Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two we ... More >>
New York taxi drivers are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cab drivers and chauffeurs accounted for 53 of the 4,405 Americans killed on the job in 2013. Their workplace fatality rate is 130 percent higher than the national aver ... More >>
Last week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells waxed nostalgic for an era when diners were treated to free bread and water as soon as they sat down at a table. You can still get tap water, Wells acknowledges, but you have to sheepishly ask for it. As for the bread, he writes: ...[T]here's no ... More >>
A summer of protests over fast food workers' impossibly low wages reached its boiling point yesterday, when employees in New York and 49 other cities walked off the job in a one-day strike. In Lower Manhattan, our own Raillan Brooks interviewed Tyeisha Batts, a 27-year-old Burger King worker who ma ... More >>
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Rightbloggers had one of their best weeks of the campaign. First their candidate, Mitt Romney, bested President Obama in a debate, and then the Labor Department posted a drop in the U.S. unemployment rate. Both events convinced them of impending electoral victory, as the first proved that the Presid ... More >>
By now you've heard about the Romney 47% video and the lousy poll numbers he's been getting. Were you aware that it's all the fault of the liberal media? Yeah, we know, you've been hearing conservatives talking about liberal media bias forever. It's their version of the Bowery Boys' Routine 11. But ... More >>
And now for even more reasons to be skeptical about the alleged economic recovery: Unemployment is down, but a smaller share of Americans are in the labor force and many have just given up on trying to find work. The newest Bureau of Labor Statistics data came out this morning, and the April jobs n ... More >>
To save student-loan programs, the White House has saddled master's and Ph.D. candidates with added debt.
Rick Perry's Texas is a job-makin', low-taxin' oasis of economic growth. It's also a fantasy.
Good news for whip-crackers: In the fourth quarter of 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals, U.S. productivity rose at a 6.2 percent annualized rate -- output up 7.2 percent, hours worked up one percent. It's the biggest such jump since 2002. Unit labor costs -- the ratio of hourl ... More >>
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released released job numbers for January, and the new is not good. Non-farm employment by 598,000 jobs last month, the biggest one-month drop since 1974, increasing the official unemployment rate from 7.2 to 7.6 percent. (That rate excludes longtime discouraged w ... More >>
The New York Times' City Room Blog draws our attention to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report considering wages in the Greater Metropolitan Area. It says that our average wages are "significantly higher than the national averages in every category." Unsurprisingly, the further down the wage sc ... More >>
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