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With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus on Jan. 28, 2014 in Chicago.

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With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus on Jan. 28, 2014 in Chicago.

Freeze-Dried: Weather and January State Jobs in Maps

States across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South lost jobs in January, Labor Department data show… As many states experienced an unusually cold winter, based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association map…. …and as the Western United States was drought-plagued,...

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The Michigan Summer Beer Festival.

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The Michigan Summer Beer Festival.

More Jobs? More Craft Beer — Michigan Gets Hopping

Lawmakers in Michigan want to create more jobs. They’re hopping to it. The Legislature has passed a bipartisan measure  amending many state liquor laws, which in the process changes the definition of a microbrewery. Emma Fidel, our recently departed colleague, reports...

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President Barack Obama greets store employees while shopping at a Gap store in New York City on March 11, 2014 to highlight his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage.

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President Barack Obama greets store employees while shopping at a Gap store in New York City on March 11, 2014 to highlight his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 69%

Sixty-nine percent of American adults back President Barack Obama’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25 over three years. That’s one of the findings from a Bloomberg National Poll conducted March 7-10. Obama, congressional Democrats and...

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka: Minimum Wage Will Pass — or Republicans Will `Pay a Price’

For all the resistance to raising the federal minimum wage in Washington, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, predicts Congress will pass it. If not, the labor leader said today, Republicans will “pay a price for it at the polls.”...

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Employees assemble components of a Jeep Cherokee at the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

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Employees assemble components of a Jeep Cherokee at the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Job Market Looking Up — After Bottoming Out: Gallup

“I’ve been down so very damn long that it looks like up to me.” – The Doors Considering that, just a few years ago, only eight percent of Americans surveyed said it looked like a good time to find a...

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2,028,000

That’s about how many people were newly unemployed in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The 2,028,000 who lost a job last month after holding one in the previous month rose for the third consecutive month, from 1,910,000 in...

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $9.32

That’s the minimum wage in Washington state, the highest in the nation. Washington’s minimum wage has been adjusted upward for inflation every year since 2001, under the terms of a ballot initiative passed by voters in 1998 that raised the...

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