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N. Carolina bill ending extra $300 benefits heads to Cooper

Jun. 23, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina would end offering supplemental benefits from the federal government to the state's unemployed in roughly a month under legislation finalized Wednesday by Republicans in charge of the General Assembly. But House and Senate Democrats...

Vermont's unemployment rate 2.6% for May, pre-pandemic level

Jun. 23, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s unemployment rate was 2.6% for May, a decrease from 2.9% for April, the state Labor Department reported Wednesday. The rate put Vermont back to pre-pandemic levels, Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said. ...

Auditor: Mississippi erred on $117M in unemployment benefits

Jun. 23, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi erroneously paid out more than $117 million in unemployment benefits last year and during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, State Auditor Shad White said. Mississippi's Department of Employment Security made...

Battery material company to add 290 jobs in Tennessee

Jun. 23, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A company that develops materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other uses is planning another $160 million investment expected to create 290 more jobs in Tennessee. The state Department of Economic and Community Development...

Help wanted: Labor crisis plagues US restaurant industry

Jun. 22, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sherry Villanueva’s family of Santa Barbara restaurants employed 350 people before the pandemic took hold and darkened dining rooms across California. Now, with the state’s economy officially reopened, about 250 workers are back on the job. ...

Lawmakers told updating unemployment system could take years

Jun. 22, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Overhauling Kentucky's outdated technology for processing jobless claims could take up to three years, the state's labor secretary said Tuesday as lawmakers delved into problems with the pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system. The state is...

Georgia labor agency sued over delays in jobless benefits

Jun. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Four Georgia residents are suing the state Department of Labor, saying delays in processing, paying and hearing appeals on unemployment claims violate state and federal law. The suit was filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court and announced...

Ohio business groups speak against GOP vaccination bill

Jun. 22, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two major Ohio business groups on Tuesday came out in opposition to pending GOP legislation in the Ohio House that would prohibit employers, either public or private, from requiring employees to receive vaccinations. The bill also would prevent...

Maryland flags over 500K unemployment claims in 6 weeks

Jun. 22, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland officials have detected more than a half million potentially fraudulent new unemployment insurance claims in the last six weeks and they’re warning Marylanders to watch out for scams. The Department of Labor announced Monday that it has...

Audit: Louisiana sent some jobless benefits to dead people

Jun. 21, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's labor department paid out about $1 million in state and federal unemployment benefits to people who were dead, though more than half of those payments couldn't have been prevented, state auditors reported Monday. Legislative Auditor...