Job-seeker friendly

Lifestyle | Southern California churches reach the unemployed through job fairs 
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/13/16, 01:00 am

COVINA, Calif.—It wasn’t Easter, Christmas, or soup kitchen day at Christ First Baptist Church in Covina, Calif., but a hot Thursday morning. A line of about 200 men and women—of all ages and ethnicities—stood in the church courtyard, fanning themselves with resumé folders. Some had dressed in blouse and slacks or suit and tie, while others wore jeans and sneakers. All were locals looking for jobs—and many were unchurched.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Ireland's economic comeback

by Cal Thomas
Posted 4/21/16, 10:58 am

DUBLIN—They called it the “Celtic Tiger,” a period of prosperity between 1995 and 2008, during which everything in Ireland appeared to come up shamrocks.

According to Wikipedia, between 1995 and 2000, the long-dormant Irish economy took off, expanding by a startling 9.4 percent. There was a building boom; roads were widened to accommodate more traffic; newly confident people started buying things they had long denied themselves, including bigger and nicer houses, which, it turns out, many could not afford.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ricardo Arduengo

Puerto Rico's low labor force participation rate

Puerto Rico
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/12/15, 08:32 am

As I researched my cover story on Puerto Rico in the current issue of WORLD Magazine, I appreciated the work of José Alvarado Vega and Alex Díaz, who four years ago went deeper than current hand-wringing: They delved into reasons for U.S. territory’s 40 percent labor participation rate, which is more than 20 percent below the U.S. average.

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