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Photo: A report released today indicated technology jobs have the highest potential for salary growth in 2015. Image courtesy: Robert Half International

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A report released today indicates the answer for some could be a career change. Technology careers are paying big dividends compared with other job sectors. The report from human resources consulting firm Robert Half International proj ...Read More

PHOTO: Ted Boettner, who heads the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says economic growth remains weak in West Virginia, and energy extraction is moving to the northern part of the state. Photo courtesy West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's economy is still weak, and much of the energy-extraction growth has shifted north, according to the annual State of Working West Virginia report. The southern coalfields continue to experience declining production, said Ted Boetner, executive director of the West ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic ...Read More

PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

PHOTO: An AARP national official says Wisconsinites need to quiz candidates this fall ahead of the November election on their positions on strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and health care in retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

MILWAUKEE - Candidates are not saying enough about how they would strengthen Social Security and improve financial security for older Wisconsinites, according to Eric Schneidewind, president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board. He says their incomes have not ke ...Read More

PHOTO: An advocate for senior citizens says voters need to quiz candidates this fall, ahead of the November election, on their position regarding strengthening Social Security for today's retirees and tomorrow's generation. Photo courtesy of HeadCount.org.

CHICAGO - The president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board, Eric Schneidewind, says candidates are not talking about the main issues voters 50 and older have identified as being of primary importance to them. "We go out and poll our members, and we ask them w ...Read More

PHOTO: Medicaid expansion has made an enormous difference in the portion of West Virginians who lack health coverage. In fact, West Virginia has now passed much wealthier Virginia for the percentage of the population with coverage, according to a poll cited by Micheal Cassidy with The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. Photo courtesy of The Commonwealth Institute.

RICHMOND, Va. - West Virginia has passed Virginia for the percentage of citizens with health coverage, mostly thanks to Medicaid expansion. For a long time, a higher proportion of the folks in wealthier Virginia had health insurance. Last year, West Virginia expanded Medicaid to cover the working p ...Read More

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