Lauren Kaori Gurley

Washington, D.C.

Staff writer covering labor

Education: University of Chicago, BA in Comparative Literature; New York University, MA in Journalism and Latin American Studies

Lauren Kaori Gurley is the labor reporter for The Washington Post. She previously covered labor and tech for Vice's Motherboard.
Latest from Lauren Kaori Gurley

Gen Z is bringing back the part-time job

Teen employment reached a 14-year high last year, as new opportunities and higher wages draw high schoolers to the workforce.

January 21, 2024

UAW invites Biden to annual conference, signaling likely endorsement

An endorsement vote for Biden is probable and is expected to pass.

January 19, 2024

Fast-food giants overwork teenagers, driving America’s child labor crisis

More than three-quarters of child labor violations in the first nine months of 2023 were in food service with most of those at franchised brands.

January 14, 2024

Millions of gig workers could qualify as employees under new Biden-era rule

Opposed by business and trade groups, the Labor Department rule will make it easier for millions of workers to get employee benefits and protections.

January 9, 2024

Labor market added 216,000 jobs in December, capping year of big gains

A cooling but healthy U.S. labor market continues to produce strong gains for American workers.

January 5, 2024

Blue-collar workers won big in 2023, defying bleak predictions

The year began with a recession forecast but ended with substantial wage growth and record union contracts for hundreds of thousands of workers.

December 30, 2023

U.S. adds jobs in November as labor market remains slow but steady

The final stretch of 2023 is shaping up to be the slowest hiring period in years for the U.S. labor market, as employers tighten their belts after years of explosive growth following the job losses of the coronavirus pandemic.

December 8, 2023

Job openings fall to 32-month low, as the labor market tightens from boom times

There were 8.7 million jobs in October down from 9.3 million the previous month, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

December 5, 2023

UAW workers at General Motors ratify contract with record wage gains

The vote over a new contract ushering in wage increases has been a close one for UAW workers at General Motors plants. But UAW workers ratified the contract.

November 16, 2023

Starbucks baristas strike on ‘Red Cup Day’ over schedules, staffing

The stoppage by Starbucks workers is expected to be larger than last year’s strike on the same day, but amounts to about 2 percent of the coffee giant’s 9,000 cafes nationwide.

November 16, 2023