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  • *Gold fell 2.4 pct in March, second monthly loss. LONDON, April 1- Gold eased on Wednesday after ending March down more than 2 percent, as the dollar edged higher and as expectations that U.S. interest rates will rise this year weighed on the metal. Gold is particularly sensitive to shifts in U.S. interest rates, which also move the dollar, in which the metal is priced.

  • *Yen firmer as weak Tokyo shares weigh on risk sentiment. LONDON, April 1- The dollar fell back on Wednesday as a soft reading on Japanese business sentiment dented Tokyo shares but helped bolster the yen, while some improvement in Chinese data offered support to the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Greece's economy minister said the country should reach a...

  • German jobless rate slips to 6.8 percent in March Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:45 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's unemployment rate edged down to 6.8 percent in March as a traditional springtime uptick in hiring bolstered an already robust labor market in Europe's biggest economy. The Federal Labor Agency said Tuesday that the unadjusted jobless rate was down from 6.9 percent in February. Last week, a closely watched survey showed German business...

  • Santelli Exchange: Chicago PMI 46.3   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:45 AM ET
    Santelli Exchange: Chicago PMI 46.3

    New orders are coming, explains Alyce Andres-Frantz, MNI Chicago Bureau Chief, in discussing the sluggish March read on Chicago PMI.

  • Fast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    At an event announcing the actions in front of a McDonald's in New York City's Times Square, organizers said home health care aides, airport workers, adjunct professors, child care workers and Wal-Mart workers will be among those turning out in April. Terrence Wise, a Burger King worker from Kansas City, Missouri, and a national leader for the Fight for $15 push, said...

  • Where the jobs are: Paychex CEO   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:35 AM ET
    Where the jobs are: Paychex CEO

    Marty Mucci, Paychex CEO, breaks down the latest data from the February's Small Business Jobs Index.

  • Will jobs report disappoint?   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:33 AM ET
    Will jobs report disappoint?

    CNBC's Steve Liesman provides a preview of what to expect from Friday's employment numbers.

  • LONDON— The 19- country eurozone isn't going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it's increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way. Eurozone inflation rates have been negative since last December, a headache that prompted the European Central Bank earlier this year to launch a 1.1 trillion-euro government...

  • BOSTON— Massachusetts should be a national leader in narrowing the wage gap between men and women in the workforce, state Treasurer Deb Goldberg said Tuesday in announcing the creation of a new statewide advisory committee to devise strategies for improving wage equality. According to Goldberg, women in Massachusetts earn just 82 cents on the dollar...

  • This week's US jobs won't spook the Fed: Pro   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:14 PM ET
    This week's US jobs won't spook the Fed: Pro

    Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, expects 220,000 nonfarm jobs to be created in March, with weekly earnings advancing 2.2 percent, which won't be enough to spook the Fed.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A politically charged proposal to raise Washington's highest-in-the-nation state minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years drew extended debate and a capacity crowd to a Senate committee hearing Monday. The bill to raise minimum wage via a series of annual 50- cent increases, passed the Democrat-controlled House in a party-line vote earlier...

  • This week, US dollar will be on the back foot   Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 6:20 PM ET
    This week, US dollar will be on the back foot

    Sean Callow, senior currency strategist at Westpac, says the greenback remains wary after the FOMC meeting, but should finish the week on a positive note with U.S. jobs expected to meet market consensus.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— For the first time in more than six years, North Dakota doesn't have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, due in part to sliding oil drilling activity spurred by low crude prices. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday show North Dakota's jobless rate in February was 2.9 percent, up from 2.8 percent in January.

  • The Week Ahead: Jobs data on Good Friday   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:02 PM ET
    The Week Ahead: Jobs data on Good Friday

    CNBC's Mandy Drury looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories.

  • Indiana's religious freedom law under fire   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Indiana's religious freedom law under fire

    Salesforce.com's CEO Marc Benioff is taking a stand against the controversial Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate of 2.7 percent last month was the lowest in the country, a state report showed Friday. The Nebraska Labor Department report said the February rate was seven-tenths of a point under the February 2014 rate of 3.4 percent and remained well under the new national average rate of 5.5 percent.

  • How I managed millennials to $100 million in sales Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    Millennials working computer

    David Glickman, CEO of Ultra Mobile, explains how he managed a millennial team to grow his company to more than $100 million in two years.

  • WETHERSFIELD, Conn.— The string of snow storms and bitter cold in February cost Connecticut jobs, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. "Connecticut's record cold February temperatures and frequent snow to have affected industry employment, hours worked and some unemployment claims activity last month," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of...

  • DETROIT, March 26- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday that the natural rate of unemployment in the United States was probably around 5 percent and might even be lower. "I think the natural rate of unemployment is probably around 5 percent and it may be lower than that," he told reporters after speaking to an investment...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000 for the week ended March 21, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the lowest level since mid-February and was better than economists' expectations for a dip to 290,000. A Labor Department analyst said there was nothing unusual in the state-level data.