No holiday hiring for Walmart, just more hours for its workers – Sep. 20, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner, but Walmart won’t be hiring for help.

The retailer plans to meet its need for extra work during the holiday shopping season by giving existing employees more hours, according to a release from the company.

Hiring seasonal holiday help is a tradition in retail. Walmart (WMT) rival Target (TGT) has already announced plans to bring on 100,000 temporary holiday workers.

Walmart giving more holiday hours to employees, rather than hiring additional help.

Source: No holiday hiring for Walmart, just more hours for its workers – Sep. 20, 2017

How West Virginia got to 3 percent GDP growth | TheHill

WV Governor switches to Republican Party

Three factors are working in West Virginia’s favor right now: a global infrastructure boom, the rising price of natural gas, and the legacy of a recession that hit the Mountaineer State harder than most.

While most industries struggled during the recession, the energy sector actually performed relatively well. States like West Virginia, Texas, North Dakota and Oklahoma experienced revenue booms as hydraulic fracturing boosted the supply of oil and natural gas.

And while other industries bled jobs at a furious pace, West Virginia actually added mining jobs through even the depths of the recession: 35,300 West Virginians were employed in the mining and logging industry — the broad sector measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics — at its recent peak, in December 2011

Source: How West Virginia got to 3 percent GDP growth | TheHill

The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food

Gregory Okin is quick to point out that he does not hate dogs and cats. Although he shares his home with neither — he is allergic, so his pets are fish — he thinks it is fine if you do. But if you do, he would like you to consider what their meat-heavy kibble and canned food are doing to the planet.

Okin, a geographer at UCLA, recently did that, and the numbers he crunched led to some astonishing conclusions. America’s 180 million or so Rovers and Fluffies gulp down about 25 percent of all the animal-derived calories consumed in the United States each year, according to Okin’s calculations.

Source: The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food

U.S. economy rebounds in the second quarter

A worker places lumber into machinery at the QubicaAMF Bowling Worldwide facility in Lowville, N.Y., in March. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

The country’s gross domestic product grew 2.6 percent at an annualized pace, the Commerce Department said Friday.The U.S. economy rebounded strongly between April and June, government data showed Friday morning, as businesses invested more and consumers shelled out for furniture, washing machines and other goods.

The country’s gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic activity, grew 2.6 percent at an annualized pace in the second quarter of 2017, the Commerce Department said. Yet measures of inflation remained weak, casting more doubt on the Federal Reserve’s plan to continue steadily raising interest rates.

Source: U.S. economy rebounds in the second quarter