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Connecticut minimum wage increases to $13 an hour on Sunday

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minimum wage earners in Connecticut are poised to get a raise. Beginning Sunday, the state's current $12 an hour rate will increase to $13 an hour. It's the latest step toward gradually increasing the rate to $15 an hour. The...

South Carolina unemployment claims continue to drop

Jul. 29, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment benefits are continuing the drop, South Carolina officials said. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported a total of fewer than 1,500 first-time claims for the week ending Saturday. That...

Louisiana turning off federal unemployment aid Saturday

Jul. 29, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending federal pandemic unemployment aid for its residents Saturday, booting nearly 200,000 people off benefits and cutting the payments to thousands more in the middle of a worsening COVID-19 surge across the state. Louisiana...

Lawsuit filed over Lee dropping federal unemployment aid

Jul. 29, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven unemployed Tennessee residents have filed a lawsuit over Gov. Bill Lee's decision to opt out of the federal unemployment benefits programs earlier this year. They said in a federal complaint filed this week against Lee and Department of...

Unemployed Oregonians to lose pandemic benefits in September

Jul. 29, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians could lose more than $70 million in weekly employment benefits after Labor Day, when some federal pandemic aid programs expire and the state stops paying a $300 weekly unemployment bonus. David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon...

US jobless claims down 24,000 to 400,000 as economy recovers

Jul. 29, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits slid last week, another sign that the job market continues to recover rapidly from the coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 400,000 last week, the Labor Department reported...

US jobless claims drop by 24,000 to 400,000, another sign of strength for a rebounding economy and job market

Jul. 29, 2021 08:38 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims drop by 24,000 to 400,000, another sign of strength for a rebounding economy and job market.

German jobless rate down in July as recovery rolls on

Jul. 29, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate dipped to 5.6% in July, an unusual decline for the summer month as Europe's biggest economy showed more signs of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, official data showed Thursday. The unadjusted jobless rate, the headline...

Biden woos working class with new 'buy American' efforts

Jul. 28, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

MACUNGIE, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden checked out the big rigs at a Pennsylvania truck factory on Wednesday and promised workers that his policies would reshape the U.S economy for the working class — a message clearly aimed at a group of voters who have drifted to Republicans. ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 28, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 27 The Wall Street Journal on proposals for a Civilian Climate Corps: As the U.S. recovers from a pandemic, with workers in services and manufacturing in short...