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U.S. workers were less productive in the spring

WASHINGTON — U.S. workers were less productive in the spring for the second quarter in a row, a trend that may not bode well for future hiring. Productivity dropped 0.3 percent in the April-June quarter, following a decline of 0.6 ...

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Unemployment aid applications tick down to 400K

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly. The Labor Department says that applications for unemployment benefits edged down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000. That’s the ...

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Opinions – 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: 7/25/11

Labor & Employment ERISA benefits BOTTOM LINE: Employer’s obligation to provide health benefits to retirees did not end at expiration of collective bargaining agreement. CASE: Quesenberry v. Volvo Trucks North America Retiree Healthcare Benefit Plan, No. 10-1491 (decided July 11, ...

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Job openings flat in May, a sign of slow hiring

WASHINGTON — The number of job postings didn’t increase in May, a sign that hiring is unlikely to pick up this summer. Employers advertised 3 million job openings, the Labor Department said. That was the same amount as in April ...

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U.S. stocks dive after dismal June jobs report

Stocks are opening sharply lower after the government said businesses added the fewest jobs in June in more than a year. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. Employers created only 18,000 jobs last month, a fraction of what economists ...

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Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks, although applications remain elevated. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for benefits dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...

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Unemployment rises in more than half of U.S. metros

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose last month in more than half of the nation’s largest metro areas, driven higher by weak private-sector hiring and natural disasters. The unemployment rate increased in 210 metro areas in May, the Labor Department said ...

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