Labor economy

In this March 28, 2018, photo, Roxy Creed, left, speaks to Mandara Spa Operations Manager Lena Andrade about employment opportunities at a job fair in Honolulu. Recently released numbers show Hawaii boasts the United States' lowest jobless rate, at 2.1 percent. But experts say the figure is masking underlying problems. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
April 04, 2018 - 3:13 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States' lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 percent, the answer is yes. Employers are frustrated by their inability to find workers. And unfilled jobs may be slowing the state's economic growth. A low...
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In this March 28, 2018, photo, Roxy Creed, left, speaks to Mandara Spa Operations Manager Lena Andrade about employment opportunities at a job fair in Honolulu. Recently released numbers show Hawaii boasts the United States' lowest jobless rate, at 2.1 percent. But experts say the figure is masking underlying problems. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
April 04, 2018 - 3:12 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Recently released numbers show Hawaii boasts the United States' lowest jobless rate, at 2.1 percent. But experts say the figure is masking underlying problems. Employers in Hawaii are frustrated by their inability to find workers. And economists say the state's ongoing economic...
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A french rail worker demonstrates in Paris, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. French unions plan strikes two days every week through June to protest government plans to eliminate some rail worker benefits — part of broader European plans to open national railways to competition. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 03, 2018 - 2:49 pm
PARIS (AP) — A major French railway strike brought the country's famed high-speed trains to a halt Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded or scrambling for other options — and posing the biggest test so far of President Emmanuel Macron's economic strategy. The SNCF national rail authority said only...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A push to save and expand a controversial visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting the skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud. Murkowski and the Northern Mariana Islands' representative in the U.S. House, Gregorio Sablan, jointly introduced a bill to extend the program, but Congress failed to pass the legislation last week before it went into a two-week recess. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 03, 2018 - 1:12 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A push to save and expand a visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud, delivering a major blow to the U.S. commonwealth's economy, which relies heavily on foreign workers. The visa classification, known as...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A push to save and expand a controversial visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting the skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud. Murkowski and the Northern Mariana Islands' representative in the U.S. House, Gregorio Sablan, jointly introduced a bill to extend the program, but Congress failed to pass the legislation last week before it went into a two-week recess. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 03, 2018 - 2:51 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A push to save and expand a visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud, delivering a major blow to the U.S. commonwealth's economy, which relies heavily on foreign workers. The visa classification, known as...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A push to save and expand a controversial visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting the skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud. Murkowski and the Northern Mariana Islands' representative in the U.S. House, Gregorio Sablan, jointly introduced a bill to extend the program, but Congress failed to pass the legislation last week before it went into a two-week recess. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 03, 2018 - 2:46 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A push to save and expand a visa program unique to the Northern Mariana Islands is hitting skids after recent cases of labor abuse and visa fraud, delivering a major blow to the U.S. commonwealth's economy, which relies heavily on foreign workers. The visa classification, known as...
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In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018, photo, construction cranes in Southwest Washington are silhouetted against the morning sky as redevelopment continues in the waterfront area of the District of Columbia. On Monday, April 2, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in February. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
April 02, 2018 - 10:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up a mere 0.1 percent in February from the prior month, a sign that a growing economy is doing little to spur a more rapid pace for building homes, hospitals and highways. The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a man pushes a cart while shopping at a Walmart store in North Bergen, N.J. On Thursday, March 29, 2018, the Commerce Department issues its February report on consumer spending. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
March 29, 2018 - 8:42 am
Americans increased their spending just 0.2 percent in February, while their incomes were boosted by increased wages and business owners' income. The Commerce Department says the modest spending increase followed an equal gain in January and a rise of 0.4 percent in December. Incomes increased a...
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Rain drops sit on security glass on top of a shopping mall in Frankfurt, Germany, on a rainy Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 29, 2018 - 5:38 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany has cut its debt load thanks to a strong economy and the diminishing burden of bailing out banks during the financial crisis. The Bundesbank national central bank said Thursday that debt fell to 64 percent of annual economic output by the end of 2017, from 68...
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In this March 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows. That’s according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump still remains unpopular with the majority of Americans, 58 percent. But the 42 percent who say they now approve of the job he’s doing as president is up seven points from a month ago. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 27, 2018 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping President Donald Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump remains unpopular with the...
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