August 31, 2011 "It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately," the president says in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Obama asked to speak on Wednesday. Boehner suggests Thursday instead.
August 3, 2011 What Washington was worried about and what many Americans have been worrying about has seemed out of synch in recent weeks.The fiery Washington debate was about the debt-ceiling, while the concerns of millions of Americans was about jobs, either finding or keeping one.For Democrats, the debt ceiling debate was a distraction from the jobs message they view as key to their re-election efforts.
July 8, 2011 "The economic challenges that we face weren't created over night and they're not going to be solved over night," Obama said. "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves" as are lawmakers in both parties, he added.
July 8, 2011 Word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about President Obama's economic policies.
July 8, 2011 Economists had expected better news. Private payrolls grew by just 57,000. Cuts at government agencies pulled the overall figure down even more. Previous months' job growth figures were revised down.
July 7, 2011 There were 157,000 jobs added to businesses' payrolls in June, according to the widely watched ADP National Employment Report, a private-sector look at the labor market. Friday, the government issues its estimate.
June 16, 2011 About 1 million fewer people a month are quitting their jobs than in previous years. Many either can't find anything better or are too nervous to go looking.
June 15, 2011 The manufacturers and others with jobs to fill need workers with strong, basic skills. And that may require steering more young people into vocations and giving up the idea that everyone should have the chance to go to college.
June 3, 2011 The day's most-anticipated news is word about the May employment situation. Economists say about 150,000 jobs were likely added to payrolls last month — not enough to significantly reduce unemployment.
May 4, 2011 According to the ADP National Employment Report, private employers added 179,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, vs. 207,000 in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April estimates.
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.
February 2, 2011 The privately produced report comes ahead of Friday's official estimates from the Labor Department.
January 20, 2011 The public's continued focus on jobs and the economy assures that politicians will keep the using the issue to critique the opposition.