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Labor Dept Reports 315K New Jobs Added In August

USA Today reports: Hiring slowed sharply in August but remained sturdy as employers added 315,000 jobs despite softer consumer spending gains, rising interest rates and a sputtering economy. The unemployment rate rose from 3.5% to 3.7%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had estimated that 300,000 jobs were added last month. Many experts reckoned August finally would …

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Gallup: Support For Labor Unions Highest Since 1965

The Hill reports: Seventy-one percent of Americans indicated support for labor unions in a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the highest percentage since 1965. The increased support comes as workers at many major companies have pursued union campaigns. A Starbucks store in Buffalo, N.Y., became the company’s first U.S. location to unionize in December, and more than 200 stores have …

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Lawsuit: Delta Fired Employee For Anti-Trump FB Post

CNN reports: An employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Delta Air Lines flight attendant says she was fired for posting an image of former President Donald Trump wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood on her personal Facebook page. The plaintiff, Leondra Taylor, who is Black, admitted she posted a cartoon image on her personal Facebook page. The image was …

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CNBC: July Jobs Report Is “Far Better Than Expected”

CNBC reports: Hiring in July was far better than expected, defying signs that the economic recovery is losing steam, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Nonfarm payrolls rose 528,000 for the month and the unemployment rate was 3.5%, easily topping the Dow Jones estimates of 258,000 and 3.6%, respectively. Wage growth also surged higher, as average hourly earnings jumped …

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Big Tech To SCOTUS: Uphold Affirmative Action

Courthouse News reports: American companies have come to find that diversifying their workforce is not only socially responsible but financially beneficial. However, they are worried they may soon find a roadblock to diversity at the nation’s highest court. Over 60 major American businesses are asking the Supreme Court not to thwart their success by nixing affirmative action policies used by …

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June Jobs Report Crushes Expectations: 372K New Jobs

CNBC reports: Job growth accelerated at a much faster pace than expected in June, indicating that the main pillar of the U.S. economy remains strong despite pockets of weakness. The unemployment rate was 3.6%, unchanged from May and in line with estimates. Nonfarm payrolls increased 372,000 in the month, better than the 250,000 Dow Jones estimate and continuing what has …

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EEOC Suit: Two NC Workers Were Fired For Refusing To Take Part In Company’s Mandatory Daily Jesus Prayers

The Associated Press reports: Two employees with a North Carolina company say they were fired after refusing to participate in the firm’s daily Christian prayer meetings, which they said went against their respective religious beliefs, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial, was filed in U.S. District Court in …

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Maryland Apple Store Workers Vote To Join Union

The Washington Post reports: Apple workers in the Baltimore area voted to join a union Saturday, becoming the first of the tech giant’s U.S. retail stores to do so. The vote means workers at the Towson, Md., store plan to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) once a contract is ratified. Saturday evening’s initial tally was …

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428K New Jobs In April, Unemployment Flat At 3.6%

The Washington Post reports: U.S. employers added 428,000 jobs in April, capping a year of solid growth, adding more fuel to an already robust recovery. The unemployment rate remained steady at a pandemic low of 3.6 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The labor market has added more than 6.5 million jobs during the past year and is on pace …

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Amazon To Appeal Vote To Unionize By NYC Workers

The Wall Street Journal reports: Amazon.com Inc. plans to appeal its loss last week against union organizers in New York, where workers voted to establish the company’s first U.S. union. The company’s intention was made in a legal filing made public Thursday. Roughly 55% of the workers from a Staten Island facility named JFK8 voted to side with Amazon Labor …

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New Jobless Claims Fall To Lowest Level In 53 Years

CNBC reports: The labor market tightened further last week, with initial jobless claims falling to their lowest level in more than 53 years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Initial filings for unemployment dropped to 166,000, well below the Dow Jones estimate of 200,000 and 5,000 under the previous week’s total, which was revised sharply lower. The total of those receiving …

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Gay Firefighter Sues FDNY, Says He Was Told He Could Be “Cured” And He Should Start Sleeping With Women

NY1 reports: A gay firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city, the FDNY and the lieutenant who served as the chief diversity officer, alleging harassment and hostility. “I was at my lowest,” Corey Boykins told NY1 exclusively. “I was kind of just trying to still have respect for the job, because I do love the job. I do love …

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NYC Amazon Warehouse Workers Vote To Unionize

The New York Times reports: Workers at Amazon’s massive warehouse on Staten Island voted by a wide margin to form a union, according to results released on Friday, in a landmark win for a campaign targeting the country’s second-largest employer and one of the biggest victories for organized labor in a generation. Employees cast 2,654 votes to be represented by …

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US Added 431K Jobs In March, Jobless Rate Is 3.6%

The Associated Press reports: America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic and the highest inflation in 40 years. The Labor Department’s report Friday showed that last month’s job growth helped reduce the unemployment rate to 3.6%, the lowest level since …

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Labor Dept: Unemployment Claims Fall To 52-Year Low

Reuters reports: The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week as demand for labor remained strong, positioning the economy for another month of solid job gains. Unemployment benefit rolls were the smallest in 52 years in early March, the Labor Department’s weekly jobless claims report on Thursday also showed. Signs of the economy’s underlying strength …

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Labor Dept Reports 678,000 New Jobs For February

CNBC reports: Job growth accelerated in February, posting its biggest monthly gain since July as the employment picture got closer to its pre-pandemic self. Nonfarm payrolls for the month grew by 678,000 and the unemployment rate was 3.8%, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. In a sign that inflation could be cooling, wages barely rose for the …

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January Jobs Report Defies Dismal Expectations

Bloomberg News reports: U.S. employers added more jobs than forecast last month, despite a surge in Covid-19 infections and related business closures. Nonfarm payrolls increased 467,000 in January after an upwardly revised 510,000 gain in December, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4%, and average hourly earnings jumped. In a surprise display of strength, …

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2021 US Economy Grew At Fastest Rate Since 1984

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. economy grew 5.7 percent in 2021, the fastest full-year clip since 1984, roaring back in the pandemic’s second year despite two new virus variants that rocked the United States. The economy grew 6.9 percent from October to December, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday, a sharp acceleration from the 2.3 percent it grew …

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Biden Admin Lifts Federal Minimum Wage To $15/HR

Axios reports: Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios. Why it matters: The guidance will impact almost 70,000 federal employees, most of which work at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Veterans Affairs. OPM is directing …

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Labor Dept: 199K New Jobs In December, 3.9% Jobless

ABC News reports: Employers added a lackluster 199,000 jobs last month — significantly lower than economists’ expectations — and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9%, the Department of Labor said Friday. Hiring in December was even less than the revised figure for the previous month, when 249,000 jobs were added to the economy in November. The stalled job growth comes …

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