Business & Labor

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This time of year, many Utahns are giving away food to help those in need. But that need is there all year round. One in seven households in Utah struggled with hunger last year. Food insecurity persists in the Beehive State in spite of its robust economy and charitable citizens.

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The latest Consumer Attitude Index survey released by Zions Bank shows consumer confidence is high, but hasn’t increased in November as the holiday shopping season gets underway.

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Economists are predicting that US holiday spending will be 3.7 percent higher this year compared to last year. There are efforts underway in Utah to get consumers to shift some of that spending to local businesses.

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On Tuesday morning, Governor Gary Herbert spared one locally-raised turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner. But this is a story about a local poultry producer who is not allowed to sell any turkeys this year, because state regulators don’t approve of his methods.

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Rio Tinto Kennecott is reducing its workforce in Utah. Company officials say the layoffs have to do with the low price of metals.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is making retailers pull nearly 700 jackets from their stores after discovering the coats are mislabeled.

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Salt Lake City officials and developers broke ground for the new Central Ninth Market at 153 West 9th South Wednesday.

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Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment officials announced Monday a name change for the home of the Utah Jazz.

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Starting Thursday retailers across the country will need to be able to accept a new kind of credit card, or they could be liable for fraudulent charges. 

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The Wasatch Front Consumer Attitude Index slumped in September but not as much as expected. The CAI decreased 1.2 points to 110.0 for the month.

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Salt Lake City Airport officials have released the first renderings of the redesigned airport, giving the public its first taste of what’s to come.

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The very first Utah built horizontal stabilizer for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is on its way to final assembly. The event is a major milestone in the expansion of Boeing’s manufacturing capabilities in the state.

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Fall is here and that usually means that farmers markets are beginning to close. But the crowds and the harvests are so big this year that the Ogden Farmers Market is extending its season.

In fact, it’s been a record summer for the farmers market at Ogden’s historic 25th Street. More than 100,000 people have already come out to buy local honey, baked goods, produce and crafts this year, so organizers have decided to keep it open through October 10.

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The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for August on Friday.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems, better known as drones, are cropping up all over the news in recent months, mostly for flying where they shouldn’t. But one Utah company has decided to follow the law, and hopes they can be an example for how drones can improve lives.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the Utah Legal Clinic have filed a complaint in Federal Court in Salt Lake City challenging Farmington City’s free speech ordinance.

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Utah is ranked fourth on a list of the top 10 states seeing job growth in clean energy, thanks to a boom in the solar industry. This growth comes as Utah’s oil and gas jobs are declining.

Home care workers in Utah and across the country will now be entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. The US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert this week advising him that a US Court of Appeals has upheld the Home Care Final Rule, and that Utah will be required to comply.

Utah high school students will soon be able to graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing thanks to a new program called the Utah Aerospace Pathways Program.

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was in Salt Lake City Wednesday to speak at a forum on Utah business exports. As a graduate of Brigham Young University, he seemed to be received as a local.

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Utah liquor officials say they're not ready to give a brandy distillery special permission to sell mini-bottles of liquor. Instead they want state lawmakers to step in and settle Utah's complex alcohol-sampling laws.

Bob Nelson

Utahns’ consumer confidence surged back from a two-month slump while the inflation figure is right where it should be according to a Zions Bank survey by the Cicero Group.

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Soon-to-be harvested corn, squash, tomatoes and green beans are surrounded by graffiti art, offices, restaurants and homes near downtown Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City is poised to sell the old public safety building to a developer willing to create a mix of housing and commercial space. They also want to preserve the buildings historic significance. 

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is pulling out of negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts for a new convention center hotel after a year and a half of talks.

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The outdoor recreation industry is meeting again in Salt Lake City this week. The Outdoor Retailers’ (OR) Summer Market is partly a gathering of retail trend spotters, partly a brainstorming for conservation activists. But it’s also a business convention, with more than twenty-eight thousand people pumping over twenty-million-dollars into the local economy over a few days. 

A Southern Utah electrical contractor has been fined for employing children and violating labor laws. An investigation by the US Labor Department found that children in Hildale were unlawfully employed by Reliance Electric Inc.

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Jeff Burton’s family has seen highs and lows in the home-building industry at Burton Lumber, so knowing that the Consumer Attitude Index in Utah dipped a bit from highs recorded in May and June doesn’t bother him much.

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New car manufacturers like Tesla have begun disrupting the new car sales industry. They’re trying to sell directly to consumers without using independent dealers, and that’s caused some controversy across the county, including here in Utah.

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The future of downtown Salt Lake City is looking bright, according to the Downtown Alliance’s annual economic report.