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  • Quinn, Rauner use jobs claims as campaign weapons

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner have both sought to use the state's jobs situation as a political weapon. But their claims and the numbers behind them demonstrate that the picture isn't nearly as clear as either Quinn or Rauner suggests. Many of...

  • Florida Gov. to highlight job creation proposals

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pledging to permanently eliminate manufacturing equipment sales taxes and create new incentives to encourage more science and engineering graduates. Scott plans to highlight his "Jobs for the Next Generation" proposals during campaign stops...

  • Obama: US must retrain workers who lose jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says all American workers deserve to know that if they lose their jobs, their country will help them train for a better one. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Congress has taken steps in the right direction by approving job-training...

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe a higher minimum wage isn't so bad for job growth after all. The 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a...

  • Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes...

  • Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike — while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image as a pragmatist skilled at managing chaos. The Democratic...

  • US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week...

  • Strike by NY commuter rail workers averted

    NEW YORK (AP) — After four years of negotiations — and weeks of fretting by 300,000 daily riders about a possible strike — unions and management at the nation's largest commuter railroad reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday. The deal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who personally got...

  • Railroad deal relief for vacation-bound NY mayor

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now the mayor can take off without taking heat. A tentative labor deal Thursday at the nation's biggest commuter railroad was a lifeline for riders — and a political relief for Mayor Bill de Blasio. He rankled commuters, got roasted by the city's tabloids and even took a ribbing...

  • Ex-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has a history of bending the rules

    Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has a long history of playing fast and loose with federal rules. A possible violation of campaign fundraising rules is only the latest example.

  • New Jersey bottle maker to close, cutting 290 jobs

    SALEM, N.J. (AP) — The last bottle manufacturer in Salem is set to close this fall, eliminating 290 jobs and ending a 150-year tradition of making glass in the southern New Jersey city. Ardagh Glass announced the decision Wednesday to its employees, city officials and the public. The facility...

  • Union: We'll keep talking to avoid NY rail strike

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The chief negotiator for the unions at the nation's largest commuter railroad emerged from the restart of talks Wednesday citing progress and vowing to continue working toward a deal that avoids a strike set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday. "We're not leaving until we can get this...

  • Cuomo: Rail strike would hold commuters 'hostage'

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After days of avoiding the fray, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly waded into a labor dispute Wednesday that threatens to bring the nation's largest commuter railroad to a standstill. Cuomo said a strike on the Long Island Rail Road would be "highly disruptive" to nearly...

  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom. The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or...

  • Labor Department grant to assist unemployed

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is getting more than $6 million from the federal government to help people who have been out of work for a long time. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Labor Department will be used to create and expand...



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