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Employment News for July 31, 2014

  • Survey: U.S. companies added 218,000 jobs in July

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:13:01 MDT

    Survey: U.S. companies added 218,000 jobs in July By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Jul 30, 2014 09:13AM MDT Washington • A private survey shows businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month. Private employers added 218,000 jobs, down from 281,000 in June, payroll provider ADP said Wednesday. It was the fourth straight month of job gains above 200,000, a healthy pace that usually is enough to lower the unemployment rate. The figures suggest that the government’s jobs report, to be released Friday, will also show a solid increase. But the ADP numbers cov... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:08:19 MDT

    Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare The Associated Press Updated Jul 24, 2014 07:08PM MDT Washington • The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday. The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It rais... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:42:02 MDT

    Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare The Associated Press Updated Jul 24, 2014 01:42PM MDT Washington • The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday. The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raise... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:37:02 MDT

    U.S. unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000 the Associated Press Updated Jul 24, 2014 01:37PM MDT Washington • The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 7,250 to 302,000. Claims for jobless aid have been falling for the past three months. Rec... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:04:20 MDT

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press Updated Jul 23, 2014 12:04PM MDT Washington • The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain. The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country. The bill would offer tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country. Senate Democratic leaders say the bill would end senseless tax breaks for c... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: Get this done before summer break, Congress

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT

    Letter: Get this done before summer break, Congress Updated Jul 22, 2014 04:37PM MDT For most of us, our jobs have performance goals that must be accomplished in a timely manner. As much as members of Congress love appearing on talk shows and going to fund raisers, they have work that has to be accomplished. It requires working at several things at the same time, like the rest of us. The Veterans Care Act has already passed both chambers of Congress, so stop fighting over the amount and get our soldiers the help they need and send it to the president. Regardless of why they ar... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Federal shutdown hurt national park visitation

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:06:20 MDT

    Federal shutdown hurt national park visitation By Mike Gorrell The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Jul 22, 2014 04:06PM MDT Even with the state stepping in to reopen Utah’s national parks during the 16-day federal shutdown last October, visitation to those attractions declined last year. A new National Park Service report said Utah’s national parks attracted almost 9 million visitors last year, down from 9.5 million in 2012. The economic impact of those visitors also declined, from $613.7 million in 2012 to $596.5 million last year. And that took a toll on few hundred jobs. Parks-related employment slipped to 9,069 i... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:26:01 MDT

    U.S. job-training review emphasizes data, employers The Associated Press Updated Jul 22, 2014 11:26AM MDT Washington • As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Obama spoke at a signing ceremony for bipartisan job-training legislation aimed at improving business engagement and accountability in federally funded programs. Obama said it will give states and cities more flexibility in managing their job-training programs. The White House used the occasion to release a six-month review of federal job-training programs. The ... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. says airlines add jobs for sixth straight month

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:23:02 MDT

    U.S. says airlines add jobs for sixth straight month The Associated Press Updated Jul 21, 2014 12:23PM MDT Washington • U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren’t big ones. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation’s passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That’s the highest level since September 2012. Delta, American, US Airways and JetBlue added jobs while United shrunk 2.5 percent and Southwest slipped by 0.3 percent. Some smaller low-fare airlines are growing faster t... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:49:43 MDT

    US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer Updated Jul 19, 2014 03:49PM MDT Washington • Maybe a higher minimum wage isn’t so bad for job growth after all. The 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on hiring trends. Many business groups argue that raising the minimum wage discourages job growth by increasing the cost of hiring. A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Utah’s job picture picked up steam in June

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:30:02 MDT

    Utah’s job picture picked up steam in June By Mike Gorrell The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2014 11:30AM MDT From a Utah jobs’ perspective, few months since the onset of the Great Recession have been as good as June. The state had 44,600 more residents on payrolls last month than in June 2013, a 3.5 percent year-over-year gain. At the same time, Utah’s unemployment rate also hit the 3.5 percent mark, falling 0.1 percent since May. “June’s job growth is the highest thus far in 2014, both in terms of rate and numerical change — a growing job market aligns with the downward trend in the unemployment rate ... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Memo from Microsoft CEO announcing job cuts

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:17:02 MDT

    Memo from Microsoft CEO announcing job cuts By The Associated Press Updated Jul 17, 2014 09:17AM MDT Microsoft announced Thursday it will cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its staff. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly. Here’s the text of that memo: From: Satya Nadella To: All Employees Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. PT Subject: Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company. Having a clear ... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:36:14 MDT

    Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year By RYAN NAKASHIMA The Associated Press Updated Jul 17, 2014 05:36PM MDT Los Angeles • Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own devices. Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated. The cuts will include some 12,500 jobs associated wit... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:19:40 MDT

    Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year By Ryan Nakashima The Associated Press Updated Jul 17, 2014 07:19PM MDT Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own devices. Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated. The cuts will include some 12,500 jobs associated with the Nokia un... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Microsoft expected to announce major job cuts this week

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:48:48 MDT

    Microsoft expected to announce major job cuts this week Dina Bass Bloomberg News Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:48AM MDT Seattle • Microsoft Corp. is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim down and integrate Nokia’s handset unit, people with knowledge of the company’s plans said. The reductions — which may be unveiled as soon as this week — will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing and engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The rest... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Letter: I want to be popular and anonymous, too

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:21:14 MDT

    Letter: I want to be popular and anonymous, too Updated Jul 11, 2014 06:21PM MDT Who are all these online newspaper article commentators? Do they have jobs? If they do have jobs, how productive are they at work? Do they have hobbies? Do they have relationships with real people — or just with other commentators? Are they fearful about expressing their views in the public square? Do they tremble about the possibility that someone might actually discover their real identities? Can these commentators have a civil dialogue? Is it possible for them to say, “I was wrong?” ... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Incentives target 500 jobs in Weber County

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:56:36 MDT

    Incentives target 500 jobs in Weber County By Mike Gorrell The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Jul 11, 2014 10:56AM MDT State officials are offering incentive packages to two companies that, if accepted, could add 500 jobs to Weber County’s workforce. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development board approved post-performance tax credits Thursday for: • CSM Bakery Products, which makes cakes, cookies and other sweets for grocers, bakeries and food-service operators. If CSM expands an existing facility in the northern Weber County city of Pleasant View, it expects to add 100 jobs in six years. • Consumer United,... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Rogers: Impeachment talk strengthens Obama

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:59:20 MDT

    Rogers: Impeachment talk strengthens Obama Updated Jul 13, 2014 12:59PM MDT By Ed Rogers The Washington Post What could the GOP do to help Democrats get off the mat just in time to salvage something from the 2014 midterm elections? Well, Republicans could overreach by promoting the futile idea that President Obama could be impeached. Trying to initiate impeachment proceedings would distract voters from the issues that matter and also remind them of what they don’t like about Republicans. And the fact that Sarah Palin brought up this issue should make it more radioacti... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:41:38 MDT

    U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Jul 10, 2014 01:41PM MDT Washington • Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 3,500 to 311,500, the second-lowest level since ... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. companies post most jobs in 7 years in May

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:18:01 MDT

    U.S. companies post most jobs in 7 years in May By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Jul 8, 2014 10:18AM MDT Washington • U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year’s strong hiring trend is likely to continue. More Americans also quit their jobs, a good sign because it usually occurs when workers find new and higher-paying jobs. It also opens up more positions for those out of work. The Labor Department says that employers posted 4.64 million jobs, a 3.8 percent increase from April’s total of 4.46 million. That’s the fourth straight stron... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
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