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September 24, 1991 | Washington Post
Janet L. Norwood, who has served as commissioner of labor statistics since 1979, will leave her post to join the Urban Institute at the end of this year. A spokeswoman at the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Norwood is leaving government to speak and write on labor market issues from the private sector.
April 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It's a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life. She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.
April 26, 1987 | IVAN ZVERINA, United Press International
More women than ever before now are holding jobs around the world, latest U.N. labor statistics show, and ironically more are also unemployed. In fact, in many countries unemployment grows faster among women than among men and decreases in women's unemployment are smaller than in men's. The proportion of women in the work force has increased in 21 industrialized and 13 developing nations, according to the new Yearbook of Labor Statistics issued by the International Labor Organization.
April 15, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Food and housing costs rose sharply in March, but overall inflation remained low, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The federal government's consumer price index rose 0.2% in March, a measurement that shows average price changes in goods and services purchased by Americans. In the last 12 months, overall core inflation -- excluding the volatile food and energy indexes -- rose 1.7%. Recent drought and other extreme weather patterns have driven up the price of beef to all-time highs and that was reflected in the government's food index, which rose 0.4% in March, following an identical increase the month before.  PHOTOS: World's most expensive cities It showed much steeper increases in certain food categories.
Janet L. Norwood, veteran U.S. commissioner of labor statistics, decried Washington's lack of leadership on economic problems Tuesday, saying that the country is being polarized by the growth of the most severe gap between the poorest and richest Americans that she has seen in 38 years of government service.
April 4, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush has announced that he plans to nominate Marvin H. Kosters of Arlington, Va., an economist who worked in the Gerald R. Ford White House, to be commissioner of labor statistics at the Labor Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Kosters would succeed Janet L. Norwood.
April 4, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- How much should employers pay the people who serve up your french fries and ring up your tacos? It's an issue that's being raised for the second time in six months as hundreds of fast food workers in New York City walked out on the job Thursday to demand higher wages. An estimated 400 workers from 60 restaurants in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Harlem participated, organizers say. The campaign, organized in part by the group Fast Food Forward, is asking for wages to be raised to $15 an hour, which in some cases would double the pay of some workers, raising their pay to around what a substitute teacher makes, or an emergency medical technician, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
November 16, 1988
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in Washington that the rate of workplace injuries and illnesses increased 5% from 1986 to 1987, with 8.3 injuries and illnesses per 100 workers, up from 7.9 per 100 workers. The total number of injuries and illnesses in 1987 was 6.03 million, up from 5.63 million in 1986, the bureau said. Janet L. Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, said the increase was mainly in mining, manufacturing, transportation and public utilities.
December 28, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Says Economic Reports Will Be Delayed: The Labor Department said it will be forced to delay reports on December employment and consumer and producer prices that were originally scheduled for release in early January, because of the budget impasse. Bill Barron, deputy commissioner at the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, said the delay was due to the ongoing partial shutdown of the government. The December employment and unemployment data were originally scheduled for release on Jan.
April 14, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans rushed out to shop as frigid weather lifted in March, propelling retail sales at the fastest pace in a year and a half. The gauge from the Commerce Department surged 1.1% last month from February in its biggest leap since September 2012. Sales boomed 3.8% from March 2013. The strong sales, which beat economists' expectations for a 1% increase, bolstered hopes that the economy would continue to gain momentum after struggling through an especially harsh winter. "One month doesn't answer all the questions, and it's not like we have all-over-the-place exploding growth," said NPD Group analyst Marshal Cohen.
April 9, 2014 | By David Pierson
That extra slice of bacon is going to cost more than just your cholesterol. Prices for the crispy treat rose 13% in February from a year earlier to $5.46 a pound, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , which looked at average prices in cities nationwide. Overall retail pork prices grew 7% in February from a year earlier to $3.73 a pound, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service . The rising costs could be linked to a rare disease called porcine epidemic diarrhea, which is killing millions of pre-weaned piglets across the country.
March 7, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
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.
February 27, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report by the Milken Institute could provide fresh ammunition to proponents of an expanded state film and TV tax credit. Set to be released Thursday, the study entitled "A Hollywood Exit: What California Must Do to Remain Competitive in Entertainment -- and Keep Jobs," paints a bleak picture of the jobs California has lost to New York and other rivals due to the proliferation of film tax credits and rebates. Among the key findings: California lost 16,137 film and TV industry jobs between 2004 and 2012, an 11% decline, according to figures from U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
February 17, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Union leaders were still reeling three days after their devastating defeat at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, but the leader of the AFL-CIO said labor would keep trying to organize workers in the South - even if it's an uphill battle. "We are committed to helping those workers in the South raise their wages, get better working conditions and get a stronger voice on the job in making decisions that affect their livelihood," Richard Trumka told reporters Monday. Trumka was in Houston to talk about the year ahead with the executive council of his coalition, which represents 56 unions and 12.5 million workers.
February 2, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The bitterly cold winter weather has helped to chill sales for teen apparel companies, especially one with a focus on summer and surf clothes and that California lifestyle. For Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., the freezing temperatures that stretched across the country and deep into the South is putting the icing on a difficult fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 1. PacSun, as it is more familiarly known, sells branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear for teens and young adults.
April 16, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Ewan Clague, a highly praised administrator who served under three presidents as Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner before his 1965 retirement, has died at 90. Clague, often referred to as the nation's chief philosopher of figures, suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died Sunday at the Bethesda Retirement and Nursing Center.
February 18, 1994 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Worked to Death: If last year's murder of a postal worker by a colleague at the Dana Point Post Office had you worried, you can breathe easier: You're about as likely to win the lottery as die on the job. For those few who do die at work in the Southwest, though, homicide is the leading cause of death, according to a recent study by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
January 24, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Call it a tale of two sides of the capitalist system: JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon got $20 million for being CEO in 2013; each Oakland Raiderette got $1,250 for kicking up her heels in the same year. The Raiderettes are suing ; presumably, Dimon is smiling - all the way to the bank. True, the Raiders had another lousy year in 2013, though I'm not sure how much blame can be put on the cheerleaders. But as Forbes' Halah Touryalai wrote about our banker friend : “Despite what was arguably the bank's worst year under Dimon's reign, JPM's board is awarding the CEO a 74% raise which includes over $18 million in restricted stock.” Or, to quote a Raiderette: “Sis, boom, boooooooo.” It isn't fair.
January 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The share of American workers belonging to labor unions held steady in 2013, remaining unchanged at 11.3%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Overall, 14.5 million workers belong to unions, that's down from 17.7 million in 1983, the year for which comparable data were first available, the agency said.  American labor has seen a steep decline in its membership for years, and the report released Friday suggests that -- at least for now -- the diminishing membership has halted.  [Updated 8:40 a.m. PST, Jan. 24 : Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country's largest labor federation, said the report showed gains in some parts of the country, including the South.
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