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  • The truth behind Illinois' jobless rate

    The truth behind Illinois' jobless rate
    The unemployment rate in Illinois has dropped, and Gov. Pat Quinn is buoyant. "Our unemployment rate is as low as it's been in the last six years," he said after the latest numbers came out last week. "We're on the right track." Not so fast, countered...
  • Hogan has tough odds to beat

    Last week Michael Dresser writing for the Baltimore Sun had a story on advice to Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan in their respective quests to become the next governor of Maryland. The content was pretty much what one might...
  • Labor Secretary Perez on how to produce better-paying jobs

    At the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this week, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez kicked off a cross-country, pre-Labor Day tour to champion higher minimum wages, higher-wage jobs and other causes in talks with employers, workers and local leaders....
  • Fed chief concerned about the number of Americans working part-time

    Fed chief concerned about the number of Americans working part-time
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has a stubborn warning light blinking on her labor market dashboard: A group of Americans larger than Washington state's population can find only part-time work. As Yellen heads to this week's Fed symposium in...
  • Cynthia M. Allen: Did expiring benefits drive down the jobless rate?

    In January I wrote a column questioning the morality of continuing to extend jobless payments to Americans looking for work. It didn't come from a coldhearted supposition that unemployed people don't deserve benefits. I was contemplating the results of...
  • Weekly jobless claims fall as economy strengthens

    Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, indicating the labor market is strengthening. Applications for jobless benefits fell 14,000 from to the prior week to 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.  Economists had expected new...
  • Can you blame baby boomers for refusing to retire?

    Can you blame baby boomers for refusing to retire?
    The American workforce is gray and getting grayer. According to a report released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.2% of American workers are over the age of 55, making our workforce the oldest it has ever been. Baby boomers, it seems,...
  • In Illinois, 'F' isn't for 'friendly'

     In Illinois, 'F' isn't for 'friendly'
    You may have heard about the Gallup poll that makes Illinois sound like a horror movie scene in which panicked townspeople flee. Half our state's residents would move elsewhere if they could. The top reason cited: "work/business-related." Polls and...
  • Illinois unemployment rate drops to 6.8%

    Illinois unemployment rate drops to 6.8%
    Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, the lowest rate since late 2008, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. July's unemployment rate was a significant drop from June, when Illinois' unemployment rate...
  • Jobless claims jump to 6-week high, but remain relatively low

    Jobless claims jump to 6-week high, but remain relatively low
    Initial applications for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but still hovered at pre-recession levels. Claims for jobless benefits increased 21,000 from the prior week to 311,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists had...
  • Table: U.S. jobless claims rose in latest week

    (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Insured Unemployment Week Ended Initial Claims 4-Week Avg. Continued Claims rate (pct) 08/09/14 311,000 295,750 N/A N/A 08/02/14 290,000-R 293,...
  • U.S. jobless claims up, but trend still points to firming jobs market

    U.S. jobless claims up, but trend still points to firming jobs market
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but will probably do little to change views that the labor market was strengthening. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 21,000 to...