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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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Coal terminal plan pits jobs against environmental concerns

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The promise of good, blue-collar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah-mined coal heading to Asia. The terminal is in West Oakland, a historically black neighborhood that’s among the poorest and ...

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US gains just 38K jobs, fewest in 5 years; rate at 4.7 pct.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, a woman passes a "We're Hiring!" sign while entering a clothing store in the Downtown Crossing of Boston. On Friday, June 3, 2016, the U.S. government issues the May jobs report. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than 5 years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year. At the same time, the unemployment rate tumbled to 4.7 percent from 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, its ...

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Website, job fair set up to help laid-off oil, gas workers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An effort is underway in the Bayou Region ofLouisiana to help workers affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find training options and new jobs in south Louisiana. BayouOpportunity.com, a new website, will serve as a gateway to employment opportunities. A news release says job seekers can register there for an Industrial Trades Job ...

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SLCC to offer new diploma program in oil, gas field

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NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College will offer a new technical diploma program in oil and gas production technology, which is set to begin during the fall semester at the college’s New Iberia campus. The new program was announced Tuesday in a news release. The 45-credit-hour program includes core instruction in oil and gas regulations; safety; pneumatic ...

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Shell to cut at least another 2,200 jobs globally

Shell shareholders approve deal to buy UK rival BG

LONDON (AP) — Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell says it will trim at least 2,200 jobs globally amid challenging times in the oil industry. The losses are in addition to cuts already being implemented because of the energy company’s merger with BG. The losses will include some 475 positions in the North Sea. Oil companies around the world are ...

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US employers added 160K jobs in April; jobless rate 5 pct.

In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, photo, recruiters speak to attendees at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Friday, May 6, 2016, the U.S. government issues the April jobs report. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 percent, roughly where it has been since fall. Last month’s hiring gain marked a drop from the average increase of 200,000 over the past three months. ...

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Applications for US jobless aid rise from 4-decade low

In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits climbed last week, but remained near the lowest level in four decades, a sign that the slumping economy isn’t boosting layoffs. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 257,000. Applications fell in the previous week to the lowest since ...

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Layoffs: Are they really the answer to your financial woes?

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The energy industry has found itself in a time of financial hardship as oil prices have drastically dropped since the end of 2014. In order to avoid filing bankruptcy, leadership has taken a reactive step to the situation. This style of management speaks to leadership’s strategy, or lack thereof. The oil and gas industry is an industry with a cyclical ...

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Wyoming recruits unemployed energy workers for prison jobs

Prison walls, barbed wire and guard tower. (Image: Matthias Muller via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is encouraging workers who recently have lost their jobs in the state’s energy industry to consider applying for vacant state positions including prison jobs with the state Department of Corrections. Gov. Matt Mead says more than 2,400 state residents have lost jobs in the state’s energy industries since January. The state has ...

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