Labor economy

In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, photo, Laila Ummelaila, a personal shopper at the Walmart store in Old Bridge, N.J., pushes a cart with bins as she shops for online shoppers. On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, Walmart announced it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 11, 2018 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses...
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January 11, 2018 - 8:39 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials at the European Central Bank may revise their outlook for their massive monetary stimulus program at the start of this year, according to an account of their last meeting. The report published Thursday showed the officials remained wary at their Dec. 14...
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FILE- In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, logos of Toyota Motor Corp., bottom, and Mazda Motor Corp., top, are placed prior to a news conference in Tokyo. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
January 10, 2018 - 4:57 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday announced plans to build a huge $1.6 billion joint-venture plant in Alabama that will eventually employ about 4,000 people. Several states had competed for the coveted project, which will be able to turn out 300,000 vehicles...
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Metalworkers demonstrate in Schweinfurt, southern Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Germany’s largest industrial union pressed its demands for pay rises and the possibility for reduced work hours for its 3.9 million members with renewed short-term strikes Tuesday, saying the economy’s steady growth justifies better compensation and conditions. (Timm Schamberger/dpa via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 6:57 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone fell in November to its lowest level in nearly nine years, official figures showed Tuesday, in the latest sign that the currency bloc's economy headed into the new year in robust shape. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency, said...
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The night shift workers meet for a warning strike assembly of the IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers) in front of the gates of the Aluminium Norf GmbH in Neuss, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Germany’s largest industrial union pressed its demands for pay rises and the possibility for reduced work hours for its 3.9 million members with renewed short-term strikes Tuesday, saying the economy’s steady growth justifies better compensation and conditions. (Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 6:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's largest industrial union pressed its demands for pay rises and the possibility for reduced hours for 3.9 million workers with renewed short-term strikes Tuesday, saying the economy's steady growth justifies better compensation and conditions. The walkouts by thousands of IG...
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A woman checks stock index through her smartphone at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017. Asian stock markets rose Monday following Wall Street's strong week as traders looked ahead to data releases from China, Japan and the Eurozone. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 08, 2018 - 5:11 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Monday following Wall Street's strong week as traders looked ahead to data releases from China, Japan and the Eurozone. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.4 percent to 13,372.75 and France's CAC 40 gained 0.3 percent to 5,486.07. London's...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange. US stocks rise for the fourth day in a row as the government’s December 2017 jobs report shows strong hiring in manufacturing and construction and an increase in factory orders. Transportation and technology companies are rising. Overall, employers didn’t add as many jobs as experts expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 05, 2018 - 2:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are climbing as U.S. stocks rise for the fourth day in a row to start 2018, their longest new-year winning streak in eight years. The Labor Department said employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected. Health care...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Owensboro Municipal Utilities line workers Michael Atherton, from left, Sean Warren and Lee Broadley work to remove temporary line switches from power lines at the intersection over Ninth Street and J. R. Miller Boulevard in Owensboro, Ky. On Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for December. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP, File)
January 05, 2018 - 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a slower pace in December for the second straight month, a somewhat expected softening after robust growth in the fall. The Institute for Supply Management said its services index slipped last month to 55.9 from 57.4 in November. Those months...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, file photo, job candidates are processed during a job fair at the Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, N.J. On Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, the U.S. government issues the December jobs report. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 05, 2018 - 8:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum. The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday...
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January 04, 2018 - 9:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies closed out 2017 with strong hiring in December, adding the most jobs in nine months. Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 250,000 jobs last month, up from 185,000 in November. The gains were led by robust hiring in health care, professional services such...
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