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In Chile, Haitians grow weary of waiting, eye journey to US

Oct. 14, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The 37-year-old Haitian says not a day goes by in which he doesn’t think of leaving Chile, like the multitudes who have grown frustrated and headed north toward the United States. He feels caught in a vicious circle: He was laid off three months...

US unemployment claims fall to lowest level since pandemic

Oct. 14, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months. Unemployment claims dropped 36,000 to 293,000 last...

Fed officials: Bond purchases could end by middle of 2022

Oct. 13, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials agreed at their last meeting that if the economy continued to improve, they could start reducing their monthly bond purchases as soon as next month and bring them to an end by the middle of 2022. The discussion was revealed...

Dismissal upheld in SC lawsuit over unemployment benefits

Oct. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against Gov. Henry McMaster over his early exit from federal unemployment programs providing extra money to residents during the pandemic. The unanimous opinion upheld State Circuit...

Idaho governor eyes more day cares to solve worker shortage

Oct. 12, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday he wants to use federal coronavirus relief money to increase day care capacity to help alleviate the state’s worker shortage. The Republican governor, in a speech about the future of work that was followed by...

Companies scraping for staff ahead of the holidays

Oct. 12, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All employers want for Christmas is some holiday help. But they might not get their wish. Companies that typically hire thousands of seasonal workers are heading into the holidays during one of the tightest job markets in decades, making it unlikely...

Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August

Oct. 12, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans are quitting in droves. The Labor Department said that quits jumped to 4.3 million in August, the highest on records dating back to...

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the September jobs report

Oct. 09, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — September wasn't exactly the robust month for hiring that many had expected and hoped for. With the delta variant still disrupting the economy and employers struggling to find enough workers, the gain for the month amounted to 194,000 jobs — not even...

Delta variant and worker shortage keep a lid on job growth

Oct. 08, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic has kept its grip on the economy, with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs. Friday’s report from the Labor...

Analysis: Hiring slowdown menaces Biden despite upbeat talk

Oct. 08, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden promised an economy that could be firing on all cylinders next year, but Friday's disappointing jobs report suggests a slowdown in growth could instead loom atop voters' minds in the 2022 elections. Republicans quickly seized on the...