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Unemployment Rate Falls Below 8 Percent

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving P...

Why the Election Will Turn Less on Wednesday's Presidential Debate Than on Friday's Jobs Report

Robert Reich | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

If the payroll survey is significantly more than 96,000 -- the number of new jobs created in August -- President Obama can credibly claim the job situation is improving. If significantly fewer than 96,000, Mitt Romney has the more credible claim that the economy isn't improving.

U.S. Census Bureau Data Holds Secret to Real Job Creation in America

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

All we have to do to create jobs is focus economic stimulus programs on small businesses. If you want to create jobs, quit giving small business funds to corporate giants.

GOP Focus Largely Overlooked By Voters

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government's monthly jobs report has become Washington's most anticipated and studied economic indicator, pounced upon by polit...

General Election Kicks Into High Gear

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

By Jeff Mason and Sam Youngman IOWA CITY, Iowa/NASHUA, N.H., Sept 7 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama charged back onto the campaign ...

Falling Unemployment Rate Not Always Good News

Katie Bardaro | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
Katie Bardaro

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their August jobs report today and the news is bittersweet. Nonetheless, the news isn't bad for everyone.

'Not Good Enough'

AP | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — President Barack Obama says news that private employers created just 96,000 jobs last month is "not good enough" and the econ...

The Jobs Report and the Election

Robert Reich | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

I desperately want Obama to win. But the one thing his speech last night lacked was the one thing that was the most important for him to offer -- a plan for how to get the economy out of the doldrums.

What August's Jobs Report Tells Us

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Notwithstanding citizens dropping out of the labor force, 5 million Americans were classified in August as "long-term unemployed." Meanwhile, teenage joblessness rose to over 24% -- an alarming level given the risk that out of work youth face in going from being unemployed to being unemployable. As hard as Ben Bernanke and his Fed colleagues try -- and they have been trying very hard, taking monetary policy ever deeper into unfamiliar/experimental territory -- the institution does not have the proper tools to deal with our unemployment crisis. The bottom line is a simple one. It should concern us all as citizens and parents. And it is worth repeating over and over again: If Congress is not careful, these trends will further increase an already-material risk that, for the first time in a very long time, our children's generation may be worse off than that of their parents.

Ryan Attacks Failed Leadership In Wake Of Jobs Report

AP | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the latest unemployment report shows the economy is "limping along" as a resul...

White House Sees Silver Lining In Disappointing Jobs Report

AP | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the latest jobs report offers signs of an improving economy. But he ac...

Mitt Romney Talks About 'Hangover'

Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the latest disappointing jobs report shows President Barack Obama's policies are no...

And They're Off...

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A dismal new snapshot of jobs in America shadowed the presidential campaign on Friday, testing the voter patience that will sa...

August Jobs Report, First Impressions (Update)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

After two weeks of lofty speeches about vision, family, who gets it and who doesn't, there's nothing like a monthly jobs report to bring you back to the reality of the economic moment.

A Labor Day Conversation With Hilda Solis

Martha Burk | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Unemployment is stuck above 8 percent, and many of the jobs that have come back are lower level than the ones lost. But Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to hold that post, is optimistic.

A Flicker of Hope for Savings Account Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.25.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

July's jobs report may prove to be good news for the economy. But if you want good news on bank rates anytime soon, you'll have to make it happen yourself.

Hacking Your Way Into The Workforce

John Pavley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

If you are looking for work, or in danger of becoming out of work, there are concrete steps you can take to improve your situation. You can learn to hack. I know this formula for improving your employment options works: I did it myself 30 years ago.

Jobs Report: A Wider Perspective

Steven Leslie | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Steven Leslie

The arcane details of this key indicator help keep financial analysts employed and enliven discussion on cable business channels. But one key to reading the jobs report is to step back and take a bit of perspective.

Jobs Plus National Pride Equals Auto Industry Rescue Worth It

David Kiley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

It's hard to believe, as we come into the last 90 days or so of the presidential election, that the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, and most of the rest of the U.S.-based auto industry, is still being debated three years after the fact.

Candidates React To Big News

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy on Friday offered some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery ...

July Jobs Report: First Impressions (Updated)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Don't read too much into one month as one month does not a new trend make. July's reversal of the recent downshift in payrolls is very welcomed, but let's sees if it hangs around.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Workers Now Facing Unemployment Themselves | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Jim Gibbons of Green Oak Township, Mich., hopes he has a job next month. He works for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, which just pink-slip...

Unemployment Rate Rises In July

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Employers added 163,000 jobs in July after three months of sluggish hiring, a pleasant surprise that could signal the U.S. economy may b...

The Skilled Worker Shortage Fallacy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

t's time to set the concept of a skilled workforce shortage aside -- unless, of course, it's applied to current status of Congress.

Gray Ceiling Darkens Job Hopes for Millennials

Ira Wolfe | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Ira Wolfe

A combination of prolonged slow job creation and Baby Boomers who just won't quit work are threatening the orderly flow of employees from hire to retire. It has created what I call the gray ceiling.