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  • Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    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..

  • Texas jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    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.

  • Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:21 AM ET

    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.

  • Nebraska jobless inches up to 3.7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    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.

  • Vermont unemployment rate drops to 3.4 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent last month to 3.4 percent, the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country. Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says Vermont is growing private sector jobs and people are finding work.

  • Florida unemployment rate ticks up slightly Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    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.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:29 a.m. EDT Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

    More than 2/ 3 of US states had job gains in March, while unemployment rate fell in 21 states Asian stock markets rise in abbreviated trading Venture investments soar 57 percent in 1st quarter to highest level since 2001 Democrats urged not to mention the word' recovery' in upcoming campaign Mazda recalling 109,000 older Tribute SUVs to fix frame rust problem Chobani to expand product offerings with desserts, dips as it faces intensifying competition Wal-Mart, seeking to drive customer traffic, enters the money transfer business with a bang Judge won't make GM tell owners to stop driving cars recalled for ignition switch defect GM 1 Q global sales rise 2 pct. to 2.42 M, enough to hold off fast-growing VW in global race Facebook launches location-sharing feature' Nearby Friends' with lots of precautions

  • Wisconsin unemployment drops to 5.9 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's unemployment is down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since November 2008. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in March, down from 6.1 percent in February.

  • Report: Mass. gains more than 8K jobs in March Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    BOSTON— Preliminary estimates show Massachusetts gained more than 8,000 jobs in March while the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent from 6.5 percent the previous month, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

  • NJ unemployment rate inches up to 7.2 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Preliminary data show New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up to 7.2 in March from 7.1 the previous month as the state lost 1,300 jobs. The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department shows private sector employment declined by 700 jobs, but says that sector has added 2,200 jobs since March 2013.

  • US claims tick higher, suggesting labor rebound Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    Recruiters speak with applicants at a job fair for veterans in New York City.

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week.

  • Jobless claims rise 2,000 to 304,000     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest unemployment numbers. Lindsey Piegza, Sterne Agee and John Ryding, RDQ Economic share their thoughts on the data. Piegza says the Fed has very difficult job remaining at this accommodative pace, likely longer than expected.

  • Georgia jobless rate drops to 7 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:33 AM ET

    ATLANTA— State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new seasonally adjusted jobless rate on Thursday.

  • Fed Chair Yellen's message     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    Discussing Fed Chair Janet Yellen's view on the economy and the recovery, with Brian Levitt, Oppenheimer Funds senior economist; Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities senior fellow; and CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Michigan adjusted jobless rate down to 7.5 percent Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years, falling two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent. The department says Michigan's civilian labor force rose 11,000 to 4.730 million in March, while the number of people working rose 19,000 to 4.375 million.

  • Wash. unemployment rate steady at 6.3 percent Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. "The short-term trend looks good," Paul Turek, a labor economist with the department, said in a written statement.

  • US manufacturing extends spring thaw in March Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    U.S. manufacturing output rose for a second straight month in March, a sign of recovery from a long winter.

  • March US housing starts climb, fall short of hopes Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A worker guides a section of a new home into place at the Toll Brothers Baker Ranch community development in Lake Forest, California, Feb. 11, 2014.

    U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in March and building permits fell, pointing to underlying weakness in the market.

  • UK unemployment keeps falling amid recovery Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's unemployment rate has fallen below 7 percent for the first time in five years, with earnings growth narrowly outstripping inflation for the first time since 2010.. The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that 2.24 million people were unemployed in the three months to February, a rate of 6.9 percent.

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