The impact of the subprime mortgage crisis and economic strain across the country has drastically increased the number of Americans living in poverty. According to the latest census data, 47 million Americans are now living below the poverty line.
Recent reporting by The New York Times has raised concern about the conditions faced by workers in Apple’s supply factories in China. Now Apple has hired an independent labor rights organization to inspect and publish a report on the labor environment in its suppliers’ factories. The first round of inspections began Monday.
As a low-level bureaucrat in 1985, Xi Jinping made a visit to Iowa on an agricultural mission. He's said to have fond memories of his trip. Now he's China's vice president and the most likely next leader for the country, he's heading back to Iowa on a more high-profile mission.
Carpooling.com launched in Germany to help a couple of college students stay in love. A decade later, the business is thriving in Europe and it's starting to turn its eye toward the U.S. market.
As the middle class increasingly feels pressed from the bottom and the top, comments on CNN by Mitt Romney about not being concerned with the very poor have prompted a discussion about just what it is that is holding back the middle class — and the poor as well.
The American economy surprised economists by adding 243,000 net new jobs in January and dropping the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent. That rate represents the lowest figure for the American economy in almost three years.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels this week signed the right to work bill into law. Labor unions, which say the bill will weaken them, are bringing their protests to Super Bowl week, but they face a difficult balancing act.
There's a burgeoning Spanish population in Germany and they're not going for the change in climate. As Spain's unemployment rate hovers around 23 percent, Germany's 4 percent rate is luring many of Spain's most educated to jobs outside their native land.
In the wake of Egypt's revolution, domestic workers who once enjoyed absolutely no legal protections are now protected by laws against human trafficking, and some are benefitting. But it will be some time more until they enjoy the sorts of wage and other protections activists say they deserve.
Indiana is set to become the 23rd state to pass a right to work law. The bill prohibits unions from entering into employment contracts that prevent workers from opting out of joining and paying dues to the union.