• 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.

  • Main Street reacts to State of the Union Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 1:14 PM ET

    As President Obama said the American economy has rebounded, small business owners worried about how to accommodate sick pay and higher wages.

  • Here are 5 ways to earn money in retirement Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    Many people want to continue working in their golden years. Here are five ways you can earn money while retired, USA TODAY reports.

  • Austerity does not work: UNI Global Union  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 AM ET

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Philip Jennings, general secretary at UNI Global Union, says there have been "humanitarian consequences" of the austerity measures in the euro zone.

  • Baker Hughes to cut 7K as oil patch layoffs mount Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:12 PM ET
    Baker Hughes Inc. signage is displayed at one of the company's facilities in Houston, Texas.

    As crude oil prices continue slipping, pink slips are mounting in the oil patch, USA TODAY reports.

  • Obama to tackle America's economy  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 AM ET

    Ahead of Obama's speech at his sixth State of the Union speech, Ben White, chief economic correspondent at Politico, says President Obama's main priority is "to associate himself with the recovering American economy" and his future plans with economic inequality.

  • Global unemployment to top 212M by 2019: ILO Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:54 AM ET
    Public sector employees shout slogans during a demonstration against layoffs in Athens

    Global unemployment is set to rise in the next five years, with joblessness forecast to increase by 3 million in 2015, according to the ILO.

  • China's survey-based jobless rate at 5.1 pct in 2014 Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 10:06 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 20- One of China's official measures of its unemployment rate, also known as the survey-based unemployment rate, stood at 5.1 percent in 2014, the Chinese statistics bureau said on Tuesday. The comment followed data that showed the world's second-largest economy grew 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter, a rate that was near a six-year low.