Colorado, Boulder County jobless rates see uptick in June
Jobs and the Economy
Colorado's unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.2 percent in June with manufacturing, construction, education and health services among the major sectors losing jobs. The rate increased from May's 8.1 percent. The national jobless rate is 8.2 percent.
Pueblo Chieftain: Regional HHS director touts health care legislation
Marguerite Salazar, regional director of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, came to Pueblo on Friday to meet with a group of local health care providers, business people and a few Democratic activists. It was the third such briefing she's given along the Front Range at the request of Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.
The New York Times: (Opinion) Head for the Cliff
Washington is so immobilized by partisan rancor that those of us who crave a little common sense find it hard to ward off despair. Whether you blame Republican cynicism, Democratic fecklessness or presidential disengagement, it is now a given that Washington has become a sludge pit of dysfunction. Exhibit A, of course, is the hapless quest for a grand budget bargain.
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Boulder Daily Camera: (Opinion) Raise minimum wage to raise America
Time flies when you're moving backward. With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, workers now have less buying power than they did in 1997 at the start of the longest period in history without a raise. It took 10 years, from 1997 until 2007, to raise the minimum wage above $5.15. A worker would need $7.36 today to match the buying power of the $5.15 minimum wage in 1997.