October 18, 2012 The increase put claims back in the range they've been stuck in all year. The previous week's sharp drop may have been due in part to changes in the way some seasonal changes in employment are reported.
October 17, 2012 The share of Americans working in manufacturing has been falling for decades. Yet politicians continue to talk about the sector as if it's the key to the nation's jobs problem.
October 17, 2012 It's another sign that the beleaguered housing industry is on the road to recovery. While the numbers are good, they are still below the pre-recession peak.
October 16, 2012 The home care workforce is one of the nation's fastest growing, yet its 2.5 million members — nearly all women — are also among the worst paid. With fears of a labor shortage as baby boomers age, there are efforts to make the job more attractive.
October 16, 2012 MREconomic historian Gregory Clark's study of social mobility traced surnames and found that a person's success in life may be largely determined by the status of ancestors hundreds of years ago. That means improving opportunities across generations might be a lot harder than anyone imagined.
October 16, 2012 With the election just three weeks away, many voters are still scratching their heads, wondering what exactly the candidates would do to improve the economy. Audience members at Tuesday night's presidential debate could focus on economic topics such as home prices, gasoline, wages, exports and jobs.