State and Local Daily Digest: Boston Mayor’s Adele Parody Video; W.Va. Mayor Is a Texas Fugitive

Also in our news roundup: S.C. public shooting club; California beer import tax; and Hawaii’s failed Uber, Lyft measure

Employment Rates Creep Closer to Pre-Recession Levels

Nationwide, an average of 77.2 percent of prime-working-age adults were employed in 2015, up from lows of about 75 percent after the 2007-09 recession.

N.Y.C. Fire Union Spars With City Over Response Time Metrics

The Uniformed Firefighters Association says the department is prominently displaying “discredited” statistics on its website, while others that show longer average response times are more difficult to find.

Check Out Route Fifty’s State and Local Government Management Challenges Survey Results

Our new survey of government leaders finds hiring difficulties, funding red tape and cash-strapped technology budgets among the top 2016 management challenges for agencies.

The Human Capital Challenge Facing State and Local Governments

Workforce issues are a top concern, according a new survey from Route Fifty and the Government Business Council.

Why Some States Want Strong Public-Sector Unions

Having a powerful partner on the other side of the bargaining table can make for happier workplaces and better public services.

When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

Companies such as Uber will get regulated eventually—but whether that's the best way to help on-demand workers is still being debated.

3 Ways WIOA Will Change How Workforce Boards Operate

They can now gather and test hiring data from states and localities.

California Labor Commission Ruling Could Upend Uber’s Business Model

The ride-booking service classifies its drivers as “contractors.” But a new decision could lead to big changes for the company.

States, Cities Call for Skilled Foreign Workers Amid Abuse Claims

The tech industry is pushing for more guest worker visas, and some governors and mayors agree more are needed. But many workers, claiming abuse, are turning to state courts in search of relief.

Which Metro Areas Have Gained the Most Jobs Since the Great Recession?

All of the nation’s biggest metro areas have experienced job growth since the depths of the Great Recession. But while many cities have gained jobs at a brisk pace, others haven't been as lucky.

California Porn Stars Need to Wear Goggles? A Doctor Dispels a Regulatory Myth

Professional opinions in the Golden State are combating misinformation about proposed changes to the labor code.