Watch out for holiday scams

This Saturday is Veterans Day, and many Americans will choose to donate to a veterans’ cause to acknowledge the day. There are many reputable organizations doing great work with current and former service members, but unfortunately, some people are looking to take advantage of donors’ generosity by posing as a phony charity, often with a seemingly legitimate name.

Pay raises elusive despite low unemployment

In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, photo, a potential job candidate takes a flyer from a human resources representative at a Target store in Dallas. The U.S. government issues the October jobs report, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

With U.S. unemployment at a 17-year low and businesses complaining that they can’t fill jobs, you might expect pay to be rising sharply as companies try to attract or keep workers. It’s not. The October jobs report showed that pay gains remain sluggish, and the explanations include weak worker productivity and a still-low proportion of adults with jobs. These are long-running trends that still bedevil the economy despite its steady improvement. Employers added a solid 261,000 jobs last month, the government said Friday, in part because many businesses in Texas and Florida re-opened after having been forced to shut down in September when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck. The unemployment rate reached 4.1 percent, the lowest level in nearly 17 years, from 4.2 percent in September. But the rate dropped for a less-than-encouraging reason: Many people stopped looking for work and so were no longer counted as unemployed.

Donald Weisbeck

Donald Weisbeck, 81, of Challis, Idaho died October 18, 2017. Military honors will be at the Fort Harrison State Veterans Cemetery of Helena, Montana.

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