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Naples man faces over 7 years for $2.6 million COVID relief fraud

A Naples man was sentenced Friday morning to more than seven years in federal prison for a $2.6 million COVID-19 relief fraud scheme. Daniel Joseph Tisone, 35, was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transactions, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Tisone […]

Employers post record 11.5 million job openings in March

Employers posted a record 11.5 million job openings in March, meaning the United States now has an unprecedented two job openings for every person who is unemployed. The latest data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics further reveals an extraordinarily tight labor market that has emboldened millions of Americans to seek better-paying jobs, […]

US jobless claims rise but remain near a half-century low

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up last week but remained at a historically low level, reflecting a robust U.S. labor market with near record-high job openings and few layoffs. Jobless claims rose by 18,000 to 185,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, after nearly touching the lowest level since 1968 in the previous […]

US jobless claims stay at historically low levels last week

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs remain at historically low levels. Jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 166,000 for the week ending April 2, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The previous week’s number was revised down by a whopping 31,000 claims. Last week’s claims match the figure from two weeks ago, […]

COVID spending bill stalls in Senate as GOP, Dems stalemate

A compromise $10 billion measure buttressing the government’s COVID-19 defenses has stalled in the Senate and seemed all but certainly sidetracked for weeks, a victim of a campaign-season fight over the incendiary issue of immigration. There was abundant finger-pointing Wednesday but no signs the two parties were near resolving their stalemate over a bipartisan pandemic […]

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Thieves take catalytic converters from thrift store trucks in Collier County

Thieves in Collier County targeted a nonprofit organization that gives back to its community. Crooks took catalytic converters from several trucks outside of Saint Vincent Thrift Store near East Naples. St. Vincent DePaul says those trucks drive their mission. From picking up donations to conducting food drives, the trucks are how it’s done. But, last […]

Prices rising for just about everything travel-related

With most COVID restrictions lifted, millions of people are looking to travel again. Gina Kramer and her daughter Frankie recently flew into southern California to visit family they weren’t able to see during the pandemic. “I haven’t seen my family that lived here in three years, four years,” Kramer said.  “It’s gonna be a family […]

More Americans apply for jobless benefits; layoffs still low

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but layoffs remain at historic lows. Jobless claims rose by 14,000 to 202,000 for the week ending March 26, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The previous week’s tally of 188,000 claims was the fewest since 1969. First-time applications for jobless aid generally track the pace of layoffs. […]

Surging mortgage rates are pricing millions out of buying a home

The U.S. real estate market was already tough for prospective buyers, who have faced double-digit price increases and cutthroat competition for listed properties. Now they are facing another challenge as rising mortgage rates add to the affordability squeeze. The average mortgage rate jumped to 4.42% for the week ended March 24, according to Freddie Mac. […]