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PHOTO: The "State of Working Ohio 2014" report from Policy Matters Ohio finds inequities in wages and low workforce participation. Photo credit: M.Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As we pause to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, a new report indicates many Ohio workers may not feel so appreciated. Amy Hanauer, executive director of the research group Policy Matters Ohio, says its new report, "State of Working Ohio," finds labor market part ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's labor unions say Labor Day should be more than a long weekend at the end of summer. It should also be time to recognize the hard work - and workers - around the state. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, said too many people and ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead. Photo credit: PattieS/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Or. - Oregon farmers have two things in common heading into fall – they're busy and they're shorthanded. So, many say they are supporting a ballot measure that would allow people to get driver's cards, no matter their immigration status. Opponents of the driver's card have warned allow ...Read More

PHOTO: As Social Security marks its 79th anniversary this month, a report finds it is providing great benefits to Illinois families and the economy. Photo credit: Zimmytws/iStockphoto.com

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report from the advocacy group Social Security Works, highlights the ways that at the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping Illinois' residents and the economy. While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity, Eric Kingson, the o ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer groups in Arizona and other Western states are urging lawmakers to be transparent about the incentives they're offering Tesla, in the competition to house the electric carmaker's proposed multibillion-dollar gigafactory. Photo credit: U-S Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - Consumer groups in Arizona and other Western states competing to house the multibillion-dollar Tesla Gigafactory are urging transparency in a very competitive process. Arizona Public Interest Research Group is among several consumer groups that wrote an open letter calling on state leader ...Read More

PHOTO: The IRS isn't necessarily on people's minds as they head back to school. But experts recommend keeping a careful record of education expenses for those who qualify for an education-related tax credit. Photo credit: Florida State University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thousands of Floridians are heading back to school this fall, spending millions of dollars on advanced education. In addition to the student loans and grants available, Uncle Sam also has programs to offer relief in the form of tax credits. "There's a couple tax credits that you ...Read More

PHOTO: New University of Indiana research has found that most temporary workers from Mexico who get work visas are no better off than those who are undocumented. Photo credit: Bread for the World/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there's a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Indiana and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that tempora ...Read More

PHOTO: Many young people are discovering credit unions can save them money on fees and interest while still offering services they want, like online banking. Photo credit: FidlerJan/Morguefile.

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. - It's not your grandfather's credit union. Just ask the growing number of millennials who are among those turning to the not-for-profit financial cooperatives. Elizabeth "Ebeth" Fielder, a 22-year-old who serves as a sort of young people's ambassador for Michigan First Credi ...Read More

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