Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.
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October 10, 2012 The former General Electric CEO joined others in raising questions about Friday's report and whether it might have been skewed to boost the president's campaign. Obama administration officials have rejected such talk. But Welch is still asking questions.
October 5, 2012 In every monthly jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revises the number of jobs the economy gained or lost in the previous months. The reason — the data they get from businesses doesn't always come in on time.
October 5, 2012 The news is sure to be a hot topic on the campaign trail.
The welcome sign at a job fair earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
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October 4, 2012 It's likely the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say the jobless rate ticked higher and that job growth was slow again in September, economists say. The presidential campaigns will surely be discussing the numbers.
President Obama spoke at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., on Friday.
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September 7, 2012 Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
At a job fair in San Diego this week, Navy Sailor E-5 Cedric Washington spoke to Sim Garriotti from Lockheed Martin while interviewing for a potential position.
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September 7, 2012 Job growth was weak — yet another sign that the sluggish economy continues to struggle to produce jobs.
The scene at a job fair in Harlem earlier this summer.
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September 6, 2012 The ADP National Employment Report has shown solid, not spectacular, job growth for two straight months. Meanwhile, another report finds a 20-month low in layoff announcements. Friday, the government issues its figures on August unemployment and jobs.
Addressing illiteracy in West Virginia.
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August 30, 2012 Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County helps residents earn GEDs and develop skills to make them more employable.
August 22, 2012 The nonpartisan analysis arm of Congress has released its latest forecasts on the budget and the economy.
A sign pointing the way to a career fair in San Mateo, Calif., last month.
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August 3, 2012 While job growth was the best it's been in five months, there weren't enough new positions added to payrolls to bring down unemployment. The jobless rate has been just above 8 percent each month this year.
August 3, 2012 Economists say it's likely we'll hear this morning that job growth remained sluggish, which means the unemployment rate probably stayed high.
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.
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