| Apr 4, 2014
| 7:35 AM
The U.S. labor market emerged surprisingly strong from the severe winter, with employers hiring at a brisk pace and the jobless rate holding near a five-year low.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising by 197,000 in February,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: I read with interest your column with the letter from the individual who recommended that two-year college transfer students always check in advance which community college courses will transfer -- and which ones won't -- to a four-year...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- Clear communication from Federal Reserve officials could reduce the risk to developing economies when the central bank starts reducing a key stimulus program, the head of the World Bank said.
Developing nations saw their borrowing costs...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 6:47 AM
WASHINGTON -- The number of people filing for initial unemployment benefits unexpectedly plunged last week to its lowest level since 2006, but the data were skewed because computer upgrades in two states prevented them from processing all their claims,...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The Bank of England sees "no immediate need" to raise rock-bottom interest rates despite an unemployment rate that is falling more rapidly than anticipated, according to minutes of its January meeting released Wednesday.
Just like Federal Reserve...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:51 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 330,000 last week, the lowest level since November, as holiday season volatility continued to ease ahead of Friday's government jobs report.
The number of people filing for first-time...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:42 AM
WASHINGTON — First-time jobless claims surged last week to a two-month high after plunging to near a six-year low the previous week, highlighting the volatility of the data during the holiday season, the Labor Department said Thursday.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON -- Is it a fluke or a sign that the economy isn't as good as many thought?
Analysts were shocked by Friday's Labor Department report that the economy added just 74,000 net new jobs in December, about one-third what many had forecast. The...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 9:49 AM
A Labor Department watchdog has called for a change in the way sensitive weekly jobs data is released to the public, recommending an end to the long practice of giving information to journalists first.
The decades-long "lockup" method, in which...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- In a positive sign heading into Friday's unemployment report, initial jobless claims dropped sharply last week, offsetting a surprising jump the previous week.
There were 331,000 people who applied for first-time unemployment benefits in...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added a surprisingly strong 203,000 net new jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 7%, the lowest level in five years, the Labor Department said Friday.
The November figure, which beat analyst expectations of...