Retail employees such as cashiers are among the least-paid U.S. workers.
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Employment and wages soared in the latest labor report, but that’s small comfort for the many workers with a job that doesn’t pay a living wage.
The pandemic has spurred many workers to contemplate their futures – and whether they ever want to return to office life.
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The pandemic exposed the contradictions and tensions at the heart of 'creative class' cities and jobs.
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Tiny houses mean smaller costs.
As utilities upgrade their systems, some households are facing steep rate hikes for the cost of water.
The prices households pay for drinking water and wastewater services have been rising faster than the rate of inflation.
Children can get quite expensive.
Sen. Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.
The violence of the protests that have gripped France, known as the gilets jaunes, is rooted in personal passion and anger.
Out-of-pocket expenses for delivery run in the tens of thousands for many Americans.
Some experts fret that the US birthrate is on the decline. That might not be so surprising, when the cost of having children in the US has grown exponentially since the 1960s.
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Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia's social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients.
The government is stressing Malcolm Turnbull’s speech is a restatement of its economic plan, not an attempt at a reset.
Malcolm Turnbull’s pitch will be that dividends will start to flow from government policy.
Essential poll numbers show Bill Shorten is playing to ALP’s strengths.
Come election time, votes won’t turn on an integrity commission. They will turn on such issues as cost of living, discontent with flat wages, and health.
Slightly more optimistic economic figures gives Scott Morrison and the Turnbull government a boost heading into 2018, as the charts explain.
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Seven charts on the highlights from the government’s mid year update of the budget.
While people in WA might be spending less, there remains segments of the population that are vulnerable to intense cost of living pressures.
Households in NSW spend the most and WA households the least in Australia, but there are segments of WA who are feeling the bite more acutely in cost of living.
Information about discounts will be simpler, but you’ll still have to do the legwork to shop around.
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The government’s deal with electricity retailers to provide simple information to customers about their discounts and bills is a welcome step, but doesn’t cut to the heart of the power price issue.
Costs of transportation and accessibility are just two factors that increase cost of living for persons with disabilities.
Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don’t account for that.
Australia’s population is highly concentrated in a few cities, so once centres like Newcastle have absorbed the spill-over from high-cost capitals, where will the talent go?
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Australia has few places to capture the spill-over of talented workers priced out of the big cities. Some may leave the country altogether – and where talent goes, capital flows.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
The report found that Sydney households face the highest transport costs of any city in Australia both in dollar terms and as a percentage of household income.
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The Australian Automobile Association said that a new report showed that “the average Australian family is spending up to $22,000 every year to get around.” Is that accurate?
Even for middle-class families, the growing costs of youth sports can be a huge burden.
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In a $5 billion industry, there's no longer a level playing field.
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An opinion poll taken in the wake of George Osborne’s Autumn statement reveals that just 27% of people think the British economy is in good shape. This was a decline compared to a survey taken just three…
Cost-of-living pressures in Tasmania’s poorest households are intensifying, according to a new report. Researchers examined…