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223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment dipped to 5.3% from May's 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). April and May job creation numbers were revised down by 60,000.

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Economy Adds 257,000 Jobs in January

Economy Adds 257,000 Jobs in January

The economy added 257,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate ticked slightly up to 5.7% from December’s 5.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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APWU Victory: 9,000 New Jobs

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Some 9,000 new postal clerk jobs are on the way, thanks to action by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The U.S. Postal Service in 2012 cut the hours of operation at small post offices around the country and filled new jobs at the offices with part-time, nonunion workers. APWU filed a grievance.

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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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U.S.-China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

In case you missed it at the end of June (and who can blame you, really?) trade numbers between the United States and China were recently released for the month of April 2014, providing us with another month’s worth of reasons for why U.S. trade policy needs to change.

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Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

In 2011, the American labor movement made a pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative to raise $10 billion over the following five years to invest in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and to boost the sagging job market. Yesterday, two years ahead of schedule, that pledge was fulfilled.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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New BIT Investment Creates Good, Safe Jobs in Oregon

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new $43.2 million multifamily project in Portland, Ore., financed by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT), that will create hundreds of construction, service and maintenance jobs performed by highly trained union workers also served as a Workers Memorial Day remembrance Monday.

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6 Reasons Even Conservatives Should Support Raising the Minimum Wage

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While Democrats in Congress and the president are attempting to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, there is still pretty strong opposition to raising the wage (or its very existence) from pro-corporate extremists on the far right. But as more and more evidence is gathered concerning the minimum wage and its effect on workers, it’s harder and harder to sustain any belief other than that the wage should be raised. Not only is it the morally correct thing to do, it has positive effects on the economy. Here are six reasons why everyone, including conservatives, should support raising the minimum wage (hat tip to Joshua Holland at BillMoyers.com).

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