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Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota to close down

Jan. 15, 2021 6:27 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit agency that has provided various services since 1919, is closing its doors, citing financial struggles. The agency said Friday the decision was motivated by the struggles of LSS Housing, an affordable housing program that the agency...

Andrew Walcott, owners of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, poses for a photo at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

Jan. 14, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the...

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Job openings down in most industries, while layoffs spike

Jan. 12, 2021 11:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Layoffs spiked in November compared with the previous month and the number of job openings slipped, signaling that the job market has stalled as the resurgent coronavirus has brought about another wave shutdowns of restaurants and bars and hobbled consumer spending. While the layoffs were...

Comedian Brad Pierce, right, looks over the notebook us uses to write jokes as he sits in the kitchen next to his wife, Carmen, and their nephew, Maddox, 1, in West Warwick, R.I., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Pierce was finally doing well with his comedy when the pandemic hit. Now he wonders if he can possibly build up his career again. He has a friend who drives for Amazon and fears having to get a job like that while talking about the good old days when he was an entertainer. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Once again, job losses fall unequally across the US economy

Jan. 9, 2021 10:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. In December, the nation shed jobs for the first time since April. Once...

Andrew Walcott, left, owner of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, monitors the take out orders as his chef Andrew Jackson places an order on the counter at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant,  just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring

Jan. 8, 2021 11:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the first time it hasn't...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 8, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Duby’s dubious COVID communications contract The Day Jan. 7 Gov. Ned Lamont has been largely judicious in the use of the emergency powers granted him to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the...

US employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, first monthly loss since pandemic erupted in early spring

Jan. 8, 2021 8:31 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, first monthly loss since pandemic erupted in early spring.
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020 file photo, Zeida Hernandez, of Tampa, Fla., left, makes Factory Throwout cigars using an antique hand-operated cigar machine at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Tampa's last cigar factory, in Fla. American factories grew in December at the fastest pace in more than two years as manufacturing continued to weather the pandemic better than the battered services sector. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

Jan. 7, 2021 10:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic. Thursday's figure from the Labor Department, a slight decline from the previous week, shows that even with the...

Kauai Marriott resort to lay off more than 450 employees

Jan. 7, 2021 9:34 AM EST

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership. The layoffs include housekeepers, banquet servers, laundry attendants and pool servers, The Garden Island reported Wednesday....

Navajo Nation casinos to lay off more than 1,100

Dec. 31, 2020 7:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Casinos run by the Navajo Nation plan to temporarily lay off more than 1,100 workers on New Year's Day because of prolonged closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The tribe's Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced the decision Thursday night, saying it was left with no...