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  • Forget Q1 GDP, look at these indicators: Experts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:51 PM ET
    Workers at the Bicycle Corporation of America plant in Manning, South Carolina.

    Investors should "ignore the noise" surrounding GDP data and instead look at factors like employment, economists told CNBC.

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, May 21- Economic activity in Brazil tumbled in the first quarter and unemployment climbed to a near four-year high, adding to signs of a painful recession that could worsen as President Dilma Rousseff clamps down on spending. In a separate report, statistics agency IBGE said Brazil's unemployment rate climbed to 6.4 percent last month, the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a rapidly tightening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 for the week ended May 16, the Labor Department...

  • Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts gained jobs for an eighth consecutive month in April while the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday. The Massachusetts rate has dropped for seven consecutive months and is more than full point lower than in April 2014, when it stood at 5.8 percent.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-WALL ST OPENS LOWER AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS. May 21- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday after weekly U.S. jobless claims rose more than expected, and a day after minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting bolstered the view that rates would stay near zero until later this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12.14 points, or 0.07 percent, to...

  • *Lumber Liquidators plunges after CEO resigns unexpectedly. *Best Buy rises; NetApp falls after results. *CVS up on $10.1 bln Omnicare deal.

  • *Weekly jobless claims rise 10,000. WASHINGTON, May 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to suggest the labor market was tightening. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 for the week...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 21- Brazil's jobless rate rose in April to the highest in nearly four years, adding to signs of a painful recession in Latin America's largest economy. Brazil's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 6.4 percent last month, the highest since May 2011, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday. Economists expect Brazil's economy...

  • KITTEH, Jordan— Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky— even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage. The problem has been debated by regional decision-makers for years, but has taken on even greater urgency with...

  • WASHINGTON— More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market. Weekly applications increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. "Despite a string of disappointing data, we continue to get signs that the...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 for the week ended May 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department analyst said there was nothing unusual in the state-level data and no states had been estimated. Outside the energy sector, which has lost thousands of jobs so far this year as...

  • DUBLIN— Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to 9.8 percent, the first time in six years that joblessness levels can be measured in single digits. Ireland's quarterly economic report published Thursday found that unemployment has declined from 10.1 percent since January. That so-called Celtic Tiger economy collapsed amid worldwide credit troubles in...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. SMALL INCREASE: Economists forecast that applications rose 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 270,000, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. Some temporary factors, including harsh winter...

  • Portugal's job market stagnant despite reforms Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:21 AM ET

    LISBON, May 21- A year ago crane operator Miguel Alves, 34, retrained to find a job, encouraged by Portugal's falling unemployment as the economy emerged from a recession triggered by the 2011 crisis. But now his 90- day contract as a warehouse tally clerk, on a third of the pay he was used to, is about to expire, his wife has no job and he has lost his optimism.

  • Jack Ma: Women key to Alibaba's 'yin-yang balance'   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:22 PM ET
    Alibaba's women conf - pkg

    At Alibaba's inaugural "Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship", founder Jack Ma highlighted the integral role of women in the success of the e-commerce giant.

  • China's US investments   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:42 PM ET
    China's US investments

    Authors of a new report say Chinese companies will employ between 200,000 and 400,000 Americans by the year 2020. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports.

  • May 20- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, matching the national jobless rate for the first time since September 2000, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. Michigan's rate for last month dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent in March. "Reaching the national average after being dead last has been a priority as we've...

  • LA raises wages to $15, pressure on other cities Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    Workers demanding the Los Angeles City Council to vote to raise the minimum wage Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    As Los Angeles moves to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a key question now is which other large cities might follow suit and hike pay.

  • A field with 25K more jobs than grads each year Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    Farmer

    Nearly 60,000 agriculture-related job openings are expected annually over the next five years and only about 35,000 grads to fill them.

  • Europe far from full recovery despite growth Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    Paris France Eiffel Tower

    Figures showing improvement in the eurozone's growth can't mask the currency union's long-term sluggishness.