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Snowstorms Take Big Toll On Unemployment Claims

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits surged last week as snowstorms in some parts of the country kept workers at home, but the...

Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

Brent Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brent Green

Let's pretend you're 55 with a pedigree resume -- in financial services, marketing, management, information technology -- whatever. You're laid off fr...

Gov't Report Slams Labor Dept's Whistleblower Program

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal agency responsible for worker safety isn't adequately protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

Why Unemployment Aid Won't Be Enough To Turn Around The Economy

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — For jobless Americans struggling to pay their bills and keep their homes, the restoration of unemployment benefits could keep their...

Jobless Rate Falls In 39 States In June As Workers Give Up Searching

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell in most states in June, mainly because more people gave up searching for work and were no longer counted...

New Jobless Claims Jump To Highest Level Since March

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The economic rebound is stalling. A raft of weak new reports Thursday provided the strongest evidence yet that the recovery is slo...

Tempel Grain Charged $1.6 Million For Youth's Death

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division has fined Tempel Grain Elevators more than $1.6 m...

Former Voice Of America Official Tied To Abramoff Indicted On Corruption Charges

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former top official for Voice of America was indicted Friday on corruption charges, accused of taking thousands of dollars in con...

July Job Losses Down Significantly. Republicans Accuse Nation's Employers of Conspiring to Make Obama Look Good

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andy Ostroy

Like other leading economic indicators that have shown consistent improvement this year, the jobs market is nearing a bottom. Do you think Republicans are giving the president any credit for this marked improvement?

$500M In Grants Available For Green Job Training | Leslie Guevarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Grant competitions opened today for $500 million in Recovery Act funds for training programs that will help retool the U.S. workfor...

A Mindless Meld of "Star Trek" and the New Unemployment Rate

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

The U.S. Labor Department announced Friday that 539,000 people lost their jobs last month -- a dreadful total, but not as high as the 600,000-plus axed in March. Here are three reasons why the unemployment increase got slightly less awful...

Tribune Co. Discloses Government Probe Into Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Los Angeles Times | Ameet Sachdev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tribune Co. has disclosed that the U.S. Department of Labor has opened an investigation into the company's employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. Th...

Unemployment soars to 8.5 pct.; 13 million jobless

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Unemployment zoomed to 8.5 percent last month, the highest in a quarter-century, as employers axed 663,000 more workers and pushed ...

Bush's Midnight Regulations Value Profits More Than People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The legacy of George W. Bush's final days in office will be degradation of the environment, endangered species and the safety of working people.

Deregulation Defrauds Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, conservatives have vilified the word regulation. This has brought us corporate slavery approved by the U.S. government and panic lines of depositors outside banks.