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Jobs barely rise, dashing hopes of economic revival

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dampening hopes the economy was on the cusp of regaining momentum after stumbling in recent months. Nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the…

Government layoffs slow U.S. cities’ recoveries: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The layoffs of thousands of government workers may threaten the already slow-motion economic recovery in many U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. “Job growth, though occurring in more metropolitan areas than in the past, was sluggish,” the think tank…

Bernanke sees ‘loss of momentum’ in jobs market

WASHINGTON (AFP) – After a slew of wretched economic news, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned there had been a “loss of momentum” in the already tepid US jobs market. Two years into a slow and largely jobless recovery, Bernanke predicted employment and growth would eventually pick up, but…

244,000 jobs added in April, but unemployment rises to 9%

(Reuters) – U.S. employment increased more than expected in April as private companies created jobs at the fast pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy, even though the jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent. Nonfarm payrolls rose 244,000 last month, the most in 11 months, the…

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie signs gender identity discrimination bill

Hawaii became the 13th U.S. state to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity after Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a new employment discrimination bill into law on Tuesday. House Bill 546 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment and as a matter of…

Oklahoma professor allegedly terminated for being transgender

An Assistant Professor of English, Humanities and Literature at Southeastern Oklahoma State University was allegedly denied tenure and terminated because of her gender identity. Despite being a highly accomplished scholar who was recommended for tenure and a promotion by her colleagues last year, Dr. Rachel Tudor will be terminated from…

Jobs numbers up in march, unemployment down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment recorded a second straight month of solid gains in March and the jobless rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent, marking a decisive shift in the labor market that should help to underpin the economic recovery. Nonfarm payrolls rose 216,000 last month, the…

GOP candidate: Use prisons as ‘welfare dorms’

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in “personal hygiene.” Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer popular with many tea party activists, isn’t saying…

Private sector unexpectedly sheds 23,000 more jobs

U.S. private employers shed 23,000 jobs in March, missing expectations for an increase in jobs although fewer than the adjusted 24,000 jobs lost in February, a report by a private employment service said on Wednesday. The February fall was originally reported at 20,000. The median of estimates from 35 economists…

McConnell: Tiger Woods had better year than stimulus

Economists say the Democrats’ stimulus package saved or created one to two million jobs, but the Senate Minority Leader isn’t about to admit it. “I think the evidence is pretty clear, you know Tiger Woods and John Edwards had a better year than the stimulus did,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)…

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