| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:39 PM
WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit.
The company said it still believed the debt limit would be raised soon, but the...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:05 AM
California employers added a net 44,300 jobs in November, posting strong job growth toward the end of the year, according to data from the state’s Employment Development Department.
The surge in hiring was largely in retail trade, part of the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:33 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims held roughly steady last week at nearly a two-month low, pointing toward moderate labor market growth, federal officials said Thursday.
There were 326,000 people who filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 1:24 PM
Early Monday morning, citing “serious health issues” in her family, Liz Cheney gave up her bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wyoming.
"My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 5:35 PM
WASHINGTON – New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker used his maiden speech on the Senate floor to amplify Democrats’ call for an extension of benefits for the longtime unemployed. And it took well more than 140 characters to do it.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON --The Senate is poised Thursday to try again to extend unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans with a new Democratic proposal that aims to attract Republican support by prohibiting millionaires from receiving aid.
It remains to be...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 12:16 PM
It hasn’t been a good week to be poor or unemployed in America. Or a good few years, for that matter. Some 850,000 low-income families in 15 states, including California, lost help in the farm bill that President Obama signed into law Friday. On...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:27 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown is taking steps to boost the state’s unemployment insurance program, which has been paralyzed by backlogs and funding shortages that have kept thousands of Californians from receiving jobless benefits.
In a letter to...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 9:21 PM
DENVILLE, N.J. — The phone begins to ring at 8 a.m. with incessant calls from creditors. Kevin Meyer has stopped picking up because he's sick of explaining the truth: that there's no money coming in, so he can't pay his bills.
Two years ago,...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Q: I met Ilyce at a speech she gave last year about financial planning and retirement. Last week, I was laid off by the company that sponsored the speech.
My savings have been depleted due to my previous unemployment in 2009 and 2010. I cannot make my...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 3:28 PM
Under normal circumstances, an up-and-coming academic might be pleased to have his work cited by a leading politician in the heat of a major policy debate.
Not so Rand Ghayad, who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern...