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  • Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs. They are making the announcement...

  • Jobless rate up for 57 Kentucky counties in 2013

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say annual unemployment rates rose last year for 57 of the state's 120 counties but dropped for 51 counties. Meanwhile, the rates for 12 counties stayed the same from 2012 to 2013, and Kentucky's rate of 8.3 percent was also unchanged during the...

  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 5 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,101 from the previous week's total of 1,985. There were 2,444...

  • Unemployment claims lowest since 2007, but employment boom not guaranteed

    Weekly unemployment insurance claims fell in the week ending April 5, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, to 300,000 -- the lowest number since early 2007, well before the beginning of the recession. The four-week moving average for claims also fell to 136,250, the lowest post-crisis...

  • Long-term unemployment benefit package sits in House limbo

    Senate-passed legislation to extend long-term unemployment benefits has stalled in the House, as Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he won't move on the measure until Democrats and the Obama administration agree to include job-creating provisions. "They've not put forward anything with regard...

  • Applications for U.S. jobless aid dip 32k to lowest level since 2007

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250.

  • Obama blasts GOP for blocking paycheck fairness bill

    President Obama ripped Senate Republicans Wednesday for blocking a paycheck fairness bill, leveling charges against the GOP that will serve as the centerpiece of the Democratic 2014 campaign pitch. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which was designed to combat wage disparity between men and women,...

  • Why K Street is working overtime to get more immigrants --- in one chart

    Immigration reform has lots of arguments in its favor, and I am thoroughly conflicted on the issue. But the momentum behind the legislation has come predominantly from the business lobby. FRED That's why the above chart, from Joe Weisenthal at The Business Insider, is so important. He argues...

  • Obama rips GOP 'excuses' on equal pay for women

    President Obama on Tuesday signed two executive orders on equal pay for women, using the event to mock Republicans as out of touch on the issue of paycheck fairness. “You'll hear all sorts of excuses -- they're childbearing, they're choosing to do this ... she was doing the same job,”...

  • Connecticut again tries to ban unemployment bias

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are again trying to ban discrimination against unemployed job seekers. Advocates say the problem has not gone away even though the jobless rate has fallen from 9.5 percent in November 2010 to 7 percent in February. A similar proposal failed in...

  • More grinding improvement in U.S. job creation in February

    Labor market churn picked up slightly in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday morning, but the pace of hiring and firing remains far below the levels that prevailed before the financial crisis that began six years ago. The number of job openings crossed the 4 million mark,...

  • US employers advertised more open jobs in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January. That's the highest number of postings since...

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. "As many Americans...

  • Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed "to restore...

  • Some workers from closed Pa. plant get new jobs

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Officials say last month's closure of a central Pennsylvania frozen food plant left about 140 people out of work, but some of them are being rehired by other companies. Houston-based Windsor Foods announced closure of the Bloomsburg plant last fall, and a company...



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