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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent in January.The state labor department says that preliminary figure compares to the seasonally adjusted revised rate of 6.4 percent in December. The comparable national...
Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices fall

...mid-1986 and mid-1988. The trans-Alaska pipeline system was just 10 years old in 1987.Caroline Schultz, a state labor department economist, doesn't expect a repeat with the current price drop. The economy is more mature today and diversified...

...judge on Wednesday overturned Labor Department regulations requiring overtime...decision, Leon said that the Labor Department's concerns about wages for...scrapped a provision in the Labor Department's rules that had broadened...
Thomas, Cashen named deputy state labor commissioners

...has been named a deputy commissioner of the state labor department. Thomas' appointment was announced by the department...Corp. He is a former assistant commissioner in the labor department and former executive director of the Alaska Workforce...
Alaska minimum wage rises to $8.75 an hour Tuesday

...000 positions, paid $8.75 or less, said Dan Robinson, chief of the Research and Analysis Section of the state labor department. About 9 percent of jobs - or 28,000 - paid $9.75 or less, he said by email.Affected industries include...
What others say: More jobs available, but paying less

...reached in the first quarter of 2008.Then, the Labor Department reported Tuesday that there were 4.7 million job...represents $93 billion in lost wages."As to the Labor Department's monthly report on Job Openings and Labor Turnover...
Cal Thomas: Americans can handle the truth

...7 percent, the lowest it has been since the 1970s and down from 66.1 percent in January 2004, according to Labor Department figures.Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel once said: "Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest...
Small businesses scramble to keep top staffers

...a recent survey by Principal Financial Group. The reason: A growing number of employees are giving notice. The Labor Department reported more than 2.5 million people quit their jobs in July, up from 2.3 million a year earlier.The trend...
Scamming overtime

...time-and-a-half compensation. Right now, the Bush-era pay dividing line is $455 per week. This president has directed his Labor Department to increase that to an as-yet-undetermined amount, saying "We're going to update those overtime rules to...
Low-wage jobs unexpectedly a way of life for many

...average wages of $16.54 an hour, according to the Labor Department. Since the mid-1980s, the economy has shed these...the number of lower-wage jobs increased: The Labor Department says restaurants added 777,800 jobs since the recession...


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