08/02/14 09:16 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With employers ramping up hiring and the unemployment rate sinking in the past year, pressure is rising on Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve: Is the time near to raise interest rates to prevent a strengthening economy from igniting inflation? The easy answer might be yes....
08/01/14 01:00 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. For the...
By Nathan Mehrens | 08/01/14 12:40 PM
Those who believed President Obama's promise that "transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency" should have been almost immediately dissuaded of this notion early in his administration.
By Joseph Lawler | 08/01/14 11:55 AM
The U.S. economy may be steadily adding jobs, but so far in 2014, there are few signs that the labor market improvement is translating into income gains for workers.
By Joseph Lawler | 08/01/14 11:49 AM
The U.S. labor market may finally be gathering momentum.Â The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the economy added 209,000 payroll jobs in July.
08/01/14 07:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message. Economists predict that the government will say employers added 225,000 jobs in July, according to a survey by data provider FactSet....
07/31/14 07:30 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing...
By Sean Higgins | 07/31/14 06:56 PM
One month after the Supreme Court ruled that Illinois cannot force state-subsidized home health care workers to pay union dues, the state has agreed to extend the reach of that ruling to state-subsidized home day care providers as well.
07/31/14 03:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to...
By Lisa Ruhl | 07/31/14 03:11 PM
President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order designed to "crack down on federal contractors who put workers' safety and hard-earned pay at risk."
07/31/14 02:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven...
07/31/14 09:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. Weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week's claims were revised down to...
By Associated Press | 07/31/14 07:39 AM
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.
By Susan Crabtree | 07/31/14 07:51 AM
President Obama is following through with a threat to issue more executive actions, not fewer, one day after House Republicans moved forward with their lawsuit challenging the president's unilateral policy-making.
07/30/14 06:30 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. The proposal would increase the current $8.25 minimum wage by 45 percent over the next four years. If approved by the City Council, wages would...
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