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March 12, 1995 | James Flanigan, Flanigan is a Times business columnist
It wasn't supposed to be this way. In "The Iceman Cometh," the anarchist character Hugo Kalmar cries out that once the revolution comes, "we will eat hot dogs and drink free beer beneath the willow trees." Well, the technological revolution has come. Everywhere, computers and other electronic machines are enhancing human capabilities, making work more productive and eliminating heavy lifting.
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NEWS
March 19, 1991
As the 21st Century approaches and communism recedes, a new specter is haunting Europe: youth deficits. By the year 2000, demographers warn that 24 countries--in Europe, Asia and North America plus Australia--will experience a relative drop in the proportion of their populations aged 15 to 24, a segment of the population crucial for labor force replenishment and social stability. By 2010, five more will join their ranks, some of them developing nations with already critical economic problems.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Shan Li
California's economy sent out mixed signals in July: The unemployment rate inched up, but employers still added 38,100 jobs, one of the biggest gains for the state since the recession officially ended in February 2010. The jobless rate ticked up to 8.7% from 8.5% in June, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The net gain in jobs, especially in higher-paying industries such as professional and business services, was a positive sign for a state that has steadily added more jobs over the year and outpaced the nation in growth.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2010 | By Clement Tan, Los Angeles Times
Unemployment among Hispanics in the U.S. has soared since the recession hit because those workers are disproportionately employed in industries and regions hardest hit by the downturn, according to a congressional report released Wednesday. Hispanic workers were more likely to be employed in the construction sector, which was pounded during the housing collapse, particularly in states including California, Florida and Nevada, which experienced the largest declines in housing prices and biggest increases in foreclosures.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's employers added 11,800 jobs in March, a modest increase but one that nevertheless kept momentum going in the job market. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, held steady at 8.1% from the month-earlier revised figure, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "We are zig-zagging on a monthly basis. One month is strong and the next is weak," said Esmael Adibi, an economist at Chapman University. "But based on what we see at the national level, we will get much stronger growth" this year.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1988 | MICHAEL FLAGG, Times Staff Writer
Unemployment in Orange County fell to 3.3% in August from 3.5% in July, the state Employment Development Department reported Thursday. An unusual decline in the number of people in the labor force caused most of the drop in the unemployment rate. There were 14,600 fewer workers in the county's civilian labor force during August, the EDD estimated, or about 1.35 million people in all. Of those, 45,000 were unemployed.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1990 | From United Press International
An overwhelming majority of workers feel a responsibility to cut costs in the workplace, but most say the programs launched by bosses to do just that are not very effective, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey of workers by Brooks International of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., found that 86% of those interviewed felt a personal obligation to help keep costs as low as possible. And 64% said they felt they could make a significant contribution to cost-reduction efforts.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, flush with oil riches and seeking to push its way to the front of the international stage, is in the midst of an enormous, decade-long building boom to construct facilities and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, the largest and most-viewed sporting event in the world. Unfortunately, Qatar is preparing for that moment of international cooperation and sport by grievously exploiting its foreign workers, subjecting them to dangerous conditions that should be drawing forceful condemnations from the world community.
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