• Obama and Saudi king discuss Iran and energy Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 AM ET

    U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster their relationship.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state's lowest unemployment rate since October 2008, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Virginia has seen jobless rates of 4.9 percent during several months over the last year. Terry McAuliffe said he welcomed the news about the "strength of the new Virginia economy," but he...

  • WASHINGTON— Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs— just not enough to keep up with population growth.

  • Nevada jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent in December Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate dropped even further in December to reach a level unseen since June 2008, and the state ended the year with nearly 100,000 jobs more than it had at the depths of the recession, officials said Tuesday. The state's jobless rate dropped to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent in December, the Nevada Department of Employment,...

  • Unemployment falls in Maine and nationwide Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's labor officials say the unemployment rate dropped slightly in December. Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in November and 6.4 percent in December 2013. Maine's figure has been higher than the country's for 87 consecutive months.

  • WETHERSFIELD, Conn.— Connecticut employers added 4,800 jobs in December, helping push down the unemployment rate a notch, to 6.4 percent, the state Department of Labor announced Monday. Connecticut's employment increased by 26,700 jobs since December 2013, to nearly 1.7 million. "Connecticut finishes 2014 on an encouraging note with more than 80 percent of...

  • UK has been good at creating bad jobs: TUC chief  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:40 AM ET

    Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, says the British public has not felt the economic recovery.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent last month, its lowest since September 2001 and the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio had 278,000 unemployed workers in December. Ohio's unemployment rate has remained below the nation's, which was 5.6 percent in...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The state Labor and Workforce Development Department says New Jersey lost 400 jobs in December, but the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent in November. The unemployment rate has fallen 1 percentage point since December 2013 and is down 3.5 percentage points from December 2009. Chris Christie highlighted the falling rate in...

  • Spain: Unemployment stuck at 23.7 percent in Q4 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain's unemployment rate remained stuck at 23.7 percent in the fourth quarter ending in December compared with the previous three-month period, marking an end to a series of joblessness rate declines throughout 2014, the government's statistics agency said Thursday. The National Statistics Institute put the total number of unemployed at a...

  • Massachusetts gains jobs, unemployment rate falls Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts gained nearly 11,000 jobs and its unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in December, the final month of former Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday. Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show...

  • Why unemployment is still an issue  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    At Davos, Guy Ryder, secretary general at ILO, talks about why unemployment is still a problem seven years after the global financial crisis.

  • US jobless claims fall from 7-month high Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Attendees pick up leaflets at a military veterans' job fair in Carson, California, October 3, 2014.

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week from a seven-month high.

  • Europe job recovery will be 'slow': Manpower Group  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:15 AM ET

    Jonas Prising, CEO of Manpower Group, tells CNBC at Davos that job recovery in Europe will be a "long and slow process".

  • State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.3 percent Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued its rapid decline last month, falling 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent and its lowest level in 12 years, the state said Wednesday. Michigan's unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, which fell 0.2 points to 5.6 percent in December. "Michigan continued to display...

  • Austerity does not work: UNI Global Union  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 AM ET

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Philip Jennings, general secretary at UNI Global Union, says there have been "humanitarian consequences" of the austerity measures in the euro zone.

  • China's survey-based jobless rate at 5.1 pct in 2014 Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 10:06 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 20- One of China's official measures of its unemployment rate, also known as the survey-based unemployment rate, stood at 5.1 percent in 2014, the Chinese statistics bureau said on Tuesday. The comment followed data that showed the world's second-largest economy grew 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter, a rate that was near a six-year low.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16- The Federal Reserve is still on track for a potential mid-year interest-rate increase, a top Fed official said on Friday, citing strong U.S. economic momentum and a falling unemployment rate. "There is no need to rush to raise rates; at the same time we want to make sure that we appropriately act in a way that we don't get behind the curve," San...

  • US jobs: No sign of slowing  Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 AM ET

    After last week's U.S. nonfarm payrolls data, Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, discusses how significant the wage decline in America is.