Some bar and restaurant owners see people with dogs as important customers on patios and other outside places. In nine states, that's now legal.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest employment estimates for states on Friday.
Despite the growth of state and local government budgets following a post-recession slump, many agencies still struggle to attract and retain skilled workers. Competition from the private sector and lingering technological shortcomings are a few of the pressure factors. Still, there is much that can be done even under the constraints faced by public sector organizations.
A new watchdog report found that the federal agency's regional office didn't establish clear roles for the state environmental agency and failed to create clear lines of communication.