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There is no evidence that federal pandemic unemployment benefits had a substantial effect on employment after the $600 benefits expired in July 2020, according to a February 2021 study by a researcher with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In at least 22 states, federal unemployment assistance is being retracted by Republican governors who plan to end the pandemic-related benefits as early as June, yet economists say cutting off federal aid affects people’s livelihoods—especially for people of color and residents of rural areas saddled with slow job growth, lackluster transportation options and limited opportunities. Read more»

A photo taken by OSHA during an inspection of the Tyson Foods pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, at the height of a COVID-19 outbreak shows workers standing close together, separated by recently installed plastic curtains.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis launched an investigation into the wave of COVID-19 infections that killed hundreds of workers at meatpacking plants nationwide last year and highlighted longstanding hazards in the industry. Read more»

The number of jobs available in the United States slid to a five-month low in April, according to the latest data from the U.S. Labor Department. Read more»

Health clinics that are part of a 50-year-old federally funded program to treat migrant and seasonal farmworkers have become the latest flash points in the national immigration debate. Read more»

The unemployment rate rose in May to 8.2 percent, with employers only creating 69,000 jobs, the fewest in a year. Read more»

A man fills out a job application. Analysts expected greater job growth for April.

The U.S. economy created 115,000 jobs in April, fewer than analysts had expected, according to the Labor Department's report on Friday. However, the unemployment rate dipped slightly, from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent. Read more»

Tugboats battle the blaze following the explosion at the Deeepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010. Eleven workers died in the accident.

The Department of Labor reported Wednesday that 4,690 U.S. workers suffered fatal injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from 2009. Read more»

The lumberjack statue at Glenn Street and Stone Avenue.

CareerCast.com suggests lumberjack is the worst job you could have in 2012, while computer programmer ranks at the top. Read more» 3

Emotion over illegal immigration and a lack of understanding between politicians and farmers is hampering efforts to bring migrant labor into the United States, a noted farmer said. Read more»

New applications for weekly unemployment benefits jumped last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday, rising to a six-week high of 399,000 in the week ending Jan. 7, a 24,000 increase on the previous week’s total of 375,000. Read more» 2

A Wells Fargo branch in Richmond, Va. A former Wells Fargo fraud analyst said she was forced out of her job by bosses she said were upset because she found fraud in their lending.

Sixty-three former employees at 20 financial institutions say they were fired or demoted for reporting fraud or refusing to commit fraud. Their stories were disclosed in whistleblower claims with the U.S. Department of Labor, court documents or interviews with iWatch News. Read more»

With so many people being out of work for so long, most unemployed Americans are no longer receiving unemployment benefits, Read more»

Unemployment in the United States is still stuck at 9.1 percent, though a report from the Labor Department showed that 103,000 new jobs were added in September. Read more»

A civilian contractor's vehicle was struck by a bomb in December 2007.

Private contractors injured while working for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Monday, claiming that corporations and insurance companies had unfairly denied them medical treatment and disability payments. Read more»