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  • 3.6 million have lost unemployment insurance, Democrats say

    More than 3.6 million people have lost unemployment insurance benefits through September, according to a new report from House Democrats who want to renew the insurance program that Congress let expire in December.

  • VIDEO: Biden announces $450 million in job training grants

    Vice President Joe Biden, joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, announced the winners of $450 million in job training grants.

  • US grants $450M to link job training to employers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment....

  • Texas energy company to close Oklahoma City office

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Houston-based energy company plans to close its office in Oklahoma City and eliminate up to 97 full-time jobs. The Oklahoman reported (http://bit.ly/ZYci09 ) Friday that HighMount Exploration and Production LLC announced the plans in a letter to the Oklahoma Commerce...

  • Golden Gate ferry workers strike over contract

    LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of Golden Gate Ferry workers walked off the job Friday, forcing thousands of commuters to find other ways to travel between Marin County and San Francisco. The one-day strike shut down service at the Larkspur, Sausalito and San Francisco terminals. Ferry service...

  • Williams-Sonoma adding 900 jobs in Miss.

    OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Williams-Sonoma Inc. is adding 900 jobs in an expansion of its distribution center in northwest Mississippi. The announcement came Friday during a ceremony at the plant in Olive Branch, Mississippi, attended by Gov. Phil Bryant and officials with Williams-Sonoma. The...

  • Conn.: Below-minimum wage paid at Mystic Pizza

    WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Labor has ordered Mystic Pizza, made famous by the 1988 Julia Roberts movie of the same name, to pay 110 employees more than $105,000 in wages for being paid less than minimum wage or not receiving overtime pay. State investigators...

  • The ability to walk away is key to empowerment

    Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share...

  • Audit shows Perry fund misused $200 million

    A new independent audit shows the Texas Enterprise Fund gave away nearly half of its $500 million "without a set evaluation process of a consistent criteria."

  • Freight logistics firm adding 50 Louisville jobs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A company that handles freight logistics is expanding in Louisville and plans to add up to 50 new jobs. Total Quality Logistics is the nation's second-largest freight brokerage firms. The Cincinnati-based company is investing $800,000 to move to a new office space on...

  • Postal Service ordered to hire 9,000 more people

    The U.S. Postal Service must hire 9,000 employees over the next three months to staff regional part-time post offices as part of a settlement it negotiated with the American Postal Workers Union.

  • Unemployment rates fall in all labor markets

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates fell in all of Michigan's 17 major labor market regions in August. The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday that jobless rates dropped due to workforce reductions and fewer unemployed people actively...

  • Jobless rates drop in all 120 Kentucky counties

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — All 120 Kentucky counties experienced drops in unemployment rates between August 2013 and 2014 — the first across-the-board decline on record and another indication that the state's economy is recovering from the Great Recession, a state economist said Thursday. "The...

  • Applications for US unemployment rise 12K to 293K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit...

  • White House readies minimum wage rule for contractors

    A posting on the Office of Management and Budget's website has indicated that the rulemaking is in its final stage, meaning the announcement could come within days.



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