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  • Private-sector job growth accelerates to 237,000, ADP says

    Private-sector job growth accelerates to 237,000, ADP says

    Private employers accelerated their hiring in August, adding a robust 237,000 net new jobs in a sign that the labor market remains strong and should start pushing up wages. The figures released Wednesday by payroll firm Automatic Data Processing exceeded analysts’ expectations of 185,000 and were...

  • Iowa's handout to Apple illustrates the folly of corporate welfare deals

    Iowa's handout to Apple illustrates the folly of corporate welfare deals

    State and local officials in Iowa have been working hard to rationalize their handout of more than $208 million in tax benefits to Apple, one of the world’s richest companies, for a data facility that will host 50 permanent jobs. The deal will help make Iowa an “innovation and technology” hub, ...

  • St. Louis gave minimum-wage workers a raise. On Monday, it was taken away

    St. Louis gave minimum-wage workers a raise. On Monday, it was taken away

    Ontario Pope has long struggled to stretch his McDonald’s paycheck to cover the basics and provide for his four young children. But even after more than nine years with the fast-food chain, the 31-year-old St. Louis man said he still lived with relatives or in motels, the fear of becoming homeless...

  • 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....

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