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Real hourly earnings up 3.6 percent over the year in leisure and hospitality


March 03, 2015
Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 2.4 percent from January 2014 to January 2015. The increase in hourly earnings, combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the average workweek, led to a 3.0-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the year. Full Text »
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Disability insurance plans: trends in employee access and employer costs

Short- and long-term disability insurance programs replace some of the wages lost by people who cannot work because of a disabling injury or illness that is not work-related. This article examines trends in employer-provided disability insurance coverage over time, explains the basic terms of coverage for typical plans, and estimates the costs to private employers.
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  1. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, __________ were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. In comparison, __________ of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.
  2. Hint:
    Young adult employment varies by education.

  3. Complete the statement with the annual percent increase in the price for gold ores:

    In 2012, price increases for gold slowed, rising less than they had in each of the previous 4 years. The __________ increase in 2012 was the smallest yearly increase since the 2.6-percent advance in 2008.
  4. Hint:
    Gold prices rise more than 100 percent since 2008.

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