July 14, 2011 retail and food service sales were up in June, according to the Commerce Department. Seasonally adjusted sales were up 0.1 percent. And the number of new unemployment claims fell last week.
July 8, 2011 Economists are expecting the Bureau of Labor Statistics to say that only about 90,000 jobs were added last month, and that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent.
June 3, 2011 The news is weaker than had been expected.
April 19, 2011 The largest gains were in North Dakota, Vermont, Alaska and Texas. The largest losses were in Kansas, New Jersey and New Mexico.
April 1, 2011 They say it takes money to make money — but does it take a job to land a job? Some companies think so, leading New Jersey to enact a new law that forbids employers from requiring that all new job applicants be currently employed.
April 1, 2011 Private payrolls grew by 230,000.
January 7, 2011 December's jobless report showed how difficult a re-election climate Obama will face. Ben Bernanke reminded senators Friday that the nation lost nearly 8-1/2 million jobs in 2008-2009. But its only gained 1.3 million jobs in 2010.
January 7, 2011 While the unemployment rate fell nearly half a percentage point, to its lowest level since May 2009, the number of jobs added to payrolls wasn't large. But revisions to previous months showed job growth was better than first thought.
December 3, 2010 It had been expected to hold steady. But employers added fewer jobs than expected. The jobless rate has been above 9% for 19 consecutive months, a post-World War II record.
December 1, 2010 Democrats say a benefits extension is an emergency. Republicans say it needs to be paid for. Meanwhile the unemployed are suffering real hardship.
November 5, 2010 Perhaps it was just an oversight. Or maybe it was a recognition of the stimulus' unpopularity. Obama commented on the jobs-growth data before leaving on a trip to Asia which he is framing as a trip to get business and jobs for U.S. firms and workers.
October 8, 2010 September's jobless report gave Democrats little to use in their efforts to hold onto their control of Congress while giving the GOP more ammunition to use to attack the majority party's management of the economy.