- Wisconsin lawmakers tell committee to repeal prevailing wage Updated: May-05-15 1:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lawmakers, construction companies and local government leaders sparred Tuesday over a Republican bill that would repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law, with supporters saying the measure would save money and opponents arguing the law guarantees quality construction and wage equality.
- NC officials: Fed loans for unemployment benefits repaid Updated: May-05-15 1:02 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina officials say they've met their goal of early repayment of a $2.5 billion federal debt by cutting unemployment benefits and raising business taxes.
- Growth in US services firms picked up speed last month Updated: May-05-15 11:26 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.
- Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.
- Questa fights to survive after mine's closure Updated: May-04-15 12:05 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - From a bird's-eye view, it's easy to trace how the barren terraces and hulking piles of rock from a century-old mine have marred the Red River valley where the village of Questa is nestled.
- In Congress, income inequality fact of life for food servers Updated: May-04-15 3:38 am
WASHINGTON - Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life.
- Portman faces balancing act on trade as he seeks re-election Updated: May-02-15 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is maneuvering with care as he runs for re-election in a swing state while cautiously supporting a free-trade deal that even some fellow Republicans fear could lead to job losses back home.
- Thousands of South Koreans protest over gov't labor policies Updated: May-01-15 9:07 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean police said Saturday that they detained 40 people when protests over government labor policies and the handling of a year-old ferry disaster spiraled into violence late Friday.
- 1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs Updated: May-01-15 5:06 pm
WASHINGTON - More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.
- Economist: Rhode Island is catching up in recession recovery Updated: May-01-15 2:13 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island still lags in recovering from the recession, but the state is starting to catch up with its New England neighbors, a senior economist from Moody's Analytics said Friday.
- May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked Updated: May-01-15 1:21 pm
HAVANA - Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.
- US factory activity improves in April, but hiring declines Updated: May-01-15 11:19 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness.
- US consumer sentiment rises on optimism over job market Updated: May-01-15 10:55 am
WASHINGTON - Optimism about the job market lifted U.S. consumer sentiment in April to its second-highest level since 2007.
- Initial Louisiana unemployment claims drop Updated: May-01-15 10:41 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 25 decreased to 2,737 from the previous week's total of 2,789.
- Japan inflation edges up as BOJ keeps policy unchanged Updated: May-01-15 12:43 am
TOKYO - Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation.
- Kansas lawmakers pass bill to overhaul unemployment program Updated: Apr-30-15 6:13 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators have approved a bill setting a new cap on benefits for unemployed workers and overhauling the collection of taxes from businesses to finance the aid.
- Oakland County economy is in good shape, economists say Updated: Apr-30-15 11:28 am
PONTIAC, Michigan - Economists are predicting that Oakland County in a few years will have replenished 87 percent of jobs lost from 2000 through summer 2009.
- Applications for US unemployment aid plunge to 15-year low Updated: Apr-30-15 9:37 am
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.
- US wage growth shows signs of strength as hiring picks up Updated: Apr-30-15 9:35 am
WASHINGTON - Paychecks for U.S. workers are rising at a faster pace as strong hiring in the past year has lowered the unemployment rate and increased competition for workers.
- German unemployment drops to 6.5 percent in April Updated: Apr-30-15 4:43 am
BERLIN - Germany's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in April as the labor market in Europe's largest economy remained strong.
- Legislation allowing Delaware 'right-to-work' zones stalls Updated: Apr-29-15 7:04 pm
DOVER, Delaware - Republican legislation allowing "right-to-work" zones in Delaware stalled in a Democratic-led Senate committee Wednesday amid complaints from organized labor that it is a union-busting measure.
- Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary Updated: Apr-28-15 11:05 am
WASHINGTON - On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade.
- Portman uses Ohio job losses in Web ad against Strickland Updated: Apr-27-15 2:59 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is reaching back to a familiar topic in his likely 2016 faceoff with Ohio's former governor: jobs.
- Amid downturn in oil prices, Wyoming economy still grows Updated: Apr-27-15 9:20 am
CASPER, Wyoming - Wyoming's economy has added jobs over the past year despite a decrease in oil prices.
- Northwest Alabama experiencing tourism boom thanks to film Updated: Apr-26-15 11:25 am
FLORENCE, Alabama - Tourism revenues for 2014 are up in every category in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties, a sign tourism in the Shoals and surrounding areas is thriving, officials said.