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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

Unemployment decreased in 34 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico during October, according to BLS. Rates went up in five states and remained unchanged in 11 states.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October, the first time unemployment has dropped below six percent since July 2008.

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2013 LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES

See summaries of 2013 employment legislation:

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STATE MINIMUM WAGES

Legislatures in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and D.C. enacted minimum wage increases in 2014. Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota approved increases through 2014 ballot measures. Illinois voters approved an advisory measure.

WORKING FAMILIES

Family Economic Success LogoHalf of all American's cannot get $2,000 in 30 days. That means that many people are a major car repair or an unexpected medical bill away from a financial crisis. Learn how legislators are creating more opportunities for working families to achieve economic stability.

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OVERVIEW | LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

Labor and employment issues are covered by a combination of state and federal laws and are important to workers, businesses, labor organizations and governments. NCSL’s resources on labor and employment issues are arranged around six topic clusters: Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Employee Leave, Personnel Issues, Unemployment, and Wage and Hour. Hot issues for the 2014 legislative session include minimum wage, prevailing wage, right-to-work, unemployment, work-share programs, and collective bargaining. Click below for a list of NCSL labor and employment resources.

 

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STANDING COMMITTEE

meetingNCSL's Standing Committee on Labor and Economic Development considers issues related to job growth, economic development, unemployment, labor and international trade. The committee meets at the NCSL Legislative Summit and Fall Legislative Forum.

 

 

DATABASES

databaseNCSL provides searchable legislative bill tracking databases on key labor and employment issues. Seach by year, state, sponsor, bill number, topic or key word.

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  • State Unemployment Rates | October 2014

    Unemployment decreased in 34 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico during October, according to BLS. Rates went up in five states and remained unchanged in 11 states.

  • Workforce Development Enactments 2014

    This page contains information about state laws enacted in 2014 related to workforce development. The laws focus on teaming up with agencies, businesses, higher education institutions and community organizations to develop or expand training for available jobs.

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