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Indonesians take to the streets to protest new labor law

Oct. 20, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests against Indonesia's new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Meow Wolf may unionize amid pandemic turmoil

Oct. 19, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project were voting Monday on whether to unionize under the Communications Workers of America umbrella, amid economic uncertainty linked to COVID-19. Born of a rag-tag arts collective, Meow Wolf coined a new brand of family...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020 file photo, a Chase bank employee, right, disinfects the branches ATMs to fend off coronavirus as a customer uses another in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. More Americans than ever obtained a basic bank account in 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. But the report did not take into account the coronavirus pandemic and historic recession, government experts warned, and it's highly likely that a number of Americans will end up unbanked yet again. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Report showing gains in bank access overshadowed by COVID

Oct. 19, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More Americans than ever obtained a basic bank account in 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Monday. But data was gathered before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and start of this historic recession. But the agency noted that the loss of jobs and incomes due to...

Organic baby food maker plans Tennessee center with 147 jobs

Oct. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An organic baby food manufacturer plans to invest $45 million in a new facility in Tennessee that is expected to create 147 jobs. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says Babynov USA will set up its first facility in North America in Red Boiling Springs. The...

Delaware unemployment rate dropped again in September

Oct. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the fourth straight month, but it still far exceeds the rate from a year ago. As of last month, 8.2% of the state's labor force was out of work, the Delaware State News reported. That’s down from 15.9% in May amid...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a mask walks under a Now Hiring sign at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April. State officials reported Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, that the leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs as restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses benefitted from the state's easing of restrictions designed to slow the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California jobless rate dips as jobs added despite pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the nation's most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April, state officials said Friday. The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs, after...

Mayor urges visitors to avoid Salem this Halloween

Oct. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Anyone planning a trip to Salem this month to celebrate Halloween needs to cancel their plans, the mayor of the Massachusetts city famous for its 1692 witch trials said Friday. Even though the city has canceled a monthlong series of publicly sponsored events held each October that...

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...

Pennsylvania sees another big monthly drop in jobless rate

Oct. 16, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate began to look like the rest of the nation's in September, taking another steep drop from its post-pandemic high as the labor force and payrolls grew, according to state figures released Friday. However, the state still has yet to recover many...

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

Oct. 16, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's monthly unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in September as the coronavirus pandemic kept up its continuing damage to the state's economy, the government reported Friday. The rate was a full percentage point above the August jobless rate and even worse when compared to the...