March 8, 2013 Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
December 6, 2012 Here's what happened to jobs in 12 different sectors during and after the recession. The overall picture is ugly. But a few areas have been adding jobs.
October 4, 2012 What gender, education and age have to do with unemployment. Also: How many people are giving up?
September 7, 2012 The overall jobs picture is bleak. But when you look at individual sectors of the economy, the picture is more nuanced. Some sectors are getting clobbered, while others are thriving.
April 6, 2012 Economists also expect to hear that private and public payrolls grew by about 200,000 jobs last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release the March data at 8:30 a.m. ET.
February 3, 2012 Private employers added 257,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also says. A slight drop in employment at government agencies brought the overall gain in jobs down to 243,000.
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.
October 21, 2011 Unemployment rates across America didn't change much in September, says the Labor Department. But among the mostly small shifts that occurred, 25 states reported decreases in their unemployment rate. North Dakota and Nevada had the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, at 3.5 and 4.3 percent.
September 2, 2011 The news comes as President Obama and his Republican rivals prepare their plans for boosting employment.
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.
March 4, 2011 Retail jobs are down. Meanwhile, $740 billion was transacted through self-service machines in 2010. Self-checkout lines are now common. But are we ready for completely self-service stores?
March 3, 2011 Weekly jobless benefit claims fell to their lowest point in nearly three years, and retailers report a strong February. But gas prices are now at a national average of $3.40.
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.