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Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected

Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a continued steady improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said on... Read More »

Construction Jobs: Finally Making A Comeback?

Construction Jobs: Finally Making A Comeback?

With mortgage rates hitting all-time lows, will jobs in construction finally start to boom? After three dismal years, Al Dio Dati thinks so. The owner of a Yonkers, N.Y.-based residential-construction firm for more than 50 years, he says that expectations are so good this year that he expects to double the... Read More »

From Long-Term Unemployment To Full-Time Job: How I Beat The Odds

From Long-Term Unemployment To Full-Time Job: How I Beat The Odds

I'm starting a new, full-time job this week. I've waited 34 months to write that sentence. I received an offer on Tuesday and accepted it on Thursday. I can't even pinpoint exactly how I'm feeling right now, it's such a jumble. Happy, nervous, worried, anxious, sad, excited. Read More »

It's Not Just A Low-Wage Recovery

It's Not Just A Low-Wage Recovery

Factories that make aircraft, cars and machinery have made up a good chunk of the job gains over the past two years, as have hospitals and doctors' offices. Read More »

Oil, Gas Boom To Create 3.5 Million Jobs By 2035, Industry Report Claims

Oil, Gas Boom To Create 3.5 Million Jobs By 2035, Industry Report Claims

By Roberta Rampton The U.S. oil and gas boom is cutting into jobless numbers, supporting a total of 1.7 million jobs this year, a number that will swell to almost 3 million by 2020, a leading consultant said in a study released on Tuesday. The report by forecaster IHS Global Insight is part of a series... Read More »

Women Are Back On The Job

Women Are Back On The Job

By Tami Luhby NEW YORK -- Women are finding their way back into the workforce. The economic upswing had until recently been a "hecovery," but the revival is now becoming more balanced between the genders. The number of women employees has jumped by 300,000 in the past six months, nearly the same amount as... Read More »

Study: Metro Area Cities Slow To Recover From The Recession

Study: Metro Area Cities Slow To Recover From The Recession

The 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. saw their rate of economic expansion slow down in the second quarter of 2012 from the first quarter, with cities in the Northeast hit hardest, according to a report on Tuesday. Cities across the country have been struggling to regain their financial footing... Read More »

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

Looking for a job? Click here to get started. By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in... Read More »

A Sign That The Frozen Job Market Is Thawing

A Sign That The Frozen Job Market Is Thawing

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK -- If there are no jobs out there, someone forgot to tell Andrew Gordon. In late August, the 25-year-old started a new gig as a web specialist in the communications and marketing department of the American Health Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit in Clarksburg, Md. The job is a big... Read More »

Laid-Off Workers Who Find Jobs Take Deep Pay Cuts

Laid-Off Workers Who Find Jobs Take Deep Pay Cuts

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economic recovery hasn't felt much like one even for people who managed to find new jobs after being laid off. Most of them have had to settle for less pay. Only 56 percent of Americans laid off from January 2009 through December 2011 had found jobs by the start of this year, the Labor... Read More »

Job Security Doesn't Exist: 5 Ways To Thrive Anyway

Job Security Doesn't Exist: 5 Ways To Thrive Anyway

By Heather Huhman In today's world, everyone is a temporary worker. Even if you're an executive at a well-established company, your job could be temporary. Working for yourself? There's no telling how long your business might last. Particularly in a down economy and a tight job market, it's important to... Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less... Read More »

5 Principles Of Successful Job Hunting In A Down Economy

5 Principles Of Successful Job Hunting In A Down Economy

During this tough economy, everyone needs to take the initiative in the job hunt. Understand the economy, but don't lose focus. Read More »

A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell last week, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting a modest improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000,... Read More »

U.S. Job Openings Rose To 4-Year High In June

U.S. Job Openings Rose To 4-Year High In June

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up. The Labor Department said Tuesday job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million in June, up from 3.7 million in May. That's the most since July 2008.... Read More »

More Hiring In July, But Jobless Rate Up To 8.3 Percent

More Hiring In July, But Jobless Rate Up To 8.3 Percent

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers in July hired the most workers in five months, but an increase in the jobless rate to 8.3 percent will probably keep expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve intact. Nonfarm payrolls rose 163,000 last month, the Labor Department... 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 »

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 »

Job Openings Drop To 5-Month Low, As Employers Cautious About Hiring

Job Openings Drop To 5-Month Low, As Employers Cautious About Hiring

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Employers in April posted the fewest job openings in five months, suggesting hiring will remain sluggish in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.4 million in April, down from 3.7 million in March. The... Read More »

The Scandalous Truth About The JOBS Act

The Scandalous Truth About The JOBS Act

By Emily Chasan, The Wall Street Journal The JOBS Act was supposed to be about clearing away regulation to help young companies create jobs. Just eight weeks after its passage, however, more than a dozen of the companies seeking to use its looser rules for going public aren't the type of high-tech growth... Read More »

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