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Job seekers checking out companies at a job fair. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The […]

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Calif orders agency to improve customer service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Brown administration has ordered a state agency to beef up its customer service after computer problems delayed the distribution of unemployment checks. The Los Angeles Times reports an aide to […]

02/08/2014

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Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an economic recovery slowed by persistent joblessness, President Barack Obama on Friday won commitments from nearly 300 companies to reach out to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless […]

01/31/2014

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at McGavock High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Also pictured is former Vice President Al Gore, behind. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is drawing attention to businesses hiring long-term unemployed workers and is encouraging the private sector to do more to offer work to the nearly 4 million Americans who have […]

01/31/2014

Luis Mendez, 23, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, wait in line at a job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, FIle)

US employers may post a 5th month of solid hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Healthy U.S. economic growth in the second half of last year has raised expectations that 2013 ended with a fifth straight month of solid hiring. Economists predict that employers added 196,000 jobs […]

01/10/2014

Trader Kevin Lodewick, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Markets take weak December jobs report in stride

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets are taking a surprisingly weak U.S. jobs report in stride. Stock indexes are slightly higher in early trading Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 18 points, or 0.1 […]

01/10/2014

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, meet with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jobless bill stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle despite earlier expressions of optimism that benefits might soon be restored […]

01/09/2014

Job seekers checking out companies at a job fair. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

AP Exclusive: New jobless benefit plan advanced

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism Thursday about chances for compromise on jobless legislation, and officials said talks were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would […]

01/09/2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Unemployment bill first up in Senate for 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plunged into an election-year session Monday that promises to be long on political maneuvering and less so on accomplishment, beginning with a slow-motion struggle over legislation to renew lapsed jobless […]

01/06/2014

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US unemployment aid applications rise to 336,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week after reaching the lowest level in 5 ½ years. But the broader trend suggests companies are laying off fewer workers and […]

08/22/2013

California unemployment

California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say California’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July. The Employment Development Department announced Friday that the rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, up from 8.5 […]

08/16/2013

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California added jobs despite unemployment rate increase

California’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011. The Employment Development Department says the rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, up from 8.5 […]

08/16/2013

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