New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying -- or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July's job gain.August 3, 2013
Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans.
Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens.August 3, 2013
Bay Area transit shutdown looms amid labor dispute San Francisco Bay Area commuters braced for the possibility of another train strike as the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its workers approached a deadline to reach a new labor deal.August 1, 2013
AP Exclusive: 4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.July 28, 2013
Part-time workers say schedules are getting more erratic For many workers, regular full-time schedules are disappearing. Hours are not only short, but increasingly erratic as managers scramble to cover shifts without the steadying influence of experienced full-time employees.July 19, 2013
Judge considers challenge to day care union law Warning that their freedom is at stake, Minnesota child care providers on Thursday asked a judge to stop efforts to unionize child care workers until two federal lawsuits against the state are decided.July 18, 2013
Dayton chides "extremists" in daycare union suit DFL Governor Mark Dayton is blaming "right-wing extremists" for the lawsuits being heard in federal court Thursday aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers.July 18, 2013