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Starbucks, Home of the $4 Latte, Is Moving Into Poor Areas

DETROIT — Starbucks has a point to prove: There's more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. “All of these programs are with the intent of being purposeful and profitable." — John Kelly, Starbucks executive vice president of public affairs a...
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Survey: US Companies Added 202,000 Jobs in December

BALTIMORE — U.S. companies added 202,000 jobs in December, led by robust hiring in construction, trade, transportation and utilities, according to a private survey. Construction firms added 37,000 jobs in De...

Fresno Unemployment Creeps Up. State Maintains Record Low.

Fresno County's unemployment rate rose to 6.5% in November, up from October's revised jobless rate of 5.8%, the state said Friday. Meanwhile, California's unemployment rate held steady at the record low of 3.9% in November. Listen to this article: ...
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Fresno County Unemployment Rate Hits Historic Low of 5.3%

The California economy keeps humming along, and Valley communities are hopping aboard the jobs train. Officials said Friday that California's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 4% in September. It also was a record-setting month for Fresno (5.3%),...
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$500 a Month for Free: Data Shows How People Spent the Money

SACRAMENTO — The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills. “In this country we have an issue with associating pe...