Labor economy

FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, file photo trader Michael Milano, left, and specialist Jay Woods work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 03, 2018 - 3:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging signs on hiring and growth in the service sector are sending small companies, banks and technology companies higher Wednesday while bond prices are sharply lower. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note spiked to its highest level in more than seven years. A...
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FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington. Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month and said it will push for an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage, which now stands at $7.25 per hour. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Bezos. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
October 02, 2018 - 12:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month and said it will push for an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage, which now stands at $7.25 per hour. The company, whose value topped $1 trillion briefly in September, was facing...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, a cargo truck drives amid stacked shipping containers at the Yangshan port in Shanghai. China’s export orders shrank in September as a tariff battle with Washington over technology escalated, adding to downward pressure on the world’s No. 2 economy, two surveys showed Sunday, Sept. 30. The reports add to signs Chinese trade, which had held up despite U.S. President Donald Trump's tariff hikes, might be weakening. That adds to pressure on an economy that already was forecast to cool due to slowing global consumer demand and lending controls imposed to rein in a debt boom. (AP Photo/File)
September 30, 2018 - 1:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's export orders shrank in September as a tariff battle with Washington over technology escalated, adding to downward pressure on the world's No. 2 economy, two surveys showed Sunday. The reports add to signs Chinese trade, which had held up despite U.S. President Donald Trump's...
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September 27, 2018 - 6:39 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of unions is calling on the Dutch government to investigate Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea over allegations three of its stores in the United States, Ireland and Portugal have infringed workers' rights. The unions allege Ikea management has "sophisticated...
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FILE- In this July 17, 2018, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress," at Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Federal Reserve issues its latest policy statement and updates its interest-rate and economic projections before Powell holds a news conference. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, FIle)
September 27, 2018 - 1:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled its confidence Wednesday in the U.S. economy by raising a key interest rate for a third time this year, forecasting another rate hike before year's end and predicting that it will continue to tighten credit into 2020 to manage growth and inflation. The...
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FILE- In this July 17, 2018, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress," at Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Federal Reserve issues its latest policy statement and updates its interest-rate and economic projections before Powell holds a news conference. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, FIle)
September 26, 2018 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that Fed policymakers' decisions haven't been affected by political considerations. President Donald Trump expressed concern last month with the Fed...
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September 26, 2018 - 3:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is set Wednesday to raise interest rates for a third time this year and possibly modify the likely direction of rates in the months ahead. The big question is whether the strong U.S. economy, which has been fueled this year by tax cuts and increased government...
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FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2018, photo, a lot technician passes by a long line of unsold 2018 and 2019 Countryman models at a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Conference Board releases its September index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 25, 2018 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence shot up to an 18-year high in September — good news for retailers as the holiday shopping season approaches. The Conference Board, a business research organization, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed to 138.4 in September from 134.7 in...
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Graphic shows the rate of automation; 2c x 2 inches; 96.3 mm x 50 mm;
September 17, 2018 - 11:15 am
GENEVA (AP) — More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years. The World Economic Forum estimates that machines...
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FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2014, file photo people are reflected in a window at the Delano Las Vegas overlooking the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas. The income of a median U.S. household rose for a third straight year in 2017, boosted by a rise in the number of Americans with full-time jobs. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 12, 2018 - 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The income of a median U.S. household rose for a third straight year in 2017, boosted by a rise in the number of Americans with full-time, year-round jobs. The Census Bureau said Wednesday that incomes for a typical household, adjusted for inflation, rose 1.8 percent, from $60,309...
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