Latest Labor economy News

Workers near Zion homeless amid housing crunch, tourism bump

Oct. 17, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

VIRGIN , Utah (AP) — A hot wind whipped across the red sand just outside of Zion National Park where a woman and her dogs live in a 1970s camper because she can’t find housing in Springdale, where she works. After four years of working at Springdale’s Bit and Spur...

More repression, fewer jobs: Jordanians face bleak outlook

Oct. 15, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. ...

Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

Oct. 14, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday, the first major walkout at the agricultural machinery giant in more than three decades. The union had said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached Wednesday....

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...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

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...

From cars to gasoline, surging prices match a 13-year high

Oct. 13, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another jump in consumer prices in September sent inflation up 5.4% from where it was a year ago, matching the largest increase since 2008 as tangled global supply lines continue to create havoc. U.S. consumer prices rose 0.4% in September from August...

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...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Oct. 13, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. Oct. 12, 2021. Editorial: Are Manchin’s latest concerns more about money? Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is holding up the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema,...

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...