for items other than groceries, food, or...
  • GE’s Lufkin Industries closing plant, making layoffs

    09/01/2015 5:28:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 31, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    GE Oil & Gas is closing a plant in Lufkin and eliminating 262 positions at the plant and at one other facility. This is the third major job reduction by GE’s Lufkin Industries this year and the second at its Foundry plant, which is being closed through this mass layoff, the company said in a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission. Many oil field services companies have implemented major job cuts during the ongoing oil downturn. The reduction of 176 of the 187 jobs at the Foundry plant will begin Sept. 10 and conclude at the end of the month....
  • DEAR WHINERS: Read THIS Before You Kill A Reporter On Live TV

    08/30/2015 6:58:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Doug Giles
    In the event that there are more “Vester Lee Flanagans” out there in the Untied States of The Overly Offended who're ready to snap because the world won’t recognize them as God’s gift to humanity, and yet, you’re not completely sold on the murder/suicide option: herewith are six surefire points to move you back into reality and officially remove you from being The Mayor of Mangina-town and into the rarefied air of a combobulated human. 1. Drop the “poor you” crap, especially, if you live in America. If you live in the USA you ... are ... not ... suffering....
  • U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Edge Down To 271,000

    08/27/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RT News ^ | 08/27/2015
    First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits decreased modestly in the week ended August 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims edged down to 271,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 277,000. Economists had expected claims to dip to 270,000. With the drop, jobless claims partly offset the modest increases seen over the past weeks, although they remain above the more than forty-year low of 255,000 set in the week ended July 18th. Meanwhile, the Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average ticked...
  • Welfare Is the Highest Paying Entry-Level Job in 38 States

    08/26/2015 8:30:01 AM PDT · by wildwoodla · 51 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 8/26/15 | Mack Stetson
    There are obvious problems with giving people “free” money.
  • Donald Trump may be good news for India

    08/24/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Sitaramarao Yechuri
    There have been many news stories in recent days about Donald Trump's proposed policy on H1-B visas and how that would be bad for India. Trump has advocated raising the minimum wage for H1-B visas, lowering the H1-B visa cap and generally making H1-B visas more difficult to obtain. Trump points out that his competitor Florida Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas and Trump contends that this would lower the average wage because the H1-B workers are willing to work harder for a lower wage because they want to get a green card. News...
  • Jobless claims edge up; labor market still improving

    08/20/2015 7:09:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance Via Reuters ^ | 08/20/2015 | Lucia Mutikani
    The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the trend remained consistent with solid labor market momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 277,000 for the week ended Aug. 15, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 fewer applications received than previously reported. Economists had forecast claims slipping to 272,000 last week. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the...
  • Here's the job most commonly held by immigrants in every state

    08/17/2015 8:36:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/17/2015 | Andy Kiersz
  • Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise, Labor Market Strengthens

    08/14/2015 6:37:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    HNGN ^ | 08/14/2015 | By Jelani James
    U.S. jobless claims rose again for a third straight week but the numbers still indicated that the labor market was still strengthening. The amount of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose again from the predicted 270,000 last week, but the numbers are still indicative of a strengthening labor market, the government said Thursday. Initial jobless claims, cited when assessing the pace of layoffs, increased by 5,000 to 274,000 for the week ended Aug. 8, the Labor Department revealed Thursday, reported Reuters. Claims for the previous week were adjusted to show 1,000 fewer applications than previously reported. Even though claims...
  • HTC To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce

    08/13/2015 2:26:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Manufacturing.net ^ | Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:39pm | Andy Szal, Digital Reporter
    (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC on Thursday announced plans to lay off 15 percent of its workforce — or about 2,300 people — amid weak demand and sales in China. The cuts will be part of a "strategic realignment" after the company projected a net loss for the current quarter. The plan will trim operating expenditures by 35 percent and shift the company's focus toward premium smartphones, virtual reality and connected lifestyle products. "As we diversify beyond smartphones, we need a flexible and dynamic organization to ensure we can take advantage of all of the exciting...
  • EXCLUSIVE — Scott Walker Lays Out Plan To Secure Border, Stop Immigration Insanity In New Interview

