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Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

Indian laborers work at a building construction site in Gauhati, India, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Study: COVID speeds up human vs machine standoff over work

Oct. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — As automation and online work gain ground, organizers of the annual Davos forum are projecting employers will split work equally between machines and people by 2025, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating changes in the labor market. The World Economic Forum, in a report released...

FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Employees unionize at upstart Meow Wolf arts venue

Oct. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project have approved the formation of a labor union under the Communications Workers of America umbrella. Meow Wolf employee Michael Wilson said Tuesday that the move to unionize was approved by a majority of 130 eligible,...

Charlotte Skinner, an Emergency Room nurse at St. Peter's Health, speaks at a Covid-19 press call hosted by Gov. Steve Bullock at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Helena, Mont. Registered nurse Skinner of Helena says healthcare workers come from a variety of political, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, but they reach common ground on science. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Nurse urges Montanans to take politics out of COVID fight

Oct. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An emergency room nurse urged Montana residents to take politics out of the fight against the coronavirus Tuesday, as the number of cases in the state reached 24,000, the death toll surpassed 250 and hospitals are caring for 360 patients. Health care workers come from a variety of...

Iowa's September unemployment rate drops to 4.7%

Oct. 20, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state's economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a state agency reported Tuesday. Iowa Workforce Development reported the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The...

Indonesians take to the streets to protest new labor law

Oct. 20, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests against Indonesia's new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Meow Wolf may unionize amid pandemic turmoil

Oct. 19, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project were voting Monday on whether to unionize under the Communications Workers of America umbrella, amid economic uncertainty linked to COVID-19. Born of a rag-tag arts collective, Meow Wolf coined a new brand of family...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020 file photo, a Chase bank employee, right, disinfects the branches ATMs to fend off coronavirus as a customer uses another in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. More Americans than ever obtained a basic bank account in 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. But the report did not take into account the coronavirus pandemic and historic recession, government experts warned, and it's highly likely that a number of Americans will end up unbanked yet again. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Report showing gains in bank access overshadowed by COVID

Oct. 19, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More Americans than ever obtained a basic bank account in 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Monday. But data was gathered before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and start of this historic recession. But the agency noted that the loss of jobs and incomes due to...