• Colorado jobless rate hits 4.3 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions. The last time Colorado's...

  • Ohio's October unemployment rate down Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate was down slightly to 5.3 percent for October. The Department of Job and Family Services released last month's figures on Friday morning. The Ohio unemployment rate was slightly better than the national rate, which was 5.9 percent for September.

  • October jobless rate in Texas slips to 5.1 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    In the past year, Texas added 421,900 total nonfarm jobs, setting a record for jobs added statewide for the third consecutive month. In September, the Texas economy grew by a revised 414,700 jobs over the year. "We have witnessed the Texas economy growing stronger and stronger over the last several years, culminating in another record-breaking month," commission...

  • Maine's unemployment rate unchanged in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say that the state's unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent. New England' s average jobless rate was slightly higher at 5.9 percent. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that had a lower unemployment rate than Maine did in October.

  • Oct. Pennsylvania jobless rate down, payrolls up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate fell by three-tenths of a percentage point in October, as payrolls and the labor force grew. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent in September. The rate was last at 5.4 percent in 2008. The U.S. rate is currently 5.8...

  • Nevada jobless rate down to 7.1 percent in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate fell to a six-year low in October and reached a level not seen since the early stages of the recession that rattled the state's economy. The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday that Nevada's October jobless rate was 7.1 percent, which is down from 7.3 percent in September and 9.4 percent...

  • SC jobless rate increases for 4th month in a row Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— The jobless rate in South Carolina has risen for the fourth month in a row, with the state's seasonally adjusted rate increasing slightly from 6.6 percent in September to 6.7 percent in October, officials said Friday. Marion County registered South Carolina's highest unemployment rate, with 11.3 percent. "As the state's economy continues to grow,...

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released Thursday. Marking a steady trend in the state, seasonally adjusted employment figures show that 3.9 percent of Minnesota residents were unemployed...

  • October jobless rate in NC drops to 6.3 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina's unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September, the state Commerce Department reported Friday. "The North Carolina unemployment rate went down significantly," said John Coleman, an economics professor at Duke University's Fuqua business school. But compared to the size of the workforce,...

  • NY unemployment rate reaches lowest since 2008 Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— The state Labor Department says New York's statewide unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 6 percent last month, reaching its lowest level since October 2008. Over the past year, private sector jobs grew most rapidly in New York City, Long Island, the Capital District, and Kingston. The metro areas in New York state that lost private sector jobs between...

  • Millennials turn to unconventional jobs Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    The Bronx has the highest unemployment rate in the state of New York. Here's what millennials there are doing about it, the GlobalPost reports.

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent. Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, bringing this year's total to nearly 50,000 new jobs. Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark-Sieben says the state's job growth in the last three months has been the strongest since 1990..

  • Mass. jobless rate holds steady at 6 percent Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    BOSTON— The state's office of Labor and Workforce Development says Massachusetts gained an estimated 1,200 jobs in October, but the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6 percent. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said the state gained 7,800 jobs in that month, down from the previous estimate of 9,400.. Still, officials say Massachusetts has...

  • Leading indicators beat October expectations Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    An employee arranges flat screen television inventory at the ABT Inc. warehouse in Glenview, Illinois.

    The Conference Board's leading indicators index climbed in October, a strong gauge of the economy's future health.

  • US jobless claims lowest since 2000; CPI flat Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A We're Hiring sign at a Target store in Mount Kisco, New York.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell more than expected, while a reading on consumer prices came in unexpectedly flat.

  • W.Va. unemployment rate falls slightly in October Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:36 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.5 percent in October. WorkForce West Virginia says that rate translates to 51,900 unemployed in the state, up 2,300 from a year ago. Since October 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen by 12,700..

  • New Hampshire unemployment rate goes down slightly Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    In October 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from September, and a decrease of 1.4 percentage points from the October 2013 rate. In New Hampshire, seasonally adjusted estimates for October placed the number...

  • Workers scarce amid Weld County oil, gas boom Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    GREELEY, Colo.— Weld County employers are struggling to fill openings amid the oil and gas boom, with the jobless rate hovering under 4 percent. The county has gained 3,900 jobs in the first nine months of the year, including 1,900 in the energy and construction industries, the Greeley Tribune reported Saturday. "It's got to be one of the tightest labor markets I've...

  • US business inventories gain in September Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    An employee operates a forklift at the distribution center of the Oregon Freeze Dry facility in Tangent, Oregon.

    U.S. business inventories rose a bit more than expected in September but the government also revised downward its estimate for August's gains.

  • US consumer sentiment at more than 7-year high Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 9:55 AM ET
    A shopper carries a bag from Designer Shoe Warehouse on August 13, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif.

    U.S. consumer sentiment rose in November to a more than seven-year high as falling unemployment and lower gas prices boosted views.