Inflation forces California’s minimum wage to rise | Health, Medicine and Fitness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Soaring inflation will trigger an automatic minimum wage increase in California next year, Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration announced Thursday. The minimum wage will increase to $15.50 an hour on Jan. 1, the highest of any state. This is an increase of $15 per hour for companies with more than 25 employees … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

Wall Street joins global rate swoon, China worries | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By STAN CHOE – AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street tumbles to its lowest point in more than a year on Monday as fresh worries about China’s economy mount in markets already battered by rising interest rates . The S&P 500 was down 2.2% in morning trade after posting its fifth straight … Read more

Less immigrant labor in the United States contributes to the rise in prices | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI – Associated Press Just 10 miles from the Rio Grande, Mike Helle’s farm is so short of immigrant workers that he has replaced 450 acres of labor-intensive leafy greens with crops that can be harvested by machines. In Houston, Al Flores has raised the price of his barbecue restaurant’s brisket plate because … Read more

Fewer immigrant labor in the United States contributes to higher prices | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI – Associated Press Just 10 miles from the Rio Grande, Mike Helle’s farm is so short of immigrant workers that he has replaced 450 acres of labor-intensive leafy greens with crops that can be harvested by machines. In Houston, Al Flores has raised the price of his barbecue restaurant’s brisket plate because … Read more