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Analysis-Fed prepared to handle September jobs report with kid gloves

(Reuters) – U.S. hiring probably accelerated last month, a range of high-frequency indicators suggests, as the effects of the latest COVID-19 surge began to subside, but even a second straight weak employment report would be unlikely to derail the Federal Reserve’s plans to begin reducing its support for the economy.FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome […]

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Gas Shortages Awaken Britain to Some Crucial Workers: Truck Drivers

LONDON — For more than three decades David Carden drove across England’s Midlands, transporting tens of thousands of liters of fuel from holding tanks to service stations. The flammable liquid made it a dangerous job requiring skill and caution, but when he started the pay and the benefits were good, enabling him to support his […]

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Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

NORMAL, Ill. — When he bought a construction contractor called Weber Electric in 2018, Josh Mosier inherited about 20 employees. By the end of the next year, he was up to about 100 employees. By the spring of 2021, the number was over 225. “Because of this boom,” said Mr. Mosier, whose company often works […]

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Opinion | Let’s Honor the True Spirit of Labor Day

In the late summer of 1921, an epic but surprisingly little-known confrontation took place between the forces of labor and capital. The battle unfolded not in one of the great industrial cities but in the rural coal country of southern West Virginia. Miners in the region — angered by life-threatening working conditions, corporate domination of […]

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A survey finds support for halting federal unemployment benefits.

A slim majority of Americans say it is time for enhanced unemployment benefits to end. The federal government is providing jobless workers with $300 a week in benefits on top of their regular unemployment payments. Those benefits are set to last until September, although 26 states — all but one led by Republicans — have […]

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The Teamsters consider a new emphasis on organizing Amazon workers.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents over one million workers in North America in industries including parcel delivery and freight, will vote on whether to make it a priority to organize Amazon workers and help them win a union contract. “Amazon is changing the nature of work in our country and touches many core […]

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Opinion | A Guaranteed Income to Reduce Poverty?

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “What the Rich Don’t Admit About the Poor” (column, June 14): Ezra Klein’s column explains why I tip McDonald’s cashiers. I loved McDonald’s when my mother, my sister and I made after-school visits there in the late 1960s, and I loved it still when an ersatz retirement […]

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British Restaurants Are Battling a Staff Crisis, Worsened by Brexit

A shortage of workers is forcing restaurants to turn away eager customers and confront a bigger problem: How to make hospitality an industry where people want to work. By Eshe Nelson LONDON — In the wealthy central London enclave of Belgravia, where a two-bedroom apartment is advertised for 1.7 million pounds, or $2.4 million, and […]

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Opinion | The Electric Future Must Begin Now

Our future depends on our acting now to confront the climate crisis by enacting policies to convert our economy from fossil fuels to clean energy. By making this switch, we will also create millions of new jobs, save American households money on their energy bills and protect lives by improving the air we breathe in […]

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Opinion | Employers Are Begging for Workers. Maybe That’s a Good Thing.

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ There has been a bit of panic lately over employers who say not enough people want to apply for open jobs. Are we facing a labor shortage? Have stimulus checks and expanded unemployment insurance payments created an economy full of people who don’t want to work — and who […]