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Hawaii governor seeking details on Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 14, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT UConn made right move to cancel football season The Connecticut Post Aug. 11 It wasn’t going to be easy for the University of Connecticut football team to have a season this year under any circumstances....

FILE -In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a sign for a Wall Street building is shown in New York.  Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 13, a day after the S&P 500 closed just below its pre-pandemic record high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Asian shares mixed on weak China data, worries over pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors studied fresh data out of China showing that its recovery remains subdued. Shares rose in Japan and Australia, but fell in Hong Kong, South Korea and Shanghai. China said Friday that its factory output rose 4.8% from a year earlier in July, on a...

14K seek jobless benefits in NJ, falling 17% over last week

Aug. 13, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 14,000 people filed for unemployment in New Jersey last week, down 17% and the lowest weekly total for new claims since the COVID-19 outbreak came to the state, the Labor Department said Thursday. It's the second week in a row that the number of claims fell compared with the...

Alaska to seek additional $300 a week unemployment benefits

Aug. 13, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state is seeking to provide unemployed Alaskans an extra $300 a week in benefits under an option offered by the federal government. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the decision Thursday. It's not yet clear when the money for the unemployment benefits might be available. An executive...

Fewer Idaho residents file unemployment claims

Aug. 13, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 10 percent last week, officials said Thursday, but layoffs are continuing to run high due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho Department of Labor said that applications for jobless benefits declined to 3,250. The...

NY touts unemployment system, even as some still face issues

Aug. 13, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s labor commissioner says the state is ready to rapidly ramp up its unemployment system again in case the pandemic surges and the economy must shutter once again. The coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of tens of thousands of New Yorkers and efforts to reduce its...

State sees decrease in initial, total jobless benefit claims

Aug. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state saw a decrease in both new weekly and total claims for unemployment benefits. Nearly 1.3 million people have filed claims for unemployment since early March when the pandemic job losses began, and more than 996,000 people who filed initial claims have been paid. To...

Florida's new jobless claims drop the most of any state

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's death toll from the coronavirus topped 9,000 Thursday, while its pandemic-buffeted economy led the nation in a drop in the number of new jobless claims. The jobless claims are still historically high, as the state seeks to claw back economic activity still stunted by...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, a cyclist passes a display window with mask covered mannequins at a dress store in McAllen, Texas. The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic intensified five months ago, yet still remains at a high level. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

Aug. 13, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high. The figures show that the crisis continues to throw people out...