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Kentucky governor declares emergency over high gas prices

Jun. 23, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear took action Thursday to combat any signs of price gouging at the pump, touting it as a consumer protection measure amid sky-high gas prices straining Kentuckians' budgets. The Democratic governor signed an executive order declaring a state of...

Fewer Americans file for jobless aid

Jun. 23, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week as the U.S. job market remains robust despite four-decade high inflation and a myriad of other economic pressures. Applications for jobless aid for the week ending June 18 fell to 229,000, a decline of 2,000...

California gets $1.1B back in likely fraudulent benefits

Jun. 21, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About $1.1 billion in unused unemployment benefits returned to California on Tuesday, money state officials said was most likely attempted fraud during the pandemic. The money had been sitting on 780,000 Bank of America debit cards that were never used....

California adds jobs in May; economy shows signs of weakness

Jun. 17, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California posted another strong jobs report on Friday as the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since before the pandemic; but the news was overshadowed this week by the surest signs yet of a wobbly economy that could soon usher in a recession. ...

Pennsylvania jobless rate fell, labor force grew in May

Jun. 17, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s workforce grew again in May as the state’s unemployment rate sank to another post-pandemic low, according to new state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6% from April's...

AP Interview: Biden says a recession is 'not inevitable'

Jun. 16, 2022 21:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are slamming family budgets. But he stressed that a recession was “not...

Fed's aggressive rate hikes raise likelihood of a recession

Jun. 16, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has pledged to do whatever it takes to curb inflation, now raging at a four-decade high and defying the Fed's efforts so far to tame it. Increasingly, it seems, doing so might require the one painful thing the Fed has sought to...

Georgia unemployment rate hits new all-time low of 3% in May

Jun. 16, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's unemployment rate hit a new record low of 3% in May as more people entered the labor force and more workers found jobs. The jobless rate ticked down from 3.1%, the previous all-time low, which was set in March and equaled in April. A year ago, 4.1% of...

Prosecutors accuse Philly workers of COVID-19 jobless fraud

Jun. 16, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eight Philadelphia government employees lied that they were unemployed in order to recieve pandemic jobless benefits, prosecutors said in announcing criminal charges Thursday. The attorney general's office said the city workers collectively were paid more than...

Fewer Americans apply for jobless aid last week

Jun. 16, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. job market remains strong in the face of rising inflation and interest rates. Applications for jobless aid fell by 3,000 to 229,000 for the week ending June 11, down from the previous week's...