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8 Lessons We Learned From Our First Jobs

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Liza Kaufman-Hogan What was your first job? Serving fast food, delivering newspapers, cleaning hotel rooms, picking tobacco? Whatever your answer, chances are you worked hard for little pay and wouldn’t trade the experience for all … Continue reading

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Jobs, yes, but they’re mostly low pay

FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a shopper walks down the steps at a Gap store in Los Angeles. The Gap Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Thursday Aug. 22, 2013. (AP … Continue reading

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More seeing pluses of middle-skill jobs

Ashley Turner, a welder from Knoxville, works on a piece of equipment at Vermeer Industries in Pella. Turner once aspired to be a nurse, but switched her focus to welding and found it was a natural fit. Vermeer offered her … Continue reading

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Schwan: A jobless future?

Help-wanted signs such as this one outside Target might not be a common sight if more jobs are automated. (Photo: Jodi Schwan / Sioux Falls Business Journal ) It looked like Jim Schmidt had copied half of the Sioux Falls … Continue reading

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Military veterans to get help finding jobs, growing a business, at Grand …

Guardsman Brenton Lameira, left, meets Combined Insurance representative Joseph Pennington at the ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ job fair at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory Thursday, January 24, 2013. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)  GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Military veterans looking for … Continue reading

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10 best-paying jobs for high school graduates

A mechanic repairing an elevator.(Photo: Thinkstock) As the cost of attending college increases each year, some high school graduates may wonder how well they could do without a college degree. While occupations that only require a high school diploma are … Continue reading

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Labor force excludes many Americans who desperately need jobs

An unemployed man once told me that looking for work was the hardest job he’d ever had. And here’s the thing: the longer you look, the harder it gets. Bernard Stewart Prosise of West Hollywood is Exhibit A. In 2009, … Continue reading

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Labor Day in jobs-starved Illinois

Economists invoke “slack” when America’s labor market fails to create enough jobs for those willing and able to take them. The result is an excess supply of labor. That “labor market slack”? That “excess supply of labor”? We’re talking about … Continue reading

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Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

This photo taken on June 27, 2014, shows the exterior of the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J.(Photo: Wayne Parry, AP) ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino … Continue reading

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As vacation ends, market’s focus turns to jobs

Traffic travels past the Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images)(Photo: Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images) At the end of the Labor Day weekend, reality returns. On Tuesday, the nation’s workforce — including Wall Street … Continue reading

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