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Virus-related travel decline hits Las Vegas helicopter tours

Sep. 20, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The plummeting of international travel in the wake of COVID-19 has put dozens of helicopter tour pilots and staffers out of work in southern Nevada. Several companies known for scenic tour flights to the Las Vegas Strip and Grand Canyon have cut significant slices of their staff to mirror...

Southwest Georgia steel fabricator closes, laying off 128

Sep. 19, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A steel fabricator is closing in southwest Georgia, laying off 128 employees. Alpharetta-based Cives Corp. is closing its Thomasville location, leaving it with seven nationwide. Cives President Greg Orff told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise that the economic downturn sparked by the...

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Manager ordered census layoffs despite judge's ruling

Sep. 18, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two weeks after a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Census Bureau from winding down the 2020 census, a manager in Illinois instructed employees to get started with layoffs, according to an audio of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press. During a conference call Thursday,...

Massachusetts jobless rate drops; Red Sox lay off workers

Sep. 18, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate, which soared during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, fell nearly 5 percentage points in August to 11.3%, according to numbers released Friday by state and federal labor officials. Massachusetts no longer has the highest unemployment rate in...

Florida's unemployment rate drops to 7.4% amid pandemic

Sep. 18, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in August, a sharp decline from July, when it was 11.4%, according to state statistics released Friday. Jobless claims are still high, however, as Floridians and businesses attempt to inch back to economic health during the...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said...

Bridgestone employees fire flares outside the tire factory of Bethune, northern France, Thursday, Sept.17, 2020. Workers protest over the Japan-based company's decision to close the plant and lay off all its nearly 900 workers. Bridgestone argues the factory is no longer competitive globally, but unions and French politicians accused the company of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext for the closure and not investing in modernizing the plant instead. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

French unions protest tire factory closure amid virus crisis

Sep. 17, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Workers protested Thursday at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company’s decision to close the plant and lay off its nearly 900 workers, accusing management of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext to ruin livelihoods. Japan-based Bridgestone argues...

Cuomo aide: NY won't consider slashing budget until election

Sep. 16, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor's budget director said Wednesday it's “premature” for some school districts to have laid off workers, and said New York will wait until after the November election to decide whether to slash state spending. Budget director Robert Mujica told The Associated...

A sign stands at the road leading to the Raytheon facility in a Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, in Marlborough, Mass.Raytheon Technologies plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year in its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace. Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes announced the revised job cut numbers Wednesday during a Morgan Stanley analysts conference.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Raytheon doubles job cuts to 15,000, citing airline downturn

Sep. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Technologies Corp. plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year at its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace amid the downturn in the airline industry, Chief Executive Officer Greg...

Kohl's to cut 15% of office jobs due to virus-related slump

Sep. 15, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's, whose sales have been hurt by the pandemic, said Tuesday that it will cut 15% of its office workers to save money. The company declined to say how many people will lose their jobs. The layoffs will be at its headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, as well as offices in New York...