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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 17, 1985 | United Press International
Six of every 10 mothers with preschool or school-age-children are in the labor force, according to the University of Minnesota's Agricultural Extension Service. Labor Department statistics indicate that a record 19.5 million women with children under the age of 18, including 8 million with preschool children, were working or looking for work.
March 9, 2012 | By David Lazarus
When is a recovery not a recovery? Conservative critics of the Obama administration say it's when people may be finding jobs but the unemployment rate stays put. About 227,000 jobs were added last month , according to the Labor Department, but the jobless rate remained stuck at 8.3%. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Bloomberg Television that the economy is recovering "in spite of" President Obama's policies. "Certainly a quarter of a million jobs, roughly, being added is a positive step forward," he admitted, while adding that the administration "has consistently seen, you know, bad job reports because of bad policies that have led to those job reports.
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