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  • TOKYO— Japan's jobless rate dropped to an 18- year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight. Aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan, combined with pressures pushing the U.S. dollar higher have pulled the Japanese yen to its weakest level against the dollar since 2002..

  • Jobless claims up, but labor market remains strong Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    Job seekers wait in line to enter the Choice Career Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

    The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but at levels consistent with a stronger labor market.

  • Weekly jobless claims up 7K to 282,000   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    Weekly jobless claims up 7K to 282,000

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the weekly numbers on unemployment. And CNBC's Steve Liesman provides perspective.

  • South Carolina unemployment unchanged in April Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:02 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— There was no change in South Carolina's unemployment rate last month, according to data released Wednesday by state officials. Workforce officials say that overall employment in South Carolina set a record last month, at more than 2.1 million people. "The positive economy in South Carolina is drawing more and more people into the workforce as...

  • WASHINGTON— Consumer confidence rebounded slightly this month as the job market showed signs of improvement. And the unemployment rate slid to 5.4 percent, lowest since May 2008, six months into the Great Recession. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, called the May improvement in confidence "a pleasant surprise given that other measures...

  • What will get Europe's economy rolling again? Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 9:42 AM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal— What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? The European Central Bank convened some of the world's most prominent economists Thursday through Saturday to probe those questions at the Penha Longa golf resort set amid steep, densely forested hills near the town of Sintra, Portugal, near the Atlantic Ocean.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania recorded its biggest one-month jobs gain in nearly two decades in April, while its unemployment rate stabilized after rising for three straight months, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday. Labor economist Mark Price, with the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, said the data lack details but the jump in...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. Texas had seven straight months of jobless rate declines through March. Texas added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year, according to the commission.

  • *Gaza's economic output contracted 15 percent in 2014. JERUSALEM, May 22- Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. The jobless rate is 11.3 percent for the 19 European Union member countries that use the euro, and 50 percent for young people in Spain and Greece.

  • Europe has productivity issues: Fed advisor   Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:20 AM ET
    Europe has productivity issues: Fed advisor

    John Fernald, senior advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, discusses the long-term decline of productivity among European countries.

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, May 21- Economic activity in Brazil tumbled in the first quarter and unemployment climbed to a near four-year high, adding to signs of a painful recession that could worsen as President Dilma Rousseff clamps down on spending. In a separate report, statistics agency IBGE said Brazil's unemployment rate climbed to 6.4 percent last month, the...

  • Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts gained jobs for an eighth consecutive month in April while the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday. The Massachusetts rate has dropped for seven consecutive months and is more than full point lower than in April 2014, when it stood at 5.8 percent.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 21- Brazil's jobless rate rose in April to the highest in nearly four years, adding to signs of a painful recession in Latin America's largest economy. Brazil's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 6.4 percent last month, the highest since May 2011, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday. Economists expect Brazil's economy...

  • Jobless claims up; 4-week average lowest since 2000 Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    A job seeker, left, is interviewed during a job fair at California's Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California.

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week.

  • DUBLIN— Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to 9.8 percent, the first time in six years that joblessness levels can be measured in single digits. Ireland's quarterly economic report published Thursday found that unemployment has declined from 10.1 percent since January. That so-called Celtic Tiger economy collapsed amid worldwide credit troubles in...

  • May 20- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, matching the national jobless rate for the first time since September 2000, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. Michigan's rate for last month dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent in March. "Reaching the national average after being dead last has been a priority as we've...

  • Santelli Exchange: Let's ponder a June rate hike   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Santelli Exchange: Let's ponder a June rate hike

    CNBC's Rick Santelli digs into whether a rate hike by the Fed is really in the cards.

  • New York state manufacturing activity rises in May Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    An employee applies a sealant to sheets for countertops at the IceStone manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York.

    Manufacturing activity growth in New York State accelerated in May after weakening for three consecutive months.

  • US jobless claims fall   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    US jobless claims fall

    Jobless claims fell last week, putting the four-week average at a 15-year low.