March 14, 2014 |
Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout Thursday of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state. More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants. Some prospective candidates came from as far away as California and New Mexico hoping to nab a coveted job. The fair's organizers had expected a turnout of about 700 people, the Denver Post reported . But by some estimates, the number was more like 1,200. The state is experiencing an economic boom as companies rush to meet growing demand.
March 13, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - John McDonald appears to have a slight edge over Grant Green and Andrew Romine for the Angels' utility infield spot, but not because he's batting .462 (six for 13) in his first eight exhibition games. The 39-year-old veteran has made several outstanding defensive plays at second base and shortstop, and he can also play third, a position the Angels might need coverage at if they decide to pull David Freese in the late innings of close games, as the St. Louis Cardinals often did last season.
March 13, 2014 |
Do you spend a copious amount of time on Wikipedia? Harvard might have a job for you. Harvard's Houghton Library, home to the school's collection of rare books, is looking to fill a newly created job : Wikipedian in residence. (And at $16 an hour, it beats what you make editing for Wikipedia, which is zero .) This individual will help populate pages on Wikipedia with some of the library's material. PHOTOS: Celebrity majors “Wikipedia is an important resource for folks at Harvard and folks all around the world,” John Overholt, Houghton's curator of early modern books and manuscripts, told the L.A. Times.
March 13, 2014 |
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome. The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant. Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and abroad.
March 12, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Most Americans support increasing the federal minimum wage, a top priority of President Obama, but not if it would cost the economy jobs, according to a new national poll. About 69% of respondents in the Bloomberg National Poll said they favored hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years from $7.25, with 28% opposing it. But their views changed when told of a recent government estimate of the effects of such an increase on poverty and employment, according to findings from the poll released Tuesday.
March 11, 2014 |
Employers in the U.S. posted slightly more jobs in January despite harsh weather in many parts of the country, a positive sign for the labor market in coming months. Job openings rose to nearly 4 million in January, a 1.5% increase from the month before, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was just south of November's five-year high of 4.1 million. Leisure and hospitality added 156,000 net openings in the first month of 2014. Construction opened up 32,000 extra slots, while education and health services added 65,000 openings.
March 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The economy added 175,000 net new jobs last month, a surprisingly robust figure given the bad winter weather, the Labor Department said Friday. Despite the increase -- the largest in three months -- the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% after hitting a more than five-year low in January. The February job-creation figure was a significant improvement over the 129,000 net new jobs added in January, which was revised up from an initial estimate of 113,000.
March 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The weather was unusually bad in much of the country last month, so why was Friday's government jobs report surprisingly good? The economy added 175,000 net new jobs in February, up from a revised 129,000 the previous month. The figure exceeded analyst expectations of about 150,000 jobs, and some were predicting a much lower number because of the bitter cold and snow. Labor Department data show the weather cost workers significant hours on the job. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years But partly because of the way the government crunches the numbers, the weather didn't appear to have cost the economy jobs in any major way. "Anecdotally, just walking around the streets in the Midwest and the Northeast, you would think that economic activity had slowed and that includes hiring by businesses, but we're not really seeing it in the numbers," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York.
March 6, 2014 |
Disney Interactive, the struggling video game and digital media subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., is cutting roughly 700 jobs worldwide, the company said Thursday. The division is closing offices in Chicago, New Jersey, Colorado, South Korea and Hyderabad, India. The layoffs represent about 26% of the division's workforce. Disney Interactive said in a statement that it "has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high quality digital products.
March 5, 2014 |
UCLA's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship last season and Coach Ben Howland was fired. With two games left in this conference regular season, the Bruins already know they will not repeat as champions, yet all is well. The change from Howland to Steve Alford has been a mostly lateral move. Entirely horizontal, in fact, according to the records. UCLA last season had a 22-7 record at this stage. As the Bruins prepare to play at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday in their final two games before this year's conference tournament, their record is … 22-7.