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WASHINGTON— With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads— a bit. The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates— defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree— was 10.9 percent.
U.S. home resales fell to their lowest level in more than 1-1/2 years in March, amid signs a recent downward trend may be nearing an end.
Jobless rate in recent years has been a good gauge of slack in the economy, according to a paper published by the Fed.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21- The U.S. jobless rate in recent years has been a good gauge of slack in the economy, according to a paper published Monday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that takes aim at critics who have argued otherwise.
A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month.
Chris Rupkey, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, shares his thoughts on the nation's unemployment picture state-by-state. Krisha Guha, ISI Group and CNBC's Steve Liesman, weigh in.
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CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada's jobless rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the month before, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday.
SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling. The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state's jobless rate for March was 4.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before.
RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March. Virginia had seen its jobless rate decline for seven consecutive months, reaching its lowest rate in February since November 2008.
JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls fell for the fourth straight month, suggesting that Mississippi's stronger economic growth in late 2013 may be softening.
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DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February. Iowa's rate compares to a national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.
HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force— or the number of people working or searching for work— rose last month by 12,000..
AUSTIN, Texas— The strength of the Texas economy combined with a growing labor force contributed to a 5.5 percent March unemployment rate, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The latest seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Texas compares to a 6.7 percent nationwide jobless rate during March.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February.
LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday. The 3.7 percent rate in March is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013, the state Department of Labor said.
Peter Shumlin says the latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country. The governor's office cites national statistics that show only North Dakota has a lower unemployment rate than Vermont.
However, Florida led the nation with the addition of 22,900 jobs in March. Unemployment in some of the state's larger counties was static, as rates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Duval counties remained unchanged.
BRASILIA, April 17- Brazil's jobless rate dropped unexpectedly in March as fewer people sought jobs, highlighting a trend that has helped keep unemployment near record lows despite weak economic growth. Brazil's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate declined in March to 5.0 percent from 5.1 percent in February, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday.