Selling Manufacturing to a New Generation

BY: - May 16, 2014

Chris Ronsman, a junior at Green Bay West High School in Wisconsin, works at a manual lathe turning down a piece of aluminum round stock. Employers in many states are trying to encourage students to consider careers in manufacturing. (Green Bay West High School)   Follow on Twitter Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools […]

Out of Work? States Offer Help in Your Job Search

BY: - April 23, 2014

Tanya Scott uses a desktop computer at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security WIN Job Center in Jackson, Miss. States are helping unemployed workers update their job-seeking skills. (AP) Caroline Reardon hadn’t looked for a job in more than a dozen years when she got laid off last year as an administrative assistant with the […]

Getting Workers Back Into the Workforce

BY: - April 7, 2014

Unemployed electrician Stan Osnowitz, 67, sits in his Baltimore living room. Faced with shrinking labor force participation rates, Maryland and at least 16 other states are implementing new job training measures this year. (AP) (UPDATED 4/8/2014 with Maryland legislature vote to fund EARN) When manufacturers of cardboard boxes, wire bagel baskets and other products said they […]

States Risk Losing Millions of Federal Work-Share Dollars

BY: - January 29, 2014

Workers like these at ESCO Corp. last year participated in a work-share program that prevented layoffs at the Portland-based company, which makes parts for oil and gas industries. The U.S. government is giving states $100 million for work-share. (Credit: ESCO Corp.) State legislatures must act this year or possibly lose their share of $100 million […]

States Take the Lead on Issues Laid Out in President’s Speech

BY: - January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama presented his wish list for 2014 to Congress Tuesday night and asked Washington to work together with the states on issues that Americans care deeply about. “Across the country, we’re partnering with mayors, governors, and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality,” Obama said. “The point is, there are millions […]

Nine States Still Have High Unemployment

BY: - January 28, 2014

Nine states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates measurably higher than the national 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December. Rhode Island leads the country with the highest unemployment rate, at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. Following Rhode Island are: Nevada at 8.8 percent, Illinois 8.6 percent, Michigan 8.4 […]

Which States Will Generate Jobs in 2014?

BY: - January 7, 2014

After four years of a fragile and uneven recovery, the U.S. job machine is likely to kick into high gear in 2014. Even recession-battered states such as Arizona and Florida are expected to generate jobs at a healthier clip. Overall, the U.S. economy is projected to generate 2.6 million jobs in 2014 year, up from […]

Nine States Have Jobless Rates Higher Than U.S. Average

BY: - November 22, 2013

Caption Job seekers at this Florida job fair in Miami Lakes check out companies offering more than 2,000 employment opportunities. Florida added the most jobs in the last month. (AP) Nevada once again leads the nation with the highest unemployment rate, but its 9.3 percent rate in October is the lowest in five years. Nationwide, […]

Veterans Day 2013

BY: - November 11, 2013

Origins in Armistice Day “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given […]

States Launch Programs to Help Veterans Find Jobs

BY: - November 7, 2013

Air Force veteran Brett Culver, left, talks with Texas state trooper Deon Cockrell at a Recruit Military job fair in Oklahoma City. Young veterans have a harder time finding work. (AP) The overall unemployment rate for veterans is steadily declining, but veterans are having better luck landing work in Virginia and Texas than they are […]

Five Years After Crash, States Still Picking Up Pieces

BY: - September 4, 2013

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis at the construction site of her new restaurant in Las Vegas. Construction is one of the weak links in the economic recovery five years after the crash. (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas) Five years after the 2008 financial crisis sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, only a handful of states […]

California Gains Jobs, But Sees Jobless Rate Inch Up

BY: - August 19, 2013

A construction worker sweeps up a job site in Sacramento. California’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first uptick in nearly two years. (AP) California once again led the nation in job creation in July, but in a paradox, the state also saw its unemployment rate tick up slightly after nearly […]