• COLUMBIA, S.C.— South Carolina's unemployment declined slightly during the final month of 2014 to 6.5 percent, state officials said Tuesday. Unemployment rates fell in most of South Carolina's 46 counties. Greenville, Lexington and Saluda counties were tied for the state's lowest jobless rates, at 5.0 percent.

  • Unemployment falls in Maine and nationwide Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's labor officials say the unemployment rate dropped slightly in December. Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in November and 6.4 percent in December 2013. Maine's figure has been higher than the country's for 87 consecutive months.

  • WETHERSFIELD, Conn.— Connecticut employers added 4,800 jobs in December, helping push down the unemployment rate a notch, to 6.4 percent, the state Department of Labor announced Monday. Connecticut's employment increased by 26,700 jobs since December 2013, to nearly 1.7 million. "Connecticut finishes 2014 on an encouraging note with more than 80 percent of...

  • The week ahead: Super Bowl week  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:56 PM ET

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. A big week for earnings, and Fed policymakers meet. New housing and consumer data are also due this week.

  • Deere to lay off more than 1,000 in Iowa, Illinois Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:24 AM ET
    John Deere tractors sits on display at Klein Equipment, a John Deere dealership, in Galesburg, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013.

    Deere will lay off about 910 workers from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 in Illinois until late summer.

  • UK has been good at creating bad jobs: TUC chief  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:40 AM ET

    Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, says the British public has not felt the economic recovery.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent last month, its lowest since September 2001 and the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio had 278,000 unemployed workers in December. Ohio's unemployment rate has remained below the nation's, which was 5.6 percent in...

  • WASHINGTON— The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy. The Labor Department says that weekly applications dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 307,000. The decline comes after applications spiked the previous week to a...

  • McDonald's workers sue over racial discrimination Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 PM ET
    People walk past a McDonald's restaurant, June 9, 2014, in New York.

    Civil rights lawsuit alleges racism and sexual harassment led to wrongful termination of McDonald's workers. The USAToday reports.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The state Labor and Workforce Development Department says New Jersey lost 400 jobs in December, but the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent in November. The unemployment rate has fallen 1 percentage point since December 2013 and is down 3.5 percentage points from December 2009. Chris Christie highlighted the falling rate in...

  • Spain: Unemployment stuck at 23.7 percent in Q4 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain's unemployment rate remained stuck at 23.7 percent in the fourth quarter ending in December compared with the previous three-month period, marking an end to a series of joblessness rate declines throughout 2014, the government's statistics agency said Thursday. The National Statistics Institute put the total number of unemployed at a...

  • Massachusetts gains jobs, unemployment rate falls Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts gained nearly 11,000 jobs and its unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in December, the final month of former Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday. Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show...

  • Why unemployment is still an issue  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    At Davos, Guy Ryder, secretary general at ILO, talks about why unemployment is still a problem seven years after the global financial crisis.

  • "It is unclear at this point whether or not this move up in the trend reflects issues seasonally adjusting the data around the holidays or if it represents a more meaningful deterioration in the labor market," said Daniel Silver, an economist at JP Morgan in New York. State-level data for the week ending Jan. 10 showed an increase in claims in the oil-producing...

  • U.S. jobless claims fall from 7-month high Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week from a seven-month high, pointing to continued improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 307,000 for the week ended Jan. 17, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Tackling minimum wage  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    Glenn Hutchins, North Island Advisory chairman, discusses the issue of income inequality and the changing the nature of work.

  • Europe job recovery will be 'slow': Manpower Group  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:15 AM ET

    Jonas Prising, CEO of Manpower Group, tells CNBC at Davos that job recovery in Europe will be a "long and slow process".

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Nephi and Lyle Jeffs, considered high-ranking sect members, testified in a Salt Lake City courtroom that the doctrine of The...

  • State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.3 percent Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued its rapid decline last month, falling 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent and its lowest level in 12 years, the state said Wednesday. Michigan's unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, which fell 0.2 points to 5.6 percent in December. "Michigan continued to display...

  • Andrew Cuomo wants New York to raise its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. Cuomo's proposal would raise it to $10.50 by the end of 2016. The Democratic governor would also give New York City the authority to boost it to $11.50. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed for the ability to raise the minimum to $13.30.