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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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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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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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What to Look for in Friday’s Unemployment and Payrolls Report

If there is one economic report that hits the heart of America, it is the monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This report is released ...
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Employment Cost Index Rises, With Some Caveats

Is the Federal Reserve finally getting to see more of the wage pressure it has hoped for? Maybe they don't want serious wage pressures, but the Fed has to hope ...
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Jobless Claims Sees a Break in Prior Gains

It was just on Wednesday, right after the dovish statement from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on interest rates ahead, that the economic watchers and investors (and job seekers) ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Approaching 300,000 Again

Thursday's economic report lineup included the weekly jobless claims report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Unfortunately, the trend is moving higher, and if things continue we could be looking ...
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Lower Energy Keeps Deflation Talk Alive in CPI Reading

More talk of deflation is on the horizon. Most of this is tied to low energy prices, but China devaluing its currency will add deflationary pressure as well. The Bureau ...
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Do Higher Jobless Claim Trends Pose a Threat to Fed Rate Hikes?

Right now is a very difficult time for bulls and bears alike. Investors and economic watchers alike are looking for just about any data point they can find to support ...
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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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ADP Payrolls Suggests Stronger Labor Department Payrolls Report

Wednesday's market focus seems much more focused on and worried about claims of a hydrogen bomb test in North Korea than on economic reports. Still, economic reports are probably more ...
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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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Weekly Jobless Claims Remain Low Ahead of Christmas

The last official economic reading before Christmas has been delivered, with the U.S. Department of Labor showing that weekly jobless claims fell to 267,000 in the prior week. Bloomberg and ...
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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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CPI Shows Enough Inflation to Give Fed Cover for Rate Hike

The U.S. Department of Labor released some news on Tuesday that will give Janet Yellen and her fellow Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members some additional cover for an excuse ...
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