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Blockbuster to Shutter About 300 More Stores, Lay Off 3,000

The video-rental chain Blockbuster plans to close about 300 stores across the country, losing about 3,000 employees. The closures will leave about 500 Blockbuster locations in the U.S. In 2011, Dish Network bought then-bankrupt Blockbuster for $320 million.

The 10 Most Hated Companies in America

Botched product launches, plunging stock values, massive layoffs, unhappy workers and poor customer service: These are just some of the woes that can win a business a spot on the 24/7 Wall St. list of the 10 most hated companies in America.

Initial Jobless Claims Inch Up in the New Year

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 last week, but seasonal volatility makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the labor market's health. The prior week's figure was revised to show 5,000 fewer applications than previously reported.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise, But Distorted By Holidays

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 in the week ended Dec. 29.

U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall to 5-Year Low

The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.

Avon to Cut 1,500 Jobs; CEO Says Layoff Will Stabilize Company

Struggling beauty products seller Avon said late Tuesday it will cut about 1,500 jobs and exit the South Korea and Vietnam markets. The job cuts amount to almost 4 percent of its workforce and are one of the first major moves by CEO Sheri McCoy, who in April replaced longtime CEO Andrea Jung.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall Again as Hurricane Sandy's Impact Fades

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the surge related to Hurricane Sandy, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000.

Major Banks Cutting 160,000 Jobs Worldwide -- With More to Come

Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts worldwide since early last year, more layoffs are coming as the industry restructures. The numbers are much higher in Europe than in Asia or the United States -- and those loses will be a particularly heavy blow to Britain.

Initial Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits surged by 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, a 1.5-year high and a sign that superstorm Sandy dented the U.S. economy by leaving tens of thousands of people out of work.

The End of Men? More Like Tough Times For Everyone

The recession hit men hardest, and women are doing better in the recovery, too. But the popular idea that the era of the female-dominated economy is at hand is distracting us from a deeply disturbing trend: Women's apparent gains are camouflaging a massive decline for workers of both genders.

Chipmaker AMD Suffers Big Losses, Announces Big Layoffs

PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday it will cut its work force of nearly 12,000 by 15 percent, its second round of layoffs in less than a year as it struggles with a weak global economy and a consumer shift toward tablets.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Autodesk Crashes

Are architects, engineers and animators in trouble? It's worth asking because Autodesk -- the longtime provider of 3D design, engineering, and architecture software -- posted disappointing quarterly results on Thursday afternoon.

Bain Closes U.S. Plant, Makes Workers Train Chinese Replacements

In another example of how Mitt Romney's Bain Capital creates jobs, we learn that Bain has for months been dismantling and shipping to China a Freeport, Ill., car parts plant -- and requiring the soon to be laid-off U.S. workers to personally train their Chinese replacements.

How 'Everyday Low Prices' Are Costing Americans Their Jobs

As consumers, we welcome Walmart's low prices. But they're doing the U.S. more harm than good. A new research report has found that low prices have actually caused unemployment to rise, and dealt a massive blow to the manufacturing sector.

Eurozone Unemployment Hits New Record High

Unemployment in the 17-country euro currency bloc hit another record high in May -- 11.1% -- as the crippling financial crisis pushed the continent toward the brink of recession, official figures showed Monday.

Unemployment Aid Applications Rise to 386,000

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000.

5 Companies Americans Can Be Proud Of

Called it conscious capitalism or just good business, but these five companies have all prospered in every measure over the last decade by doing good for their employees, suppliers, customers or the general public.

Vote for America's Biggest 'Corporate Fool'

As April 1 approaches, Green America wants you to help it choose the "Biggest Corporate Fool" of 2012 -- the worst offender in the realm of business shenanigans. You've probably heard of most of the nominees -- but the behavior they're being called out for may be news to you.

American Airlines' Flight Out of Bankruptcy Gets Bumpier

American Airlines executives hoping to bring the deficit-riddled carrier out of bankruptcy want to trim about 13,000 jobs. They left their unions' counteroffer sitting on the tarmac. Will the two sides ever be able to meet in the middle?

Is Corporate America Too Focused on Profit Margins?

I recently penned a column pointing out that when America "lost" the TV manufacturing industry to Japan, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, because the business has become a low-margin money loser. A lot of readers disagreed.

Before You Cheer IRS Budget Cuts, Consider This

Nobody enjoys paying taxes, so hearing that Congress is cutting the IRS budget might inspire you to applaud. But this is the agency that makes sure the rest of government gets funded, and stops the unscrupulous from dodging their fair share of the burden.

Did Warren Buffett Make a Bad Call on Bank of America?

When Warren Buffett announced in August that he would spend $5 billion to snap up Bank of America shares, investors cheered. Surely this must mean that we've seen the end of the bad news from America's biggest bank, right? Wrong. So did the Oracle of Omaha blunder?

Job Market Brightens as Unemployment Claims Sink

Far fewer people are seeking unemployment benefits than just three months ago %u2014 a sign that layoffs are falling sharply. The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008. If the number stayed that low consistently, it would likely signal that hiring is strong enough to lower unemployment.

Banks Back Away from New Fees, Eye Cost Cuts

The financial world's fee fever may have abated -- for now. Several big and medium-sized banks say they're not implementing fees for debit card use anytime soon. But with bank revenues slipping, they do need to act, and more are considering cost cuts to repair their bottom lines.

For Workers Laid Off in Recessions, Big Pay Gaps Persist

No matter when a person gets laid off, it can have long-lasting financial consequences -- among them, a wage gap that persists for years. But a new study reveals that men who are part of a mass layoff during a recession lose 72% more over their lifetimes than men who lose jobs in during periods of economic growth.