    08/13/2015 1:11:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 13, 2015 | Stephen K. Bannon & Matthew Boyle
    In a new exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—a 2016 GOP presidential candidate—walked through his plan to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and detailed how he believes in protecting the wages of American workers when it comes to setting the levels of how many people to bring into the United States. Walker also walked through his concerns with radical Islam, how he would go after Planned Parenthood by not just defunding it but by stripping its tax-free status, and how he’s fought against cronyism and corruption throughout his career as a public servant. We print the...
  • Our Government, Destroyer of Jobs

    08/12/2015 1:53:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/12/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If our government can't destroy all the private-sector jobs directly, it will do so indirectly by borrowing so much money the system collapses.Conventional economists and pundits are puzzled why jobs growth has been so anemic in this "recovery." Here's one factor they overlook: our government. In theory, our government is supposed to encourage private sector job growth. In reality, all the hundreds of pages of regulations are killing job growth, one small business and one job at a time.Correspondent/entrepreneur Ray Z. was kind enough to share his experience of trying to open a bagel shop and create six jobs: "For...
  • Are Walker protesters hurting or helping his 2016 chances?

    08/11/2015 1:04:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    WKOW ^ | August 11, 2015 | Greg Neumann
    MADISON (WKOW) -- As Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) looks to rebuild momentum in the wake of some ebbing poll numbers, could those who have made it their goal to bring him down actually help bolster his chances to capture the 2016 Republican presidential nomination? Pundits of all political stripes agree it was the 2011 Act 10 protests and the failed 2012 recall effort that put Scott Walker in a position to even challenge for the nomination. Now, some of those same protesters could be unwittingly helping him once again. Last Friday, a few dozen union protesters showed up outside of...
  • Seattle Restaurants Suffer Worse Job Loss Since The Great Recession

    08/10/2015 10:16:58 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2015 | Connor Wolf
    According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs — the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession. “The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in May following the minimum wage increase in April was the largest one month job decline since a 1,300 drop in January 2009, again during the Great Recession,” AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry noted in the report.
  • Fed 'close' to hiking rates, economy near normal: Lockhart

    08/10/2015 12:38:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/10/15
    Economic conditions in the United States have largely returned to normal and a Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates should come soon, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Monday.... "The economy has made great gains and is approaching an acceptable normal ... conditions are no longer extraordinary." He later told journalists he was "very disposed" to a rate increase at the Fed's September policy meeting,
  • REPORT: Seattle Restaurants Suffer Worse Job Loss Since The Great Recession

    08/10/2015 11:43:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10 AUG 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs — the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession. “The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in May following the minimum wage increase in April was the largest one month job decline since a 1,300 drop in January 2009, again during the Great Recession,” AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry noted in the report.
  • Hillary Clinton's operation is publicly savaging these 3 Republican candidates

    08/09/2015 5:49:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 9, 2015 | By Colin Campbell
    Ahead of Thursday night's big Republican primary debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign sent a notice to her supporters. "Here's your to-do list to be prepared," wrote Christina Reynolds, Clinton's director of rapid response. "Stock up on soft projectiles to hurl at your television to give your jeering some attitude (marshmallows get the job done)." Then the Democratic front-runner's campaign zeroed in on just three Republican candidates: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida). "Make sure your phone has a full charge," Reynolds added, "so you can tweet...
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. “It’s time for the Interior Department to shut it down,” Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that aren’t producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • July jobs report – 215,000 jobs added, U-3 unchanged at 5.3%

    08/07/2015 8:32:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2015 | Steve Eggleston
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs report, and reported that, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, 215,000 jobs were added in July and the unemployment rate remained at 5.3%. From the official release on employment: Household Survey DataIn July, both the unemployment rate (5.3 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.3 million) were unchanged. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.9 percentage point and 1.4 million, respectively. Pretty much every employment metric was unchanged, at least when rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent. The U-3 rate,...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise but Still Low at 270,000

