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  • NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is closing sharply higher after investors received encouraging news on corporate earnings and the jobs market. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 225 points, or 1.3 percent, to close at 17,416 Thursday. Ford, Harley-Davidson, Coach and Ally Financial were among the companies that reported quarterly results that exceeded...

  • TREASURIES-Bond prices back up on strong jobless data Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    *Treasury sells $64 billion of new debt. NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. Treasuries fell on Thursday, with long-term yields backing away from record lows as U.S. jobless claims figures shrank to a 15- year low and investors made room for $64 billion of new government debt.

  • Bad employees: Are they really your fault? Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 PM ET
    Ari Gold from Entourage

    Think employees behaving badly is just a few rotten eggs? In fact, you — and your corporate culture — may be to blame.

  • Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics. The complaint was announced Thursday by the Service Employees International Union, which has been trying for years to unionize some 3,500 non-clinical employees. But Maryanne Williams, who works as a medical...

  • TREASURIES-Prices turn down after rally, jobless data Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. Other maturities were also mostly off, according to Thomson Reuters data. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • New Jersey dispensary workers file unfair labor charges Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 AM ET

    United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 152 says a majority of the 11 employees at the Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Brian String, the president of Local 152, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the dispensary was using "tricks from the usual...

  • *Jobless claims at lowest level since April 2000. WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24,...

  • WASHINGTON— The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000.

  • U.S. jobless claims approach 15-year low Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department...

  • 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. MODEST FALL: Economists forecast that weekly applications dropped 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.

  • BERLIN— German unemployment rose to 7 percent in January, but the increase was due largely to seasonal factors and the Federal Labor Agency says the job market remains strong. The rate rose 0.6 percentage points from 6.4 percent in December, with 3.03 million people out of work in January, the agency said in a report Thursday. When adjusted for seasonal factors,...

  • RPT- FED SAYS ECONOMY EXPANDING AT SOLID PACE, WITH STRONG JOB GAINS AND A LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

  • One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages. Union representative Andrea Becker told the dpa news agency Wednesday that after three unsuccessful rounds of talks, ver.di hopes to put pressure on...

  • The best jobs in America for 2015 Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:03 PM ET

    Glassdoor's best jobs list is based on a combination of average annual base salary, career opportunities, and number of job openings.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state's lowest unemployment rate since October 2008, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Virginia has seen jobless rates of 4.9 percent during several months over the last year. Terry McAuliffe said he welcomed the news about the "strength of the new Virginia economy," but he...

  • WASHINGTON— Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs— just not enough to keep up with population growth.

  • Nevada jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent in December Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate dropped even further in December to reach a level unseen since June 2008, and the state ended the year with nearly 100,000 jobs more than it had at the depths of the recession, officials said Tuesday. The state's jobless rate dropped to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent in December, the Nevada Department of Employment,...

  • 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...