| Aug 19, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Talk about a summer lull. I worked in finance for the best part of 30 years, and I can't remember a period quite like this. Such a peculiar calm presents certain challenges. I'm almost glad not to be more actively involved.
To begin with, coping with the...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 6:09 AM
Initial jobless benefits claims plunged to near a 14-year low last week while the number of people receiving unemployment checks fell to the lowest since before the Great Recession, the Labor Department said Thursday.
About 280,000 people filed for...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Maryland received a roughly $400,000 bonus Monday for its crackdown on businesses that misclassify workers, part of more than $2 million the state won in federal grants.
It is the first time the U.S. Department of Labor has focused funding on efforts to...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:34 AM
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels.
Initial claims for state...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:09 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose last week, but remained at a level consistent with moderate labor market growth amid mixed signals recently about the strength of the economic recovery.
About 339,000 people applied for first-time unemployment...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:57 AM
Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity said late Thursday that it is doubling its staff to handle questions and problems with its flawed online unemployment filing system Connect.
DEO said it will hire 100 workers this month, another 100 in...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Frustrated Florida lawmakers questioned the head of the state’s jobs agency Wednesday over the state’s problem-plagued unemployment benefits system.
One lawmaker suggested Florida should "freeze out" the company that...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:38 AM
Major news services are reporting that the U.S. Senate has reached a deal to renew long-term unemployment insurance.
The bipartisan deal would provide unemployment benefits for five months after individuals' state benefits expire. Senate negotiators...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 9:03 AM
To me, it's unimportant which state has the most people. Sure, federal funds are affected, as is the apportionment of congressional districts. How well a state takes care of its citizens, though, is of far greater significance.
New York is a state...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Friday’s weak jobs report could provide momentum in Congress for extending unemployment insurance, despite the continued objections of most Republicans who believe that government intervention distorts the market and provides a...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 4:56 PM
The U. S. Department of Labor on Saturday authorized unemployment payments to Florida's unemployed whose claims have been delayed due to the state's flawed online unemployment system, Connect.
The Department of Economic Opportunity said it met with...