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Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day

Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day
Environmental Entrepeneurs, an organization devoted to promoting green jobs and job creation, released a Labor Day report highlighting the ever-growing number of clean energy jobs out there helping to drive the economy.
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43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction

43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction
The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for western states, will move forward after negotiations and compromise from high ranking officials. Hurdles remain — such as an environmental impact analysis — but the project could be in service as early as 2018. The news is welcome for workers. A new study predicts the project will create a total of 43,000 construction jobs.
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Steve Cooper
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Bootstrap Unlaced: Studies from Right- and Left-Leaning Think Tanks Show Cuts to Unemployment Benefits Don't Create Jobs

Bootstrap Unlaced: Studies from Right- and Left-Leaning Think Tanks Show Cuts to Unemployment Benefits Don't Create Jobs
In January 2014, when a federal program extending unemployment benefits failed to be renewed in Congress, there was speculation about what might happen to those on unemployment. It is a popular idea with some that an unemployed individual isn’t motivated to seek out a job as long as a government check is coming in regularly. Experts weren’t sure and no reliable data was available. Now there is a report about some data.
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More Seeking Unemployment Aid, Yet Job Numbers On the Up

More Seeking Unemployment Aid, Yet Job Numbers On the Up
More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the overall job numbers are looking good, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.1% – the lowest since September 2008.
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Obama Speech: GOP Using Taxpayer Money to Sue Me for Doing a Good Job

Obama Speech: GOP Using Taxpayer Money to Sue Me for Doing a Good Job
President Obama had some great lines in Austin Thursday night, sure to get the GOP riled up. With jobs and the economy on the up, Republican intransigence is looking more and more childish and stubborn. Watch the video here.
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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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Sign of the Times: Unemployment Holding Steady is Now Good News

Sign of the Times: Unemployment Holding Steady is Now Good News
The US may have added jobs in may (an anemic 217K), but wasn't able to make a dent in the employment numbers, which have hovered at 6.3% and remain frustratingly static.
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GOP Math: Alabama Gives Chinese Company $190 Million to Build $100 Million Plant

GOP Math: Alabama Gives Chinese Company $190 Million to Build $100 Million Plant
No doubt Decatur, Alabama, tubing manufacturer, Wolverine, is thrilled that the state is funding a competitor. Not just any competitor: Chinese-owned "Golden Dragon Copper" has opened in Wilcox County and is getting a pretty sweet deal.
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First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs

First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs
Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. Unemployment among veterans who have served since September 2001 stood at 9 percent in 2013, about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland

Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland
The Ford motor company has announced that it will officially move production of a new series of commercial trucks from a plant in Mexico to a plant near Cleveland, OH. Ford agreed to bring the jobs home during its contract negotiations with the UAW in 2011. To prepare for the manufacturing of these new trucks, Ford will pay $168 million to retrofit the plant.
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