| May 19, 2014
| 9:32 PM
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......
| Mar 7, 2014
| 6:07 AM
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...
| May 16, 2014
| 7:48 AM
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%...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:59 AM
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...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:21 AM
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...
| May 7, 2014
| 5:08 PM
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...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:45 AM
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...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:11 PM
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...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 8:25 AM
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...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:32 AM
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,...
| May 2, 2014
| 6:02 AM
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.