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Dollar General agrees to pay $12 million fine to settle alleged workplace safety violations

Jul. 11, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General has agreed to pay a $12 million fine and improve conditions at its thousands of retail stores nationwide to make them safer for workers, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. The discount retailer and the Occupational Safety and Health...

Fewer Americans apply for jobless claims last week as labor market remains sturdy

Jul. 11, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market remains sturdy despite high interest rates. The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims for the week ending July 6 fell by 17,000 to 222,000 from 239,000 the previous week. ...

US filings for jobless claims inch up modestly, but continuing claims rise for ninth straight week

Jul. 03, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits inched up last week and remain historically low, however the total number of people collecting jobless benefits continues to grow. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that jobless claims for the week...

US job openings rise to 8.1 million despite higher interest rates

Jul. 02, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings rose slightly to 8.1 million in May despite the impact of higher interest rates intended to cool the labor market. Vacancies rose from a revised 7.9 million in April, the first reading below 8 million since February 2021, the Labor Department...

This Week: Job openings, Fed meeting minutes, June nonfarm payrolls report

Jul. 01, 2024 08:03 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: NOW HIRING The Labor Department releases its latest monthly snapshot of U.S. job openings Tuesday. Openings fell in April to the lowest level since 2021, with employers...

US miners' union head calls House Republican effort to block silica dust rule an 'attack' on workers

Jun. 28, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the national mine workers’ union on Friday condemned what he characterized as an effort by House Republicans to block enforcement of a long-awaited federal rule directed at curbing workers' exposure to poisonous, deadly rock dust, calling it “a direct...

US weekly jobless claims fall, but the total number collecting benefits is the most since 2021

Jun. 27, 2024 12:20 PM EDT

Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week but the total number of Americans collecting jobless benefits rose to the highest level in more than two years. The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims for the week ending June 22 fell by 6,000 to 233,000...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 24, 2024 12:33 PM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 23, 2024. Editorial: Iowa businesses and lawmakers ignore warnings on child labor and reap consequences Lawmakers and trade group leaders, and managers who kept teenagers on the clock late, all colossally misjudged how this would play out,...

US jobless claims fall to 238,000 from 10-month high, remain low by historical standards

Jun. 20, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits slipped last week as the U.S. labor market remained resilient. The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 238,000 from a 10-month high of 243,000 the week before. The...

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits jumps to the highest level in 10 months

Jun. 13, 2024 10:46 AM EDT

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits jumped to the highest level in 10 months last week, a sign that the labor market is likely cooling under the weight of high interest rates. Unemployment benefit applications for the week ending June 8 rose by 13,000 to 242,000, up...