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Hiring Steady as Wages See Biggest Rise Since Recession

Unemployment now at 4.9%

(Newser) - US employers added a decent 161,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9% from 5%, reports the AP . It was the final major report on a lukewarm but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week. The Labor Department said Friday that average... More »

An Uber Headache? 2 Drivers Awarded Unemployment

Which means the NY Labor Department considers them employees

(Newser) - Uber has been fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers classified as independent contractors rather than employees, with success . Now, a speed bump in New York: The state's Department of Labor in August and September ruled that two Uber drivers are eligible for unemployment payments, the New York ... More »

September Jobs Report Shows Decent Gain

Numbers could keep the Fed on track to raise interest rates

(Newser) - Job gains in September were slightly weaker than the 172,000 jobs that Wall Street economists expected, but the 156,000 jobs that employers did add were enough to welcome new workers and bring back some of those who fell off the map after the Great Recession, per the New ... More »

August Jobs Report: Numbers Can't Compare to Recent Gains

151K jobs added—about half of July's gains

(Newser) - Hiring downshifted last month as US employers added a modest 151,000 jobs, about half the blockbuster gains of the two previous months, the AP reports. The Labor Department said Friday the unemployment rate remained 4.9% for the third straight month. The figures are far below July's gain... More »

Jobs Numbers Strong for 2nd Straight Month

Unemployment remains at 4.9%

(Newser) - Employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs last month, a sign of confidence amid sluggish growth that points to a resilient US economy, reports the AP . It's the second straight month of strong growth. The Labor Department also said the unemployment rate remained a low 4.9% in July.... More »

June Jobs Report Shows Huge Gains

Unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%

(Newser) - Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient US economy. The hiring spurt marked a sharp improvement from May's dismal showing, when just 11,000 jobs were added, reports the AP . A modest 144,000... More »

Jobs Report Has Bad News on US Hiring

Hits lowest level in 5 years

(Newser) - US hiring plunged in May to its lowest level in more than five years, a sign that employers turned cautious after the economy barely expanded in the first three months of the year, reports AP . The Labor Department says employers added just 38,000 jobs last month, the fewest since... More »

'Datageddon' Day: 215K More Jobs, but Unemployment Ticks Up

The good news: More Americans are on the hunt for jobs

(Newser) - US employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding a higher-than-expected 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail, and health care industries, the AP reports. Despite the jump, the Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5% from 4.... More »

Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected

Unemployment remains at 4.9%

(Newser) - The February jobs report came in stronger than expected on Friday: Employers added 242,000 jobs last month, above the 200,000 or so that analysts were expecting and way up from the revised figure of 172,000 in January. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, remained at 4.9%. One not-so-bright... More »

Jobless Rate Lowest in 8 Years

It's at 4.9%, but employers added fewer jobs than expected

(Newser) - A mixed bag in Friday's monthly jobless report: The unemployment rate dipped from 5% to 4.9% in January, the first time it's fallen below 5% in eight years, reports AP . What's more, average wages rose .5% to $25.39, "another sign of a healthy labor... More »

Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected

Number beats estimates as unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5%

(Newser) - The Labor Department issued a stronger-than-expected jobs report Friday morning: US employers added 292,000 jobs in December, beating expectations and leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 5%. Given that economists were expecting a mark closer to 200,000, the figure represents a "huge round of job creation" to... More »

New Jobs Data 'All the Ammo' Fed Needs to Raise Rates

Unemployment rate remains at 5%

(Newser) - The Labor Department is out with what CNBC calls "one of the most anticipated unemployment reports of the year"—and its results have analysts more sure than ever that the Fed will raise interest rates later this month. Employers added 211,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment... More »

Jobs Report Comes In Stronger Than Expected

Might be enough for the Fed to raise rates

(Newser) - The Labor Department is out with a stronger-than-expected jobs report, one that makes it tough to call whether the Fed will raise interest rates in December. The Labor Department says the economy added 271,000 jobs in October, far higher than the forecast of 183,000, as the unemployment rate... More »

Jobless Figures Surprisingly Weak

Rate remains at 5.1%, but fewer jobs than expected were created

(Newser) - Not so great news out of the Labor Department this morning: The economy created 142,000 jobs in September, well below forecasts of more than 200,000, reports the AP . Even so, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1%. The 142,000 may initially sound worse than last month'... More »

Unemployment Hits 7-Year Low

Employers add 173K jobs as rate falls to 5.1%

(Newser) - Hiring was relatively weak in August, but the 173,000 jobs added by US employers were enough to bring the nation's unemployment rate down to its lowest level in seven years, reports AP . The Labor Department said today the rate dropped from 5.3% to 5.1%, a level... More »

Unemployment Holds at 5.3%

215K jobs were added in July

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal was right on the money: It estimated that 215,000 jobs were added in July and predicted that the unemployment rate would remain at 5.3%. That's exactly what happened. Writing for the Journal, Erik Holm notes that "this marks the third straight month... More »

In 'Anticlimax,' Jobless Rate Sinks to 5.3%

What 'Jobs Thursday' brought

(Newser) - It's a rare "Jobs Thursday" due to tomorrow's holiday, and so America learned a day earlier than usual that the unemployment rate fell to 5.3%, with "a solid" 223,000 jobs added in June, per the AP . That's a tad bit better and worse... More »

Jobs Report: Things Look to Be 'Back on Track'

280K new jobs added, unemployment rate ticks up to 5.5%

(Newser) - It's a good number: 280,000 jobs were added in May, besting economists' consensus prediction of 225,000. Today's jobs report also revealed the unemployment rate ticked up from 5.4% to 5.5%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new jobs numbers for March and April show... More »

April Jobs Report Mixes Good News With Bad

Unemployment rate 5.4%, 223K jobs added, but there's a but

(Newser) - The unemployment rate fell from 5.5% to 5.4% in April and the economy added 223,000 jobs—pretty close to the 228,000 economists had expected—but elements of the jobs report weren't exactly encouraging. The number of new jobs added in March was revised way down,... More »

Poor 'Deadbeat' Dads May Fall Into No Job-Jail Trap

Issue underscores what Walter Scott's family says happened in his case

(Newser) - The friend in the car with Walter Scott right before Scott's police-shooting death on April 4 says he'll "never know why he ran." But Scott's family says it's because he was afraid of being thrown in jail again for not paying child support, according... More »

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