No new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in August. Unemployment figures have stalled at 9.1 percent as the nation’s economic recovery remains stagnant. Not only does this bode poorly for those seeking work, it negatively affects the employed as well.
First time since World War II
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday reported the worst numbers in 11 months, and the first month of zero job growth since World War II.
Part of the weak showing can be attributed to the 45,000 striking Verizon workers, but the big picture is still very bleak. Small job gains in June and July and [...]
Consumers may want to think twice before funneling their hard-earned dollars into travel and restaurant destinations suggested by TripAdvisor, reports The Telegraph. The travel review website is being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority after a flood of complaints. Thousands of hotels and restaurants claim that TripAdvisor’s reviews are either fake or unnecessarily defamatory.
TripAdvisor fake reviews harm online reputation
One of the reasons TripAdvisor has become as popular as it is – the site boasts more than 50 million reviews – is that it features user-generated content almost exclusively. People travel or frequent restaurants, then write about their experience and give [...]
According a 2008 study by the Death Penalty Information Center, California spends $137 million per year on capital punishment cases, whereas life without parole would cost only $11.5 million. On average nationwide, it costs two to three times more for a death penalty case. The writing is on the wall, writes FOX News: The death penalty is too expensive for the cash-strapped United States.
Dropping out of the death penalty industry
A shaky U.S. economy has forced lawmakers to make some tough decisions regarding the use of capital punishment.
“It is a big deal for county budgets,” said Dan Satterberg, King County (Wash.) [...]