United States Department of Labor

A sign solicits workers in Berlin, Vt.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

US jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims […]

10/10/2013

With hours to go until a possible government shutdown, visitors tour the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Capitol officials said today that if a shutdown goes into effect, all organized tours of the Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center will be suspended.  The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Federal workers prepare for shutdown process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down. With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal […]

09/30/2013

Gov Jerry Brown

Legislation would protect Calif. transit money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the state Assembly have drafted legislation they hope will help California keep about $1.6 billion in federal transportation money after the state scaled back some […]

09/04/2013

U.S. unemployment rate

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

In this May 8, 2013 photo, Jeff Caldwell, 29, right, a chassis assembly line supervisor, checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US worker productivity up modestly in April-June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. worker productivity accelerated to a still-modest 0.9 percent annual pace between April and June after dropping the previous quarter. The second-quarter gain beat economists’ expectations and reversed a decline in the […]

08/16/2013

Job seeker Kelsey Devoe, of Miramar, Fla., fills out a contact form at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 — a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job […]

08/15/2013

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Wal-Mart agrees to safety fixes at 2,857 stores

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wal-Mart has agreed to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at more than 2,800 stores as part of a settlement agreement with the Labor Department. The […]

08/07/2013

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US job openings, hiring rise slightly in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in May and hired more workers, further signs of steady improvement in the job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 28,000 to […]

07/09/2013

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More Americans quit jobs, a sign of confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans are quitting their jobs, suggesting many are growing more confident in the job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of people who quit their jobs in April […]

06/11/2013

Rescue workers at site of building collapse, Philadelphia. (AP Photo)

Search goes on after Pa. building collapse; 6 dead

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As a bulldozer began to clear away the debris of a collapsed building that killed six people, city officials said a search for the dead and injured was nearly complete Thursday and […]

06/06/2013

Jobs

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could […]

05/09/2013

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US job postings fell in March; hiring slowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth. The Labor Department says job openings fell 1.4 percent to […]

05/07/2013

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