- World stocks drift as investors avoid risk, await job data Updated: May-05-16 4:55 am
HONG KONG - World stock markets were uneven Thursday as investors hesitated to take risky bets as they awaited a key U.S. jobs report following a batch of mixed economic data.
- Markets Right Now: European markets gets some respite Updated: May-05-16 4:43 am
LONDON - The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: May-04-16 4:38 pm
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
- Survey: US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years Updated: May-04-16 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring.
- US productivity shrinks again in first quarter Updated: May-04-16 9:58 am
WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers fell again in the first three months of the year, while labor costs for employers rose at the fastest pace in more than a year.
- Good news, bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment Updated: May-02-16 5:11 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - There's good news and bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment rate: It's the second-lowest in the country, but it's creating a problem for some companies that want to hire and can't find the skilled workers they need.
- Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what it means for muni bonds Updated: May-02-16 5:11 pm
NEW YORK - Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors.
- Minimum wage increase stalled as negotiations continue Updated: May-02-16 2:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A push by Gov. John Bel Edwards to boost Louisiana's minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues negotiating with lawmakers, trying to win support for the bill.
- Midwest economic survey index figure drops after 3 increases Updated: May-02-16 10:21 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - A survey of supply managers in nine Midwestern and Plains states released Monday reflected a slight dip in business conditions in April after rising in the three previous months, but it still points to modest economic growth.
- Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life Updated: May-02-16 9:49 am
NICKERSON, Nebraska - Half-ton pickup trucks crowd the curb outside the One Horse Saloon, a neon Coors Light sign in the window and rib-eye steaks on the menu, but otherwise Nickerson, Nebraska, is nearly silent on a spring evening, with only rumbling freight trains interrupting bird songs.
- Wisconsin unemployment payments drop by more than half Updated: May-01-16 10:59 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Business-friendly changes to Wisconsin's unemployment pay system have helped erase a $1.3 billion deficit in the state fund that supports it, but critics say they have also wrongfully deprived out-of-work people of money they needed while looking for new jobs.
- Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration Updated: Apr-30-16 7:14 am
BERLIN - Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago, but still feels like a foreigner and speaks in broken German.
- Argentina's big unions join to protest layoffs, inflation Updated: Apr-29-16 10:58 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's strongest unions brought thousands of people into the streets Friday to protest high inflation and job cuts in the biggest demonstrations against President Mauricio Macri since he took office in December.
- FBI data center expanding in Idaho; will bring 300 jobs Updated: Apr-29-16 4:07 pm
POCATELLO, Idaho - The FBI is expanding its data center in eastern Idaho and bringing in 300 new jobs.
- Despite Intel cuts, Portland high-tech is surging Updated: Apr-29-16 3:41 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon tech employment grew at its fastest rate in a decade last year, according to a new state report that finds those jobs pay unusually well and have an outsized impact on the economy.
- US consumer spending inches up in March Updated: Apr-29-16 10:34 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items.
- Spain predicts 2.5 percent annual growth for next 4 years Updated: Apr-29-16 8:20 am
MADRID - The Spanish economy will grow at an average annual rate of 2.5 percent over the next four years- one of the strongest in the European Union - and will create some 2 million jobs, the country's caretaker government predicted Friday.
- LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Senate Updated: Apr-28-16 3:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee.
- US economy struggles at start of election year Updated: Apr-28-16 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON - It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.
- Japan central bank holds fire on fresh monetary stimulus Updated: Apr-28-16 3:59 am
TOKYO - Japan's central bank stunned financial markets Thursday with a decision not to splash out still more monetary stimulus for the ailing economy - apart from zero-interest loans for an earthquake zone.
- Menard Inc. agrees to change policies violating labor laws Updated: Apr-27-16 6:22 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Menard Inc. has agreed to change some practices after the National Labor Relations Board found it was violating federal labor law.
- Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri high court - again Updated: Apr-26-16 2:02 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court is wrestling with whether to invalidate a law cutting jobless benefits because of the way it was enacted.
- South Korea's economy grows 2.7 percent, slowest since July Updated: Apr-25-16 10:32 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's economy expanded at its slowest pace in three quarters during the first three months of this year, as exports and domestic demand sagged due to subdued global demand and heavy household debts.
- Rhode Island congressional delegation to speak at jobs forum Updated: Apr-24-16 9:27 am
WARWICK, Rhode Island - The state's congressional delegation is meeting with business leaders for an annual forum on jobs and the economy.
- Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall Updated: Apr-22-16 11:43 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 16 decreased from the previous week's total.