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  • unemployment Mar 25

    ‘The Whole City Laid Off’: US Jobless Claims Climb Sky High

    New unemployment benefit claims are rising to levels unseen in recent U.S. history as a result of coronavirus concerns

  • unemployment Mar 19

    US Jobless Claims Spike to 281,000

    The U.S. Department of Labor says jobless claims spiked to 281,000 last week after companies began layoffs to deal with issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Philadelphia Nov 21, 2019

    Senate Sends Fight Over Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Hike to House

    Legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 passed the state Senate on Wednesday against a deadline to stall Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to substantially expand overtime pay eligibility.

  • Philadelphia Nov 16, 2019

    Talks on Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Heat Up Before Deadline

    Discussions on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 are heating up, in part to get Gov. Tom Wolf to abandon an effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to tens of thousands of additional workers.

  • Donald Trump Nov 15, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump’s Economic Falsehoods

    President Donald Trump rattled off several false claims in his Nov. 12 speech to the Economic Club of New York, in which he contrasted the supposedly “bleak” outlook at the end of his predecessor’s term with an exaggerated portrayal of the economy’s strong performance during his own tenure.

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    US Economy Defies Threats With a Solid Job Gain for October

    A solid October jobs report on Friday spotlighted the surprising durability of the U.S. economy in the face of persistent trade conflicts and a global slowdown. The economy managed to add 128,000 jobs last month even though tens of thousands of workers were temporarily counted as unemployed because of the now-settled strike against General Motors. What’s more, the government revised...

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    US Economy Defies Threats With a Solid Job Gain for October

    A solid October jobs report on Friday spotlighted the surprising durability of the U.S. economy in the face of persistent trade conflicts and a global slowdown. The economy managed to add 128,000 jobs last month even though tens of thousands of workers were temporarily counted as unemployed because of the now-settled strike against General Motors. What’s more, the government revised...

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2019

    US Adds 136,000 Jobs, Unemployment Hits 50-Year Low of 3.5%

    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring. The economy added a modest 136,000 jobs, enough to likely ease worries that an economy weakened by the U.S.-China trade war and tepid global growth might be edging toward a potential recession....

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 26, 2019

    Senate Confirms Scalia to Lead Department of Labor

    Eugene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Department of Labor.

  • United States Aug 21, 2019

    US Has 501,000 Fewer Jobs Than First Reported

    The U.S. job market isn’t quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail and leisure and hospitality sectors, the industries most associated with consumer spending. These preliminary revisions...

  • Donald Trump Aug 2, 2019

    US Adds a Solid 164,000 Jobs in July

    U.S. employers sustained a steady pace of hiring in July, adding 164,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for a second straight month, close to a 50-year low. It’s a reassuring sign for an economy that’s endured a series of ups and downs.

  • Donald Trump May 3, 2019

    Here’s Where the Jobs Are — in One Chart

    Job gains in the services sectors continued to rocket higher in April as hiring remained hot for computer system designers, social workers and health-care professionals. Manufacturing, on the other hand, posted a third straight month of lackluster employment figures. CNBC studied the net changes by industry for April jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the...

  • Department of Labor May 1, 2019

    Survey: US Businesses Are Hiring; 275K Jobs in April

    U.S. companies in April added the most jobs in 9 months, a sign that hiring remains strong amid solid economic growth. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses hired 275,000 people last month, up from just 151,000 in March. That’s a much higher number than economists forecast for Friday’s government jobs report. Current projections call for the Labor Department to...

  • Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2019

    Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate, Payrolls Set New Records

    Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest rate on record, as payrolls hit a new record high and unemployment shrank to its lowest level since 2000, the state Department of Labor and Industry said.

  • Pennsylvania Apr 21, 2019

    Pennsylvania Trying to Stave Off Looming Retirement Crisis

    An estimated 2.1 million people in Pennsylvania do not get retirement savings accounts or pensions from their employers. State Treasurer Joe Torsella says lawmakers are now working to pass legislation that would stave off a potential crisis as those workers enter retirement.

  • United States Apr 18, 2019

    US Claims for Unemployment Aid Hit Lowest Level Since ’69

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250, lowest since November 1969. Weekly claims have been at historically low...

  • United States Mar 8, 2019

    US Wages Rise by Most in Decade Even as Hiring Tumbles

    The pace of hiring in the United States fell last month to its lowest point in nearly a year and a half, a surprise drop likely reflecting harsh weather and other temporary factors that led most economists to see the slowdown as a temporary blip. Employers added just 20,000 jobs, down from a blockbuster 311,000 in January. Even with February’s...

  • United States Feb 26, 2019

    It Pays to Stay at Home, Dads: Dove Offers $5,000 to Help With Paternity Care

    Dove is offering $5,000 for new dads who pledge to take their full time paternity leave in an effort to help new fathers who don’t have access to paid leave.

  • United States Feb 12, 2019

    US Job Openings Jump to Record High of 7.3 Million

    U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing the economy. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings jumped 2.4 percent in December to 7.3 million. That is the most since records began in December 2000. It is...

  • PRESIDENT Feb 11, 2019

    Denver Teachers Go on Strike in Latest US Educator Walkout

    Striking teachers picketed outside of schools and marched through Denver’s streets Monday as car horns blared in support of the latest U.S. walkout amid a swell of educator activism in at least a half-dozen states over the last year. Just over half of the 4,725 teachers called in absent for Denver’s first strike in 25 years. Some students crossed picket...

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