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A Mixed Unemployment Report for January

Friday's Employment Situation report from the U.S. Department of Labor gave ammunition for the bulls and bears, and for the hawks and doves. All in all, it was positive, just ...
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January Job Cuts Rise 200%

The outplacement firm of Challenger, Gray & Christmas released its job-cuts report for January, indicating that layoffs skyrocketed by more than 200% to their highest level since last summer. The ...
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What to Look for in January Nonfarm Payroll Report

Friday morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its monthly Employment Situation Report for January. Analysts are looking for nonfarm payrolls to rise by 188,000 and for the unemployment ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Could Signal a Weak January Employment Report

Weekly jobless claims for the week of January 30 have just been released, and they are continuing to trend higher, a negative indication for the labor market. Looking at the ...
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Strong ADP Report Bodes Well for Friday BLS Payrolls Report

ADP has released its National Employment Report for the month of January. Most economists and investors try to use this as a precursor for the key payrolls report from the ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Back to July Highs

Initial weekly jobless claims were up 7,000 to 284,000 in the week of January 9. Claims have not been this high since way back in early July. This also came ...
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Youth Unemployment Remains Above 16%

The economy added 292,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate is at a very low 5%. The number of young people who remain unemployed, however, is still very high, ...
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December Brought Massive Gains in Payrolls

If the stock market has gotten off to its worst four-day start in our lifetimes, then you would probably just assume that the economic numbers are universally bad. There have ...
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Big Jump in Jobless Claims Over Christmas

The last formal employment release of 2015 was the weekly jobless claims report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Thursday's report was a bit unusual in that claims rose almost ...
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Work and Well-Being: Can They Coexist?

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin-brand empire, said in an interview last year that if you put your employees first, customers and shareholders will also get better results. The ...
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State Unemployment Above 6% in 6 States, Led by New Mexico

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in November several states had unemployment rates above 6%, while the national rate for the month was 5%. These states have jobless ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Could Signal Concerns for December Employment

The latest weekly jobless claims report came out Wednesday morning, and they topped estimates. Bloomberg expected claims to come in at 270,000, but the reading blew this prediction out of ...
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Employment Trends Index Looks Less Positive Then Payrolls Report

The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index showed a decrease in November. Investors have this merely as a support or secondary view now that the U.S. Department of Labor has released ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Unlikely to Upset Unemployment and Payrolls Estimates

The U.S. Department of Labor has given what is the last official government report including key jobs data, via weekly jobless claims, ahead of Friday's key unemployment and payrolls report. ...
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TrimTabs Less Optimistic Than ADP on Payrolls Gains

As we noted earlier on Wednesday, it is the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Situation report that is among the most influential economic releases. Measuring the official unemployment rate and ...
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