| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:42 AM
WASHINGTON — First-time jobless claims surged last week to a two-month high after plunging to near a six-year low the previous week, highlighting the volatility of the data during the holiday season, the Labor Department said Thursday.
| Jan 2, 2014
A friend recently got stuck when he tried to explain to his son, who was struggling to find a job, how our economy got to be the way it is. He asked my help since I am a well-known crank on the matter. I offered him three short anecdotes:
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:53 AM
They spent hours calling the unemployment benefits hotline hoping to reach a human. In-person visits to local Employment Development Department offices were unfruitful. And with no notification by snail mail, email or telephone, Californians whose...
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 9:24 PM
The California Assembly plans to hold a hearing as early as next month to probe the causes of a snafu at the Employment Development Department that caused tens of thousands of unemployment claim payments to be delayed.
Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:11 AM
WASHINGTON -- With reporting problems in California and Nevada resolved, new jobless claims last week settled at near a six-year low of 305,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The figure provides a more accurate sense of the jobs market than the...
| Sep 29, 2013
News came last month that the Obama administration, following the lead of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his government's so-called Nudge Unit, is recruiting behavioral scientists to help shape regulatory policy. Nudges are ways of offering...
| Nov 25, 2013
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.
The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where...
| Dec 20, 2013
"Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:19 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims fell for the third straight week as furloughed federal employees returned to work and the effects of the government shutdown abated, the Labor Department said Thursday.
There were 340,000 people who filed for first-...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 9:16 AM
Congress averted another government shutdown by reaching an $85-billion budget deal late Tuesday night, but the new agreement, critics say, leaves out one vulnerable group of Americans: the long-term unemployed.
At the end of the year, federal...