October 6, 1991
The survey on "Status Jobs" is obviously flawed. Missing from the list of "most prestigious" are the highest paid and most widely admired jobs in this country: professional athletes, pop-music performers, TV personalities and movie stars. Were these occupations intentionally omitted from the survey? Had they been included, they surely would have ranked in the 90 to 100 range, well above physicians, college presidents and the like. Sam Councilman Long Beach
November 1, 2009 |
Martina Metzler peers at the piles of paper strips spread across four desks in her office. Seeing two jagged edges that match, her eyes light up and she tapes them together. "Another join, another small success," she says with a wry smile -- even though at least two-thirds of the sheet is still missing. Metzler, 45, is a "puzzler," one of a team of eight government workers that has attempted for the last 14 years to manually restore documents hurriedly shredded by East Germany's secret police, or Stasi, in the dying days of one of the Soviet bloc's most repressive regimes.
May 8, 2012 |
How do we appropriately express just how unpopular California has become with businesses? It's like Brussels sprouts to a kid, John Travolta among masseurs, the Clippers in Memphis … you get the idea. The latest Golden State basher? A survey of more than 6,000 small businesses from Thumbtack.com and the nonprofit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which gave California (along with Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island) an F grade for friendliness. Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah scored A-pluses.
July 28, 1995 |
Like a ghost visiting a ghost town, Joe Kovach has returned. On a cloudy morning, he rides up to the seventh floor of the old Daily News building in Manhattan and wanders through the abandoned city room of a newspaper he helped run for 25 years. The silence is painful. Once, the place rattled and hummed, a nerve center wired into the heartbeat of New York. Now it's just empty space--58,000 square feet of memories.
September 15, 1997 |
What do manicurists, amusement park attendants and computer engineers have in common? They are among occupations Bureau of Labor Statistics' economists project to grow the fastest between 1994 and 2005. These fields, together with occupations expected to see the largest numerical gain in jobs, are dominated by professional positions and those in service industries. As a share of total nonfarm employment, services sector jobs accounted for 21.4% in 1983, increasing to 27.2% in 1994.
October 28, 2003 |
If you're looking to be around for a while, working outdoors may not be the ticket to longevity. The three most dangerous jobs in the U.S. are wilderness occupations. Ranking one, two and three on the list are lumberjacking, commercial fishing and bush piloting in Alaska. According to figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 118 loggers were killed last year and 71 commercial fishermen died on the job.
July 30, 2006
A Top 10 list of workers by occupation who can't afford California homes was compiled recently by the Rural Community Assistance Corp. Based on income figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and California Assn. of Realtors home prices, the nonprofit ranked occupations that have incomes that make it tough to qualify for the mortgage needed for a median-priced home.
December 17, 2009 |
In Kibera, Africa's biggest slum, you can scratch out a living by preaching, begging, frying dough, burning charcoal, selling pirated DVDs or making illicit moonshine. But art? In a place so poor that children have to hustle in the streets? Well, it's not easy. Duck into a shabby alley, climb some rickety steps tiled with faded bottle tops and enter an artists' garret, Kenya style. Under a baking tin roof, paintings on canvas and plywood cover the walls, with others stacked carelessly on the floor.