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Rhode Island gains jobs, and unemployment rate holds steady

Nov. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained 2,400 jobs from September to October and the unemployment rate held steady. The state Department of Labor and Training says the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in October was 505,800, up 2,400 jobs from the revised September job count....

Same as it ever was: worker health benefit costs rise again

Nov. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EST

In the ever-shifting world of company-provided health insurance, here’s a constant: It keeps getting more expensive. Workers may learn that their doctor will no longer be covered or they might have to pay a higher deductible before most coverage begins. Meanwhile, the employer paying most of the insurance...

Perdue defends, celebrates USDA agency moves to Missouri

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Friday that he has “absolutely zero regrets” about moving the headquarters of two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, despite continuing criticism that the move would harm agricultural research and...

Georgia’s unemployment rate ties historic low at 3.4%

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s unemployment rate in October is tying a historic low at 3.4%. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Friday that the jobless rate fell from 3.5% in September. October’s number ties the mark set in December 2000, the lowest since current data began in 1976. The...

Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

Nov. 15, 2019 12:20 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the poverty line, which in Chile is around $222 a month. “I feel tired. Honestly, I’m...

Agency: Utah’s jobless rate drops to 2.5 percent in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.7 percent in September, as the state’s economy added 51,200 jobs in the prior year. Department of Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold, said Thursday that...

Pennsylvania jobless rate up; labor force, payrolls at highs

Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in October for the second straight month, even as payrolls and the labor force hit record highs. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2%. It...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Editorials from around New England CONNECTICUT The Sandy Hook lawsuit is about to expose how the AR-15 is marketed to Americans. That’s good news for all of us. Hartford Courant Nov. 13 The people who sell the weapon of choice for mass killers are going to have to reveal exactly how they peddle their...

New Jersey seeks $640M from Uber for misclassifying workers

Nov. 14, 2019 5:22 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called “gig economy” that rely...

Arizona unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in October

Nov. 14, 2019 1:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — State economic analysts report that Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate slipped to 4.8 percent in October, down from 4.9 percent in September, as nonfarm employment rose by 31,600 jobs. The Arizona Commerce Authority said Thursday in its monthly report that the jobs...