Despite Drop in Black Unemployment, Significant Disparities Remain

Fourteen states had black unemployment rates above 6 percent at a time when the national unemployment rate was 4 percent in June, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report.

Preparing for the Inevitability of the Next Recession

Some states and localities are more ready to deal with an economic downturn than others.

House Bill to Expand Tax Credit Program Would Target Rural Areas

Legislation introduced in late July would add authority to the New Markets Tax Credit program.

Figuring Out If 'Opportunity Zones' Can Revitalize Struggling Neighborhoods

In two Alabama cities, those laying groundwork for the new tax incentive program see both promise and risks in the investments it could spur.

EPA Administrator Seeks ‘50-State Solution’ to Fuel Economy Standards

Democratic senators grilled Andrew Wheeler over a draft proposal to freeze limits in model year 2020, against the wishes of California and 13 other states.

Onshore Fish-Farming Proponents Have a New Arrow in Their Quiver

A Deloitte report sees worldwide potential for technology being deployed in Maine and Florida.

Amazon’s New Transit Investment in Seattle

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah cities eye small modular nuclear reactors … Minnesota’s AAA bond rating … and leaking garbage trucks in Honolulu.

Dogs Dining on Patios Are Illegal Interlopers No More

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 States Where Unemployment Exceeded the National Rate in June

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest employment estimates for states on Friday.

China to Governors: A Trade War 'Brings Mutual Destruction'

At the National Governors Association meeting, governors agreed with Japanese and Chinese delegations that trade helps their local economies.

Credit Ratings Agency Offers Dim Outlook for Rural America

Population declines, an aging workforce and sluggish job growth pose challenges.

New Industry Promises to Bring ‘Made in America’ Label to Fish

Onshore fish farming in Maine moving ahead with support of local and state officials.

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

Replenishing a Food Desert, One Store at a Time

In Dayton, a community-owned and operated grocery store will set up shop in the heart of one of Ohio's largest food deserts.

Uber Has Terminated Its Self-driving Car Operators In Pittsburgh

Uber is replacing the job of autonomous vehicle operator with "mission specialists" who will provide more technical feedback to car developers.

When Push Comes to Shove, Here Are Local Leaders' Priorities

Route Fifty asked local government officials what is most important to their communities’ future. Their answers may surprise you.

Yuma Hopes to Rebound After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

The romaine lettuce crisis may be officially over, but this agriculturally rich area has taken a big economic hit.