• Illinois unemployment rate falls again in July Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. Illinois state officials celebrated the news on Thursday, which Gov. Pat Quinn called a "momentous" day.

  • New Jersey's jobless rate inches down Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's unemployment rate edged down one-tenth of a percent in July to 6.5 percent, but still remains above the national average of 6.2 percent. The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department and based on data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private sector employers added 8,500 jobs during the month.

  • Massachusetts unemployment rate creeps up Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    BOSTON— The Massachusetts unemployment rate crept up to 5.6 percent last month even though the state added almost 14,000 new jobs. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday that with July's job additions, the state has added more than 67,000 jobs since July 2013.

  • US claims gain but inflation stays subdued Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, as July import prices fell on lower petroleum costs.

  • US weekly jobless claims at 311,000     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on unemployment and import prices.

  • Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    ATLANTA— State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 7.8 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new jobless figure, which is up from 7.4 percent in June. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is mostly due to temporary, seasonal layoffs in local government and manufacturing.

  • Michigan jobless rate up 0.2 points to 7.7 percent Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 7.7 percent in the latest month. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management& Budget released the July employment report Wednesday. The state says that Michigan's civilian labor force remained stable at 4.744 million in July.

  • US business inventories notch modest gain in June Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    Employee organizes treated lumber at Maze Lumber in Peru, Illinois, May 9, 2014.

    Business inventories rose in June, but modest gains at non-automobile retailers suggested second quarter growth could be revised lower.

  • No sale: July US retail sales flatline Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A customer browses Michael Kors handbags at the Macy's flagship store in New York, August 6, 2014.

    U.S. retail sales were unexpectedly flat in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy.

  • BoE faces 'a conundrum': Economist     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Robert Wood, chief U.K. economist at Berenberg, reacts to the latest U.K. unemployment and wage growth numbers and discusses what it means for the Bank of England.

  • Oregon jobless rate 6.9 percent in July Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The state Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent the month before. The agency says employers added 200 jobs in July, following a revised loss of 3,000 jobs in June. Though the unemployment rate inched higher last month, it is down from 8 percent in July of last year and 8.7 percent in July 2012.

  • NH unemployment rate stays the same for July Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    In July 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 6.2 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from June, and a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from the July 2013 rate.

  • Should US do more or less in Iraq? Lawmakers weigh in Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 10:49 AM ET
    Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion outside the Shiite Mustafa prayer hall, or Husseiniya, in the southwest of the northern Kurdish controlled Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

    Lawmakers weighed in on President Barack Obama's authorization of "targeted airstrikes" in Iraq.

  • Ukraine, Iraq sours economic mood in euro zone Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 5:21 AM ET
    Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion outside the Shiite Mustafa prayer hall, or Husseiniya, in the southwest of the northern Kurdish controlled Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

    Investors will gauge the strength of the euro zone's fragile economy this week as conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq darken the mood.

  • US workers more productive in Q2, but wages tame Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    U.S. nonfarm productivity rebounded more strongly than expected in the second quarter, but unit labor costs slowed sharply.

  • US jobless claims slide to near lowest of 2014 Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET
    Barry Cicero, left, with the American Legion discusses oportunities for veterans with U.S. Army veteran Risa Stegall at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans at the University of Chicago on July 30, 2014 in Chicago.

    New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a strengthening of the labor market.

  • Weekly jobless claims 289,000     Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on unemployment. And CNBC's Steve Liesman provides perspective on the data. What we are seeing is a shift downward in the jobless claims, says Liesman. Also a look at the European Central Bank's policy versus the Federal Reserve and Bank of England.

  • Trade gap whittled down, helped by US oil boom Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A container ship is loaded at Port Everglades on July 30, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed more than expected as petroleum imports dropped to a 3-1/2 year low, suggesting trade is less of a drag on growth.

  • Why analysts have got it wrong on the euro     Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    Luis Costa, head of CEEMEA FX and rates strategy at Citi, discusses the prospects of the euro and why analysts have been wrong on its price movement.

  • US service sector booms, hits near 10-yr high Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    A waitress carries a tray at a Red Lobster restaurant in Yonkers, New York, on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    The U.S. services sector hit its highest in 8-1/2 years in July, boosted by growth in business activity.