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Job picture shows mixed results in Kansas and Missouri

Employers in Kansas added a net 15,400 jobs from March 2014 to March 2015 and payroll gains in Missouri totaled 36,200 over those 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the two states were among a majority of states that had employment declines from February to March.

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Praise, skepticism as CEO sets minimum wage at $70,000 a year

When Dan Price announced last week that he would cut his own pay and profits to make it possible to raise the minimum wage at his credit card processing company in Seattle to a hefty $70,000 a year, he had little idea of the whirlwind it would stir. While the overwhelming majority of the responses on social media and elsewhere were positive - punctuated with labels like “hero” and hand-clapping emojis - there were also a number of skeptics and naysayers.

Workplace

Hundreds turn out in Kansas City for a day of ‘$15 an hour’ protests

A phalanx of chanting low-wage workers and their supporters — part of a national movement in pursuit of a $15 minimum wage and unionization — took to Kansas City’s streets Wednesday evening. Organizers of the growing movement, known as Fight for 15, say similar protests were held in more than 250 cities nationwide on the April 15 deadline for workers to file their federal and state income taxes.

Business

AT&T job fair is Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan.

AT&T will hold a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. The company has about 70 openings for installation and customer service technicians working with its U-verse integrated digital TV, high-speed Internet and voice services.

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At Seattle company, the new minimum wage is $70,000 a year

Dan Price, who started Seattle credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments in 2004 at the age of 19, said he would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year.

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