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California unemployment rate dips as employers add new jobs

Jun. 18, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has regained more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday, a trend driven by restaurants and hotels hiring more people as the nation’s most populous state reopens its economy. ...

Idaho unemployment rate drops to 3% as pandemic fades

Jun. 18, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 3% from April to May as the coronavirus pandemic fades, state officials said Friday. The Idaho Department of Labor said that the total number of people unemployed has dropped nearly 63%...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Pennsylvania's employment grew in May, as labor force shrank

Jun. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate shrank in May and payrolls grew, even as the labor force contracted, according to state figures released Friday. The figures come out as employers broadly report that they are struggling to find workers to hire. ...

Alabama jobless rate drops to 3.4% as recovery continues

Jun. 18, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 3.4% in May, down sharply from a year earlier as the economy added jobs while it recovered from the pandemic, the state said Friday. The jobless rate fell from 3.6% in April, while wage and salary employment...

California: People must look for work to get jobless aid

Jun. 17, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will stop giving unemployment benefits to people who are not actively applying for jobs, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced Thursday. Federal law requires people who are out of work to be actively looking for jobs to be...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 4.1% in 13th straight decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate continued to fall in May, dropping closer to where it was before the pandemic sent it soaring to an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in May, down from 4.3% in April. That’s still above the 3.6% posted in...

Beshear signals effort to entice more people back to work

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signaled Thursday that he plans to offer incentives to fill more jobs, as he defended enhanced jobless benefits that Republican lawmakers and businesses blame for causing labor shortages. The Democratic governor wants more Kentuckians back to...

Rhode Island's unemployment rate falls to 5.8% in May

Jun. 17, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

CRNASTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate, which surged to more than 17% in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, was down to 5.8% in May, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. The May rate was down half of a percentage point...

Survey: strong growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

Jun. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong growth continues across rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states and three states now have more jobs than they did before the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a monthly survey of bankers released Thursday. The overall Rural...