July 26, 2012 The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.
Applicants wait to enter a job fair in New York City last month.
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July 10, 2012 There were 3.6 million jobs open and ready to be filled in May if the right candidates came along, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. So why aren't more people getting work? Maybe too many employers are being too picky.
The line at a job fair in New York City last month.
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July 6, 2012 Economists had been expecting slightly better job growth. The jobless rate has been above 8 percent since February 2009. The report adds to evidence that the economy is slowing again.
July 5, 2012 That could mean the nation's jobless rate ticked down in June. The unemployment figure is due for release on Friday.
June 21, 2012 They edged down by just 2,000 from the previous week.
June 12, 2012 Wharton's Peter Cappelli says too many businesses are searching for the "perfect" candidate rather than investing in people and teaching them the skills to do their jobs.
June 7, 2012 There were 377,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 12,000 from the week before. But the number of claims for the previous week was revised up.
Hoping for work: Job seekrs lined up Thursday at a job fair in Los Angeles.
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June 1, 2012 Economists expect to hear that a modest 150,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the jobless rate stayed at 8.1 percent. They say employers just aren't adding jobs fast enough to bring unemployment down quickly.
May 4, 2012 More than 12 million Americans are unemployed. But that doesn't include another 10 million who are part-time workers and want a full-time job or people who want a job but aren't looking.
A campaign worker hangs a sign at a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Lorain, Ohio, on Thursday.
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April 19, 2012 GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is matching President Obama's appearance in the key swing state of Ohio while intensifying his rhetoric, attacking the president's record on the economy. And for the second day in a row, Romney is using his location on the campaign trail to convey a message.
Mitt Romney holds a flier titled "Women & The Obama Economy" as he speaks in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday
April 11, 2012 The Mitt Romney campaign claims that 92.3 percent of those who have lost jobs during the Obama administration are women. It's a claim the campaign has made in speeches, on Twitter and on the Romney website. But is it accurate? And is it fair?
April 6, 2012 Economists also expect to hear that private and public payrolls grew by about 200,000 jobs last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release the March data at 8:30 a.m. ET.
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.
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