As Hiring Slows, Employers Say It’s Getting Harder to Find Workers

Travis Bean sanding doors at Western Building Products outside Milwaukee. The company’s president said, “Our problem today is just finding people who want to work.”CreditCreditLauren Justice for The New York Times MILWAUKEE — At Western Building Products’ banana-shaped factory on the lip of the Menomonee River outside Milwaukee, the company’s president, Mark Willey, is wrangling […]

As OPEC Meets, Sizing Up Its Power and Its Politics

An oilfield site near Epping, N.D. The United States has become a central player in global oil markets.CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York Times VIENNA — On Thursday, over 200 oil industry representatives, financial analysts and journalists are expected to crowd into a basement auditorium at the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It […]

What’s Happening to the Price of Oil?

Oil production in North Dakota. Prices have fallen to their lowest levels of the year with traders increasingly focused on trade tensions and rising interest rates.CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York Times Oil prices have plummeted in recent days, months after surging to their highest point since 2014. After topping $75 a barrel in early October, the […]