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NJ adds 6,500 jobs but jobless rate climbs to 3.5%

Jan. 23, 2020 2:48 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked up to 3.5% from 3.4%, though the state added 6,500 jobs in December, according to new data released Thursday by the state Labor and Workforce Development Department. The rate was up over the previous month because more residents entered the labor...

Arizona unemployment rate slips to 4.6% in December

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in December, down from 4.7% in November as the state's economy added 6,500 nonfarm jobs. The month-to-month jobs increase was higher than the 10-year average gain of 4,500 jobs in December, the Arizona Commerce Authority reported Thursday. The...

Rhode Island unemployment rate remains at 3.5%

Jan. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate remained at 3.5% in December as the state closed out 2019 with 8,600 new jobs added over the year, state officials said Thursday. The December rate was the same as November's and was down half a percentage point compared with December 2018. The...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Augusta Chronicle on the Lt. Governor's picks for a new technology innovation task force: This month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced 12 Georgia leaders who have agreed to serve on his new Georgia Innovates Taskforce. Its members have been asked to...

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020. file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, right, walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington. The federal government's watchdog agency says a White House office violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine aid. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the assistance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortion in Trump's impeachment defense

Jan. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal response to impeachment charges, President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of a key witness who described an exchange of favors in the Ukraine matter. The claim marked a week of frequent exaggeration and distortion by the president heading into the opening...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump hands a pen to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does. Just as his tax cuts are far from the biggest in history, the economy isn't the best ever and his election victory in 2016 was no landslide of historic...

Wyoming's capital sees economic downturn due to job decrease

Jan. 17, 2020 7:50 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's capital city is experiencing an economic downturn driven by a reduction in local mining and construction jobs, a new report said. Cheyenne experienced a 5.5% reduction in local mining and construction jobs in the past year, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports. The state...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, a sign advertises job opportunities at Harry's Pizzeria in the Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for November. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Employers post fewer jobs in November

Jan. 17, 2020 11:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs fell sharply in November, dropping to 6.8 million, a decline of 7.6% from the October level. The Labor Department reported Friday that the job openings number for November was down by 561,000 from the October level of 7.36 million. Some economists took the big...

Nebraska bill would give tax break for hiring felons

Jan. 12, 2020 11:38 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill before Nebraska lawmakers would encourage employers to take a risk on...