    08/06/2015 8:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 08/06/2015 | Josh Boak
    WASHINGTON -- Slightly more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remain near historic lows in a sign that the job market is healthy. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 270,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 6,500 to 268,250. That average has fallen nearly 10 percent over the past year, close to levels last seen in 2000. "Initial claims for unemployment insurance have been below 300,000 for 22 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1973," said Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial...
  • Economists dump on Donald Trump’s boast to bring jobs back from China

    08/05/2015 6:24:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/05/2015 | By Paul Wiseman
    <p>Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House.</p> <p>Economists say he wouldn’t stand a chance: Trump’s boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away.</p>
  • Chinese textile mills are now hiring in places where cotton was king

    08/05/2015 3:03:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02 August 2015 | Hiroko Tabuchi
    Once the epitome of cheap mass manufacturing, textile producers from formerly low-cost nations are starting to set up shop in America. It is part of a blurring of once seemingly clear-cut boundaries between high- and low-cost manufacturing nations that few would have predicted a decade ago. Textile production in China is becoming increasingly unprofitable after years of rising wages, higher energy bills and mounting logistical costs, as well as new government quotas on the import of cotton. At the same time, manufacturing costs in the United States are becoming more competitive. In Lancaster County, where Indian Land is located, Keer...
  • Style, Substance, and The Donald [and Bush and Walker]

    08/05/2015 12:31:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2016 | Paul Krugman
    ".....So now the conventional wisdom is that we’re witnessing a temporary triumph of style over substance; Republican voters like Trump’s bluster, and haven’t (yet) realized that he isn’t making sense. But if you ask me, the people who are really mistaking style for substance are the pundits. It’s true that Trump isn’t making sense — but neither are the mainstream contenders for the GOP nomination. On economics, both Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are into deep voodoo. Bush takes his experience of presiding over a giant housing bubble in his state, as proof that he can double America’s underlying growth...
  • Job insecurity is the new normal. Here's how it's affecting your family life

    08/03/2015 12:49:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 08/03/2015 | By Lane Anderson
    After World War II, there was a golden era when Americans, especially those that had an education, could expect to have a job and keep it until retirement and retire with an adequate pension. Those days, which Allison Pugh, professor of Sociology at University of Virginia, refers to as the "20-year career and a gold watch" model, are over. Between a competitive global market, recession and job automation, and a switch to part-time and contingent workers, Americans now live in a culture of perpetual job insecurity, where they are easily laid off, at both high and low-level jobs, and can...
  • H-1B Visas: Great for American Companies, Terrible for American Workers

    08/03/2015 5:28:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    In 2013, when it was revealed that a developer was planning to purchase one of the four properties next to Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, Calif., home, and pitch potential buyers on the idea of living next-door to the founder of Facebook, the 29-year-old multi-billionaire purchased all four residential properties and leased them back to their current occupants, whose neighborly discretion he valued. Businessmen do business to make money. But occasionally, as Mr. Zuckerberg found out firsthand, business ventures have human costs. In a 2013 letter to President Obama and congressional leaders, more than 100 tech executives, Zuckerberg among them,...
  • Memo To Hillary Clinton: You Can't Hire People If You Can't Fire Them

    08/03/2015 5:22:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/03/2015 | John Tamny
    Hillary Clinton’s recent speech in which she decried “quarterly capitalism” has predictably generated a great deal of commentary. With good reason. Not only is “quarterly capitalism” a whopper of a myth, Clinton’s solution to what is not a problem would bring great harm to the economy. Missed by Clinton is the basic economic truism learned the hard way by European countries that you can’t hire people easily if you can’t easily fire them. As readers will soon see, the hiring analogy is apt. But first, it’s important to address her argument that excessive investor focus on quarterly earnings has somehow...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers

    08/03/2015 3:12:55 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/2/2015 | Reuters
    Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.
  • From Free Fall to Free Markets: How Wisconsin Turned Itself Around

