February 15, 2012 Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin says the U.S. economic outlook is the most "uncertain" he has seen in his lifetime. Given that he was born during the Great Depression and lived through the Cold War, the 1970s' inflation, and a brutal 1980-82 recession, that may be saying a lot.
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.
A job fair in San Francisco last month.
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December 2, 2011 The highly anticipated news brought a surprise: The unemployment rate had been expected to stay at 9 percent. But it fell in part because of an increase in the number of "discouraged" workers. They've given up looking for jobs.
November 10, 2011 The two indicators suggest modest economic growth, but experts don't think they're big enough to signal sustained economic growth. The numbers, however, will serve to further ease fears about a double dip recession.
November 4, 2011 The general consensus among economists is that there were about 95,000 jobs added to payrolls in October and that the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. While "frustratingly slow," that could be another sign the economy is on the mend.
President Obama talked about jobs last week in North Chesterfield, Va.Â
October 24, 2011 With his jobs package stalled in Congress, the president is going to announce some executive actions on mortgages and student loans that his advisers say could give the economy a lift. Republicans say "we can't wait" to defeat the president.
Job seekers waited in line to meet with recruiters at a job fair in Park Ridge, Ill., last month.
October 11, 2011 The $447 billion plan is likely to be rejected later today when the Senate holds a key procedural vote. Democrats have a "Plan B," though. They're looking at breaking up the measure into smaller pieces that may stand better chances of passage.
September 15, 2011 In an address this afternoon, the Republican lawmaker makes the case for lowering the corporate tax rate and closing loopholes.
President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House earlier today (Sept. 12, 2011).
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September 12, 2011 The president criticizes an unnamed GOP aide for saying Republicans don't want to cooperate on a jobs plan because it would be bad politics for the GOP. He doesn't note that some Republicans, including that aide, also say the plan won't work.
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A job fair sign at the Suffolk County One Stop Employment Center last week in Hauppauge, N.Y.
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September 12, 2011 With the solemn ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacksnow over, Washington returns to the subject most likely to dominate the political debate between now and the 2012 presidential election: Jobs and the ailing economy.
September 9, 2011 The Treasury secretary makes the case for the plan. But some top Republicans say the latest proposal from the administration wouldn't boost job growth.
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September 8, 2011 With the nation facing the specter of a renewed recession and Washington virtually paralyzed by partisan gridlock, President Obama sought to pressure GOP lawmakers in his speech to a joint session of Congress. He dared the Republican-led House to block his proposals for a new stimulus of targeted tax cuts and spending.
President Obama during his address this evening. Vice President Biden (on the left) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are behind him.
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September 8, 2011 The president says there is "nothing controversial" in his latest jobs program. It's time, he says, to "actually do something to help the economy." And he's laying out a plan he says has bipartisan appeal.
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