Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher Applications for unemployment aid remain at 43-year low The Labor Department said weekly applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked down to 256,000, matching a 43-year ... 09/29/2016 - 2:10 am | View Link
Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher The Labor Department said weekly applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked down to 256,000, matching a 43-year low first reached in April. The economy is expanding at a ... 09/28/2016 - 9:33 pm | View Link
Applications for US unemployment aid rise to still-low ... Applications for US unemployment aid rise to still-low level Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week, yet remain at low level 06/16/2016 - 8:38 am | View Website
Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Rise to 6-Month ... The rise could reflect volatility in the data after ... Applications for unemployment aid are a proxy for layoffs and can indicate whether businesses are sufficiently ... 01/21/2016 - 5:03 am | View Website
Unemployment Aid Applications Back on the Rise While unemployment aid applications still hover at five-year lows, those seeking benefits for the week ending May 25 rose by 10,000 to reach a seasonally adjusted ... 06/2/2013 - 7:57 pm | View Website
Weekly unemployment aid applications rise to 367K Weekly unemployment aid applications rise to 367K. It appears America's jobs market is on the mend. Jobless claims have hit a three-year-low. 10/4/2012 - 5:31 am | View Website
US unemployment aid applications rise to 386K | Fox News WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly ... 06/14/2012 - 8:48 am | View Website
World stocks drift as investors factor in Fed rate hike
HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets drifted Friday as investors increasingly factored in a Fed rate hike soon, based on the brightening U. S. corporate and economic outlook.
Investors are starting to factor in a higher chance of the Fed raising interest rates from the ultralow levels that have fueled a multiyear stock boom, given the latest corporate and economic data.
ANALYST INSIGHT: "While expectations for a December Fed rate hike are continuing to build, investment markets seem to be taking it a bit better than was the case in the run up to last December's eventual rate hike," Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital, said in a report.
The official exchange rate for the Chinese currency yuan fell to a six-year low against the dollar of 6.7558 yuan, as investors bet that an eventual interest rate hike in the U.
Despite efforts over the past two decades to cut back on overwork, karoshi still causes hundreds of deaths and illnesses every year in Japan, affecting all sorts of workers, from elite "salary-man and career-woman" employees like Takahashi to IT technicians and manual laborers.
On top of the 40-hour work week the Labor Standards Law sets for most workers, as an exception that serves as a loophole companies can establish voluntary ceilings for overtime.
Older workers who retire from permanent positions with full benefits often are replaced by part-timers or chronically overworked contractors who likewise have little leverage and no union representation.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants companies to drastically cut working hours to enable men to help out more at home and create more job opportunities for women.
Asked during parliamentary questioning about Takahashi's death, the third officially acknowledged case of "karoshi" at Dentsu, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki threatened harsh action against the company, which dominates advertising for both companies and the government.
There is growing recognition that efforts to curb overwork are failing and that the pressure increasingly is affecting younger workers, said Emiko Teranishi, who founded a group for karoshi victims' families after her husband, a chef, died of overwork.
In 2015 alone, 93 suicides and attempted suicides were officially recognized as overwork deaths and eligible for compensation and 96 deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses were linked to overwork, it said.
A 27-year-old Philippine man, Joey Tocnang, died of heart failure in April 2014 while participating in a government-sponsored training program at a die-casting factory in central Japan's Gifu prefecture.
The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
Iran's Foreign Ministry has condemned an Islamic State assault in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk and says four Iranians were killed in that attack.
The official IRNA news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying that another three Iranians were wounded in the assault.
IS launched a wave of coordinated attacks in an around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday that appeared to be aimed at diverting security forces from a massive offensive underway around the IS-held city of Mosul.
The police chief in a town north of Kirkuk says IS militants attacked a power plant there, killing 11 workers, including two Iranians, before blowing themselves up.
Arizona's largest electricity provider says the average time for peak power demand in the summer is significantly later than from four years ago, largely because of the increasing popularity of rooftop solar.
Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service Co.
Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.
At least 11 workers, including two Iranians, were killed when IS militants stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk and then blew themselves up.
Multiple explosions meanwhile rocked the city, and gun battles were ongoing, said witnesses in Kirkuk, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were concerned for their safety.
Extreme weather could be putting your favorite bottle of wine at risk. Global wine production is forecast to fall 5% in 2016, making it one of the worst years since the start of the century, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). Wild weather, apparently driven by climate change, is the main culprit for the decline, the wine group says."With global warming, we're witnessing an increase in exceptional events that are more frequent, longer lasting and of greater scale," Jean-Marie Aurand, the head of the OIV, told Reuters.