Thursday, October 22, 2009

State unemployment rate 7.7 percent in September, won't rise much because of session

While the September seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.7 and has done nothing but climb this year, don't expect it to go up after the Legislature is done with the special session. Budget bills on their way through don't contain layoffs for state employees, as many feared at the start of the session on Saturday.

Two other bills, however, would leave some exempt employees out of work in January, if approved. But time is running out for that topic. Were they saber rattling or will lawmakers in January again consider cutting expensive political appointees?

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