March 22, 2012 At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
March 9, 2012 The job market is getting stronger, but it's still far from healthy, according to this morning's big employment report.
February 9, 2012 At 358,000, first-time claims for unemployment insurance were the lowest they've been since March 2008. The report is the latest of several recent signs that the labor market is gaining some strength.
President Obama waves after speaking at a UPS facility in Las Vegas on Thursday. Nevada is one stop on the president's latest road trip focusing on the economy.
January 26, 2012 Amid all the rancor, there is some common ground among Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and President Obama: worker retraining. It's an issue with broad political appeal, particularly in Florida where the job situation remains bleak.
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The nation's jobless rate since President Obama took office.
January 6, 2012 The unemployment rate is near a three-year low and there were 1.9 million private-sector jobs added to payrolls last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
January 6, 2012 The most-anticipated story of the morning seems to be the December jobs and unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.
The scene last month at the "Denver Hires Job Fair."
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January 5, 2012 The ADP National Employment Report signals that the jobless rate likely fell further last month. Meanwhile, the number of claims for unemployment insurance dipped again last week and employers have fewer layoffs planned in coming weeks.
Food stamps aren't "stamps" anymore — they're debit cards. But they won't get you a trip to Hawaii.
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December 15, 2011 Presidential candidates have been sounding off about millionaires on food stamps, but the reality is harsher. Even in high-income zip codes, the formerly well off are having to turn to food stamps to put food on the table. That's according to two new surveys of food insecurity and income.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.
October 2, 2011 It's been about two weeks since most of the remaining 400 Borders bookstores closed. Communities have lost a gathering place and a resource, and almost 11,000 people lost their jobs. In the final days, some former employees opened up about the frustrations of the job.
Marchers demonstrate against the German labor reforms, known as Hartz IV. (November 5, 2005)
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September 16, 2011 The unemployment rate in Germany is just 6 percent — and it's declining. We spent a week in Germany learning their secret recipe.
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September 2, 2011 The nation's unemployment rate remains just above 9 percent, and political observers say it's just about impossible to cast that kind a number in a positive light. That puts extra pressure on President Obama ahead of next week's jobs announcement.
A woman looks at posted employment opportunities at a Denver Employment office.
September 2, 2011 Long-term unemployment is worse than it's been at any time since before World War II. That's very bad news not just for the unemployed, but for the long-term health of the U.S. economy.
July 14, 2011 retail and food service sales were up in June, according to the Commerce Department. Seasonally adjusted sales were up 0.1 percent. And the number of new unemployment claims fell last week.
July 8, 2011 Economists are expecting the Bureau of Labor Statistics to say that only about 90,000 jobs were added last month, and that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent.
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