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  • Ohio's September unemployment rate down Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate fell slightly last month after holding steady for two months in a row, according to state numbers released Friday. The state's jobless rate was 5.6 percent for September, down from 5.7 percent in both July and August, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Ohio unemployment rate was slightly...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 17- London copper bounced off six-month lows on Friday after the U.S. economy showed signs of strength, but lingering global growth concerns kept a recovery in check as markets await China economic data next week. Copper prices slid to their weakest since April 15 at $6,535 a tonne on Thursday. China will publish GDP data on Oct. 21.

  • India's Modi kicks off overhaul of labor rules Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:45 PM ET
    Employees install interior panels and fittings to a Mahindra & Mahindra XUV 500 sport-utility vehicle (SUV) on the production line at the company's facility in Chakan, Maharashtra, India.

    India will simplify employment rules and ease the way for people changing jobs to move social security funds, Premier Modi said.

  • This is Australia's next growth driver Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:50 PM ET
    Skyline of Downtown Perth, Australia.

    Australia's once-booming resources sector is fizzling, but HSBC says a new engine may propel the economy: housing and infrastructure.

  • Kentucky jobless rate falls to 6.7 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate in September dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent last month, down from 7.1 percent in August. It's the lowest statewide jobless rate since July 2008, when the rate...

  • Rhode Island's unemployment rate at 7.6 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, the same as the rate for August after it was revised downward. The state Department of Labor and Training reported the new figure on Thursday. Rhode Island's rate a year ago was 9.5 percent.

  • *Netflix tumbles after quarterly results. *UnitedHealth leads Dow, S&P higher. NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. stocks edged higher in afternoon trading Thursday, rebounding from earlier declines, as a flurry of economic reports eased fears about the potential impact of a weakening global economy on the United States.

  • Minnesota jobs report shows dip in unemployment Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota has added 7,200 jobs, pushing the state's unemployment rate down to 4.1 percent. State officials announced the September gains in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate Thursday. Mark Dayton has been campaigning on Minnesota's relatively low rate, while his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, says Minnesota's job growth doesn't...

  • *Netflix tumbles after quarterly results. *UnitedHealth leads Dow, S&P higher. Adding to the positive tone, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard told Bloomberg television the U.S. central bank may want to keep up its bond buying stimulus for now given a drop in inflation expectations.

  • New Jersey's unemployment rate drops slightly Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's overall employment picture improved slightly last month despite the loss of more than 6,000 jobs in three Atlantic City casinos that shut down. The state says the unemployment rate dropped a tick to 6.5 percent in September as public-sector hiring picked up— largely because of state colleges and universities hiring.

  • Merry Christmas! Hiring may hit dot-com boom level Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 AM ET
    A Now Hiring sign to attract seasonal employees

    Christmas season retail hiring is expected to significantly outpace the level seen in 2013.

  • Fed Lockhart: US jobs market still a mess Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 9:17 AM ET
    People browse booths at a military veterans' job fair in Carson, Calif., October 3, 2014.

    The labor market is still "far from normal" because of large numbers of part-time workers, Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14- year low last week, a positive signal that could counter doubts over whether the economy is shifting into a higher gear. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor...

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000. New York: Up 4,753, due to layoffs in transportation and warehousing, food services and public administration. Texas: Up 1,976, due to layoffs in manufacturing, administrative support, and finance.

  • US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000,...

  • U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest level in 14 years Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14- year low last week, a positive signal for the labor market that could counter doubts over whether the economy is shifting into a higher gear. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, its lowest level since 2000,...

  • India PM announces overhaul of archaic labor laws Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms on Thursday aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub. India's labor laws, many written when India was a British colony, strictly regulate hiring and firing of employees and require large amounts of paperwork which often...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. The report will be released Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. TINY INCREASE: Economists forecast that weekly applications moved up 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 290,000, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • Georgia's jobless rate drops to 7.9 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:46 AM ET

    ATLANTA— State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to 7.9 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September early Thursday morning. He said in a statement that Georgia has added 80,000 jobs since September 2013.

  • Governor candidates diverge on jobs report Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— More than 7,000 new jobs added in September served as further political fodder on Thursday in Minnesota's race for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the Republican nominee for governor, said there are more to Minnesota's numbers than meet the eye. Steve Hine, Labor Market Information Office research director at the Department...