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Presidential Debate Scorecard: Who Told The Truth, Who Didn't

Presidential Debate Scorecard: Who Told The Truth, Who Didn't

When you pit two graduates of Harvard Law School against each other in a debate, it should come as little shock when the end result is a night dominated by stats. And that's what the first 2012 presidential debate between Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney was -- high on policy. Read More »

Confessions Of A Manhattan Nutritionist: Confronting Bingers And 'Emotional Eaters'

Confessions Of A Manhattan Nutritionist: Confronting Bingers And 'Emotional Eaters'

"Much of my job is like being a therapist," says a Manhattan-based nutritionist of her practice. Read More »

10 Industries Set To Boom

10 Industries Set To Boom

By Rick Newman It's hard to predict the future, especially if you're still struggling to figure out what's happening in today's economy. But predicting the future is exactly what you need to do if you're enrolling in college, starting a fresh career, or investing in new skills. The pace of change in the... Read More »

Spending Long Hours At Work Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Spending Long Hours At Work Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease

You already know that drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigarettes increase your risk for heart disease. But too much work? Read More »

The Jobs Numbers: What's True, False And Just Spin

The Jobs Numbers: What's True, False And Just Spin

Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are over, it's clear that both President Barack Obama and his GOP challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are jockeying to be seen as the one who can lead America into prosperity. And that means creating more jobs. So for this week's roundup, AOL... Read More »

Employer Vita Needle Seeks Elderly Workers

Employer Vita Needle Seeks Elderly Workers

It's an era in which older workers do what they can to hide their age on their resume out of fear of age discrimination. Read More »

Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

It's a chilling statistic; the national poverty level is primed to reach its highest rate since 1965. The situation was so dire back then that President Lyndon Johnson felt moved to launch the War on Poverty. But its advances are at risk of falling by the wayside as the national poverty rate is expected climb... Read More »

Unemployment Up In 27 States In June, Just 80,000 New Jobs Added

Unemployment Up In 27 States In June, Just 80,000 New Jobs Added

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in 27 U.S. states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 11 states and Washington, D.C. - the fewest since August. Rates were... Read More »

Hopeful Sign For Jobs: Unemployment Claims Fall To 4-Year Low

Hopeful Sign For Jobs: Unemployment Claims Fall To 4-Year Low

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell sharply to the lowest level in four years, a hopeful sign for the struggling labor market, government data showed on Thursday. Read More »

June Jobs Report Still Gloomy, Only 80,000 Jobs Added

June Jobs Report Still Gloomy, Only 80,000 Jobs Added

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is struggling three years after the recession ended. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent. Read More »

Unemployment Claims Drop This Week, But Hiring Still Weak

Unemployment Claims Drop This Week, But Hiring Still Weak

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, but the level of applications remains too high to signal a pickup in hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 386,000. That's down from... Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise, As Job Market Stagnates

U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise, As Job Market Stagnates

By Lucia Mutikani and Steven C. Johnson U.S. manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in 11 months in June and the number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment aid fell slightly last week, further evidence that the economy was weakening. Other reports on Thursday underscored the difficulty the... Read More »

Jobless Claims Up, Employers Still Not Hiring Enough

Jobless Claims Up, Employers Still Not Hiring Enough

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase from an upwardly revised 380,000 the... Read More »

Jobless Claims Steady, Suggesting Hiring Could Pick Up

Jobless Claims Steady, Suggesting Hiring Could Pick Up

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting steady gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the same level as the previous... Read More »

Unemployment Claims Continue To Drop

Unemployment Claims Continue To Drop

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week after dropping sharply the previous week, evidence that hiring could pick up this month. Weekly applications dropped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ending May 5, the Labor... Read More »

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

American workers are increasingly miserable on the job. No wonder: Those who survived mass layoffs during the recent recession often were rewarded with more work for the same or less pay. A survey released last fall found that nearly a third (32 percent) of U.S. workers considered quitting their jobs, up 9... Read More »

A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

As the nation's baby boomer generation has aged, there's been a corresponding increase in demand for workers to provide health-care services. It comes as little surprise then that the health-care sector has added an average of 28,000 jobs a month during the last 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor... Read More »

Businesses Add Only 115,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment 8.1%

Businesses Add Only 115,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment 8.1%

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- Businesses added only 115,000 jobs in April, another weak month of job creation, but the unemployment rate came down to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent. Previous months' payroll numbers were revised upward. The Labor Department said 154,000 jobs were added in March, versus the... Read More »

April Jobs Report: What More Bad News Could Mean For You

April Jobs Report: What More Bad News Could Mean For You

The April jobs report due this Friday could be one of the more significant pieces of economic data released so far this year. Solid numbers could revive optimism for a strong recovery in 2012. More bad news could have a devastating domino effect across the economic landscape. Also due next week are monthly... Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The rise in applications in the past two weeks could signal that the job market is slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly... Read More »

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