The job market is barely treading water. The Labor Department reported Thursday that 404,000 more people filed for unemployment benefits last week, a number that's essentially unchanged from the week before.
Overall, there are 14 million people looking for work in the U.S., but at the same time there are still job openings around the country.
The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding nearly $84 million in grants to combat chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by seasonal farm workers. Colorado is set to receive more than $1 million of that funding.
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced more than $9 million in job training grants for veterans, including those in Colorado. The money comes at a time when Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are struggling to find work.
For four hours Tuesday night, investigators from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) laid out their working theory about what happened April 5, just before a West Virginia coal mine exploded and 29 miners were killed.
They went through the explosion scenario step-by-step in an MSHA auditorium in Beckley, W.Va., filled with relatives of the victims, some weeping at times at the painful implications of the evidence.