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Maryland sees second-highest job gains in 7 years during August

Maryland added more than 14,000 jobs in August, the second-highest monthly gain in seven years, as the unemployment rate dipped to a pre-recession level of 3.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. The state’s jobless rate remained lower than the nation’s, which was 4.4 percent in August,...

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  • 7 tips to not letting work take over your life

    7 tips to not letting work take over your life

    In this age of leaning in and working whatever hours it takes to get ahead, it can be increasingly easy to forget to take time for yourself. Doing anything but work can actually seem like laziness or self-indulgence-especially when it looks like everyone else is still working furiously while you've...

  • Find a job when you're over 50

    Find a job when you're over 50

    Today's job market is increasingly competitive-even for the brightest and most go-getting candidates in the field. If you're over 50 and looking for a new gig amongst fields of millennials, the current state of job hunting can feel overwhelming. Whether you're looking to score a job or change your...

  • Get a raise without asking for one

    Get a raise without asking for one

    You've put in the time and work and want to see the results in your paycheck. But while just simply steeling yourself and asking might be your most direct bet, it's tough. Many of us probably would rather suffer along with our current measly salaries than actually get up the courage to face our...

  • 6 traits of great managers

    6 traits of great managers

    Want to be boss at being a boss? It's not as simple as just being a good listener and making sure everyone shows up on time. Truly great managers attract the best workers. If you're good at being in charge, you hold onto star employees and advance their careers right along with yours. Managing...

  • 8 of the best apps for college students

    8 of the best apps for college students

    College can be very stressful-especially if you're on your own for the first time. There's suddenly so much you have to figure out that you never had to worry about before. But you can make things much easier on yourself with the help of your smartphone and a few app downloads. Here are 10 of the...

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  • Direct Energy to lay off 108 Maryland employees

    Direct Energy to lay off 108 Maryland employees

    Direct Energy, a Houston-based natural gas and electricity retailer, will lay off 108 of its employees in Columbia, according to a notice it provided to the state on Tuesday. The layoffs come as the company “is changing its business model to move away from being a residential solar installer,”...

  • Maryland adds 13,300 jobs in June

    Maryland adds 13,300 jobs in June

    Maryland added 13,300 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dipped slightly, as people joining the workforce quickly found jobs, according to the latest federal employment report. Maryland had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in June, down a tenth of a percentage point from May and below the...

  • Deadline extended for Baltimore's top workplaces nominations

    Deadline extended for Baltimore's top workplaces nominations

    There's still time to nominate to your company for The Baltimore Sun Media Group's next Top Workplaces. The deadline has been extended to Aug. 11 to see if your company has what it takes to make The Sun's seventh annual list of the region's top workplaces or even top it. For the past six years,...

  • Locke Insulators to close, lay off 108 workers

    Locke Insulators to close, lay off 108 workers

    Locke Insulators Inc. announced Monday it will close its Port Covington manufacturing plant and lay off 108 employees. The manufacturing plant, located on a 26-acre lot at 2525 Insulator Drive, will wind down operations over the next few months in response to dwindling demand for its electric utility...

  • Baltimore youth jobs programs offer path to careers for city youth

    Baltimore youth jobs programs offer path to careers for city youth

    Na'Thaia Huntley wanted nothing more than a job after graduating from Dunbar High School in 2014 but, with no experience, her options were limited. She'd applied for a job through YouthWorks — a city program that offers summer employment for thousands of young people each year — and was invited...

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  • Employers use non-compete agreements even for low-wage workers

    Employers use non-compete agreements even for low-wage workers

    Employers have long relied on non-compete agreements to keep highly skilled and highly paid workers from jumping to competitors and stealing trade secrets. But such agreements are spreading into the broader workplace, even among low-wage workers, new research shows. That’s sparking debate whether...

  • U.S. employers add 222K jobs, the most in four months

    U.S. employers add 222K jobs, the most in four months

    U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth for April and May by a combined 47,000. Hiring has averaged...

  • Missouri forces St. Louis to lower minimum wage

    Missouri forces St. Louis to lower minimum wage

    It's not been a great couple of weeks for those advocating an increase in minimum wages. Late last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper based on research conducted by economists at the University of Washington. The report found that the costs to low-wage workers...

  • Survey: US companies add a modest 158,000 jobs in June

    Survey: US companies add a modest 158,000 jobs in June

    U.S. businesses added a modest 158,000 jobs in June, a survey found — a sign that hiring has decelerated but remains healthy enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that the strongest job gains were in services, such as education, health care, hotels...

  • More than 30 BoatHouse Canton employees leave after immigration officials seek documents, owner says

    More than 30 BoatHouse Canton employees leave after immigration officials seek documents, owner says

    More than 30 employees of The BoatHouse Canton did not show up to work over the weekend after Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a review of the restaurant's immigration records, the restaurant's co-owner said. The southeast Baltimore restaurant received a request from ICE to review its I-9...

  • Botanical research firm plans to grow in Baltimore

    Botanical research firm plans to grow in Baltimore

    A small firm that wants to make dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals derived from plants is relocating to Baltimore, and has plans to eventually hire 200 scientists and analysts as well as growers in office and lab space. Vitreon America Inc. initially will move eight of its 23 employees from...

  • Aldi hiring up to 150 at Baltimore area stores

    Aldi hiring up to 150 at Baltimore area stores

    Discount grocer Aldi plans to hire up to 150 people to support store growth in the Baltimore area, the company said Monday. The chain has store associate, shift manager and manager trainee positions available for stores in Baltimore, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk and Catonsville. Shift managers earn...

  • Sears will close stores at Hunt Valley Towne Centre and in Hagerstown

    Sears will close stores at Hunt Valley Towne Centre and in Hagerstown

    Sears will shutter stores at Hunt Valley Towne Center in Baltimore County and Hagerstown in a new round of closings announced Friday, part of cost-cutting measures the struggling retailer is taking to shore up its business. The two Maryland locations are among 20 unprofitable stores where Sears...

  • Baltimore training youths for jobs in the water industry

    Baltimore training youths for jobs in the water industry

    Not long ago, Robert Dorsey was working a low-wage job and struggling to make ends meet. He was skinny, he said, because food often cost too much. He had no car. And he grew even more worried about paying the bills once he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. Then he spotted a flier that promised...

  • Food distributor completes move to former Giant warehouse in Jessup

    Food distributor completes move to former Giant warehouse in Jessup

    CGC Holdings, Inc., a growing food distribution company in Jessup, has completed its move into the former Giant food warehouse there, the Maryland Department of Commerce announced Tuesday. The parent company of G. Cefalu & Bro. Inc. and Capital Seaboard, CGC announced plans in late 2015 to lease...

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