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Employment News for September 30, 2014

  • Spain hopes to create 622,000 jobs by end of 2015

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:29:02 MDT

    Spain hopes to create 622,000 jobs by end of 2015 The Associated Press Updated Sep 26, 2014 08:29AM MDT Madrid • Spain expects a six-year run of job destruction will end next year, when it predicts 622,000 jobs to be created. The government Friday also revised its 2014 economy growth forecast upward one decimal point to 1.3 percent and raised the figure for 2015 from 1.8 percent to 2 percent. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the government hopes the recovering economy will reduce the unemployment rate from a current 24.5 percent to 24.2 this year and to 22.2 percent by the end of 2015. That w... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Poland’s miners protest Russian coal imports

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:16:02 MDT

    Poland’s miners protest Russian coal imports The Associated Press Updated Sep 24, 2014 09:16AM MDT Warsaw, Poland • Some 200 Polish coal miners are blocking railway tracks on the border with Russia to protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their jobs. The protest Wednesday came two days after Poland’s new government, led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, was sworn in. Also Wednesday the left-wing opposition called on Kopacz to hold an urgent debate on the mining industry. One of Europe’s leading coal producers, Poland says it will keep using the fuel as its main source of ener... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Air France pilots protest as premier spurns strike

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:11:02 MDT

    Air France pilots protest as premier spurns strike By OLEG CETINIC The Associated Press Updated Sep 23, 2014 10:11AM MDT Paris • Scores of striking Air France pilots took their protest to the streets on Tuesday, demonstrating in full uniform outside of France’s National Assembly to demand government intervention to end an eight-day standoff. Parent company Air France-KLM says about half of all Air France flights have been cancelled since the strike started. The pilots oppose the proposed expansion of its low-cost carrier, Transavia, which the company sees as a way to cut costs and stay competitive. Air France says... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • German employers struggling to find apprentices

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:37:07 MDT

    German employers struggling to find apprentices By FRANK JORDANS The Associated Press Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:37AM MDT Berlin • It’s lunchtime at Tauro and the restaurant staff are bustling to keep up with orders for marinated pork ribs, spinach-filled crepes and chicken breast with ricotta and pine kernels. The 800-seat eatery caters to Berlin’s affluent Prenzlauer Berg district and when the evening crush starts owner Gerd Spitzer needs all hands on deck — including the apprentices he’s relieved to have found after receiving no suitable applicants last year. Getting them was no easy task. After announcing vacan... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Army opens Ranger school to women

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:51:17 MDT

    Army opens Ranger school to women The Associated Press Updated Sep 19, 2014 04:51PM MDT Washington • The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday that he believes he will be able to put women in the Ranger course next spring. While completing the leadership course would let women wear the coveted Ranger tab, it does not let them become members of the Ranger regiment. Currently only men can be in the 75th Ranger Regiment ... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Microsoft cutting 2,100 workers across the country

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:02 MDT

    Microsoft cutting 2,100 workers across the country By Dina Bass Bloomberg News Updated Sep 19, 2014 12:55PM MDT Seattle - Microsoft fired 2,100 workers Thursday, part of a plan announced in July to eliminate 18,000 jobs to streamline the workforce and integrate the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit. The job reductions will take place across the company in various divisions, said Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Microsoft. In the Puget Sound, Wash. region, where Microsoft is based, 747 people are being cut. Nadella has been aggressive in making changes since he became CEO in February, replacing Steve Ballm... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Wisconsin governor fires consultant for copying jobs plan

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:34:01 MDT

    Wisconsin governor fires consultant for copying jobs plan By SCOTT BAUER The Associated Press Updated Sep 19, 2014 09:34AM MDT Madison, Wis. • Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke said Friday she had severed ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats. Burke has built her campaign around her jobs plan, which she is offering as an alternative to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s approach. One of her key arguments is Walker doesn’t deserve re-election because he has failed to live up to his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs an... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Companies in Europe pledge 100K new youth jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:44:01 MDT

    Companies in Europe pledge 100K new youth jobs By JOHN HEILPRIN The Associated Press Updated Sep 18, 2014 08:44AM MDT Vevey, Switzerland • Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe’s young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. The alliance of major companies including Nestle and Google aims to create tens of thousands additional jobs — or apprenticeships and internships that lead to jobs — over the next several years. “We are confident that more than 100,000 opportunities will be given in the coming years, but it should go beyond that,” Laurent... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Survey finds skepticism about benefits of trade

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:02:02 MDT

    Survey finds skepticism about benefits of trade By PAUL WISEMAN The Associated Press Updated Sep 16, 2014 06:02PM MDT Washington • Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren’t sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people China and other low- and middle-income countries are far more convinced that trade delivers jobs and higher wages, Pew said Tuesday in releasing the results of its survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries. The center found that 50 percent of Americans say trade destroys j... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. retail sales rise in August on auto purchases

