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Weekly Jobless Claims Now at 80th Straight Week Under 300,000

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released another weekly jobless claims report, and it marks the 80th week in a row of less than 300,000 claims, the longest sub-300,000 streak since ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Now Under 300,000 for 79 Consecutive Weeks

The U.S. Department of Labor has released another low reading on weekly jobless claims. In the week ending September 3, seasonally adjusted initial claims were 259,000. This represents a decrease of ...
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More Weakness Seen in Payrolls and Employment Trends

It was just on Friday that the U.S. Department of Labor signaled weak payroll creations in the month of August. Its report was even weaker in the private sector payrolls gains ...
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When a Weak Payrolls Report Is a Good Thing

It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means: Time for another Employment Situation report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The unemployment rate remains very ...
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ADP Sets Muted Tone for Department of Labor Payrolls Report

If economists and investors were hoping for a super-strong payrolls report from the U.S. Department of Labor this Friday, their hopes may have just been muted by the ADP Payrolls ...
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Should Negative Labor Productivity Become a Political Hot Button?

As 2016 is an election year, the public is being force-fed endless rhetoric and data about what taxes are fair, how hourly wages need to rise, the wealth gap, a lack of ...
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Energy Industry Job Cuts Hit 195,000

Well-regarded employment research from Challenger, Gray & Christmas says the oil industry has shed 195,415 jobs. If crude stays below $40 a barrel, the trend may continue. According to the ...
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July Payrolls Surge Unexpectedly Higher

If you ever wondered if the economists and market participants can get it very wrong, look no further than Friday's exceptionally stronger than expected payrolls report. The U.S. Department of ...
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Manufacturing and Production Point to Muted Payrolls and Unemployment Report

This week brought many economic reports on the services and manufacturing segments of the economy. All in all, these were mixed, but they add up to what may be a ...
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ADP Sets Up Low Expectations for July Payrolls and Unemployment

The volatility in the jobs market has created a bit of a stir around each monthly unemployment and payrolls report. Now the expectations for the U.S. Department of Labor's nonfarm ...
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51 Counties With the Highest Unemployment

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.7% last May, the lowest level in more than eight years and down from 5.5% the year before. The U.S. economy has been steadily ...
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Are There Really Now Far Fewer Job Openings in America?

Americans have heard for years now that the jobs market is getting better, that higher pay is available elsewhere and that the unemployment and payrolls were improving. Politicians running for ...
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Huge Unexpected Boost in June Payrolls Report

Despite all the news of caution and concern, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) managed to show an upside blowout over expectations. The nonfarm payrolls rose by a sharp 287,000 in ...
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3 Stocks Set to Benefit From a Tighter Jobs Market

Employment data out of the United States came out better than expected this week, with nonfarm payrolls due shortly. The Challenger Job-Cut Report is still below average, and Moody's ADP private ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Bring No Omen for Friday’s Unemployment and Payrolls Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its weekly jobless claims for the week ending July 1. Claims dropped by a much larger amount than expected, down to 254,000 from the ...
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