The Worst Jobs in America

An employee’s job satisfaction largely depends on their particular employer. But in some careers, dangerous tasks, high levels of stress, and public scrutiny are all commonplace and can take a toll on employee satisfaction, no matter who the boss is.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2018 Jobs Rated Report from CareerCast, a targeted job opportunity website, to determine the worst jobs in America. The report ranks over 200 careers on the overall quality of their work environment, amount of stress, occupational outlook, and income.

Many of the worst jobs in America rank poorly because they have among the least job security in the U.S. labor force. The rise of automation could reduce or completely eliminate certain unskilled professions as well as some of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

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Texas Instruments to build $3.1 billion facility, create nearly 500 jobs

Dallas-based Texas Instruments has chosen Richardson, Texas as the site for an approximately $3.1 billion facility that’s expected to create more than 488 jobs.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the news Thursday morning on the governor’s office website. The semiconductor company will receive millions of dollars in tax incentives from the state, along with Collin County, Plano ISD and the city of Richardson. It will receive more than $5.1 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, the state’s so-called deal closer fund, if it follows through on its capital investment and job creation commitments.

With the new facility, Texas Instruments is doubling down on North Texas. It already has a large factory in Richardson and owns the land where the facility will be built. It has more than 9,000 employees in Texas.

The Virginaina-Pilot

Texas jobs reach record high not seen since 1976 as job growth continues in March

Texas hit a milestone in March as employment continued to grow for the 107th consecutive month and the number of people employed reached a record high of over 14 million, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The state added 22,600 jobs in March, up from the 17,700 it added in February. Much of the state’s job growth was driven by the private sector in March.

Dallas Morning News

Report: 33 states manipulate jobs data to receive exemptions for food stamp work requirements

A record high 4.1 million able-bodied adults without dependents are enrolled in the federal food stamp program, more than half of whom receive benefits by states waiving the federal work requirement, according to new report by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

The report notes that despite record-high employment levels and a booming economy, the number of able-bodied adults who receive food stamps is more than four times as many as those enrolled between 2000 and 2008.

Currently, federal work requirements are waived entirely or in part by 33 states and the District of Columbia, exempting nearly 2.6 million able-bodied adults, FGA reports.

Watchdog.org

Want job creation and a thriving middle class? Support your local entrepreneurs

A campaign mantra that drove a national election 27 years ago has been a recurring theme during every election cycle since. The economy remained a top issue in the 2018 midterms, and it is already taking center stage in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Many ideas are being debated on the campaign trail about how to strengthen our economy, create jobs and restore the middle class. But there is a critical issue that, surprisingly, often gets taken for granted. We cannot achieve our economic goals without entrepreneurship — entrepreneurship spread across the U.S., not just its wealthy coastal cities.

The Hill

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Mazda Toyota supplier gets $17 million in state incentives

The supplier for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA facility that’s bringing more than 400 jobs to Athens will receive almost $17 million in incentives from the state of Alabama.

Toyota Boshoku will build a $50 million facility in Athens that will produce seat systems for vehicles built at the MTMUS plant now under construction in Huntsville, Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week.

Al.com

Research Finds Pregnant Women Feel Pushed Out of Their Jobs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Many working women feel like they are being pushed out of their jobs when they become pregnant while new fathers often get a boost in their careers, according to research from Florida State University.

Samantha Paustian-Underdahl, assistant professor of management at FSU’s College of Business, studied two long-standing theories on why mothers are more likely to leave the workforce than fathers.

One suggests pregnant women feel “pushed out” of the workplace. The second indicates moms decide for themselves during pregnancy to “opt out” because of changing personal and career values.

NewsWise.com

Freedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers

For Americans earning modest wages, the ability to switch jobs provides a means of upward mobility. Yet about 30 million workers in the United States have had to sign noncompete agreements that prevent them from doing just this. A bill pending in the Senate would help fix this situation, and it deserves serious consideration by advocates and lawmakers.

Nearly one in five workers has had to sign an agreement that prohibits them from working for competitors or starting competing businesses. Because most hourly workers have little bargaining power and limited access to legal counsel that might help them negotiate with employers, such noncompete agreements are virtually impossible for workers to resist. These agreements are also particularly unfair because many of those bound by noncompete agreements could use a raise. The best research shows that about 14 percent of workers who earn less than $40,000 each year have indeed signed a noncompete agreement.

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