    08/03/2015 2:12:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 3, 2016 | Luke Hilgemann
    "....Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature embarked on an ambitious and bold agenda to bring free market reforms to every corner of the state. ... Plain and simple, Wisconsin is finally on the right track. New state borrowing has been reduced to the lowest levels in 20 years. Property taxes have been reduced to the lowest levels since 1946, and taxes have been cut by more than $2 billion. Most importantly, these reforms aren’t just making a difference for lawmakers required to balance the budget. They’re also making a difference in the lives of everyday Wisconsinites and the hard-working...
  • Fluent English to be essential for UK public sector jobs

    08/02/2015 4:24:19 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Press Trust of India, niticentral.com ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Aditi Khanna
    London, Aug 2 (PTI): People in Britain who do not speak fluent English will be barred from public sector jobs which involve working directly with the public, the government announced today as part of its new tough immigration laws. From September, National Health Service (NHS) staff and council workers will be among those required to have language skills equivalent to GCSE grade C or above, the announcement said. It will also include police officers, social workers, teaching staff and assistants. Managers will have to test if employees can "communicate effectively with the public". Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock...
  • Charles Koch Urges Conservatives to Skip ‘Corporate Welfare

    08/01/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Time ^ | August 1, 2015 | Philip Elliot
    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch told his ultra-rich friends that they face a “life and death” decision whether to keep lobbying for tax breaks and government subsidies. “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare,” Koch told about 450 allies at an Orange County, Calif., summit that began Saturday. ....“Obviously, this prescription will not be an easy pill for many business people to swallow. Because short term, taking the principled path is going to cost some companies some profits, as it...
  • Donald Trump Cashin' In Full Interview. Trump Not Beholden To Anyone

    08/01/2015 10:14:42 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 63 replies
    Cashin' In ^ | August 1, 2015
    Donald Trump on Cashin' In with Eric Bolling ox Fox.
  • US weekly jobless claims total 267,000 vs 270,000 estimate

    07/30/2015 7:55:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC via Reuters ^ | 07/30/2015
    The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits increased last week, but remained near cycle lows in a sign that the jobs market was gaining steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000 for the week ended July 25, the Labor Department said Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised at 255,000, which was the lowest level since November 1973. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the data and that only claims for Puerto Rico had been estimated. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a...
  • 22 college majors with the highest starting salaries

    07/29/2015 8:33:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2015 | Jacqueline Smith
    Salary potential shouldn't be the sole thing that attracts you to a major in college — things like passion, interest, and aptitude should also be considered. But it's still nice to know which degrees pay off the fastest. (And we can't blame you for being drawn to those.) PayScale, the creator of the world's largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting pay for millions of professionals and sorted the results by college major. Here are the 22 majors with the highest starting salaries: 22. Business and Information Technology Median starting pay: $56,900 Median mid-career pay: $99,100 % change from...
  • Alan Greenspan: This is 'extremely dangerous' (Captain Obvious alert)

    07/30/2015 12:40:15 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    While markets hone in on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy hints, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan sees a bigger economic irritant—government spending. On Wednesday, Greenspan decried a rise in entitlement costs, which he contended have pressured the U.S. economy. "To me the discussion today shouldn't even be on monetary policy it should be on how do we constrain this extraordinary rise in entitlements," he said in a CNBC "Closing Bell" interview, calling the trend "extremely dangerous." Social expenditures in the U.S. were 19.2 percent of gross domestic product last year, up from 15.5 percent in 2005, according to data from...
  • Halliburton, Baker cut workforces deeper, bringing layoffs to 27,000

    07/28/2015 5:32:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 27, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Halliburton has cut nearly 14,000 jobs and Baker Hughes has laid off 13,000 employees since they began trimming their headcounts last year to cope with the oil-market crash, officials said Monday. Those figures, shown in quarterly securities filings Friday and confirmed by company spokeswomen on Monday, are several thousand more jobs than the last time the oil field service companies gave an estimate of their planned layoffs in April. Halliburton’s latest layoff estimate exceeds its April figure by 5,000 jobs, bringing its cuts up to16 percent of its workforce. And Baker Hughes’ estimate is up by 2,500 jobs, up to...
  • Need HR lawyer recommendation

