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Why can’t companies find workers? Spurred by COVID-19, many are launching new businesses

Worker shortages that are slowing the recovery from the COVID-19 recession largely have been blamed on generous unemployment benefits and people caring for kids and sick relatives. But there’s another reason companies are struggling to find workers to meet a historic boom in customer demand: Many Americans have started their own businesses. Continue reading >

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US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth straight drop

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the sixth straight week as the U.S. economy, held back for months by the coronavirus pandemic, reopens rapidly. Jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 376,000 from 385,000 the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The number of people signing up for benefits exceeded 900,000 in early January ...

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Local brothers write family-friendly science thriller

Sudden Onset Book Cover

If TV reruns of “Midsomer Murders” are no longer filling your thriller needs, consider a new book that may keep you on the edge of your seat. Written by two brothers who grew up in Cumberland County – Tom Dardick, who lives in Enola, and Chris Dardick, now of Charles Town, West Virginia – “Sudden Onset” is a mystery with ...

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Trump looms large in Pennsylvania’s GOP primaries in 2022

Trump looms large in Pennsylvania’s GOP primaries in 2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With Pennsylvania’s wide-open races for governor and U.S. Senate taking shape, Republican candidates with strong ties to Donald Trump are running and considered strong contenders for the party’s nominations — a powerful sign of the former president’s enduring popularity within the GOP. Within a few days of each other, Sean Parnell entered the race for U.S. ...

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Pa. restaurant owners say lifting of COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean return to normal’

Shops reopening with new social distancing rules following Coronavirus closures. 'Open' sign in shop window on a bright sunny day.

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf chose Memorial Day to lay to rest the last of his COVID-19 restaurant and bar restrictions, with a return to full capacity. But beleaguered restaurant owners said it will be a long time before their industry returns to anything close to 100 percent, following the coronavirus pandemic that made dining and drinking in pubic unthinkable to ...

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Anxiety high as Pa. begins overhaul of unemployment computer system

Application for employment benefits form with computer keyboard and pen on white background. Unemployment rate has risen sharply in United States due to closed business caused by corona virus outbreak

HARRISBURG — The unemployed in Pennsylvania — pregnant people, parents unable to pay child support, nursing students, and adult children caring for disabled parents, among many others — have spent months over the last year waiting to receive benefits they are entitled to from the state Department of Labor and Industry, to little avail. And depending whom you ask, some ...

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From job cuts to online commerce, virus reshaped US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, it was expected to be brief. At least that was the hope. Instead, a once-in-a-century pandemic has ground on for a year, throwing millions out of work and upending wide swathes of the American economy. Delivery services thrived while restaurants suffered. Home offices replaced downtown offices. Travel and entertainment spending dried up. Continue Reading

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