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Kansas passed on earlier plan to upgrade unemployment system

Sep. 20, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A software company urged Kansas to uprade its computer system for handling claims for unemployment benefits but the state didn't heed that advice five years before a flood of fraudulent claims across the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Inflation forces homebuilders to take it slow, raise prices

Sep. 20, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in the hottest U.S. housing market in more than a decade, new home construction has turned into a frustratingly uncertain and costly proposition for many homebuilders. Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across...

Fed likely to signal a coming pullback in economic support

Sep. 20, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected this week to send its clearest signal yet that it will start reining in its ultra-low-interest rate policies later this year, a first step toward unwinding the extraordinary support it's given the economy since the pandemic struck 18 months...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 17, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 14, 2021. Editorial: 4 reasons CT still needs Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers It’s still too early to end Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers, though it seems a lifetime since the legislature first granted him...

Start of school year fuels California job growth in August

Sep. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Public school teachers and staff returning to the classroom in August fueled another impressive month of job gains in California as officials said Friday that the state added another 104,300 jobs on its march to erase an unprecedented pandemic employment deficit. ...

Unemployment in Maine holds at a little less than 5%

Sep. 17, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The jobs picture held steady in Maine through the summer, as the state's unemployment rate held at 4.9% last month, officials said Friday. The Maine Department of Labor said the number of non-farm payroll jobs fell by 1,200 to 617,200 in August....

Nebraska unemployment rate of 2.2% is lowest on record

Sep. 17, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate for August of 2.2% was the nation's lowest and the lowest on record for the state, a state agency reported Friday. The Nebraska Department of Labor said the August rate was down slightly from July's rate of 2.3%. ...

Pennsylvania's labor force shrank, payrolls flat in August

Sep. 17, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to another post-pandemic low, according to state figures released Friday, but the labor force shrank in August and payrolls remained virtually flat as employers, such as restaurants and school bus companies, struggle to find...

Indian opposition party holds street protest demanding jobs

Sep. 17, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Youth members of India's main opposition Congress party clashed with police during a street protest Friday demanding jobs as the country’s economy recovers from a coronavirus lockdown last year that triggered massive unemployment. They also urged...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden's shaky claims on jobs, gasoline

Sep. 17, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boasting that government policies can make a difference in improving the economy, President Joe Biden went too far Thursday in taking credit for job growth since taking office. He also made a dubious suggestion that wrongdoing is behind higher...