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U.S. Job Market Is Improving, Economists Say

U.S. Job Market Is Improving, Economists Say

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- Hiring through the rest of 2012 will lag the brisk pace set early this year. But it will be strong enough to push the unemployment rate below 8 percent by Election Day. That's the view that emerges from an Associated Press survey of 32 leading economists who foresee a gradually... Read More »

U.S. Weekly Unemployment Aid Applications Decline

U.S. Weekly Unemployment Aid Applications Decline

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. Read More »

Bernanke Says U.S. Job Market Weak Despite Gains

Bernanke Says U.S. Job Market Weak Despite Gains

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON -- Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. job market remains weak despite three months of strong hiring and that the Federal Reserve's existing policies will help boost growth. Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 4-Year Low

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 4-Year Low

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening. Read More »

Dismal Summer Prospects For Teens

Dismal Summer Prospects For Teens

By Tami Luhby The job market might be getting better ... but not for teens. Their unemployment rate remains above 20 percent for the 40th month in a row, the first time this has happened since the government started keeping records in 1948. Read More »

No New Action Expected On Interest Rates As Fed Weighs Job Gains

No New Action Expected On Interest Rates As Fed Weighs Job Gains

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON -- Since the Federal Reserve's policymakers last met in January, the job market has shown more muscle. Employers have hired more than a half million people. The unemployment rate is down. Read More »

7 Reasons The Job Gains Could Last This Time

7 Reasons The Job Gains Could Last This Time

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- Wait - haven't we seen this movie before? Companies are generating waves of jobs, and unemployment is down. Read More »

Jobs Picture Brightens, But Economy Awaits Liftoff

Jobs Picture Brightens, But Economy Awaits Liftoff

By Paul Wiseman and Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years of bad news begetting more bad news, the American economy may finally be building momentum in the other direction. Read More »

Strong Retail Sales Are Sign Of Improving Economy

Strong Retail Sales Are Sign Of Improving Economy

By Anne D'Innocenzio NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans stepped up their spending in February, boosting sales at many stores and offering the latest sign that shoppers are feeling more confident in the economy. Read More »

Unemployment Applications Dip To A 4-Year Low

Unemployment Applications Dip To A 4-Year Low

By Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to the lowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is steadily improving. Read More »

Economists See More Reasons For Optimism This Year

Economists See More Reasons For Optimism This Year

By Samantha Bomkamp NEW YORK (AP) -- Economists are increasingly confident that some pillars of the U.S. economy will improve this year, but they still remain cautious in their expectations on the overall pace of economic growth. Read More »

Bernanke: Job Market Remains Weak Despite Gains

Bernanke: Job Market Remains Weak Despite Gains

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ben Bernanke says the job market isn't as strong as the steadily declining unemployment rate might suggest. Responding to questions at a Senate hearing Tuesday, he noted that the unemployment rate doesn't capture the plight of millions of people who have stopped... Read More »

What To Expect From The Job Market In 2012

What To Expect From The Job Market In 2012

By Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder In getting America back to work, the bottom line has been and will continue to be slow and steady growth. Recovery has been gradual since mid-2009, and it will persist in this way over the course of the next year. But that doesn't mean 2012 won't be positive for the... Read More »

Should You Consider 'Reinventing' Yourself Today For Tomorrow's Jobs?

Should You Consider 'Reinventing' Yourself Today For Tomorrow's Jobs?

By Skip Freeman As we enter yet another very challenging year for the overall job market, with "official" unemployment still stubbornly hovering in the nine percent range and no real relief in sight, many job hunters-perhaps you included!-are seriously wondering if they should begin "reinventing" themselves... Read More »

The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

The escalating cost of a college education has many young people wondering whether a bachelor's degree is worth the expense. Given the current lackluster state of the job market, some are deciding that it's not worth going into debt for tens of thousands of dollars only to find themselves on the unemployment... Read More »

More People Sought Unemployment Aid Last Week

More People Sought Unemployment Aid Last Week

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose slightly last week, a sign that the job market remains weak. Read More »

Tech Boom Fuels Surge Of Creative Perks To Lure -- And Keep -- Top Talent

Tech Boom Fuels Surge Of Creative Perks To Lure -- And Keep -- Top Talent

The technology sector has been one of the few bright spots within the otherwise anemic U.S. job market. In fact, tech businesses are so keen on staffing some difficult-to-fill positions that they're layering on the perks in the hope of enticing the best and brightest to their ranks. Read More »

Working For Mom And Dad, Not So Bad After All

Working For Mom And Dad, Not So Bad After All

In "The Godfather," Michael Corleone goes against the wishes of his family and shirks a life of organized crime. In "The Jazz Singer," Jakie Rabinowitz rejects the path of his ancestors to sing ragtime on the club circuit. Ditching the family business and striking out on your own is a well-known narrative... Read More »

Congress Has A Shot At Passing Jobs-Creating Bills

Congress Has A Shot At Passing Jobs-Creating Bills

By JIM ABRAMS WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Congress gets back to work after Labor Day it will have the chance to achieve something that has largely eluded it for the entire year, passing legislation that might actually create jobs. With the battering debate over the debt ceiling over, the stage is set for... Read More »

How Low Can Workers' Morale Go?

How Low Can Workers' Morale Go?

It appears that the economy has left the American worker both shaken and stirred. Despite recent minor dips in unemployment and blips in job growth, a recent survey found that employee confidence -- when it comes to job security, pay raises and the job market -- has fallen to levels last seen in the height of... Read More »

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