    07/27/2015 11:03:50 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 71 replies
    n/a | 07/27/2015 | me
    I need the recommendation of an HR attorney / law firm in North Texas regarding an HR issue. At work, you can get 20 notices of "yeah, same sex marriage!" postings on the internal intranet. I posted one link to an article discussing why Obgerfell was such a radical decision, didn't even post the text. Was reprimanded that this was: A. a violation of diversity policy B. offensive to lbgta C. politicking at work Had a separate issue where a woman asked for advice regarding her husband wanting to cheat on her with a man, but keep the family together....
  • Shocker: Minimum Wage Hikes Gutted Over 700,000 Jobs In 2013

    07/27/2015 6:55:17 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 30 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jul 26, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Are liberals better at economics or are they just more adept at selling ideas that drive purely on emotion? Increasing the minimum wage is a perfect example. Raising it increases the living standards for those who struggle earning such a wage, and those who are against it–Republicans–are just anti-poor cretins who have no heart. The political campaign almost sells itself. Yet, we’re against it not because we hate poor people–that’s unadulterated nonsense. We’re against it because hurts workers, which is something that we’ve been saying ad nauseum, but alas, liberal intransigence and stubbornness on this issue has resulted in over...
  • Iowa conservatives see plenty to like in Scott Walker

    07/24/2015 7:07:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    apg-wi ^ | July 24, 2015 | Shawn Johnson | Wisconsin Public Radio
    Iowa Republicans are getting to know Gov. Scott Walker, and based on early polls, it appears that they like him. Many voters there appear enthralled with the story of Walker, the conservative folk hero, and seem prepared to overlook potential shortcomings. While it's unclear precisely what caused Walker to surge in the Iowa polls earlier this year and then stay there, the people who turned out to his rallies last weekend suggested that the image the governor's going for in this race is sinking in. At a Harley Davidson dealership in Carroll, Iowa, James Hedeen said he started paying attention...
  • We just got a deafening sign that the next US jobs report will be a monster

    07/23/2015 8:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/23/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    The July jobs report could be a monster. On Thursday, the Department of Labor reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 24, 1973. That's nearly 42 years ago, or when Richard Nixon was US president, or before Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was born. The important thing, however, is that this data came during the week that the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts the survey for the monthly jobs report, which we'll get in just over two weeks on Friday, August 7. In July, the economy added 223,000 jobs and...
  • Weatherford to boost job cuts to 11,000

    07/23/2015 5:34:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 22, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Weatherford International says it plans to bump its job cuts from 10,000 to 11,000, about 20 percent of its workforce, with the increase coming mostly from its U.S. support staff. The oil field services firm, based in Switzerland with main offices in Houston, said the layoffs come as the North American market continues to weaken. It had completed all but 3 percent of its previously announced cut of 10,000 jobs, it said in its second-quarter earnings release late Wednesday. “The aggregate results of these measures will help mitigate the effects of the downturn, while at the same time, take advantage...
  • These are some of the best cities to get a job right now — and they might not be the ones you think

    07/21/2015 9:04:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2015 | Rachel Sugar
    It's been six years since the Great Recession technically ended. Since then, job numbers have come back up, and unemployment has gone back down. In April 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the number of US private sector jobs had finally returned to their pre-crash peak. But not all cities have recovered equally. "We know every city was hit hard," says Glassdoor's chief economist, Andrew Chamberlain, who's been looking at which areas are still struggling six years later, and which places are now booming. The short answer: Go West, young man. Of the top 10 cities on Glassdoor's...
  • Robots will take many of our jobs – and that's good

    07/20/2015 4:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    OC Register ^ | 07/20/2015 | By PER L. BYLUND
    New technologies fascinate us – from the precision of robotic surgery to the potential of Amazon dropping packages on our doorsteps via drone. But at the same time, there is anxiety over robots and artificial intelligence making human labor unnecessary and, ultimately, replacing us. Fear of the changes innovation brings is nothing new, and the reality is that robots will eventually replace us in many or most of today’s jobs and that’s, in fact, a glorious thing. Yes, jobs will be destroyed by innovation, as they’ve always been, but it doesn’t mean we’ll run out of jobs. New ones will...
  • The man the 'netroots' love to hate: Scott Walker

