Republicans block U.S. gender pay gap bill in Senate

Apr 10, 2014

Republicans block U.S. gender pay gap bill in Senate

Republicans blocked a U.S. Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this November’s congressional elections. Republican lawmakers said the measure could hinder employers from ...

Apr 5, 2014

U.S. finally regains the jobs lost to Great Recession

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent. The comeback figures were contained in a ...

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

| Apr 4, 2014

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the ...

New hires welcomed on first day

Apr 1, 2014

New hires welcomed on first day

Some 860,000 new recruits at companies across the country marked their first day of work Tuesday, the first day of fiscal 2014. Central and local governments as well as many private-sector companies held welcome ceremonies for their newest employees. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ...

New Fed Chairwoman Yellen keeps policy on track

Mar 20, 2014

New Fed Chairwoman Yellen keeps policy on track

New Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen kept the central bank firmly on the path set by predecessor Ben Bernanke on Wednesday, shrugging off recent economic weakness as largely weather-caused. But she also took a crucial step to reshape how the Fed has signaled its ...

Impoverished Haiti manufacturing its own Android tablet

Mar 17, 2014

Impoverished Haiti manufacturing its own Android tablet

Better known for producing poverty and political mayhem, the Western Hemisphere’s least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet. Sandwiched between textile factories in a Port-au-Prince industrial park next to a slum, a Haitian-founded company ...

Mar 11, 2014

Major firms may hire more female grads

Forty-nine of 100 major firms are considering hiring more female graduates in spring 2015 than the levels planned for this year, according to a Jiji Press survey. The potential boost is likely the result of the efforts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has ...