Today's Top Stories

Jobless rate stays at 9.1%

The nation’s unemployment rate stayed at 9.1% in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Private businesses claimed they added 137,000 new jobs, but 33% (45,000) of those were CWA and IBEW members who returned to work after calling off their strike against Verizon. Meanwhile, the public sector cut 34,000 jobs, with the lion's share -- 24,400 -- slashed from local schools.

Wall Street protests spread nationwide as unions join fray

Unions lent their muscle to the long-running protest against Wall Street and economic inequality Wednesday, fueling speculation about how long the camp-out in lower Manhattan -- and related demonstrations around the country -- will continue. Thousands of protesters, including many in union T-shirts, filled lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Wednesday. Labor leaders say they will continue to support the protests, both with manpower and donations of goods and services.

'America Wants to Work' not just a lot of hot air

Somewhere over New Mexico, there’s a big hot air balloon bearing a sign proclaiming, “Jobs, Not Cuts.” The balloon flight, at a heavily attended air show, is one of the more unusual ways the AFL-CIO is getting out its message during its “America Wants to Work” week of action on jobs and justice, Oct. 10-16. Also on the menu: a sarcastic 5-cent hot dog sale to benefit millionaires, in Colorado.

Steve Jobs: He Brought the Show to Business

Much has been and will be written about Steve Jobs’s outsize footprint in digital culture: the screens we stare at, the music files we listen to, the hardware in our pockets. I’d stipulate to all that, but I found myself thinking about his less obvious influence on business and the journalists who cover it. You have to credit Steve Jobs with making business something that did not belong to the suits.

James Murdoch Must Leave News Corp. Board, Pension Body Says

News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch should leave the board of the media company in the wake of a hacking scandal at its U.K. newspaper unit, according to a group of British pension funds. Murdoch’s “continued presence on the News Corp board is causing significant reputational damage to the company and is no longer in shareholders’ interest,” the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum said in an e-mailed statement today.

Hiring jumps, jobless rate falls

The Canadian economy churned out 60,900 jobs last month, quadruple expectations, all in full-time positions. The country's jobless rate fell two notches, to 7.1%, its lowest level since December, 2008, Statistics Canada said Friday. The report comes after two months of little job growth and is a stark contrast to labor market woes in other countries, particularly the United States. Canada has created 294,000 positions so far this year, mostly in Ontario and Alberta.

Unions and Occupy Wall Street face challenge of cooperation without cooptation

As unions and advocacy organizations offer more and more support to Occupy Wall Street, the relationship between the more established groups and the new group of protesters becomes trickier to navigate. Unions have reason to be frustrated that their efforts -- whether large rallies, lobby days that brought union members to Capitol Hill, or other advocacy -- have been largely ignored. But if too much Occupy Wall Street coverage goes to unions, the original protesters will have legitimate reason for frustration, too.

Dubow Steps Down at Gannett, Is Replaced by Martore

Craig A. Dubow, the chairman and chief executive of the Gannett Company, resigned on Thursday for health reasons and was succeeded by Gracia C. Martore, the company’s president and chief operating officer. Martore said the company would continue to focus on its digital strategy, which she said accounted for 21% of the company’s total revenue, adding: “We’re going to be on every platform that the consumer wants to access that information on.”