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  • California Inc.: A new era dawns as Whole Foods cuts some prices

    California Inc.: A new era dawns as Whole Foods cuts some prices

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Traders return to business Monday after learning Friday that orders for long-lasting manufactured...

  • California adds 82,600 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.8%

    California adds 82,600 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.8%

    July was California employers’ biggest month of hiring in more than a year as the state continued its steady economic growth, although unemployment also ticked up, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. California’s net gain of 82,600 jobs accounted...

  • Here's how expanding Medicare could set us on the path to universal health coverage

    Here's how expanding Medicare could set us on the path to universal health coverage

    With Republicans seeming to have abandoned their repeal-or-bust attack on the Affordable Care Act, the path to improving Americans' health coverage is wide open. That has given the idea of single-payer a jump-start. But it hasn’t done much to clarify the most important question: How do we get there...

  • A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    Question: After my husband receives his annual review and cost-of-living raise, he will be in a new pay bracket. When this happens, the cost of his health insurance will increase as well -- way beyond the raise he would receive -- so he will be bringing home significantly less in his paycheck....

  • One-fifth of Americans say their workplace is hostile or threatening, study finds

    One-fifth of Americans say their workplace is hostile or threatening, study finds

    The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and UCLA. Among the findings: • Nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls “disturbingly high” — say they face a hostile or...

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