WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31.
With two young daughters, a mortgage, no savings and no obvious plan B, the couple is afraid of what the future holds.
DETROIT (AP) — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.
CHAMPAIGN — The new executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. said he is determined that the group has a break-even budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
On Wednesday, the group's board of directors approved a core budget of $468,000 that calls for a steep increase in private-sector giving and a leaner staff.
URBANA — Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor traffic violation?
For former offenders, that question, routinely included in most job applications, can be the source of much anxiety as they reintegrate into society and start looking for a job, a key step in keeping them from sliding back into a criminal lifestyle.
Expert: Justices' decision good for UI employees, bad for school's financial future
An Illinois Supreme Court ruling on state health insurance premiums could spell doom for the state's recent pension reform law, many court watchers agree.
CHAMPAIGN — Six Champaign County employers have been named winners of Illinois Healthy Worksite designations.
The winners, announced by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, include Carle, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the City of Urbana, Human Kinetics and Parkland College.
As Illinois ponders an increase in its minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour, here are some facts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and who gets it:
CHAMPAIGN — With one exception, unemployment rates for most counties in East Central Illinois have fallen below 7 percent.
The lone holdout is Vermilion County, where the unemployment rate fell in May, but only to 9.4 percent.
Otherwise, most area counties had unemployment rates between 6 and 7 percent, and two area counties — Ford and Moultrie — enjoyed rates under 6 percent.
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CHAMPAIGN — Most University of Illinois employees can expect to receive average raises of 2.5 percent later this summer, an amount that is in line with those in recent years.
The university's merit-based general salary program calls for raises of 2.5 percent, effective with the new academic year in August, President Bob Easter announced Monday.