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  • US TREASURY YIELDS INCREASE SLIGHTLY AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS ROSE TO 2.60 PERCENT.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 for the week ended July 26, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON— Applications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302 k; still at pre-recession levels.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:18 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. INCREASE EXPECTED: Economists forecast that weekly applications rose to 302,000, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • Here's what's riding on jobs numbers     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Chris Rupkey, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and Steven Ricchiuto, Mizuho Securities, discuss how Friday's jobs report will likely impact the Fed's taper timetable.

  • EURO ZONE UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 11.5 PCT IN JUNE FROM 11.6 PCT IN MAY.

  • Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    The order also requires that workers be given information each pay period to help them to determine whether their paychecks are accurate, White House officials said.

  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. It mirrors protections Congress has already enacted that apply to Pentagon contracts.

  • McDonald's ruling may be very good news for labor Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois.

    Fears that workers will become more unionized after a ruling by the legal arm of the National Labor Relations Board against McDonald's may be real.

  • 30 protesters arrested in union rallies at UPMC Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Thirty protesters were arrested Wednesday during a demonstration for a labor union and higher employee wages at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, organizers said. UPMC officials didn't comment on the events organized by the Service Employees International Union outside UPMC's Pittsburgh headquarters.

  • Comparing US Fed's views on inflation, job market Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting June 17-18:. Now: The Fed sees a better job market, but has added new qualifications: "Labor market conditions improved, with the unemployment rate declining further.

  • RPT-FED SAYS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINED BUT A RANGE OF LABOR MARKET INDICATORS SUGGEST SIGNIFICANT UNDERUTILIZATION OF LABOR RESOURCES.

  • How to get rich? Serve the rich consumer Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    Sign up for Butler Boot Camp? A new paper suggests that there is an upside to inequality for companies and workers that best cater to the newly rich.

  • Private sector payrolls come in weak in July Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:15 AM ET
    Pedestrians walk by a now hiring sign posted in the window of a Ross Dress for Less store on June 6, 2014 in San Francisco.

    Private businesses created 218,000 jobs in July, a number that while solid and in line with previous months fell below expectations, according to ADP.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS FALL SLIGHTLY AFTER ADP JOBS DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS DECREASE TO 2.47 PERCENT.

  • ADP July payrolls up 218,000     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:15 AM ET
    An employee works on the production line at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana, July 24, 2014.

    CNBC's Steve Liesman and Mark Zandy, Moody's Analytics, check out the monthly employment numbers. We are on track to full employment by late 2016, predicts Zandy.

  • Key data point of the day: GDP     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo senior economist, and Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon chief economist, share their thoughts on what they expect to see from Wednesday's GDP numbers.

  • Stocks close lower ahead of economic reports Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is ending with a modest loss as investors wait for a series of big economic reports later in the week. The next day, a report on China's manufacturing industry will give investors an update on the health of the world's factory floor. And on Friday, the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report.

  • McDonald's could be liable for labor practices Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations. The same is true for many other fast-food chains, including Burger King and Yum Brands, which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza hut.

  • TOKYO, July 29- The availability of jobs in Japan rose to the highest in 22 years, in an encouraging sign that a tighter labour market will boost wages and support consumer spending. However, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, rose to 3.7 percent from 3.5 percent in the previous month.