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2 years 2 months ago

Labor Dept. says no need for warning on layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Labor Department says federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts Jan. 2. A guidance letter sent Monday says it would be "inappropriate" for employers to send such warnings because it is still speculative if and where the...

2 years 7 months ago

What others are doing to find work

3.38 million job openings were posted in December nationally, according to the Department of Labor; that's close to a three-year high. For many though, work is still hard to find. "It took... ahhh... geez, six months to even find anything," says Paul Lehfeldt, who recently found part-time work....

4 years 5 months ago

New jobless claims increase unexpectedly

The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said first-time claims increased by 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to...

4 years 6 months ago

First-time jobless claims drop slightly

The number of newly laid-off workers requesting jobless benefits fell slightly last week for the third straight week. But initial claims remain above levels that would signal net job gains. The Labor Department says new claims for unemployment insurance fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 457,000. That nearly matched...

4 years 6 months ago

Job openings up sharply in January

Job openings rose sharply earlier this year, a sign that employers might be preparing to step up hiring. The number of openings in January rose about 7.6 percent, to 2.7 million, compared with December, the Labor Department said. And the job openings rate climbed to 2.1 percent, the highest...

4 years 7 months ago

New layoffs soar to nearly half million

The number of new claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week as heavy snows caused layoffs to rise. A Labor Department analyst says mid-Atlantic and New England states are still processing a spike in claims stemming from the bad weather two weeks ago. The department says first-time...

4 years 7 months ago

New jobless claims last week: 473,000

The number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly surged last week after having fallen sharply in the previous week. The gain dampened hopes about how quickly the labor market may improve this year. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits...

4 years 7 months ago

New jobless claims last week: 440,000

The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week. The Labor Department said that first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 440,000, the lowest total in a month. A Labor Department analyst said the decline largely reflects the end of...

4 years 7 months ago

Labor Dep't approves new rules on farm workers

The Labor Department is reversing Bush administration rules that made it easier for farmers to hire temporary foreign workers to help pick their crops. The new regulations will increase wages and offer greater protections for thousands of foreign farm workers. The rules also require growers to make a greater...

4 years 8 months ago

Unemployed Coloradans get wrong tax forms

Colorado labor officials are scrambling to reassure nearly 2,000 people who received tax forms printed with the wrong name. The state says a computer glitch caused it to send erroneous 1099G forms that listed the wrong names but correct Social Security numbers. The error alarmed recipients but caused no...

4 years 8 months ago

USA loses 10-times more jobs than expected

Employers cut 85,000 jobs in the United States in December, more than 10-times what the Labor Department had predicted. The Obama Administration thought just 8,000 jobs would be lost. The unemployment rate remains at 10 percent, because so many people have given up trying to find work. Once people...

4 years 9 months ago

New jobless claims last week: 432,000

The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped unexpectedly last week, a sign the job market is healing as the economy slowly recovers. The Labor Department says that new claims for unemployment insurance fell by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 432,000, the lowest since July 2008....

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