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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

Thursday's barrage of economic data included a gain in weekly jobless claims. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that weekly claims rose by 13,000 to 277,000 in the week ending ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Not Signaling Any Major Changes Either Way

The U.S. Department of Labor has released yet another weekly jobless claims report. It turns out that the news did not get worse as other labor data has suggested of ...
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The Baffling Trends of Lower Productivity and Higher Labor Costs

One key component of growth, which ends up driving gross domestic product (GDP), is the nonfarm productivity reading, followed by unit labor costs. The second look at first-quarter productivity was ...
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Cities Americans Are Abandoning

Moving to a new city can have a tremendous impact on a person’s life. Similarly, migration can have a significant impact on an area’s economy. With hundreds of thousands of ...
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The Best (and Worst) States to Be Unemployed

Unemployment in the United States has steadily improved over the past six and a half years. The unemployment rate today is half its mid-recession peak, and non-farm payroll employment has ...
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Relax About the Jobs Report, It’s Not That Bad

Meager job growth of only 38,000 jobs for May has the doomsayers and perma-bears all up in arms again. But as usual, precious few have reported Friday’s release on June ...
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May Delivers Massive Payrolls Disappointment, Despite Lower Unemployment

The U.S. Department of Labor just served up what looks like a very mixed employment situation report. The unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 4.7% in May, versus 5.0% in April. ...
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States Adding (and Losing) the Most Jobs

The United States has added more than 12 million jobs since the spring of 2011. Since then, the unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1% to 5.0% -- close to an ...
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How Friday’s Payrolls Report Could Skew Fed Rate Hike Expectations

Friday, June 3, 2016, will mark one of the most important economic readings of this summer. The U.S. Department of Labor will release its report on nonfarm payrolls, private sector ...
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Jobless Claims Continue to Show Job Market Struggles in May

May has proven to be a hard time for the jobless claims, something that may play into the unemployment report for the month that will be released in two weeks or ...
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Money

Mixed Bag on Inflation via CPI Reading

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its April inflation reading at the consumer level. Tuesday's report was the Consumer Price Index (CPI), came in at 0.4% on the headline ...
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Mixed Bag in Import and Export Prices for April

Thursday's economic reports might have included a very disappointing weekly jobless claims report, but we have now also seen a mixed report on import and export price trends in the ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Bring Back Scares to the Great Employment Economy

Weekly jobless claims posted a serious jump in the week ending May 7. The U.S. Department of Labor announced that seasonally adjusted claims rose a sharp 20,000 to 294,000. This ...
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BLS JOLTS Report Shows Almost 5.8 Million Job Openings in America

Each month brings a new unemployment and payrolls report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Each one of those is followed by the so-called JOLTS report — this is ...
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Payrolls Hope May Fade After Weekly Claims and Jobs Data

Friday's key economic report will be the unemployment and payrolls numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor. The consensus estimate of 200,000 nonfarm payrolls likely has started getting ratcheted down for ...
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