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Firefighter groups are applauding the Biden administration's steps to raise pay but warn that the temporary wage hikes won't be enough to combat staffing problems, as federal agencies compete with …

Inflation taking bite out of infrastructure projects

The price of a foot of water pipe in Tucson, Arizona: up 19 percent. The cost of a ton of asphalt in a small Massachusetts town: up 37 percent. The estimate to build a new airport terminal in Des …

Small businesses are facing 'summer of uncertainty'

Small businesses that depend on outdoor crowds and free-spending tourists aren't sure what to expect this summer.

Red-hot summer job market awaits teens as employers sweat

Mary Jane Riva, CEO of the Pizza Factory, has a cautionary message for her customers this summer: Prepare to wait longer for your Hawaiian pie or calzone.

Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

It's become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores.But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains: To win …

Energy secretary: US offshore wind jobs should be union jobs

The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work?The U.S. energy secretary and Danish wind developer Orsted say they want American union workers …

Stock market slump unsettling Americans eying retirement

Americans on the cusp of retiring are facing a tough choice as they watch their nest eggs shrink: Stay the course or keep working.A stock market slump this year has taken a big bite out of investors' …

Consumers defy inflation to support economy. For how long?

With prices across the economy — from food, gas and rent to cars, airfares and hotel rooms — soaring at their fastest pace in decades, you might think Americans would tap the brakes on …

States struggle to replace fossil fuel tax revenue

Government budgets are booming in New Mexico. The reason behind the spending spree — oil.   New Mexico is the No. 2 crude oil producer among U.S. states and the top recipient of U.S. …

Less immigrant labor in U.S. contributing to price hikes

Just 10 miles from the Rio Grande, Mike Helle's farm is so short of immigrant workers that he's replaced 450 acres of labor-intensive leafy greens with crops that can be harvested by machinery.

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