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This Week: Consumer confidence, Beige book, Nonfarm payrolls

Nov. 29, 2021 01:01 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: EYE ON CONSUMERS The Conference Board delivers its monthly index of U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday. The November index is expected to show a...

Missouri wants to keep outsourcing unemployment call center

Nov. 28, 2021 12:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials want to continue having a private company handle calls about jobless benefits in the state even though the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state Department...

Businesses luring employees along with customers this season

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — The Hampton Inn in Folsom, California, has 147 rooms, but General Manager Enid Baldock could only rent 117 of them recently because she did not have enough workers to clean them. “I was turning people away with 30 rooms (available)....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Local zoning drives high housing costs around Maine Municipal officials don’t have to answer to the people who can’t afford to live in their community. When people talk...

Spanish metalworkers call off strike after pay rise deal

Nov. 25, 2021 10:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Trade unions representing metalworkers in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz called off a nine-day strike and workers began returning to their jobs Thursday after reaching a pay agreement with employers covering the next three years. Workers had...

Top Indonesia court rules new job law unconstitutional

Nov. 25, 2021 10:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top court ruled Thursday that the country’s widely criticized Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and ordered the government to amend it within two years. The law, passed last year, triggered days of protests in many cities...

This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back

Nov. 25, 2021 08:44 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits. ...

Americans are spending but inflation casts pall over economy

Nov. 24, 2021 18:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are doing the main thing that drives the U.S. economy — spending — but accelerating inflation is casting a pall. A raft of economic data issued Wednesday showed the economy on solid footing, with Americans’ incomes rising and jobless...

Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.8%, among best in nation

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 2.8% from September to October, making the state’s unemployment rate tied for fourth-best in the nation. The Idaho Department of Labor also said Friday that the state’s labor force grew...

Alaska ends extra jobless benefits as more enter workforce

Nov. 24, 2021 13:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska will end extended unemployment benefits because more people are employed, and an expert says it should not have an impact on the consumer market. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the...