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  • Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates …


  • US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. It was the latest sign that …


  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban …


  • Strike looms at East and Gulf Coast ports

    BOSTON (AP) — Weeks after a critical West Coast port complex was crippled by a few hundred striking workers, the East Coast is bracing for a possible walkout numbering thousands …


  • Federal judges sue to win promised pay increases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation teetering on an economic “fiscal cliff,” federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of dollars to what some of those same …


  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a “regulatory cliff” …


  • Solid evidence elusive in right-to-work debate

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided …


  • Evidence elusive in Michigan right-to-work debate

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided …


  • US job gains defy Sandy and fears of fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes more than a superstorm to derail the U.S. job market. Employers added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, a …


  • With election over, less attention to jobs report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the monthly jobs numbers isn’t what it used to be. The first unemployment report since President Barack Obama’s re-election barely got a mention from the …


  • US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had …


  • Sandy is thought to have slowed US hiring in Nov.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy is widely thought to have slowed U.S. job growth last month. The only question is how much — an answer that’s expected to emerge Friday …


  • Police spray pro-union protesters at Mich. Capitol

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police used chemical spray Thursday to subdue protesters trying to rush the Michigan Senate chamber after Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republican leaders announced they would …


  • Port strike could be prelude for dockworker talks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The end of one labor crisis at the nation’s busiest port complex could be a prelude to another. The resolution of an eight-day walk-off by clerical …


  • Menard to fly Wis. workers in to staff ND store

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store …


  • Menard to fly Wis. workers in to staff ND store

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store …


  • Twinkies maker Hostess lives at least another day

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Twinkies will live to see another day. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after …


  • Judge asks Hostess to mediate with union

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Twinkies won’t die that easily after all. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, …


  • More American workers to pick their insurance

    For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and …


  • Survey: New grads can expect modest rise in hiring

    Modest good news for college students: An annual survey predicts employers will increase hiring of new 4-year college graduates about 5 percent in the coming year. Demand for graduates with …


  • Obama pressing business and labor on fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a …


  • US employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming …


  • Obama, Romney battle over auto bailout in Ohio

    HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are turning the White House race in Ohio into a referendum on the auto bailout, an effort aimed …


  • US economy adds 171K jobs; rate rises to 7.9 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is …


  • US Oct. jobs report likely to show modest hiring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The October employment report the government will release Friday will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that’s emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily …


  • Jobless rate falls in most battleground states

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in nearly all of the battleground states that will determine the presidential winner, giving President Barack Obama fresh fodder to argue that …


  • Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation …


  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year. The increase, which starts in January, is tied …


  • Small 2013 Social Security benefit increase likely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients won’t be getting big benefit increases next year, but the small raises they will receive are playing an important role in helping seniors grow …


  • Jobs report brings down debate high in Romney camp

    ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — The cheering stopped on Mitt Romney’s campaign plane Friday morning. The day before, aides had whistled and clapped when the Denver control tower commended the Republican …

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