January 19, 2011 |
?In their campaign to repeal the healthcare overhaul President Obama signed last year, Republicans have leveled two sweeping critiques of the new law: its impact on the job market and on the federal budget deficit. Here is a run-down of how some of the rhetoric matches up with reality. Why do Republicans say the law will "kill" jobs? Many businesses will face new regulations, including rules dictating that their health plans eliminate lifetime limits, wave co-pays for preventive care and allow parents to keep children up to age 26 on their policies.
January 18, 2011 |
In their campaign to repeal the healthcare overhaul President Obama signed last year, Republicans have leveled two sweeping critiques of the law: its impact on the job market and on the federal budget deficit. Here's a rundown of how some of the rhetoric matches up with reality. Why do Republicans say the law will kill jobs? Many businesses will face new regulations, including rules dictating that their health plans eliminate lifetime limits, waive co-payments for preventive care and allow parents to keep children as old as 26 on their policies.
January 3, 2011 |
Detroit and other Rust Belt cities hoping to reverse decades of decline are finding new inspiration in unexpected places: the older industrial cities of Europe. In recent weeks, leaders from Detroit, Cleveland and other Midwest cities have traveled to Europe as part of a Cities in Transition exchange. One trip, which came after a visit to Turin, Italy, took leaders to Leipzig, Germany, and Manchester, England. All three cities are reversing decades of job losses and population decline.
September 18, 2010 |
California's deeply troubled labor market took another hit in August as employers laid off more workers than expected, renewing fears that the state's economic recovery has stalled. Employers cut 33,500 jobs, marking the third straight month of losses and pushing the state's unemployment rate to 12.4%, up from 12.3% in July, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department. California has lost 113,100 jobs since August 2009. Last month's losses were widespread, hitting almost all sectors, including construction, manufacturing, financial services, leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities.
September 2, 2010 |
A majority of people who were able to find work after being laid off during the recession say they are overqualified for their current position, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center. Nearly one-third of the nation's 139 million employed workers has suffered a job loss since December 2007, according to the survey. Of the reemployed workers, 54% say they are overqualified for their current post, versus 36% who weren't unemployed during the recession. "Jobs that you might pass earlier you begin taking just to be able to work," said Rich Morin, a senior editor with the center and author of the study.
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June 17, 2010 |
Employee furloughs, federal funds and cost-cutting measures are saving nearly 2,500 jobs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials said this week. Despite that qualified good news, 682 teachers and professional "support personnel" still face losing their positions June 30, a much smaller number than the 3,090 who received notices March 15 that they could be laid off. Many layoffs were prevented because schools used new authority over their budgets to rehire some staff members.
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March 10, 2010 |
Debate over the economic effects of California's first-in-the-nation global warming law flared this week, with a report saying short-term job losses can be expected. The state's nonpartisan legislative analyst's office examined 2008 economic modeling by the California Air Resources Board and concluded that it "may overstate the number of jobs" attributable to future implementation of the 2006 climate law. While acknowledging the uncertainty of such projections, the report said, "On balance, however, we believe that the aggregate net jobs impact in the near term is likely to be negative, even after recognizing that many of the . . . programs phase in over time."
March 2, 2010
Dear Amy: We recently learned that my husband would likely be laid off within a month. My husband is devastated; in addition to the impact this has had on his professional ego, he feels he's letting his family down by not being able to support us until he finds another job. I have tried to reassure him that this is a chance to get a job he will love. His paycheck is not what makes him the amazing father and husband he is. Is there anything else I could do? Concerned Wife Dear Wife: One unfortunate aspect of the current unemployment situation is that men are losing their jobs at a disproportionally high rate.
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February 22, 2010 |
When California Sen. Dianne Feinstein drafted legislation that would weaken endangered species protections to deliver more water to San Joaquin Valley farms, her rationale was jobs. "People in California's breadbasket face complete economic ruin," the Democrat said in a recent statement. She was joining a chorus of Central Valley politicians and farm groups that during the last year have painted the region as a dust bowl, beset by drought and environmental protections that are cutting vital water deliveries and the jobs that depend on them.
February 6, 2010 |
U.S. workers and the Obama administration finally got some good news on the job front Friday as the unemployment rate unexpectedly tumbled out of double-digit terrain for the first time in four months. In addition to the jobless rate's drop to 9.7% in January from 10% in December, the Labor Department report offers a number of signs pointing to a turnaround in the employment market and a continuing, gradual recovery in the overall economy. Among those signs was the first increase in factory jobs in three years.