• How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market closed at record highs on Thursday following another piece of good news on the economy. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. That came a day after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday made clear it would keep interest rates near zero for a while.

  • Stocks hit record highs after good news on economy Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is closing at record highs following another piece of good news on the economy. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5 percent, to close at a record 2,011 on Thursday. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department.

  • High at work     Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    A new survey from Mashable finds nearly 10 percent of Americans admit to smoking pot before heading into the office. CNBC's Kate Rogers shares the difficulties in testing employees.

  • Unemployment rate rises a tick in New Jersey Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's unemployment rate rose a tick in August to 6.6 percent as more people looked for work and the number of people with jobs dropped slightly. The state Labor Department released its preliminary monthly report Thursday. New Jersey's unemployment rate remains above the national rate of 6.1 percent.

  • Illinois jobless rate declines in August Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Illinois' unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner.

  • August gains drive down Minn. unemployment rate Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota has gained 6,100 jobs in August, driving down the state's unemployment rate to 4.3 percent. The Department of Employment and Economic Development numbers show construction and business services jobs were responsible for more than 80 percent of August's job gains.

  • I applaud IBM's retrain-or-be-fired memo Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    IBM's memo to select staff forcing them to take a pay cut and retrain may seem harsh but it makes sense for investors, this hedge-fund manager says.

  • Mich. jobless rate off 0.3 points to 7.4 percent Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.4 percent in the latest month. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management& Budget released the August employment report Wednesday. The state says that Michigan's civilian labor force fell by 11,000 to 4.731 million in August.

  • Oregon minimum wage increases by 15 cents Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— More than 140,000 Oregon workers will get a pay raise when the minimum wage goes up the first of the year, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries said Wednesday. It will affect 141,822 people, roughly 8 percent of Oregon's workforce. The increase means Oregon will have the nation's second-highest minimum wage behind Washington.

  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. Scotland opened polling stations for a referendum on whether the country will leave the United Kingdom and become independent.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar rose to a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday, after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner rather than later.

  • Sept. Philly Fed Index: 22.5     Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the September read on the Phill Fed Index.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers.

  • *Jobless claims fell 36,000 last week. WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration.

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON— Applications for US jobless aid drop sharply to 280 K, sign of a stronger job market.

  • US to train veterans to install solar panels Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:27 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. DECREASE LIKELY: Economists forecast that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • Greek unemployment dips, still above 26 percent Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greek unemployment dropped considerably in the second quarter but still afflicts more than a quarter of the workforce, as the country struggles to climb out of a punishing six-year economic recession.

  • Arizona's jobless rate up for 3rd straight month Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's unemployment rate is up for a third straight month. Department of Administration economists reported Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 7.1 percent, up from 7 percent in July.