The unemployment rate in Merced County remained unchanged last month at 10.3 percent, but was more than a percentage point down from the same time last year. The county lost 200 farm jobs since the previous month but added jobs in other industries, according to numbers from the Employment Development Department. The rate has improved since the 12 percent jobless rate measured in October 2013.
Stanislaus County supervisors voted Tuesday to tighten the rules for well permits, requiring farmers outside irrigation districts to show that new wells won’t have a detrimental effect on groundwater. Also, pumping data will be collected from private well owners, but officials promised to keep the data confidential.
Java boys have now joined Java Girls Espresso — shirtless java boys. The coffee shop with scantily clad workers dubbed “bikini baristas” in northwest Fresno now employs a couple of men. They, too, wear very little while making cappuccinos and white chocolate mochas.
The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.
The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.
A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action unless the company admits that driver's air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.
An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.
Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments.