| Mar 20, 2014
| 6:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose a bit to 320,000 last week, but remained low as the effects of severe winter weather continued to ease, according to Labor Department data released Thursday.
The number of people filing for first-time...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan agreement to restore unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2.2 million jobless Americans cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday but faces continued opposition from Republicans in the House, making final passage uncertain....
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency.
Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs....
| Apr 7, 2014
| 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON — As soon as the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a measure Monday to extend unemployment aid to jobless Americans, a beleaguered group of House Republicans from states with high unemployment rates called on Speaker John A. Boehner...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:05 PM
HARTFORD — The battle over tax cuts and rebates will take center stage Wednesday when the 2014 General Assembly session opens in a year when the governor and the entire legislature are up for reelection.
Like Republican John G. Rowland in 1998,...
| 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,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 7:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians last year appealed decisions of the troubled Employment Development Department, adding to months of delays in getting unemployment benefits.
After holding hearings, administrative law...