February 27, 2014 Thursday's economic news isn't great. More people applied for unemployment benefits and demand for some factory goods was down.
As the weather warms, will more signs such as this pop up? Economists say the latest data on claims for unemployment benefits may signal that better times are ahead.
February 20, 2014 Although the number of applications declined by just 3,000 last week, it appears employers have not been chopping more jobs in recent weeks. Economists say that bodes well for coming months.
February 13, 2014 The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.
February 7, 2014 While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was expected.
The scene at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans last month in Washington, D.C.
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February 6, 2014 Fewer Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week. But Friday's much-anticipated report on payroll growth and unemployment in January may not offer particularly good news, economists say.
The scene last November at a jobs fair in New York City.
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February 5, 2014 The ADP National Employment Report shows slow but solid growth. But will Friday's survey from the Labor Department agree? A month ago, the two reports reached very different conclusions about job growth at the end of 2013.
The scene at a job fair in Marietta, Ga., last November.
January 16, 2014 The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.
Sign of the times? A "help wanted" sign in the window of a Philadelphia business last year.
January 10, 2014 The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.
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Looking for work in Florida. At a November career fair in West Palm Beach, this man had a job application in hand.
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January 9, 2014 It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
Job seekers have their resumes reviewed at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif., in June 2012.
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January 8, 2014 The payroll processing firm ADP says in its latest report that December saw 238,000 jobs added, the strongest monthly gains of last year.
January 2, 2014 But the fact that 339,000 applications were filed — the fewest in a month — is a hopeful sign. Meanwhile, the most-anticipated news about the labor market each month, on the unemployment rate and job growth, won't be released until Jan. 10.
A "help wanted" sign earlier this year in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif.
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December 26, 2013 Economists caution against reading too much into the latest economic data. During the holidays, offices that collect the information aren't always open and that can delay some of their work.
A "sale pending" sign in front of a home in San Anselmo, Calif., earlier this year.
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December 19, 2013 The housing market is cooling because of higher mortgage rates and limited supply, economists say. Meanwhile, seasonal factors related to the holidays may have temporarily pushed up claims for jobless benefits.
Part of the scene at a job fair for veterans and family members earlier this month in Marietta, Ga.
November 21, 2013 Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
November 8, 2013 Employers expanded their payrolls by 204,000 jobs in October, about 80,000 more than expected. But the jobless rate still edged up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent the month before. The unemployment rate appears to have been given a temporary boost by the partial government shutdown.
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