- Applications for US jobless aid fell sharply last week Updated: Feb-11-16 8:39 am
WASHINGTON - Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a sign of a stable job market despite the slowing global economy hitting stocks and commodities.
- Burden of Kaesong closure to mostly fall on S. Korean firms Updated: Feb-11-16 8:18 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's sudden withdrawal from a factory park in North Korea is a severe blow for the South Korean businesses that populated it, but is unlikely to make much difference to the North's decrepit economy despite being a stern diplomatic measure.
- Amid steady growth, warning signs loom for Oregon's economy Updated: Feb-10-16 4:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - State economists say the upward trend in Oregon's economy and job market has stayed the course, but they warn growth may soon begin tapering as ongoing problems in the stock market, among other issues, could take a big chunk out of tax revenues starting next year.
- Oregon pension funds see 20 percent increase in deficit Updated: Feb-10-16 12:26 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund's investment returns were 2.1 percent in 2015.
- Gov. Bullock takes aim at filling health care jobs Updated: Feb-09-16 6:51 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, hoping to promote his record on producing high-wage jobs, convened a round-table discussion at Montana Tech on Tuesday to address the state's growing need for more health care workers.
- US businesses post more open jobs; quits rise to 9-year high Updated: Feb-09-16 11:18 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.
- Grants to help rural jobs, entrepreneurship in rural Maine Updated: Feb-09-16 4:25 am
PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Department of Commerce will send $640,000 to spur job creation in rural Maine.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise Updated: Feb-05-16 6:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 30 increased from the previous week's total.
- Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth Updated: Feb-05-16 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.
- AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Updated: Feb-05-16 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest Democratic debate found Hillary Clinton in a defensive crouch about her Wall Street ties and making iffy claims about that longtime relationship. Rival Bernie Sanders offered a fumbling account of a campaign ad that boasted of endorsements that were bogus.
- Friday's jobs report could ease US recession fears. Or not. Updated: Feb-05-16 3:46 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. manufacturing is shrinking, corporate profits are declining and goods are piling up on warehouse shelves. Those trends have elevated concern that a U.S. recession may loom in the next year or two.
- W.Va. lawmakers OK right to work, prevailing wage repeal Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Dealing blows to organized labor, West Virginia's Republican-led Legislature cleared proposals Thursday to repeal the state's prevailing wage for public construction jobs and make the Mountain State the 26th with a right-to-work law.
- Tesla gigafactory job creation slower than first projected Updated: Feb-04-16 12:53 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Electric carmaker Tesla's northern Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it's still making satisfactory progress.
- US productivity fell at sharp 3 percent rate in Q4 Updated: Feb-04-16 9:32 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.
- Audit: State agency paid $97,000 to fictitious companies Updated: Feb-03-16 5:49 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A state audit has revealed that Iowa Workforce Development paid more than $97,000 in unemployment benefits to people in the state who claimed to work for companies that didn't exist in 2013 and 2014.
- $4.2B in industrial investment recruited in SC in 2015 Updated: Feb-03-16 12:35 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - More than $4.2 billion in business investment was recruited in South Carolina during 2015 - investment expected to create more than 17,000 jobs.
- Survey: US employers added a solid 205K jobs in January Updated: Feb-03-16 9:18 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses added a solid 205,000 jobs last month, lifted by robust gains in services and construction and extending a streak of steady hiring, according to a private survey.
- Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians Updated: Feb-03-16 7:05 am
AMMAN, Jordan - International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.
- Text of Alabama governor's State of the State speech Updated: Feb-02-16 7:31 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The following is the text of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's 2016 State of the State speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night:
- Dayton ends his push for special legislative session Updated: Feb-02-16 12:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton abruptly dropped his months-long push for a special session Tuesday, conceding that time had basically run out to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work miners on the Iron Range.
- Irish unemployment falls to 7-year low of 8.6 percent Updated: Feb-02-16 7:22 am
DUBLIN - Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to a seven-year low of 8.6 percent as the country - buoyant again after years of gloom and austerity - faces an election.
- Indiana RV manufacturer to expand, create 65 jobs Updated: Feb-02-16 4:02 am
SHIPSHEWANA, Indiana - Indiana economic development officials say a recreational vehicle manufacturer is spending $5.68 million to expand its operation in Shipshewana.
- Full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual budget address Updated: Feb-01-16 7:21 pm
The full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to lawmakers on Monday:
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: Feb-01-16 1:16 pm
Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 31