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Idaho unemployment rate holds steady at 2.9%

Apr. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's unemployment rate remained at 2.9% in March, the same as the previous month. The Idaho Department of Labor in a news release Friday says the state's unemployment rate has remained below 3% for 16 consecutive months. The agency says the number of people in the state age 16 or...

California unemployment rate slightly increases in March

Apr. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate edged up slightly in March even as the state continued adding jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The rate increased a tenth of a percentage point over February, to 4.3 percent, and is back where it was a year ago. The...

Nebraska's 2.8% March jobless rate down over past year

Apr. 19, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 2.8%, and it's unclear whether any jobs lost to spring floodwaters will markedly change that figure soon. The preliminary March rate was a tenth of a point under the year-ago figure of 2.9%, the Nebraska Labor Department said...

Report: State adds jobs in March, unemployment steady at 3%

Apr. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say Massachusetts added more than 4,000 jobs in March while the overall unemployment rate held steady at 3%. The state office of Labor and Workforce Development reported job gains last month in several key sectors of the economy, including education and health services, and...

Maine unemployment rate ticks upward but remains low

Apr. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Unemployment has ticked up in March in Maine but still remains low. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the state's preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4% for March. That's nearly flat compared to the previous month, which was 3.5%, and slightly higher...

Vermont hits record low unemployment rate

Apr. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Labor Department says the state's unemployment rate is the lowest it's ever been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics started its online monthly records in 1976. The jobless rate for March was 2.3 % — a drop of one-tenth of one percentage point from February....

Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours

Apr. 19, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has long been an example of how the power of big dreams, strong leadership and sheer elbow grease can create massive fortunes in China's go-go economy. Yet, recent remarks by the head of Chinese online business giant Alibaba that young people should be...

Economic agency's hiring of DFL operative raises questions

Apr. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring process. Walz's move comes after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job at the Iron Range...

Foxconn says committed to long term Wisconsin job creation

Apr. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday it remains committed to "long term" job creation in Wisconsin, after Gov. Tony Evers said it was unrealistic to expect the company to employ 13,000 people as promised. Evers also raised the possibility of renegotiating Foxconn's contract for a...

Arizona unemployment rate dips from February

Apr. 18, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in March, down from 5.1 percent in February and up from 4.8 percent in March 2018. The Office of Economic Opportunity's monthly report issued Thursday said Arizona's labor force increased by 1,470 since February while the state's economy added...