Labor economy

In this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 2:44 am
TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-...
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Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, testifies before the Labor and Commerce Committee Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 on his proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. (AP Photo/John O'Connor )
February 14, 2019 - 7:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour — more than double the pay floor that most of its Midwestern neighbors require...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that it has restructured planned airplane purchases from Airbus and Boeing as the government-owned carrier faces financial turbulence. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:29 am
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — The Latest on Airbus' announcement that it will stop making the superjumbo A380 (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Germany's economy ministry says airplane manufacturer Airbus hasn't yet repaid all of the loan it received to develop the A380. In a statement Thursday, the ministry...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remains at levels low enough to show that most workers enjoy job security. The Labor Department says claims for unemployment checks increased by 4,000 to 239,000. The four-week average, which does not...
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In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 photo, Laquesha Russell, a 36-year-old home health care worker who makes $10.78 an hour, speaks during an interview as she shops for groceries for her four children in Springfield, Ill. Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state's minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025. Business owners complain that the phase-in is too fast. But Russell said, "it's going to be a long process to get up to $15." (AP Photo/John O’Connor)
February 12, 2019 - 5:55 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state's minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The statewide pay floor has remained...
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his opening remarks along with Illinois State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, left, on Senate Bill 1, a bill sponsored by Lightford to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, after it passed the Illinois Senate during a press conference in the governor's office at the Illinois state Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 5:12 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state's minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The statewide pay floor has remained...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell addresses a rural policy forum at historically black Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Powell says that many rural areas have not benefited from the national prosperity and those areas need special support. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 12, 2019 - 4:42 pm
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell traveled Tuesday to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta to deliver a message that the nation's prosperity has not been felt in many such areas around the country. Powell said that many rural areas had been left out...
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his opening remarks along with Illinois State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, left, on Senate Bill 1, a bill sponsored by Lightford to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, after it passed the Illinois Senate during a press conference in the governor's office at the Illinois state Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 4:38 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state's minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The statewide pay floor has remained...
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FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo a cashier returns a credit card and a receipt at a McDonald's window, where signage for job openings are displayed in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 12, 2019 - 12:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing the economy. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings jumped 2.4 percent in December to 7...
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In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, Nieves Ribullen speaks during a interview at his home in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on far-away job in Kurdistan to give his family a better life.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 08, 2019 - 12:08 am
PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (AP) — Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on far-away Kurdistan to give his family a better life. Over the years he's watched dozens of co-workers abandon poverty wages and dangerous working...
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