Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

Jul 1, 2014

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

In the state of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for ...

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms

by Paul Wiseman

Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They are coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan province, China. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant in Pine Hill ...

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

Jun 16, 2014

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig both treated themselves to new cars. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments. A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker Corp., announced ...

Jun 10, 2014

Jobs trump climate: Harper, Abbott

Canada and Australia’s conservative prime ministers said Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa’s Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying. “It’s not that we don’t seek to deal with climate change, but we seek to deal with it in a ...

U.S. employers add jobs at pace not seen since 1999

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. employers add jobs at pace not seen since 1999

For the first time since 1999, American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month for four straight months, offering more evidence that the U.S. economy is steadily growing while much of Europe and Asia struggle. Last month’s gain of 217,000 jobs means ...

Managers in China stoking labor activism

Jun 1, 2014

Managers in China stoking labor activism

by Alexandra Harney and John Ruwitch

Behind China’s biggest strike in decades last month was a new player in Chinese labor activism: management. A previously unpublished account from inside the strike at Taiwanese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen obtained by Reuters shows that supervisors were the first to challenge senior plant ...