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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. At least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Unemployment fraud concerns prompt action in California

Oct. 23, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud, state officials said, revealing how prevalent the problem has become now that the state has paid more than $105 billion in benefits since March. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, taken from video provided by the New Jersey Governor's Office, New Jerrsey Gov. Phil Murphy tells attendees at an event in Blackwood, N.J., that he must leave the event to quarantine after just finding out that he'd been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. Murphy said on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, that New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York. Essex, Union, Hudson and Bergen counties reported more than 100 new cases overnight, Murphy said, eclipsing recent hot spots in Ocean and Monmouth counties. (New Jersey Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Murphy: COVID-19 cases are climbing in northern New Jersey

Oct. 22, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. Murphy spoke during a remote news conference while he isolates at home after coming into contact with a COVID-19-positive staffer over the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, information signs are displayed at the closed Illinois Department of Employment Security WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Oct. 22, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels. Last week's figure was down from 842,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, though layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy

Oct. 22, 2020 8:32 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims drop to 787,000, though layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy.

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...

Georgia unemployment rate rises as economic rebound sputters

Oct. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's economic recovery from the pandemic sputtered in September, with the unemployment rate raising and employers adding few jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.4%, up from 5.7% in August. More people flooded back into the labor force, but fewer people reported having jobs. The slowdown...

Montana COVID cases threaten to overwhelm health care system

Oct. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana is stretching the state's health care system, a hospital's chief medical officer said Thursday, as she urged residents to take the virus seriously. “I will put this very simply,” said Dr. Bridget Brennan with Benefis...

Noem campaigns in New Hampshire as virus surges at home

Oct. 15, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem hit the campaign trail on Thursday in New Hampshire, making appearances without wearing a mask, even as her state witnessed a new highpoint for coronavirus cases. Active cases of the COVID-19 virus on Thursday topped 7,000 for the first time in South...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020,  that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

Oct. 15, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report from the Labor...

US jobless claims reach 898,000 as layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy

Oct. 15, 2020 8:31 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims reach 898,000 as layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy.