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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

Unemployment rates for July 2014 increased in 30 states; remained unchanged in 12 states, DC and Puerto Rico; and decreased in 8 states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The national unemployment rate rose slightly, to 6.2 percent in July 2014, but marks the eighth consecutive month unemployment has been below seven percent.

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2013 LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES

See summaries of 2013 employment legislation:

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STATE MINIMUM WAGES

Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and D.C. have enacted minimum wage increases during the 2014 legislative session.

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 | July 2014

    Unemployment rates for July 2014 increased in 30 states; remained unchanged in 12 states, DC and Puerto Rico; and decreased in 8 states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • State Minimum Wages | 2014 Minimum Wage by State

    This chart shows state minimum wages in effect for 2014, as well as enacted future increases. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and D.C. enacted increases this session.

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