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Audit: Michigan unemployment error overpaid $3.9 billion

Nov. 18, 2021 15:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shortcomings in the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Office caused $3.9 billion in overpayments during the processing 5.4 million unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a state audit released Thursday. The agency's...

U.S. jobless claims drop seventh straight week to 268,000

Nov. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ...

Feds block billions of public transit money for California

Nov. 11, 2021 14:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government says California is ineligible for about $12 billion in public transit funding because of a long-running dispute over changes to the state's public pension law that the Biden administration recently determined are improper. ...

Stocks retreat in Asia as China inflation pushes higher

Nov. 09, 2021 23:18 PM EST

Asian shares fell Wednesday, tracking Wall Street’s retreat, with Chinese benchmarks leading the decline after the government reported a surge in inflation in October. China's consumer price index, a main measure of inflation, rose 1.5% in October, up from 0.7% the...

Whistleblowers to play key role in enforcing vaccine mandate

Nov. 09, 2021 15:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — To enforce President Joe Biden’s forthcoming COVID-19 mandate, the U.S. Labor Department is going to need a lot of help. Its Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have nearly enough workplace safety inspectors to do the job. So the...

Producer prices rise 8.6%, matching September record high

Nov. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level rose 8.6% last month from a year earlier, matching September's record annual gain and offering more evidence that inflationary pressures are not yet easing. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that its producer price...

This Week: Producer prices, Rivian IPO, job openings

Nov. 08, 2021 01:12 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: EYE ON INFLATION The Labor Department delivers its October barometer of U.S. wholesale prices Tuesday. Economists expect the producer price...

Appeals court stays vaccine mandate on larger businesses

Nov. 06, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the Biden administration's vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal...

Agency head: No blanket waiver for unemployment overpayments

Nov. 01, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

The interim Department of Labor commissioner informed Connecticut legislators Monday that her agency is barred by state and federal law from granting a blanket waiver to thousands of workers who are now being billed for overpayment of their unemployment compensation benefits during the...

US unemployment claims fall to new pandemic low of 290,000

Oct. 21, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since the pandemic erupted, evidence that layoffs are declining as companies hold onto workers. Unemployment claims dropped 6,000 to 290,000 last week, the...