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  • Improving job market complicates push to renew unemployment benefits

    "In December, it was an open-and-shut case" to continue the program, said Michael Strain, an economist at the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute. "At this point, it's a much harder call to make."

  • Colorado loses 700 jobs but unemployment rate dips

    DENVER (AP) — State officials say Colorado lost 700 jobs in August but the unemployment rate dropped as the labor force shrank. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday all the losses came in private sector payroll jobs. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent in July to...

  • SC's unemployment rate increases to 6.4 percent

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's unemployment rate rose again in August to 6.4 percent, putting the state above the national jobless rate, according to labor data released Friday. The rise of six-tenths of a percentage point marked the second consecutive increase after three months...

  • Ohio unemployment rate unchanged for August

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from the previous month, according to state statistics released Friday. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said last month's 5.7 percent unemployment rate was identical to July's, with overall non-agricultural...

  • Illinois jobless rate declines in August

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois' unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The latest figure, down one-tenth of a percentage point from July, represents a drop from 9.2...

  • Unemployment rate rises a tick in New Jersey

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's unemployment rate rose a tick in August to 6.6 percent as more people looked for work and the number of people with jobs dropped slightly. The state Labor Department released its preliminary monthly report Thursday. The report finds that employment decreased...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...

  • Initial unemployment claims fall

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 6 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,961 from the previous week's total of 2,237. For the...

  • NYC bill would ban credit checks in hiring, firing

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council members held a hearing Friday on a bill that would prevent companies from using credit checks in employment decisions, a practice that they said harms the very people who need jobs the most. "We're here today for the simple cause of fairness," said...

  • Inflation isn't Robin Hood --- or it's a confused Robin Hood

    An underappreciated aspect of inflation, in my view, is how it allows real wages to fall.

  • Applications for US unemployment rise to 315K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low. The Labor Department says that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, the most since late June....

  • US job openings stay near 13-year high; hiring up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years, two signs the job market is slowly healing. The tally of available jobs ticked down 2,000 to 4.673...

  • Kroger to add 1,200 jobs in southwest Ohio area

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Kroger Co. is expected to hire as many as 1,200 people in southwest Ohio as part of a push to add 20,000 employees nationwide. The Cincinnati-based grocer has announced it will increase its employee base in the Cincinnati-Dayton region by 8 percent. A company spokeswoman...

  • Aug. hiring was slowed by manufacturing and retail

    In recent months, a wide array of U.S. industries added jobs. Almost every sector — manufacturing, retail, financial services and information — notched solid gains. That stopped in August. Employers added just 142,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The seasonally adjusted...

  • US unemployment rate falls for younger workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Though U.S. job growth slowed last month, the unemployment rate fell, especially for younger demographic groups. Jobless rates also fell for recent war veterans and for high school graduates and dropouts. Rates held steady or rose for nearly every other group. The overall...



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