- 3 arrested for defrauding SC jobless benefits agency
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three people have been charged with defrauding South Carolina's jobless benefits agency out of $70,000.
- Initial claims for unemployment fall
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 21 decreased to 2,144 from the previous week's total of 2,522.
- US stock indexes drift mostly lower as oil prices sink
A deepening slide in crude oil prices weighed on energy stocks, tipping U.S. financial markets mostly lower in afternoon trading Thursday. Chevron and Exxon Mobil were among the biggest decliners in the Dow Jones industrial average, which eased back from its latest all-time high. Investors also were weighing mixed corporate earnings and U.S. economic data.
- Applications for US jobless aid rise to 313,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications was still consistent with steady hiring.