Working Struggling This Labor Day

Monday, Sep 6, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM CDT
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Working Struggling This Labor Day

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A job seeker looks at job listings.

This Labor Day, nearly one in 10 Americans is without a job -- but the unemployed aren't the only ones struggling. Many workers have seen their workloads increase as a result of layoffs of other employees.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that, nationally, about 7.6 million jobs have disappeared since the recession began in December 2007. Texas has lost 172,700 jobs, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area has lost 93,300 jobs.

Job cuts and attrition appeared to boost productivity for a while, but recent data might signal that workers have reached their limit. U.S. productivity fell between April and June.

Also, the hiring outlook remains weak -- suggesting that worker woes aren't over yet.

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