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INFLUENCE GAME: Tech, labor spar on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there’s a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it’s more sinister: The push by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.

05/16/2013

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US companies are posting more jobs but filling few

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That’s in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them.

04/09/2013

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Obama minimum wage plan renews economic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. In Washington state, workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country.

02/13/2013