employment http://kcur.org en Employees In Kansas City Start Work Earlier Than Most Of The U.S. http://kcur.org/post/employees-kansas-city-start-work-earlier-most-us <p>People who are employed in Kansas City, Mo., start work earlier than the majority of the United States — at around 7:51 a.m.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's considerably earlier than our counterparts in New York, who go in around 8:24 a.m., and our neighbors in Lawrence,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., who get to work around 8:15 a.m.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:14:15 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54649 at http://kcur.org Employees In Kansas City Start Work Earlier Than Most Of The U.S. For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past http://kcur.org/post/many-teens-summer-jobs-may-be-thing-past The school year's winding down, meaning teenagers around the country will soon be trying to pull in some extra cash scooping ice cream or manning those kiosks at the mall.<p>But with the job market still weak, teens are facing stiff competition landing summer jobs. And while the downturn has hit young job seekers particularly hard, it's not just the lingering effects of the Great Recession working against them: the drop-off in teen summer hiring actually began long before 2007.<p>The past two summers were the worst for teen employment in the U.S. Thu, 31 May 2012 19:48:00 +0000 editor 18611 at http://kcur.org For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/unemployment-down-jobs-missouri-0 <p>At 7.3 percent, unemployment in Missouri has dropped to its lowest level in 40 months.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s according to the latest monthly report from the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ded.mo.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Economic Development</a>. Wed, 16 May 2012 05:47:33 +0000 Elana Gordon 17731 at http://kcur.org Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri Hiring Slowed In April, Report Signals http://kcur.org/post/hiring-slowed-april-report-signals Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, <a href="http://adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_April_12.pdf" target="_blank">according to the latest ADP National Employment Report</a>.<p>The private group's report is "a troubling sign" two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its figures on April employment growth and unemployment, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151839096/reports-points-to-weaker-growth-in-jobs" target="_blank">The Associated Press says</a>.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/arti Wed, 02 May 2012 13:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16965 at http://kcur.org AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed http://kcur.org/post/ap-analysis-half-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed It's hard out there for a college grad.<p>The AP analyzed government data and <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47141463/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/#.T5WOgDJSTkE">came up with this stunning figure</a>: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."<p>The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:<p><blockquote><p>"About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:54:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 16424 at http://kcur.org AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed KC Civil Rights Summit http://kcur.org/post/kc-civil-rights-summit <p>On this Monday&#39;s<strong><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em> Central Standard</em></a></strong> we speak with <strong>Ayanna Hightower-Mannon</strong> and <strong>Paul Pierce</strong>, who work in<a href="http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/CityManagersOffice/HumanRelationsDivision/CivilRightsEnforcementSection/index.htm"><strong> Kansas City&#39;s Civil Rights Division</strong></a>.</p><p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:01:58 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 16415 at http://kcur.org KC Civil Rights Summit Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry http://kcur.org/post/continued-job-growth-will-help-housing-industry Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:35:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 16391 at http://kcur.org For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out http://kcur.org/post/long-term-unemployed-help-running-out Diane Turner can't find work. She spent 30 years managing dental practices in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, but lost her last job in that field a couple of years ago.<p>She worked for a while greeting customers at an auto body shop, but lost that job a year ago. "It was very depressing," Turner says. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:49:00 +0000 editor 15572 at http://kcur.org For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out March Jobs Report Offers Mixed Messages http://kcur.org/post/march-jobs-report-offers-mixed-messages Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, city and state leaders in Michigan have reached a deal they hope will help Detroit stave off a financial meltdown. We'll get the latest from The Motor City in just a few minutes. But first, we want to talk about the national employment picture. The Labor Department is reporting weaker-than-expected job growth figures nationally for the month of March. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 editor 15556 at http://kcur.org Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent http://kcur.org/post/just-120000-jobs-added-jobless-rate-dips-82-percent The nation's unemployment rate edged down to 8.2 percent in March from 8.3 percent in February, but only 120,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics said</a> this morning in a report that was less positive about the labor market's health than economists had expected.<p>Prior to the news, forecasters had predicted BLS would say about 200,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month.<p>And while the March figure could be revised upward in coming months, as February's increase was, the Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15546 at http://kcur.org Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent Obama's Signing Of JOBS Act Likely Won't Dim GOP Charge He's Anti-Jobs http://kcur.org/post/obamas-signing-jobs-act-likely-wont-dim-gop-charge-hes-anti-jobs President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (or JOBS) Act into law Thursday, legislation meant to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get investor financing that helps them add workers. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 22:37:00 +0000 Frank James 15525 at http://kcur.org Obama's Signing Of JOBS Act Likely Won't Dim GOP Charge He's Anti-Jobs Just How Strong Is The Job Market? http://kcur.org/post/just-how-strong-job-market The monthly employment report Friday could help answer a key question about the economy: Will the recently strong job growth slow once employers finish replacing the people they fired during the depths of the recession?<p>Over the past three months, job growth has averaged close to 250,000 a month. There are some signs that strong growth could continue. For instance, first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to 357,000 — their lowest level in four years. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:50:00 +0000 John Ydstie 15488 at http://kcur.org Just How Strong Is The Job Market? Jobless Claims Stay Around Four-Year Low http://kcur.org/post/jobless-claims-stay-around-four-year-low The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance stayed around a four-year low last week, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration just reported</a>.<p>It says there were 357,000 such applications, down 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 363,000.<p>Claims have been running at the lowest rate since March and April 2008 for several weeks now.<p>We'll learn much more about the labor market on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15469 at http://kcur.org Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report http://kcur.org/post/private-hiring-signals-another-strong-jobs-report Jobs at U.S. businesses increased by 209,000 in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the payroll processing firm ADP. That's in line with expectations for the monthly jobs report due out Friday.<p>Analysts expect Friday's official employment report from the Labor Department to show that employers added 215,000 in March and that the unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent, according to Bloomberg News.<p>The <a href="http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_March_12.pdf">ADP report</a> counts only jobs at private employers. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:37:00 +0000 editor 15418 at http://kcur.org Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo http://kcur.org/post/good-news-jobs-front-except-yahoo On the plus side, <a href="http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_March_12.pdf" target="_blank">the ADP National Employment Report issued this morning</a> estimates there were 209,000 jobs added to private employers' payrolls in March. And ADP's data often are something of a predictor for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will have to say when it issues its monthly numbers. Those March figures are due on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15409 at http://kcur.org Something Troubling In Your Background? http://kcur.org/post/something-troubling-your-background <p>It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found. It’s not quite so simple anymore.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:07:14 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Kathleen Pointer 13207 at http://kcur.org Something Troubling In Your Background? No Denying, New Jobs Pay Well http://kcur.org/post/no-denying-new-jobs-pay-well <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5401b03814edf-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5401b03814edf-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5401b03814edf-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-984309.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City Mayor Sly James has called for more higher paying jobs for the city. Today he got the pledge of them. Burns &amp; McDonnell engineers and architects will add a thousand jobs, 500 of them locally, between now and 2013.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:16:08 +0000 Dan Verbeck 8173 at http://kcur.org No Denying, New Jobs Pay Well Down Decade for KC Jobs http://kcur.org/post/down-decade-kc-jobs <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5401b3ef78040-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5401b3ef78040-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5401b3ef78040-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-942393.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City region is fortieth worst in one aspect of the top hundred job markets over the last decade. A New York study of the last ten years shows the local market dropped 23 thousand factory jobs.</p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:52:13 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7402 at http://kcur.org