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DC Silent as Payroll Tax Cut Chugs Toward Expiration

No one going to bat for stimulus measure

(Newser) - Less than a year ago, the White House was vigorously campaigning to extend the payroll tax cut, leading to a pitched showdown in Congress. Now, no one seems to care about it, the Wall Street Journal observes. The Obama administration is perfectly content to let the cut, enjoyed by 122... More »

Paycheck Data Dismal in 2010

...Unless you were a millionaire

(Newser) - The Social Security Administration quietly released payroll data for 2010 yesterday, and they were “in a word, awful,” writes David Cay Johnston at Reuters —assuming you’re not a millionaire, that is. The number of people making at least $1 million rose by 20%, jumping from 78,... More »

US Sees Rosiest Jobs Outlook Since 1998

42% of respondents expect to be hiring in next 6 months

(Newser) - US firms' employment expectations are the best they’ve been in more than a decade, a survey finds: Some 42% of companies who responded expect to boost hiring in the next 6 months, up from 39% in October; just 7% planned to shrink payrolls, compared to 11% in October. Some... More »

Dow Up 122 on Jobs Report

Unemployment rate holds at 9.7%

(Newser) - A better-than-expected jobs report fueled a rally in stocks to close out the week. Nonfarm payrolls fell by 36,000 in February, far less than the predicted level of 75,000, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • The Dow gained 122.06 points to close at 10,566.20.
  • The Nasdaq
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Unemployment Drops to 10%

Jobs put in best showing since 2007

(Newser) - Job losses slowed and the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in November, the Labor Department announced today, in its most positive jobs report since 2007. Nonfarm payrolls fell by a mere 11,000, while the unemployment rate, which is determined by surveying households rather than companies, fell from 10.2% to... More »

Unemployment Jumps to 10.2%

Companies cut 190,000 jobs last month

(Newser) - Unemployment cracked the 10% barrier last month, as 190,000 workers lost their jobs, according to Labor Department figures released today. The bigger-than-expected losses bring the rate to 10.2%, a 26-year high. And the underemployment rate, which includes would-be full-timers working part time and those who've given up looking... More »

Yankees' Bank Finally Defeats the System

We're all tired of talking about NY payroll, but it stifles baseball hope

(Newser) - Yes, writing about the New York Yankees’ ginormous payroll is “like writing about the heat in Phoenix. We all know it’s there, and we don’t really want to talk about it anymore,” Joe Ponanski says in what he admits is a “screed.” And though... More »

Unemployment Hits 9.7%, but Job Losses Are Slowing

(Newser) - The US lost 216,000 jobs last month, driving unemployment to 9.7%, its highest level since 1983, the Wall Street Journal reports. The silver lining is that job losses have slowed; payrolls dropped a revised 276,000 in July, and earlier months saw losses of as many as 700,... More »

Jobs Lift Stocks; Dow Up 114

Unemployment report fuels rally

(Newser) - Good news about the labor market fueled a rally in stocks today, the Wall Street Journal reports. Slowing declines in payrolls and a 0.1% drop in unemployment—both figures beat expectations—elevated investor sentiment. AIG jumped 22.2% after reporting a $1.8 billion quarterly profit. The Dow gained... More »

Job Losses Slow, Unemployment Dips to 9.4%

(Newser) - Job losses slowed more than expected last month, and unemployment fell from 9.5% to 9.4% in its first dip since April 2008, the Labor Department announced today, marking another strong positive sign for the economy. Payrolls fell by 247,000, a big improvement over the 443,000 lost... More »

Dow Falls 223 on Jobs Data

(Newser) - Stocks posted losses today, soured all session by worse-than-expected June employment data, the Wall Street Journal reports. With unemployment up a tenth of a percent to 9.5%  and wages remaining stagnant, investors have little to be optimistic about. The Dow lost 223.32 to settle at 8,280.74.... More »

Stocks Plummet on Jobs Data

(Newser) - Stocks tumbled at the open today after a worse-than-expected drop in June payroll figures, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow sunk 135 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P fell 1.8% and 1.6%, respectively. The economy shed 467,000 non-farm jobs in June; economists had predicted a... More »

Layoffs Will Trigger Layoffs: Economists

(Newser) - Unemployment has hit a 25-year high, but analysts say it will worsen as job cuts force consumers to cut back, triggering yet more payroll reductions, Bloomberg reports. Manufacturers, service providers, and even the US Postal Service are planning to lay off workers in the face of declining consumer demand. “... More »

Stocks Flat After Jobs Data

(Newser) - Stocks ran out of gas at the open today, as investors digested a grim jobs report. The Dow and S&P were essentially flat, the Wall Street Journal reports, while the Nasdaq inched higher, on strong earnings from Research in Motion. The BlackBerry maker posted a 26% gain in earnings... More »

Unemployment Hits 8.5%, Highest in 25 Years

(Newser) - Another punishing month of job losses in March has pushed unemployment to a 25-year-high of 8.5%, the Labor Department said today. Total job losses for the 16-month recession have now passed 5 million. Nonfarm payrolls fell 663,000 in March, which mostly matched analyst estimates, the Wall Street Journal... More »

Unemployment Leaps to 8.1%

(Newser) - Unemployment hit 8.1% in February, its highest level since late 1983, as employers cut 651,000 jobs, the government said today. That’s worse than the 7.9% analysts predicted, thanks to revised numbers from January and December that were much worse than originally reported. December’s revised loss... More »

Stocks Up Despite Job Plunge

(Newser) - Stocks shot up at the bell, despite a grisly nonfarm payrolls report, as investors bet on a stimulus package boost. The Dow climbed 100 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq each gained about 1.4%. Unemployment hit 7.6% after a grim January, the Labor Department announced today. But... More »

Job Losses Hit 3.6M; Unemployment at 7.6%

(Newser) - Nonfarm payrolls plunged 598,000 in January, the Labor Department announced today, bringing the total job losses to 3.6 million since the recession began in December 2007. The drop was significantly worse than analysts anticipated, and the worst since December 1974, the Wall Street Journal reports. The jobless rate... More »

US Loses 524K Jobs; Unemployment Hits 7.2%

Makes 2008 worst year for employment since 1945

(Newser) - Employers cut 524,000 jobs in December, which, on the heels of November’s decline of 584,000, made 2008 the darkest year of job losses since the end of World War II, Bloomberg reports. Those numbers were in line with forecasts, but the jobless rate topped its forecast by... More »

Jobs Data Send Stocks Tumbling

(Newser) - Stocks took a tumble at the open today, after a stunningly terrible payroll report showed that the US lost more than a half-million jobs in November, the 11th straight month of losses. The Dow fell 95 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq dropped 1% and 1.4% respectively, the... More »

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