Labor economy

FILE - In this Feb.26, 2013 photo, a job seeker enters a job center (Pole Emploi), in Nice, southeastern France. French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled its plan to tighten the country's unemployment benefits. All major workers unions denounce the reform as unfair and damaging to the country's social system. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
June 18, 2019 - 12:11 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that aims to boost the nation's economy. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the changes were "...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Kelsey Rose Juliana, of Eugene, Ore, speaks at a rally for a group of young people who filed an environmental lawsuit against the U.S. government in Portland, Ore. Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola, File)
June 17, 2019 - 11:36 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo a "now hiring" sign hangs in the window of a Chinese restaurant in downtown Fargo, N.D. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first quarter. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 17, 2019 - 1:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners, their eye on the economy, are playing it even safer when it comes to hiring. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. On Wednesday, June 19, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement and updated economic projections. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 17, 2019 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Probably not quite yet, though. When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference...
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Signs for and against unionization are in a roundabout along Volkswagen Drive in front of the Volkswagen plant Friday, June 14, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers voted against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. (Erin O. Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
June 15, 2019 - 12:10 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday...
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In this May 15, 2019, photo, Jonathan and Beth Dow stand in their backyard in Bennington, Vt. The couple recently moved to Vermont from Colorado through a Vermont program to attract new residents. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
June 12, 2019 - 5:09 pm
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there. Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with...
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In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, job applicants line up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood during a job fair in Hollywood, Fla. On Monday, June 10, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for April. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 10, 2019 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers hired the most people on record in April, while the number of open jobs was largely unchanged, evidence that the job market remains solid. The Labor Department says businesses filled 5.9 million jobs in April, 4.2% more than in March and the most since records began...
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In this April 25, 2019 photo, FEMA representative Kristina Pooler, right, talks to Ned Holmes, National Guard Employment Support specialist, about available FEMA jobs, at a job fair in Lincoln, Neb. With federal disaster recovery staffers scrambling to meet needs amid floods, hurricanes and fires, they are now dealing with another issue _ historically low unemployment that's hampering their efforts to hire workers to help with the calamities. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
June 09, 2019 - 10:57 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring's widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy. Tasked with responding to natural disasters that seem ever more frequent and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, workers produce vehicles at Volkswagen's U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if a vote to unionize Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga passes. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)
June 07, 2019 - 3:45 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize, and they are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted 712-...
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In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, job applicants line up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood during a job fair in Hollywood, Fla. On Friday, June 7, the U.S. government issues the May jobs report. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 07, 2019 - 9:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring slowed in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of slowing global growth and widening trade conflicts. The tepid job growth, along with rising pressures on the economy, makes it more likely that the...
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