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    Public Sector to Add 55,000 Jobs

    Multiple indicators pointed to improvement in the job market, but recovery continues to come at a slow pace. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 55,000 last month, according to a national employment report published by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers. Separately, the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week ...
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    Furloughed Transportation Workers Receive Back Pay

    Nearly two months after they were furloughed because of a temporary expiration of the Highway Trust Fund, 2,000 Transportation Department workers will receive back pay for the two days of missed. "I have seen nothing but dedicated, hardworking folks doing the work of the American people," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote on his blog. "It was unfortunate that they had to ...
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    Libraries on Frontline of Connecting Americans With Online Government, Job Resources

    CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With national unemployment topping 9 percent and many Americans seeking online information and new technology skills that can help keep them and their families afloat in hard times, U.S. public libraries are first responders in a time of economic uncertainty. "Libraries Connect Communities 3: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008-2009," a new report released ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    More Pa. State Government Layoffs Expected Soon

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― It appears likely that state government will announce another round of layoffs soon. Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he might make an announcement on layoffs by the end of the week. The state has laid off more than 300 employees since July because of spending cuts. Rendell signed a state budget on Oct. 9 that cuts ...
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    Mass. Gov. Credits Stimulus With 23,000 jobs

    BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that the federal stimulus program has created or saved more than 23,000 jobs in Massachusetts since February. State agencies have received $4 billion from the national $787 billion package, and have spent $1.9 billion. The expenses include $1.3 billion for such benefits as unemployment insurance and $500 million on programs and infrastructure. The 23,533 ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    States Look to Cheap Credit to Avoid Spending Cuts

    States Look to Cheap Credit to Avoid Spending Cuts
    State governments are rushing to borrow money to take advantage of cheap and plentiful credit at a time when tax collections are tumbling. Investors, lured by the safety of taxpayer-guaranteed debt, are lending states money at the lowest interest rates in decades. The borrowing has helped governments increase spending during the recession and avoid some painful spending cuts. Lower interest rates ...
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    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs

    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs
    A video game company is donating $1 million on Tuesday to set up a foundation to help veterans find employment, organizers announced. Activision Blizzard, which produces the popular Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises, said its Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) will support other groups that assist veterans with their careers. Unemployment may have hit double digits in the nation last ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Economy grows at 5.7 pct pace, fastest since 2003

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The Commerce Department report is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year, though an academic panel that dates recessions has yet to officially ...
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    Virginia Gov.-elect Names 3 To Cabinet-Level Posts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has appointed lieutenant governor Bill Bolling his administration's new jobs czar and made it a position in his cabinet. McDonnell also appointed retired Fortune 500 CEO Bob Sledd to be his commerce secretary and named longtime aide and adviser Janet Polarek Secretary of the Commonwealth. Bolling's new title won't mean a raise in his ...
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    Over 300 New Jobs Announced At DOD Contractor ManTech

    BELCAMP, Md. - Defense contractor ManTech International Corp. says it expects to create 300 to 500 technology jobs near Aberdeen Proving Ground within three years. The Fairfax, Va.-based company celebrated the groundbreaking Monday for a building in Belcamp that will house the workers. It is scheduled for completion in March. ManTech Chairman George Pederson says the company has about 700 Maryland ...
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    Proposal To End Federal Health Plan Is Off The Table

    Proposal To End Federal Health Plan Is Off The Table
    Civil servants are no longer in danger of being forced off the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program under the Senate Finance Committee's version of health care reform legislation. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, agreed to scale back a proposal that would have required all federal employees to move from FEHBP to state-based health exchanges so it applied only to members of Congress ...
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    Getting Back to Job Creation Basics

    Getting Back to Job Creation Basics
    President Obama recently noted that, by itself, government cannot replace the 8.2 million jobs lost over the past two years. What government can do, he said, is “help to create the conditions” for renewed hiring. We couldn’t agree more. The question is whether Congress will do what is needed. The job situation is dire. But Republicans have apparently decided that grandstanding ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Philadelphia Bracing For Thousands Of Possible Layoffs

    Philadelphia Bracing For Thousands Of Possible Layoffs
    Layoff notices were set to go out Friday to nearly 3,000 city workers, including hundreds of police officers and firefighters, as the cash-strapped city struggles to close a massive budget gap. Mayor Michael Nutter said the layoffs, which are effective Oct. 2, would mark the largest ever reduction in the city's work force. The cuts would include 739 police officers and ...
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    Jobless Claims Drop for Third Straight Week

    Jobless Claims Drop for Third Straight Week
    WASHINGTON — First-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped for the third consecutive week, a sign the job market is slowly recovering. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. That's above economists' forecasts of 440,000, according to Thomson Reuters. Layoffs have dropped back to pre-recession levels and employers have slowly ...
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    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe

    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe
    HARTFORD - Surrounded by cheering supporters in city hall this afternoon, Mayor Eddie A. Perez said "Truth is on my side. I committed no crime. I will be vindicated of all the charges that have been levied against me. "I want my day in court." Perez earlier had turned himself in at the Troop H state police barracks in Hartford. According ...
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    Women's Group Pushes Overhaul Of Pay-For-Performance Programs

    Federally Employed Women plans to lobby Congress and the Obama administration to make changes in pay-for-performance programs after a majority of FEW members said in a survey they did not support their agencies' alternative pay systems. "We firmly believe that just pointing out problems does not help," said Sue Webster, national president of the employee affinity group. "We are also offering ...
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    Sen. Byrd Becomes Longest-serving Congress Member

    Sen. Byrd Becomes Longest-serving Congress Member
    WASHINGTON – West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd has become the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, a milestone to be marked Wednesday with a Senate resolution. "I look forward to serving you for the next 56 years and 320 days," Byrd said in a statement marking the occasion. His only regret, Byrd said, was that his late wife, Erma, was not ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Democrats Vow to Close Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

    Democrats Vow to Close Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's an annual ordeal for many seniors living on a budget. Medicare's coverage gap for prescription drugs - $3,610 next year - has steadily gotten bigger since the benefit's inception. But if Democrats have their way on health care overhaul, the dreaded "doughnut hole" will shrink by $500 right away and go away altogether by 2019. With ...
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    Deputy Director Begins Work at OPM

    Deputy Director Begins Work at OPM
    More than five months after she was confirmed by the Senate as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, Christine Griffin this week begins her new post overseeing federal personnel issues. "I am very pleased to be able to work with Christine on important issues that directly affect the federal government and its workforce," OPM Director John Berry said in ...
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    Miami Commissioners Finally Solve Budget Crisis

    Miami commissioners finally balanced the city's 2010 budget shortly before midnight Tuesday, after unanimously accepting hard-fought agreements with the city's police, fire and general service unions. All told, the agreements -- two of which were voted on by union members Monday, the other only a few hours before the city's third budget hearing got under way Tuesday -- will save Miami ...
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