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September Jobs Report

White House Praises Sign Of 'Solid' Growth

AP | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House economic adviser says the addition of 148,000 jobs in September is a sign of "solid" growth but fo...

Wall St. Cheers Weak Job Growth

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business

* Data show U.S. job growth lost momentum last month * Fed seen unlikely to taper stimulative policy this year * Netflix...

Jobs Day: First Impressions (I Know... on a Tuesday?!)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We're four years into a recovery that began in the second half of 2009, yet unemployment is still highly elevated, and job growth is once again decelerating. There should be no question that fiscal drag and general political dysfunction continues to hurt working families.

September Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 148,000 Jobs As Unemployment Rate Ticks Down To 7.2 Pecent

Posted 10.22.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September, as the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistic reported Tuesday....

September Jobs Report Is Finally Coming Out

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

* New dates set for some September economic data * Employment report to be released on Tuesday * September CPI data due on Oct. 30 * October ...

Mark Gongloff

Unemployment Is Mediocre And Congress Is About To Make Thing Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business

The U.S. job market is turning ugly, exposing the folly of the Fed's plan to tighten monetary policy and Congress' hellbent march toward another destr...

Jack Welch: 'Thank God' I Questioned The Jobs Numbers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.05.2012 | Business

Last month, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch ignited a controversy when he implied in a tweet that the Labor Department may be fixing the jobs n...

Uncomfortable Tension for Small Business

Anne Zink | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, entrepreneurship will pick up. But growth will be highly controlled unless government starts to recognize the financial realities of small business.

Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Point Since January 2009

Katie Bardaro | Posted 12.08.2012 | Business
Katie Bardaro

Unlike last month, the fall is not attributed to discouraged workers dropping out of the labor force, but rather due to more people in the labor pool actually getting jobs.

Donald Trump Jumps On Jobs Truther Train

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

Donald Trump hopped aboard the jobs report "truther" train on Monday, accusing President Barack Obama's administration of "monkeying" with the Septemb...

WATCH: Chuck Todd's Emotional Plea

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 10.08.2012 | Media

Chuck Todd had a brief but emotional reaction during a conversation on the September jobs report on Sunday's "Meet the Press." The jobs report rel...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the first presidential debate. The main topic was the economy, but we heard more about Big Bird than jobs or the foreclosure crisis. Also missing: President Obama, who was more present on stage with Eastwood in Tampa than with Romney in Denver. It wasn't a bad metaphor for the last three years: one side lying about tax cuts and deficits, the other defensive and unwilling to fight for its own job-creating policies. The election narrative shifted again on Friday when the latest jobs report showed a drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent. Republicans screamed fraud, with no basis in reality. But lest we pop the champagne too soon, remember that at the present rate of 114,000 jobs added a month, it would take over a decade to reach full employment. A celebration based on such meager numbers underscores just how badly we need a real debate on the economy.

Obama Calls On Congress

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says a new report showing that the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent is a sign the still-sluggish eco...

2012 Race Shaken Up By Debate, Jobs Report

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

FISHERSVILLE, Va. -- The presidential race enters its final month enlivened by two events with the potential to reshape the contest or perhaps negate ...

Despite Progress, Romney Still Slams 'Crisis'

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Opening the campaign's last month, Mitt Romney ticked off indicators of economic misery Saturday night to suggest that a drop in un...

Joseph Stiglitz: Jobs Numbers Conspiracy 'Literally Absurd'

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

Joseph Stiglitz appeared on 'Up w/ Chris Hayes' to discuss the jobs report released on Friday. Several prominent conservative figures, including forme...

Latino and Black Unemployment Decline to Multi-Year Lows

Posted 11.08.2012 | Latino Voices

While Friday's news that the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent generated headlines and unfounded conservative allegations that the mont...

Jack Welch's Jobs Tweet And 7 Other Conspiracy Theories

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

Ex-GE CEO Jack Welch called Friday's jobs report numbers "unbelievable" and accused the Obama Administration of cooking the numbers, but he's not the ...

The Politics of the Jobs Report

Robert Reich | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

In political terms, headlines are everything -- and most major media are leading with the drop in the unemployment rate. Look more closely, though, and the picture is murkier.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Why The Jobs Report Conspiracy Theory Is Baseless

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

If you think the numbers in the September jobs report were skewed to help President Barack Obama, a look into how the figures are calculated will prove you wrong.

Show Us Your Jobs: Unemployment Rate Falls, Republicans Say It's A Lie

Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

The September jobs report came out today, and as you might have heard, it contained some good news. Unemployment is down to 7.8 percent -- the lowest ...

Luke Johnson

Conservatives Doubt Jobs Numbers

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative media figures and a prominent business leader quickly latched onto conspiracy theories about Friday's unexpectedly strong j...

Obama, Romney Try To Seize Momentum

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

By KEN THOMAS AND KASIE HUNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Republican Mitt Romney is trying to ride a wave of momentum from a strong deba...

September Jobs Report: First Impressions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls grew by 114,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked down significantly to 7.8 percent, according to today's jobs report from the BLS. That's the lowest unemployment rate since January of 2009. Moreover, unlike last month's report, September's decline in the unemployment rate was due to more job seekers finding work, not giving up and leaving the labor market. Both July and August's jobs numbers were revised up significantly such that in the third quarter of the year, payrolls grew by 146,000 per month on average, a notable acceleration over the second quarter's growth pace of only 67,000 jobs per month. All told, this report and the revisions paint a considerably better labor market picture than the last few reports. We're not yet out of the labor market woods, and I'd like to see us moving more quickly, but we're on the right path.

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...