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The Latest: Illinois lifting capacity limits for businesses

Jun. 10, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO — Illinois is lifting all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues Friday, nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses still can have their own rules for capacity, masks and social...

Georgia moves to further crimp jobless aid later this month

Jun. 10, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians receiving unemployment benefits will once again be required to look for work and will be able to earn less before unemployment payments drop beginning June 27. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced the changes Thursday, also saying employers...

State Sen. Bruce Thompson begins bid for labor commissioner

Jun. 04, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state Sen. Bruce Thompson is beginning his campaign for commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor. The Republican from White, Georgia, made the announcement Friday at the Georgia Republican Party state convention in Jekyll Island....

Georgia jobless rate falls to 4.3% in 12th straight decline

May. 20, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — What a difference a year makes for Georgia's unemployment rates. In April 2020, amid a huge wave of pandemic induced layoffs, the state was hitting an all-time high jobless rate of 12.5%. In April 2021, the state's unemployment rate fell for the 12th...

Kemp: Georgia to cut jobless benefits to push people to work

May. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is cutting off federal unemployment programs that provide a $300-a-week boost to people on the jobless rolls, as well as programs that pay federal money to people not usually eligible for state unemployment or who have been on jobless aid for longer than the state...

Georgia could cut jobless benefits to push more toward work

May. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After announcing last week that he plans to require people receiving unemployment benefits to resume searching for work, Georgia's labor commissioner now says he's considering cutting federal benefits to workers in an effort to push them back into the workforce. ...

Georgia: Jobless must soon seek work to keep benefits

May. 08, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's elected labor commissioner said he intends to reinstate the requirement that people must actively search for work to receive unemployment benefits “in the next few months.” Republican Mark Butler didn't say exactly when the job search...