August 24, 2013 |
At a busy housing construction project in Howard County one recent morning, Alex Hernandez, 24, shouted instructions in Spanish as his crew members hoisted a heavy foundation beam into place. "This job is difficult and dangerous. You have to work hard and move fast and be careful," said the stocky crew chief, an immigrant from El Salvador. "I have never seen an American do this work. " At a Baltimore employment center, Keith Bellisaire, 40, proudly shared cellphone pictures of rooms he had painted on day jobs.
June 6, 2012 |
Exxon Mobil is relocating its Fairfax County operations to Houston beginning in early 2014, taking 2,100 jobs out of a region already experiencing a slowdown in hiring as employers brace for cuts in federal spending. The Irving, Tex.-based oil giant announced Wednesday that it planned to move employees from Fairfax to a sprawling new 385-acre office complex in Houston. The decision is part of a broader consolidation by the company that includes moving workers from offices in the...
March 6, 2013 |
At MIT , a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial co-workers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University of California at Berkeley, a robot can do laundry and then neatly fold T-shirts and towels. A wave of new robots, affordable and capable of accomplishing advanced human tasks, is being aimed at jobs that are high in the workforce hierarchy.
January 28, 2012 |
I continue to debate with people about the purpose of college. Is college a time for young adults to just enrich their minds, or should students use that time to concentrate on a major that will prepare them for a career? Or is college, as I believe, both a time to learn and a time to learn the skills you need to get a self-sustaining job? Not many people who need to work for a living can afford to go to college and fail to accomplish both goals. I got some backup for my view from President Obama, who, during his State...
January 31, 2010
AMERICANS DESPERATELY need jobs. President Obama has promised to help deliver them. The challenge, as always, is figuring out what the government can do to increase private-sector employment at a reasonable cost and with a minimum of perverse side effects. And the headwinds businesses face today -- poor sales, tight credit, political uncertainty -- are so strong that they may cancel out even the best-designed government program to encourage hiring. The proposal that Mr. Obama unveiled Friday in Baltimore, a tax credit for hiring and pay...
September 1, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly said that Monday was the 100th anniversary of Labor Day. The first recognized Labor Day parade occurred in 1882, and the federal holiday began in 1894. This version has been updated. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who was confirmed in July after strong Republican resistance, spoke with The Washington Post on Friday. Below are excerpts from the discussion, which covered topics such as the "living-wage" movement, the 50th anniversary of the March...