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The rent has come due for America's small businesses and at a very inopportune time.Landlords were lenient about rent payments during the first two years of the pandemic. Now, many are asking for …

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. …

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