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  • Conn. job gains in Feb. cut unemployment rate

    WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Following an employment decline in January caused by extreme winter weather, Connecticut regained 800 jobs in February as the unemployment rate continued to fall, state officials said Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in February from 7.2 percent in...

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 9,500 to 317,750, the...

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.

  • Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company Wednesday of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of...

  • Senate Democrats may strip IMF reform from Ukraine measure

    Senate Democrats, now meeting behind closed doors, may remove a Ukraine aide bill a controversial provision to ratify reforms to the International Monetary Fund. A senior Democratic aide told the Washington Examiner the removal "is being discussed," but no decision has been made. The talk...

  • House and Senate to clash this week on Ukraine and jobless pay measures

    The House and Senate this week are set to clash on legislation to extend federal jobless benefits as well as a measure to provide a loan package to troubled Ukraine. The Senate on Monday is poised to move forward on a bill that would supply Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at...

  • With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

    CHICAGO — For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62,...

  • California unemployment agency passed up $500 million over tech fix, state auditor says

    California officials passed up on the chance to collect more than $500 million in unemployment benefit overpayments because the technology they needed would have cost $323,000, according to a report by the state auditor. The state's Employment Development Department, which administers...

  • The five numbers Janet Yellen watches for signs the jobs market is improving

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced that it was discontinuing its 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold for considering raising short-term interest rates above zero percent. Instead of the unemployment rate, the Janet Yellen-led Fed said that it would “assess progress” toward...

  • Applications for U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile figure, fell 3,500 to 327,000, the lowest since late...

  • Federal Reserve continues the taper, abandons unemployment rate threshold

    The Federal Reserve revamped its stimulus program Wednesday in the first meeting run by new Chairwoman Janet Yellen, continuing the “taper” of its bond-buying program while abandoning a benchmark for its policy of zero-percent interest rates that had become obsolete. As expected, the...

  • State officials rail against Senate plan to extend unemployment benefits

    State officials say a Senate proposal to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term jobless would do more harm than good, warning that some states may ignore the legislation if it's passed into law. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies, in a letter...

  • Congressional Black Caucus condemns Paul Ryan's poverty comments

    The Congressional Black Caucus has taken Rep. Paul Ryan to task for comments he made about poverty in U.S. "inner cities" and invited the Wisconsin Republican to address the group.

  • Millionaires lose unemployment benefits in new Senate deal

    Millionaires will no longer qualify for unemployment benefits under the bipartisan Senate deal unveiled Thursday afternoon, ending a subsidy that Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., attacked as a "reverse Robin Hood" provision designed to increase support for government programs. "Notwithstanding any...

  • Senate strikes deal on unemployment insurance extension

    The Senate surprisingly announced a deal Thursday to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term unemployed Americans. Optimism for a deal appeared low as early as Wednesday, when several senators said they didn't think a compromise would be reached before the...



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