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:32:47 MDT

    U.S. retail sales rise in August on auto purchases By JOSH BOAK The Associated Press Updated Sep 12, 2014 12:32PM MDT Washington • Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 percent compared with the prior month. Sales are up 5 percent in the past 12 months. July sales were also revised upward from flat to a 0.3 percent increase. Motor vehicles accounted for roughly half of the August increase. Buying also picked up at restaurant... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: Reform immigration to build American business

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:29:01 MDT

    Letter: Reform immigration to build American business Updated Sep 11, 2014 05:29PM MDT Having got my M.S. in computer science from Utah State and my MBA from BYU, I am surprised how hard the U.S. immigration policies make it for highly skilled immigrants to contribute to the growth of the economy. Most of us live here by choice in this great country, but U.S. policies are increasingly hostile toward highly skilled immigrants and force us to return and compete against the U.S. It’s very hard for us to invest in the U.S., knowing that we could lose our jobs and be deported immediat... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: Raising minimum wage saves money, stimulates economy

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:29:01 MDT

    Letter: Raising minimum wage saves money, stimulates economy Updated Sep 11, 2014 05:29PM MDT James Green (“Sealing Their Own Fate,” Sept. 9) insists that raising fast-food workers’ pay to $15 an hour would create more poverty and it’s ridiculous to ask a business to pay that much. His statements are just as preposterous. Major fast food chains are profiting by millions of dollars and can afford to increase wages; furthermore, most Americans would pay higher prices to see workers make a decent living. Green and like thinkers often rail against food stamps and Medicaid and fail to real... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: Let qualified people do their jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:29:01 MDT

    Letter: Let qualified people do their jobs Updated Sep 11, 2014 05:29PM MDT The president is surrounded by people and advisers who have the latest, often confidential, reliable and most accurate data and information available for his foreign policy decisions. I find it interesting that politicians, pundits, ex-politicians/officials and ex-presidential candidates are more than willing to share their expert views, despite not having all the foreign policy information/data available to base an informed decision upon. This same scenario surrounds the school board position... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Nevada lawmakers considering $1.3B Tesla package

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:22:07 MDT

    Nevada lawmakers considering $1.3B Tesla package By SCOTT SONNER The Associated Press Updated Sep 10, 2014 12:22PM MDT Reno • Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of “an extraordinary opportunity” to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs he says are needed to recover from the worst economic crisis in state history. Majority Democrats in the Senate and Assembly intended to open the session Wednesday to begin work on the package th... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing?

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:36:16 MDT

    Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing? By MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press Updated Sep 9, 2014 07:36AM MDT San Francisco • Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses. The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet equipped to monitor health, help manage homes and even buy merchandise. Apple is a late arrival to this relatively new niche: several other companies already sell smartwatches that are being greeted with w... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. job market’s lingering weak spot: Stagnant pay

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:03:48 MDT

    U.S. job market’s lingering weak spot: Stagnant pay By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Sep 8, 2014 07:03PM MDT Washington • The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a robust 2.5 million jobs the past 12 months. Layoffs have tumbled. Yet most people are still waiting for a decent raise. Friday’s August jobs report confirmed that average hourly pay has crept up only about 2 percent a year since the recession ended five years ago — barely ab... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: Wage protestors sealing their own fates

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:11:01 MDT

    Letter: Wage protestors sealing their own fates Updated Sep 8, 2014 06:11PM MDT The fast food workers who are picketing for a doubling of the minimum wage, are too uninformed to realize that thousands of them will lose their jobs if businesses are forced to pay this ridiculous demanded increase. Defining a minimum wage is totally unconstitutional to begin with, and it hurts the poor more than anyone. What they are doing by taking to the streets is just speeding up the process of having all fast-food jobs replaced by robots. How smart is that? James Green Heber City Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Tesla CEO: “Nevada is it;” $1.3B package offered

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:37:09 MDT

    Tesla CEO: “Nevada is it;” $1.3B package offered By SCOTT SONNER The Associated Press Updated Sep 5, 2014 11:37AM MDT Reno • The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserted will create more than 22,000 new jobs and pump $100 billion into the state’s economy over the next 20 years. Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk declared the Silver State the winner Thursday of a high-stakes battle with California and three other states for the $5 billion “gigafactory” he says they need — and need fast — to mass produce... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:34:02 MDT

    U.S. employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Sep 5, 2014 09:34AM MDT Washington • U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. But the rate dropped because more people without jobs stopped looking for one and were no longer counted as unemployed. Employers also added 28,000 fewer jobs in June and July than the government had previously estimated. The slowdown was unexp... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • S&P 500 hits record on dividend stocks, Ukraine

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:52:11 MDT

    S&P 500 hits record on dividend stocks, Ukraine By STEVE ROTHWELL The Associated Press Updated Sep 5, 2014 03:52PM MDT A surge in dividend-rich utility stocks helped push the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record Friday. Investors bought up the stocks after the government reported that U.S. employers added fewer jobs than forecast for August. That boosted demand for bonds and pushed down their yields. In turn, stocks with big dividends became more attractive to investors seeking income-paying securities. The stock market also got a lift from a cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
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