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California unemployment rate up slightly to 5.8 percent

Associated Press

California's unemployment rate increased slightly in December, the first uptick in months, while non-farm payroll jobs increased by 60,400, according to state Employment Development Department figures released Friday.

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Lumina's Merisotis: U.S. needs a 'Department of Talent'

- The Washington Times

Jamie Merisotis wants to revamp the way the U.S. sees its labor pool. The Indianapolis-based member of the Council on Foreign Relations and CEO of Lumina Foundation for education believes that the federal government needs to refocus to attract the best possible talent to fill the growing needs of America's job sectors. "I'm not advocating for more government, I'm advocating for a realignment in what we do at the federal level," Mr. Merisotis said.

Audit: Ex-superintendent allowed employee to take second job

Associated Press

An audit of a western Pennsylvania school district confirms that a former superintendent allowed the former special education director to work a second job that prevented her from fulfilling her duties to the district.

California lawmakers consider green energy audit

Associated Press

California lawmakers are considering whether to ask the state auditor to review spending and job creation under Proposition 39, the voter-approved measure that promised to generate billions for environmentally efficient projects and create green jobs.

In this Aug. 2, 2015, photo, tourists Joseph Lin, Ning Chao, center, and Linda Wang, left, pose for a selfie along the south rim at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. The throngs of tourists have been showing up in big numbers at other national parks, including Yellowstone in Wyoming, Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah, driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns ahead of next year's National Park Service centennial. (Emery Cowan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP/File) MANDATORY CREDIT

U.S. parks hit tourism records

- Associated Press

Many of the country's most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set new visitation records in 2015 and are bracing for what could be an even busier new year.

This undated photo shows camping out on the sagebrush plains below the Pryor Mountains in Big Horn County, Mont., offers a great view of the Beartooth Mountains to the west. The park is just one of many places people can visit in southeastern Montana, guided by a newly printed geotourism map. (Brett French/The Billings Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

REI closing on Black Friday

- The Washington Times

Instead of opening their doors as American families are still digesting their ritual turkey, outdoor adventure retailer REI is bucking the holiday shopping tradition this year by keeping the doors on all 143 of their stores closed on Black Friday, encouraging their co-op members to #OptOutside on the annual shopping "holiday."

Report: Higher smoking, drinking among construction workers

- Associated Press

Utah residents who work in construction and manufacturing are more likely to smoke and binge drink than workers in other industries, according to a new report from Utah's Department of Health.

This April 9, 1974 file photo shows Frank Sinatra performing at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, NY. When it opened in 1972, the venue was one of the first arenas to bring major entertainers and athletes to suburbia. Through the decades, everyone from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen to U2 and Jay Z, Sinatra and Metallica performed there. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Can New York attitude 'make it anywhere' in business?

- The Washington Times

Let's be fair, lyricist Fred Ebb wrote "if you can make it" in New York, "you can make it anywhere. Frank Sinatra embodied that notion despite being born in Hoboken, New Jersey. However, that does not change the fact that "if you can make it there you can make it anywhere" is no longer a paradigm for the city or any other formerly hypercentralized metropolis, for that matter.