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U.S. adds a modest 164,000 jobs; unemployment down to 3.9 pct.

U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy’s resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

U.S. job openings soar to record high of 6.3 million

U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Wages up by most in 8 years as U.S. adds a robust 200K jobs

U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, encouraging trends that suggest that the economy may accelerate …


Core inflation jumped a sharp 0.3 percent in December

Overall U.S. consumer prices rose a scant 0.1 percent in December, slowed by falling energy prices. But a closely watched gauge called core inflation – which excludes the volatile categories …


Consumer spending rose solid 0.3 percent in October

Consumers boosted their spending a solid 0.3 percent in October, while their incomes grew 0.4 percent. Both were healthy gains indicating the all-important holiday shopping season was getting off to …


Applications for U.S. jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

U.S. job market looks solid eight years after recession ended

Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Labor Department will avoid further delay of brokers’ fiduciary rule

A federal rule that would require financial brokers to put retirement savers’ interests ahead of their own will go into effect June 9 without further delay, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta …


Hiring rose in 11 states last month; Idaho gains strong

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, …


Trump embraces jobs numbers he once scorned

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is embracing numbers he once maligned as “phony” as he tries to take credit for the latest jobs report. The new administration on Friday promoted …


U.S. adds a robust 235K jobs; unemployment dips to 4.7 pct.

WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, evidence that the economy remains on solid footing nearly eight years after …


Fewer Americans than forecast file for unemployment insurance

Fewer Americans than forecast filed last week applications for unemployment benefits, underscoring a vibrant labor market.


Labor Dept. employees urge vote against Puzder nomination

Labor Department employees have circulated a letter urging Senate committee members to vote against Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary.


Wholesale prices rose in January, led by gasoline

Higher costs for gasoline costs helped fuel a rise in U.S. wholesale prices in January, but overall inflation still appears to be in check.


GOP, allies launch defense of Puzder, Trump’s Labor pick

Rattled by bitter fights over President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, Republicans and their allies have launched a fresh campaign to defend fast food executive Andrew Puzder’s nomination to lead the …


Top Senate Democrat calls on Trump to withdraw Puzder as labor secretary nominee

The top Senate Democrat on Thursday called for President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of fast-food executive Andy Puzder to be labor secretary, calling him “probably the most anti-worker” …


Unemployment claims fall to 12-week low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped to a 12-week low at the start of February, a sign of a stable job market for U.S. workers.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

Trump’s pick for labor secretary hired undocumented worker

Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump’s push to keep jobs …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

Hiring accelerates and more people begin looking for work

U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job …


Unemployment claims slide by 14,000 to 246,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.


Hearing for labor secretary nominee postponed

The confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Labor Department has again been postponed.


Wage disparity took another turn for the worse last year

The picture on income inequality in America just got a little bleaker. Top wage earners last year made 5.05 times what their lowest-income counterparts took home, the widest gap in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

Consumer prices up moderately, driven by rising energy costs

U.S. consumer prices, driven up by rising energy costs, rose moderately in December, closing out a year in which consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in five years.


Applications for jobless benefits rise less than forecast

Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, showing a healthy job market at the start of 2017.


Jobless claims fall to eight-week low amid holidays

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined to the lowest level in eight weeks, showing volatility typical around the holiday period.


What the strong Obama jobs recovery shows

On Friday, the Labor Department will release the final monthly employment report of what has been an historic eight-year run of jobs growth during the Barack Obama administration, This period …


Applications for jobless aid jump to still low 275,000

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications remains at a low level that suggests companies are still hiring.


Trump expected to pick Andrew Puzder for Labor post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary.


U.S. productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring.


Requests for U.S. jobless aid rose last week, but still low

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. But claims are still at low levels that point to greater job security.