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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Times and Democrat on essential Election Day workers: The coronavirus emergency has changed so many things. Voting is one of them. Lines of people are voting early via absentee ballot in order to avoid going to a polling place on Election Day. But...

Vermont unemployment rate dips slightly

Oct. 21, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.2% in September, according to the state Labor Department. The rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from August. “While the data shows that employment increased in September, we know there are still many Vermonters...

Maine unemployment dips to 6.1%; state passes 6,000 cases

Oct. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment in Maine has dipped close to 6% as the state's economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said. Maine unemployment fell from 7% in August to 6.1% in September, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The number of unemployed people in the...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...

Charlotte Skinner, an Emergency Room nurse at St. Peter's Health, speaks at a Covid-19 press call hosted by Gov. Steve Bullock at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Helena, Mont. Registered nurse Skinner of Helena says healthcare workers come from a variety of political, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, but they reach common ground on science. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Nurse urges Montanans to take politics out of COVID fight

Oct. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An emergency room nurse urged Montana residents to take politics out of the fight against the coronavirus Tuesday, as the number of cases in the state reached 24,000, the death toll surpassed 250 and hospitals are caring for 360 patients. Health care workers come from a variety of...

Iowa's September unemployment rate drops to 4.7%

Oct. 20, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state's economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a state agency reported Tuesday. Iowa Workforce Development reported the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The...

Delaware unemployment rate dropped again in September

Oct. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the fourth straight month, but it still far exceeds the rate from a year ago. As of last month, 8.2% of the state's labor force was out of work, the Delaware State News reported. That’s down from 15.9% in May amid...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a mask walks under a Now Hiring sign at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April. State officials reported Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, that the leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs as restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses benefitted from the state's easing of restrictions designed to slow the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California jobless rate dips as jobs added despite pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the nation's most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April, state officials said Friday. The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs, after...