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"We're definitely counting on a comeback"

Dec 16, 2020
That's what the president of Mississippi-based Golding Barge Line says he's hoping for in the new year.
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Fewer employers, less work spell trouble for job market

Dec 4, 2020
It's employees of small businesses who are most at risk, according to one payroll processor.
A pedestrian wearing her facemask and holding a cup of coffee walks past a closed sign hanging on the door of a small business in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2020.
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Remittances to some Latin American countries are booming

Sep 2, 2020
Latinx migrants tend to work in essential jobs. And their families back home could really use the support.
A woman counts cash outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in El Salvador. Remittances to that nation and others in the region declined sharply, then rebounded.
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The changing labor market could affect hazard pay

May 20, 2020
Bonuses for many essential workers is being rolled back this month. And high unemployment could push wages down, even for risky jobs.
An Amazon employee at the company's Staten Island distribution facility. The giant retailer is phasing out its hazard pay.
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Women are working more jobs than men. It's probably not a blip.

Jan 10, 2020
For the first time since 2009, there are more women in the workforce than there are men.
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Companies say they want more skilled workers. What's a "skilled worker?"

Dec 19, 2019
Well, it depends on what sort of job is looking for them.
Woodworkers fall into the skilled workers category.
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Government recruiting in the age of shutdowns

Nov 1, 2019
Federal workers started bailing out of government jobs last December, as the shutdown got underway; 22,000 quit in March.
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Wage gains flatten in September

Oct 4, 2019
Average hourly earnings were unchanged in September, and the annual growth rate fell 0.3% from the previous month.
An employee restocks a shelf in the grocery section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in 2005 in Troy, Ohio.
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The Chinese manufacturers behind U.S. shoe brands

Oct 3, 2019
Shoe manufacturing shifted from Europe and the U.S., to Japan and Brazil, then to South Korea and Taiwan. Now, much of it takes place in mainland China.
Workers at Changjian Shoe factory in Dongguan city.
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How veterans are faring in the tight labor market

Sep 5, 2019
One out of every 10 businesses in the U.S. is owned by veterans, and most of those are small businesses. But, like the rest of American workers, low unemployment is changing how they are entering the workforce.
Veterans attend the first Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Job Fair for Veterans in Los Angeles, California on September 14, 2016.
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