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  • Top Tips from 2014 Commencement Speeches

    Top Tips from 2014 Commencement Speeches

    'Make it happen for yourself'

    College commencement speeches are in full swing. Graduates from the class of 2014 get career advice from celebrities, politicians and business executives. Continue Reading

  • The Real Reason Why Women Still Earn Less Than Men?

    The Real Reason Why Women Still Earn Less Than Men?

    It seems like every other week there is another study examining the persistent wage gap between male and female workers in America. Female workers still earn, on average, 77 percent of what men earn for the exact same work in a year, a stat that has remained unchanged since 2005, according to the U.S. Census.... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

    Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

    Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits was unchanged last week, pointing to a labor market that was treading water. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Growth Slowed At Year's Start But Some See Rebound

    U.S. Growth Slowed At Year's Start But Some See Rebound

    By Paul Wiseman and Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Don't panic yet. The government reported Friday that the economy got off to a tepid start this year, but that doesn't foreshadow a repeat of the near-standstill that happened in 2011. "The economy is firmly on a growth trajectory," said Sung Won... Continue Reading

  • More People Sought Unemployment Benefits

    More People Sought Unemployment Benefits

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000 last week. Still, the four-week average, a more reliable gauge of the job market, fell to the lowest level since mid-April. The report suggests that the economy is creating jobs but... Continue Reading