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  • How New England States Can Regain Economic Vitality

    New England, we have a problem. It's not just Connecticut suffering from economic troubles. Much of the region is falling into long-term economic stagnation. We are losing jobs, income and population — particularly young adults — to other...
  • California adds jobs, but unemployment rate rises to 8.9%

    California's employers created 29,100 net jobs in August, but the unemployment rate edged up for the second month in a row, climbing to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. The jobless rate...
  • Fed's Dudley: Two key tests show economy too fragile to begin tapering

    WASHINGTON -- A top Federal Reserve policymaker said Monday that the economy still wasn't strong enough in two key areas to begin tapering the central bank's bond-buying stimulus program, particularly with budget and debt-limit fights looming. "In my...
  • A push for more exports from the Baltimore region

    A push for more exports from the Baltimore region
    Glen Burnie food products company Allied International Corp. might have a global-infused name, but it sold nothing outside the country before 2008. Now it exports to 45 countries, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the small firm's revenue. This is...
  • Fed preparing to scale back stimulus, minutes suggest

    WASHINGTON — Analysts are widely expecting the Federal Reserve to dial back its bond-buying stimulus program next month. So are bond investors and emerging markets. And it looks as if the Fed is too. Although such action is not a sure thing, the...
  • South Koreans work less but are no happier (except about work hours)

    South Koreans work less but are no happier (except about work hours)
    South Koreans may be the hardest-working people on the planet. Their work hours are notorious. They worked so much that in 2004 the government instituted a five-day, 40-hour initiative to dial down the workweek.  Saturdays off! All good, right? But a...
  • Preserving Cameroon's treasures

    Preserving Cameroon's treasures
    Cameroon, located on the west coast of Africa between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, is a nation of unparalleled beauty and biological diversity. Mt. Cameroon, in the west, is one of Africa's largest volcanoes, reaching 13,255 feet; in the north of the...
  • Fast food: Would a higher minimum wage mean pricier burgers?

    Fast-food workers and their supporters are calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage as they prepare to picket in nationwide protests Thursday. That raises the question: If they’re successful, will burger prices soar? Expert opinion is mixed. The...
  • Jobs are coming back, but they don't pay enough

    Jobs are coming back, but they don't pay enough
    The good news as Labor Day approaches: Jobs are returning. The bad news: Most of them pay lousy wages and provide low, if not nonexistent, benefits. The trend toward lousy wages began before the Great Recession. According to a new report from the...
  • Update on recent agriculture legislation from Washington [Letter]

    Editor: Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction - especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. The...
  • Stepping up from flipping burgers

    Stepping up from flipping burgers
    Fast-food restaurant employees across the country walked off their jobs for a day last week, the largest in an escalating series of protests against the low wages paid by some of the nation's most popular restaurant chains. The workers' complaints throw a...