Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

US producer prices rise a modest 0.1% in June

Jul. 12, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose modestly in June, another sign that inflationary pressures remain subdued. The Labor Department said Friday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, rose 0.1% last month, same as the increase in May. Wholesale prices...

Acosta defends Epstein deal amid calls for his resignation

Jul. 11, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein, insisting he got the toughest deal he could at the time. In a nearly hour-long news conference, Acosta...

Markets Right Now: Stocks slip as hopes dim for a rate cut

Jul. 5, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major U.S. indexes are closing slightly lower and bond yields are higher after a surprisingly strong government jobs report raised doubts about whether the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates later this month....

Polygamous town contractor must pay $1M to child workers

Jul. 3, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge has ordered a contractor with ties to a polygamous group on the Utah-Arizona border to pay more than $1 million in back wages to children who prosecutors say were forced to pick pecans from 2008-2013. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled Tuesday based on the Department of...

Florida zoo cited after worker injured by white rhino

Jun. 25, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo has been fined more than $14,500 after a worker was injured by a 4,000-pound (1,800-kilogram) white rhinoceros earlier this year. The Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the...

AP FACT CHECK: Obama is a silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 24, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...

AP FACT CHECK: The silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 22, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

Jun. 19, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those respects, his latest campaign rally was much like any other by the...

US productivity grew at solid 3.4% rate in first quarter

Jun. 6, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a strong 3.4% rate in the January-March quarter, the best showing in more than four years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It was an encouraging sign that productivity may finally be improving after a long stretch of weakness. The first quarter gain was...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts findings of Russia probe

Jun. 1, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the findings of the Russia investigation, claiming exoneration and a possible case against him "closed" based on remarks from a special counsel who did not make either statement. "Robert Mueller would have brought charges, if he had ANYTHING, but there...