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  • Kansas matters: Update on the tax cut that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said would be a shot of adrenaline to his state's economy

     
    Lawmakers in Springfield mulling whether to let the temporary income tax increase expire might consider the contemporary answer to the 10-year-old question, "What's the Matter With Kansas?" In 2004, author Thomas Frank used it as the title of a book......
  • Economy adds 175,000 jobs in February; unemployment rate up to 6.7%

    WASHINGTON -- The economy added 175,000 net new jobs last month, a surprisingly robust figure given the bad winter weather, the Labor Department said Friday. Despite the increase -- the largest in three months -- the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1...
  • California unemployment rate falls below 8% for first time since 2008

    California unemployment rate falls below 8% for first time since 2008
    California employers added a net 56,100 jobs in April, helping push the unemployment rate below 8% for the first time in nearly six years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.  The state's jobless rate fell from 8.1% in March to 7.8%...
  • Weekly jobless claims drop sharply to 323,000 as layoffs ease

    Weekly jobless claims drop sharply to 323,000 as layoffs ease
    WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims fell sharply last week to their lowest level in three months, the Labor Department said Thursday, as a private report showed layoffs eased in February. About 323,000 people filed for first-time unemployment...
  • Weekly jobless claims jump to 326,000 after hitting seven-year low

    Initial jobless claims jumped by 28,000 after hitting a seven-year low, but remained at a level consistent with moderate labor market growth, according to government figures released Thursday. About 326,000 people filed for unemployment benefits for the...
  • Yellen upbeat about growth in coming quarter

    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen painted a mostly upbeat picture of the economy emerging from a weather-induced winter slowdown but gave no hints of when the central bank might start raising rock-bottom interest rates. In Capitol Hill...
  • California adds 11,800 jobs, unemployment rate holds at 8.1%

    This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. California's economy added 11,800 net new jobs in March, a meager showing after robust gains the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Although the Golden State...
  • Only 11% of the long-term unemployed find work again a year later

    Only 11% of the long-term unemployed find work again a year later
    In a sobering new study, three Princeton economists found that only 11% of the long-term unemployed in any given month found full-time work a year later.  The paper, presented Thursday at a Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, offered a comprehensive...
  • Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level

    Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level
    Initial jobless claims over the previous month hit their lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, indicating the labor market might be nearing a return to normal. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose slightly...
  • Initial jobless claims fall to 315,000, lowest level since November

    Initial jobless claims fall to 315,000, lowest level since November
    WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week to 315,000, the lowest level since November, as the labor market showed signs of emerging from a winter chill. The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits was down from 324,...
  • Economy adds 288,000 jobs; unemployment rate lowest since 2008

    Hiring surprisingly surged last month as the economy added 288,000 net new jobs -- the best performance in more than two years -- and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3%, its lowest level since September 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. Job-...