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Coal miners have long faced risk of black lung disease. Now they're getting new protections

Apr. 16, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coal miners will be better protected from poisonous silica dust that has contributed to the premature deaths of thousands of mine workers from a respiratory ailment commonly known as black lung disease, the Labor Department said Tuesday as it issued a new federal rule on miners'...

Fewer Americans file for jobless claims as labor market continues to shrug off higher interest rates

Apr. 11, 2024 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week as the labor market continues to thrive despite the Federal Reserve's efforts to cool it. The Labor Department reported Thursday that filings for unemployment claims for the week ending April 6 fell by 11,000...

US producer prices rose 2.1% from last year, most since April, but less than forecasters expected

Apr. 11, 2024 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose rose in March from a year earlier at the fastest pace in nearly a year, but the gain was less than economists expected. And wholesale inflation eased on a month to month basis. The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price...

This Week: Consumer prices, Fed meeting minutes and earnings reports from several big banks

Apr. 08, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week INFLATION BAROMETER The Labor Department releases its March report on consumer prices Wednesday. Analysts expect inflation at the consumer level rose 3.4% in March from...

US applications for jobless benefits rise to highest level in two months, but layoffs remain low

Apr. 04, 2024 08:47 AM EDT

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits rose to their highest level in two months last week, but layoffs remain at historically low levels as the labor market continues to chug along despite elevated interest rates. The Labor Department reported Thursday that filings...

US job openings rise modestly to 8.8 million in February in strong labor market

Apr. 02, 2024 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings barely changed in February, staying at historically high levels in a sign that the American job market remains strong. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that employers posted 8.76 million job vacancies in February, up modestly from 8.75...

This week: Job openings, services sector, employment update

Apr. 01, 2024 03:11 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week. Help wanted? On Tuesday, the government reports the number of job openings in February. Analysts predict that job openings slipped from January, when America’s...

Applications for US unemployment benefits dip to 210,000 in strong job market

Mar. 28, 2024 09:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans signing up for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, another sign that the labor market remains strong and most workers enjoy extraordinary job security. Jobless claims dipped by 2,000 to 210,000, the Labor Department reported...

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dip to 210,000, another sign the job market is strong

Mar. 21, 2024 10:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing up for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, another sign that the labor market remains strong and most workers enjoy extraordinary job security. The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims dipped by 2,000 to...

GOP state attorneys push back on Biden's proposed diversity rules for apprenticeship programs

Mar. 20, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Biden administration plan to promote diversity and equity in workplace apprenticeship programs is facing pushback from Republican attorneys general in two dozen states who assert it amounts to race-based discrimination. The U.S. Department of Labor...