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Department of Labor Releases 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report American Staffing Association (02/26/16)  Toby Malara The 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance. As of the end of 2015, four states and jurisdictions (California, Connecticut, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) still had outstanding loans… Read more »

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10:16 am ET   Jan 13, 2015 Job Openings Rise Near 14-Year High In November  By Nick Timiraos @NickTimiraos Nick.Timiraos@wsj.com   Job openings rose to their highest level in nearly 14 years at the end of November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Openings rose to a seasonally adjusted level of 4.97 million in November, their highest… Read more »

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Many Americans still exhaust jobless benefits By Jeffry Bartash Published: Nov 13, 2014 1:37 p.m. ET By Jeffry Bartash Reporter WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—The number of Americans applying for unemployment compensation is near a 15-year low, but a higher percentage than usual still don’t find jobs before their benefits run out. The percentage of people who received… Read more »

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Midyear economic forecast: Job growth exceeds expectations By Scott Miller smiller@scbiznews.com Published July 17, 2014 The S.C. economy is outpacing the prediction University of South Carolina economists made at the beginning of the year. In the USC Moore School of Business’ annual economic forecast released at the end of 2013, economists predicted job growth of… Read more »

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S.C. jobless rate steady at 5.3% in June Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published July 18, 2014 South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained flat at 5.3% in June, a level unchanged since April, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reported today. An estimated 115,583 people were unemployed, an increase of 630 people over the month, while the… Read more »

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http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2014/04/07/how-skills-gap-keeps-u-s-unemployment-elevated/ “How ‘skills gap’ keeps U.S. unemployment elevated” from Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal April 7, 2014, 12:58 PM ET One of the unexplained puzzles since the end of the Great Recession is the persistence of high unemployment despite frequent complaints by businesses that they cannot find enough qualified workers. Does a so-called skills… Read more »