Quit your job to help our economy? This past September, more than 2.6 million Americans – nearly 2% of the entire workforce -- quit their jobs, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report last Thursday. This marks the highest "quit rate" since back in 2008 (April), when the Great Recession...
Oftentimes stay-at-home moms are depicted as modern-day June Cleavers, dressed in sleek Lululemon gear while shuttling their kids from school to T-ball practice to piano lessons and then home again for hand-made organic dinners. These women have supposedly chosen to take an extended leave from the w...
Last week a coalition of Chicago aldermen put forth an ordinance proposing a $15 an hour minimum wage for workers in the nation’s third-largest city. According to details in the ordinance, corporations with more than $50 million in annual sales would be required to increase minimum worker pay t...
Every job comes with its own load of stress, but a new report from the job search site CareerCast details which positions have the most and least. As the study reveals, jobs where employees risk their lives in the daily round of work, such as military personnel and firefighters, rank as the most ...
On the surface, the U.S. employment picture seems to be improving these days. We hear that we’re in a period of steady (albeit slow) economic recovery, that more and more companies are hiring, and that unemployment is gradually inching downward. But according to recent surveys by Salary.com, ma...
Today there are fewer Americans in the workforce than at any time over the past 35 years. And women of the Baby Boomer generation are leading this surprising job-market exodus following the Great Recession. The U.S. labor force participation rate stood at a mere 63.2% in August of 2013 – the lowe...
Commentators across the nation are calling the new Boeing contract a “turning point” in the status of the middle class – but not the good kind. The deal squeaked by in a close vote by Boeing machinists (approved 51-49) to lock in a major aircraft construction contract for the Seattle area; yet...
In a vote last month, union machinists at Boeing rejected a multi-year contract to build the new 777x jetliner, choosing workers’ rights and dignity over a paycheck. The International Association of Machinists District 751 states that it will not accept a proposal that would have gutted workers' p...
In Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, the president joined a rising number of people calling for a boost to the federal minimum wage. In the wake of that call, Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller put forward the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which proposes to increase the federal m...
The recent “economic recovery” continues to leave average American workers behind. With employers squeezed, their workers are experiencing the effects of cutbacks from the first quarter, which has created the most extensive drop in hourly pay on record. According to a report from the Bureau of ...