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Small businesses struggle to find workers

Dec 6, 2018
There are more job openings right now than there are job seekers. That has small businesses scrambling to find qualified workers.
Christine and Patrick Hall, owners of Élan Flowers in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.
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The billions of dollars spent on holiday shopping each year leaves out one big piece of the gift-giving puzzle.
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The billions of dollars spent on holiday shopping each year leaves out one big piece of the gift-giving puzzle.
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Labor Department figures show robust jobs market

Oct 16, 2018
The Labor Department reported this morning record high job openings for the month of August, the highest since the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey was created almost 20 years ago. A large number of open jobs has ramifications for many different sectors of the economy. We looked at one sector with a lot of “now […]

Labor Department figures show robust jobs market

Oct 16, 2018
The Labor Department reported this morning record high job openings for the month of August, the highest since the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey was created almost 20 years ago. A large number of open jobs has ramifications for many different sectors of the economy. We looked at one sector with a lot of “now […]

Japan expands use of foreign "interns" to address labor shortage

Oct 10, 2018
The unemployment rate is just 2.4 percent in Japan; the country is filling the job gaps with a controversial program for foreign interns.
Workers at the Tsuda Shoten fish plant in Kamaishi, Japan. About 10 percent of the workers are non-Japanese “interns” who come through a special government program.
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Recent immigration policy moves vex U.S. workers from abroad

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Oct 5, 2018
The lives of many educated, skilled people have essentially been put on hold by a pile of changes to immigration policies.
President Donald Trump speaks in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2017, before signing the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order.
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Tight labor market, strong holiday sales forecast might force retailers to pay higher wages

Oct 4, 2018
On Friday, we’ll get the latest jobs figures for the month of September. Economists are expecting a strong report, with unemployment expected to drop a bit from an already low rate. We’re also getting awfully close to the holiday hiring season, and sales are expected to be pretty strong, too. But with the unemployment rate […]

Why employers are feeling more pressure to raise pay

Sep 7, 2018
New data from the Labor Department show 201,000 new jobs were created in August, which is about average, month-in, month-out, for the past year.  The unemployment rate was unchanged, at 3.9 percent. We’ve been sitting in that low-unemployment ballpark since mid-spring. Average hourly earnings for private sector workers accelerated in August.  They’re up 2.9 percent compared […]