    07/17/2015 12:17:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    PHOENIX, Ariz. — There’s no love lost for any of the 2016 Republican presidential contenders at the 2015 Netroots Nation confab, but attendees reserve a special kind of loathing for one candidate in particular: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. It’s an understandable sentiment given the setting. This year’s edition of the annual convention of liberal activists is heavily focused on bread-and-butter economic issues, with a strong union presence. The AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association have booths set up near the center of the convention hall, and many of the other booths are focused on one...
  • What would Reagan do? [Critique on Scott Walker]

    07/17/2015 5:06:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | July 17, 2015
    EVERY four years, when presidential primary season rolls around, Republican voters long to find a new Ronald Reagan. This year a striking number of conservatives wonder if Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin might fit that bill—in such numbers that Mr Walker shot into the top ranks of a crowded Republican field, as soon as he made his White House run official on July 13th. Activists are not on a literal-minded quest: their new Reagan need not look dashing on a horse, or flash a film-star smile. That is lucky for Mr Walker, a Sunday-schoolish preacher’s son whose own supporters, at...
  • US weekly jobless claims total 281,000 vs 285,000 estimate

    07/16/2015 8:20:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/16/2015
    The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a solid labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000 for the week ended July 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The decline reversed the prior week's rise and ended three straight weeks of increases. Claims tend to be volatile during the summer when automakers normally shut assembly plants for annual retooling. However, some of the companies keep production running, which can throw off a model the government uses to smooth the data for...
  • Unions: This time, we’ll defeat Walker

    07/15/2015 5:56:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Labor groups are gearing up for another fight with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) now that he has entered the presidential race. After a failed recall bid in Wisconsin, unions are determined to make sure Walker never sets foot in the Oval Office. But organized labor’s opposition could play well for Walker in the GOP primary because it appeals to his conservative base. Some of the biggest unions are still formulating their plan of attack against Walker, even as they signal they will dip into their coffers to go after him. The strongest signal came from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka....
  • Scott Walker hits campaign trail in Las Vegas, raps Iran deal, gay troop leaders, minimum wage

    07/15/2015 2:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 14, 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his presidential announcement tour Tuesday with a stop in Las Vegas, where he decried the new nuclear deal with Iran—and quickly drew fire for comments he made criticizing the minimum wage and a Boy Scout decision to lift a policy banning gay troop leaders....."I was an Eagle Scout,my kids have been involved,Tonette (Walker) was a den mother...I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values."...Critics quickly accused Walker of supporting homophobic policies and implying that gay people are pedophiles."Maybe Gov. Walker...
  • What Americans Lose When We Refuse to Do Crap Jobs

    07/14/2015 11:28:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/14/2015 | Peter Cook
    The best job I’ve ever had was cleaning deep fryers at McDonald’s at 4:30 in the morning. By “best,” I don’t mean most pleasant. Each morning, I would take a filtration device (basically a heavy bucket with a filter, on wheels) up to each deep fryer, empty the fryer’s oil into it and, while it churned away, I would scrub the sides and bottom of the fryer. After the filter was done working, I would pump the filtered oil back into the fryer and turn on the heating element to prepare it for that day’s cooking. By the end of...
  • Hillary's Tired, Demagogic Economic Proposals

    07/14/2015 7:52:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Hillary Clinton is a walking, talking cliche who spouts decades-old sound bites that were bad enough when her husband first delivered them but are painfully anachronistic today. Same old material, same old demagoguery. You would think a self-styled "progressive" would be less regressive and reactionary, but this woman apparently believes that the Clinton magic of the '90s can be dusted off and resurrected without the slightest rhetorical modification. The problem with that is that Clintonomics only works on the heels of Reaganomics and liberals have been squeezing every last ounce of Reaganomics out of our system. In her first major...