| Oct 27, 2013
| 10:37 AM
The folks running Florida's unemployment program have an image problem.
It's not just that the Department of Economic Opportunity's new, $63 million claims system seems to have been cobbled together by the same tipsy elves who built the national health-...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly plunged last week to their lowest level since the early days of the Great Recession as the labor market continued to show signs of strengthening.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Joe Davidson's article ("'Most vulnerable' workers are struggling," July 28) reprinted from The Washington Post carried good information and it is correct — the impacts of sequester aren't "commanding the attention they once did."
For example, I...
| Aug 5, 2013
Swamped with more unemployed residents than any other state, California has paid a staggering sum in jobless benefits over the last six years — nearly $40 billion. But the state didn't have nearly enough money in its unemployment insurance fund to...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:16 PM
New research published Tuesday found that in cities with large numbers of Mexican-born workers, the immigrants insulated native-born workers from steep job losses during the recession.
Researchers said that when labor markets soured, immigrants chased...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 7:57 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose slightly last week to 333,000 but the average over the past month dropped to its lowest level since 2007, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits in...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 4:21 PM
Most decisions in life are the result of a cost-benefit analysis. When residents in Connecticut consider getting a job, they assume they would be better off having a job than not. They'd be wrong. Because in Connecticut, it pays not to work.
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:59 PM
NEW YORK — Encouraging signs for the labor market caused alarm on Wall Street as investors sped up a broad sell-off, fueled by worries the Federal Reserve will soon scale back its stimulus.
Major U.S. indexes closed sharply lower Thursday as yet...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 5:40 PM
California's economy sent out mixed signals in July: The unemployment rate inched up, but employers still added 38,100 jobs, one of the biggest gains for the state since the recession officially ended in February 2010.
The jobless rate ticked up to 8.7%...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:34 AM
The country's labor market recovery was uneven last month with unemployment rates rising in 28 states and falling in eight, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Monday's data show that 11 states and the District...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, now has 10,000 reasons to to get health insurance, too.
At least that's the latest pitch from state officials launching a campaign to enroll about 1 million residents in healthcare coverage when its state-run...