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Republican lawmakers wade carefully into Labor Day participation

With labor rights a prickly subject, Republican lawmakers in some states face a quandary about participating in Labor Day events. In Wisconsin, legislators who supported Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to curb collective-bargaining rights are treading carefully. State Sen. Pam Galloway says she’s attending a parade even though she knows some people won’t be happy to… Continue Reading Republican lawmakers wade carefully into Labor Day participation

Job openings flat, fewer people quitting

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There were 3.1 million job openings on the last business day of June – essentially unchanged from May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. But for every job opening there are 4.5 unemployed people. The number of job openings has been relatively flat since February 2011 and remains well below the 4.4 million openings… Continue Reading Job openings flat, fewer people quitting

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Hickenlooper faces early test with labor pick

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Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper could be off to a bumpy start with his Cabinet appointments as the Senate takes up one of his most controversial picks first. A Senate committee starts work Monday reviewing Hickenlooper’s choice to lead the Department of Labor and Employment, Ellen Golombeck. She’s a former president of the Colorado AFL-CIO, and… Continue Reading Hickenlooper faces early test with labor pick

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Seasonal hiring to top 600,000

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This year’s seasonal employment is expected to exceed 600,000 for the first time since 2007, according to outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas. The firm notes that many retailers are increasing holiday hiring. Kohl’s Corp., Macy’s Inc., Toys R Us, Pier 1 Imports Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and others plan to hire more temporary… Continue Reading Seasonal hiring to top 600,000

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Despite economy, Americans don’t want farm work

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As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no. Most Americans simply don’t apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people… Continue Reading Despite economy, Americans don’t want farm work

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Colorado’s unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percent to 8.0 percent in April – but was lower than April 2009′s rate of 8.1 percent. “Colorado is now seeing thousands of formerly discouraged job seekers who had abandoned their job search renewing their efforts,” said Donald Mares, executive director of the Colorado department of Labor and… Continue Reading State unemployment rate rises slightly, lower than last April

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Labor board picks don’t bode well

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On March 27, President Obama made good on his promise to make recess appointments to vacant positions. Among the 15 appointments that were announced, two are of particular interest to the business community. Craig Becker and Mark Pearce were appointed to vacant slots on the National Labor Relations Board, swinging the makeup of the Board… Continue Reading Labor board picks don’t bode well

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The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed law that would let workers who are “locked out” during labor disputes collect unemployment benefits. House Bill 1170, sponsored by Rep. Edward Casso, D-Commerce City, has drawn opposition from business leaders who said the legislation gives unions the upper hand in… Continue Reading Committee delays vote on ‘locked out’ labor pay

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If your plans for a big-screen, high definition television set are based on getting that big raise, you may want to delay the purchase until you find out how much extra money shows up on your paycheck. A study by the Mountain States Employment Council, based on surveys and interviews with employers in greater metro… Continue Reading Raises could be less than expected, employment council reports

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Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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The national economy may be slowly emerging from recession, but Colorado and its neighboring states continue to lose jobs, said Vectra Bank economist Jeff Thredgold. “It’s no secret that Colorado has been hit hard in the past 18 months, with an especially sharp increase in unemployment,” Thredgold said. “Six Rocky Mountain states – Colorado, Arizona,… Continue Reading Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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