By James MacPherson
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says that it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store in Minot, which is near the state's booming oil patch, a region that has more jobs than takers.
The company said in a... Read More »
Working in coal mines can bring to mind dirty and dangerous labor. But for more than century, it often was lucrative.
Joe Caudill, who worked as a roof-bolter in an underground coal mine in Knott County in eastern Kentucky, brought home $105,000 last year, after factoring in overtime pay. But Caudill and... Read More »
It's a chilling statistic; the national poverty level is primed to reach its highest rate since 1965. The situation was so dire back then that President Lyndon Johnson felt moved to launch the War on Poverty. But its advances are at risk of falling by the wayside as the national poverty rate is expected climb... Read More »
If California is the Golden State, and Florida is the Sunshine State then North Dakota might as well be the Employment State.
Though its formal nickname is the Peace Garden State, North Dakota currently has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 3.5 percent. That's 5.6 points lower than the national... Read More »
By JAMES MacPHERSON
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- An explosion at a newly drilled oil well in western North Dakota killed two workers and severely injured two others, officials said.
The fatal fire was one of two oil field-related blazes reported in the Williston area Wednesday. The other was much smaller and no... Read More »
Energy-producing states have experienced unemployment levels well below those of other states in recent years, thanks in part to a boom in energy exploration that's been driven by high oil prices.
It's perhaps little surprise then that states that significantly contribute to the nation's production of oil,... Read More »
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide.
The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment increased in 28 states, fell in nine and remained unchanged in 13.... Read More »