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California jobless rate dips half-percentage point to 6.5%

Jan. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate dipped a half-percentage point in December as the most populous state added 50,700 nonfarm jobs, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s 199,000 new jobs for the month, according to new data released Friday. The...

Pennsylvania payrolls grew in December amid labor shortage

Jan. 21, 2022 11:10 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s payrolls grew again in December as the unemployment rate fell for the 10th straight month, according to new figures Friday, but a persistent worker shortage continued to keep labor markets tight. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped...

Asian shares slide after more losses on Wall Street

Jan. 20, 2022 23:06 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in Asia on Friday after a late afternoon sell-off wiped out gains for stocks on Wall Street. Tokyo fell 1.4% after Toyota Motor Corp. announced production cuts due to parts shortages. Other major regional markets also fell. Oil prices slipped,...

Analysis: Biden finds inflation overshadows strong economy

Jan. 20, 2022 13:01 PM EST

President Joe Biden is paying a steep price for high inflation — a problem that festered during his first year in office instead of fading away as he suggested it would. His $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, enacted in March, drove what will probably be the fastest economic...

Rhode Island unemployment rate drops to 4.8% in December

Jan. 20, 2022 11:28 AM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in December, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate but higher than the national rate of 3.9%, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The state's December rate was also...

Georgia unemployment rate again falls to new all-time low

Jan. 20, 2022 10:48 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Another month brought another all-time low for Georgia's unemployment rate in December, as it dipped to 2.6%. For the third month in a row, that's the lowest level since current records began in 1976, falling from 2.8% in November and less than half the 5.3% reported...

US jobless claims rise to 286,000, highest since October

Jan. 20, 2022 09:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant continued to disrupt the job market. Jobless claims rose for the third straight week — by 55,000 to 286,000, highest since...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

Asian shares mostly lower after retreat on Wall Street

Jan. 18, 2022 23:07 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell in cautious trading on Wednesday after stocks on Wall Street sank to a new low for the year. Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney were lower while Hong Kong edged higher. Technology shares led the decline Tuesday on Wall Street....

Wisconsin Republicans seek to tighten unemployment benefits

Jan. 18, 2022 17:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans introduced a package of legislation Tuesday that would tighten eligibility for unemployment benefits and Medicaid coverage, saying the bills are designed to help alleviate what they maintain is a crippling labor shortage in the state. The...