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.
November 3, 2011 At 397,000, claims were down 9,000 from the previous week. That signals some improvement in the labor market. We'll get more data Friday when the government reports on the October unemployment rate.
September 2, 2011 The news comes as President Obama and his Republican rivals prepare their plans for boosting employment.
September 2, 2011 The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July.
August 5, 2011 In the next five years, more than 1 million military personnel will try to make the transition to the U.S. job market. And they might face a rocky path: The unemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 veterans is 13.3 percent — about 4 points higher than the national average.
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.
June 3, 2011 For Obama, there just may not be enough time for the economy to turn around appreciably enough to help his re-election prospects. Election cycles just don't align with economic cycles.
May 6, 2011 If President Obama could send Navy SEAL commandos into action to find, say, a six percent jobless rate the way they cornered Osama bin Laden, Democrats might feel a lot more confidence about the 2012 election landscape than they do.
May 6, 2011 It's often the case that as the economy gains strength and employment begins to go up, the jobless rate remains high or even rises a bit as more people begin to look for work and get counted as part of the labor force.
April 1, 2011 The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a group of economists predicted the jobless rate would be 7.7 percent in November 2011. The March jobless rate continued a positive trend toward that target, with 20 months left to go before Election Day.
March 4, 2011 Congress' economists have credited the stimulus for economic growth but Boehner still refused to. It was extending the Bush tax cuts that made the difference, the speaker said.
March 4, 2011 February unemployment rate