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2014-09-08 12:24:41

Strong Increases in Recent Months NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Employment Trends Index(TM) (ETI) increased in August. The index now stands at 121.29, up from 120.62 (an upward revision) in July. This represents a 6.4 percent gain in the ETI compared to a year ago. "The strong increase in the Employment Trends Index in recent months signals robust job growth through the fall," said Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board. "The...

2014-08-04 12:26:47

Shows Strong Positive Momentum NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Employment Trends Index(TM) (ETI) increased in July. The index now stands at 120.31, up from 119.92 (an upward revision) in June. This represents a 6.6 percent gain in the ETI compared to a year ago. "The six-month growth rate in the Employment Trends Index is the strongest in over two years, suggesting solid job growth is likely to continue in the coming months," said Gad Levanon, Director of...

2014-08-01 16:22:42

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ­U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement about the July 2014 Employment Situation report released today: "We've now seen six consecutive months with job growth topping 200,000, and 53 consecutive months of private-sector job growth - the longest streak on record. Businesses added 209,000 jobs in July, bringing us to a total of 9.9 million since February 2010. The unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, a...

2014-07-16 23:01:46

New research by WIEGO highlights the important economic contribution of home-based workers, the impact of city infrastructure and services on home-based workers' productivity, and the difficult bargaining position of home-based workers within global value chains. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 New research released today highlights the important economic contribution of home-based workers, challenges the common assumption that home-based work is not linked to the formal economy,...

2014-07-07 12:25:16

Index Shows Strong Positive Momentum NEW YORK, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Employment Trends Index(TM) (ETI) increased in June. The index now stands at 119.62, up from 119.03 (an upward revision) in May. This represents a 6.3 percent gain in the ETI compared to a year ago. "The rapid increase in the Employment Trends Index in recent months suggests that strong job growth is likely to continue through the summer," said Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic Research at...

2014-07-03 16:21:12

The family-owned company has a history of paying the industry's highest wages. FRESNO, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, peach and table grape grower Gerawan Farming has paid the highest wages in the industry. Today the family-owned and operated company announced that it is boosting its base pay wage from $10 to $11. (Gerawan's wages that are above base, such as grape harvest and packing, are already much higher than $11.)...

2014-06-26 16:23:56

New Investigation, Video, and Photo Essay from Colorlines "Life Cycles of Inequity" Series NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the second installment of "Life Cycles of Inequity: A Series on Black Men," Colorlines explores the inequities that have helped create dramatic unemployment numbers among young black men. Through an investigative article, video feature, and photo essay, the series looks at the impact that inequity in employment has had on black men and black families...

2014-04-28 23:12:21

Is there a Bill currently before the New Jersey Legislature which would invalidate Restrictive Covenants and Non-Disclosure Agreements for unemployed individuals who are eligible to receive unemployment benefits? (PRWEB) April 28, 2014 Pozzuolo Rodden P.C., Philadelphia Business Law Lawyers, announces the release of the question of the month: "Is there a Bill currently before the New Jersey Legislature which would invalidate Restrictive Covenants and Non-Disclosure Agreements for...

2014-04-24 12:25:53

TORONTO, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program between 2002 and 2012, which made it easier to hire foreign workers, accelerated the rise in unemployment in Alberta and British Columbia, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada: Are They Really Filling Labour Shortages?", author Dominique M. Gross finds that easier access to foreign labour can generate undesirable incentives on the part of...

2014-03-13 16:26:32

CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Pat Quinn invited actor Martin Sheen to hold a press event today with the Raise Illinois coalition at Saint Pius church in Chicago to make the case for raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Sheen, known for his starring role as President Jed Bartlet from the West Wing television series and other acting credits, as well as his activism for various progressive causes, used his celebrity status to urge elected officials to lift...


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