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Guest opinion: Restore lifeline for long-term, laid-off workers

This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. jobless must be lifted up, not dropped off

In a country where the average CEO makes 354 times what the average worker makes, where we bail out banks, industries, governments; and we allow multibillion dollar corporations to generate profits and store them in offshore accounts so they don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes in Ame…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: America's hidden consensus for justice

WASHINGTON — Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

January 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Federal unemployment program to end Saturday

GREAT FALLS — Montana Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says 539 Montanans will lose their federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits Saturday after Congress failed to renew the program.

December 24, 2013 8:39 amLoading…

Hundreds set to lose unemployment benefits in Wyoming

Six hundred Wyomingites and 1.3 million other Americans will lose their unemployment insurance benefits on Saturday.

December 21, 2013 5:31 pmLoading…

Emergency jobless benefits ending Dec. 28

HELENA — Emergency unemployment compensation benefits will end nationally Dec. 28 for 539 jobless Montanans.

December 15, 2013 10:09 pmLoading…

Wyoming jobless insurance tax rate goes down

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming employers will see their state unemployment insurance tax rates go down next year.

December 11, 2013 7:28 amLoading…

Wyoming extended unemployment checks to be cut

CHEYENNE -- Extended unemployment payments in Wyoming will be reduced starting later this month because of federal budget cuts.

May 14, 2013 10:30 amLoading…

Wyoming extended unemployment checks to be cut

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Extended unemployment payments in Wyoming will be reduced starting later this month because of federal budget cuts.

May 14, 2013 8:20 amLoading…
Judge blocks part of voter-approved immigrant law

Judge blocks part of voter-approved immigrant law

HELENA — A Montana judge has blocked part of a voter-approved law that requires proof of citizenship or legal standing to receive state services, but he left most of it intact to "preserve the intent of the people."

March 28, 2013 5:12 pm Related Loading…
Gov. Mead vetoes unemployment compensation bill

Gov. Mead vetoes unemployment compensation bill

CHEYENNE -- The final amendments to a bill dealing with unemployment compensation were confusing enough to earn Gov. Matt Mead's veto Thursday night.

March 15, 2013 3:25 pm Related Loading…

Bill allows drug tests for unemployment benefits

CASPER, Wyo. — A proposed bill in the Wyoming Legislature would allow the state to deny unemployment benefits to people in specific, yet-to-be-announced job categories if they fail drug tests.

January 13, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Montana unemployment insurance rates going down

HELENA — The state Labor Department said the average unemployment insurance rate for employers is going down because more Montanans are returning to work.

November 28, 2012 3:35 pmLoading…
Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Two years after the Great Recession, Montana faces a historically difficult labor market, with high long-term-unemployment rates and workers wanting more hours than they can get, a new report shows.

November 23, 2011 5:15 pmLoading…

Wyoming unemployment insurance fraud increases

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Improper claims for unemployment insurance in Wyoming have nearly quadrupled since 2008 because of the poor economy and people failing to notify the state when they find work, according to the state Workforce Services Department.

October 28, 2011 9:04 amLoading…
Workers question double standard in unemployment vote

Workers question double standard in unemployment vote

CODY, Wyo. — Before Wyoming felt the cumulative effects of the 2007 credit crunch, the 2008 real estate collapse and a punishing national recession, homebuilder Nick Randol had 15 people working for his construction company. Today, he employs four.

March 29, 2011 8:00 pm Photos

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Wyoming governor supports rejection of unemployment funding

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — State lawmakers were right to reject legislation that would have extended federal unemployment benefits for thousands of Wyomingites, Gov. Matt Mead said Friday.

March 05, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Unemployed Wyoming workers may see benefits expire

CODY, Wyo. — Hundreds of unemployed workers in northern Wyoming may see their unemployment benefits expire after the Wyoming Legislature blocked a measure on Monday that would have granted them an extension.

February 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming House rejects federal unemployment funds

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Thousands of unemployed workers in Wyoming won't see a 13-week extension in their federal jobless benefits after state lawmakers voted this week not to change state law to accept millions in federal funds.

February 08, 2011 6:55 amLoading…

Tax cut extension got votes of Wyoming delegation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - All three members of Wyoming's congressional delegation voted this week in favor of an $858 billion package extending tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

December 19, 2010 2:16 pmLoading…

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