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  • WASHINGTON— Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months.

  • U.S. jobless claims rise above 300,000 last week Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 26- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week rose to the highest level since September, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a firming labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000 for the week ended Nov. 22, the Labor Department...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 7:02 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 Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. BETTER JOB MARKET: Employers have added an average of 229,000 jobs a month this year, putting 2014 on pace to be strongest year for hiring since 1999. That's up from an average of 194,000...

  • VW policy for US plant sets off labor scramble Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.— In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them. The new policy, known as "Community Organization Engagement," establishes formal rules for labor groups at the...

  • State jobless-pay rules differ in FairPoint strike Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— FairPoint worker Jeff Dorn has already told his kids Christmas is going to be more about family than presents this year. "They realize that the breadwinner isn't earning anything right now and they are helping the best they can," said Dorn, a 51- year-old who has worked for FairPoint in Maine for more than 12 years. Hundreds of other FairPoint strikers...

  • Wyoming jobless rate unchanged over month Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    CASPER, Wyo.— Wyoming's unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent in October. Teton and Lincoln counties had the highest unemployment rates in October at 5.2 percent. The lowest rates were found in Converse at 3 percent, Campbell at 3.1 percent, and Sublette and Niobrara both at 3.2 percent.

  • BOJ Gov. Kuroda tells firms to up wages, spending Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's central bank governor is urging companies to raise wages and investment to aid the country's efforts to overcome deflation. Haruhiko Kuroda told a group of businessmen in central Japan on Tuesday that the central bank was committed to achieving a target of 2 percent inflation and that he expects companies to make their decisions based on that...

  • This job makes six figures, with no college degree Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    Believe it or not, enrolling in a court reporting course may have a higher pay-off than many four-year college degrees.

  • Miliband on rogue job agencies     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Kate Shoesmith, head of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, responds to U.K. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband's comments that he will not tolerate rogue employment agencies undercutting wages.

  • UN labor organization sees dark picture for Greece Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece may be exiting a cruel six-year recession, but it will take at least 20 years for employment to regain pre-crisis levels without concerted action, the United Nations' labor organization says. ILO research department head Raymond Torres outlined the proposals in a new ILO report presented in Athens on Monday. Greece nearly went bankrupt in...

  • Puerto Rico sees slight drop in unemployment rate Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly as the U.S. territory struggles to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate was 14 percent in October, compared to 14.1 percent in September. In October of last year, the rate was 14.9 percent.

  • The Week Ahead: Black Friday arrives     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET
    Shoppers consider televisions at the Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles on Black Friday, November 29, 2013.

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories, including which retailers are open on Thanksgiving.

  • Discussing whether President Obama's executive action on immigration will depress wages, with Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics, and CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Business boon from immigration plan: Expert     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Professor and historian Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, is the author of "Latino Landscapes." He discusses the lower regulatory burden to small business from President Obama's new immigration plans.

  • Obama's immigration plan risks backlash Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:47 PM ET
    Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.

    The president's immigration actions may actually worsen labor shortages that many industry groups hope reform will fix.

  • Florida unemployment rate drops to 6 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida's unemployment rate is dropping again. Rick Scott announced new jobs numbers during a Friday visit to Boca Raton. Florida's unemployment rate, however, remains above the national average of 5.8 percent.

  • Colorado jobless rate hits 4.3 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions. The last time Colorado's...

  • Ohio's October unemployment rate down Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate was down slightly to 5.3 percent for October. The Department of Job and Family Services released last month's figures on Friday morning. The Ohio unemployment rate was slightly better than the national rate, which was 5.9 percent for September.

  • October jobless rate in Texas slips to 5.1 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    In the past year, Texas added 421,900 total nonfarm jobs, setting a record for jobs added statewide for the third consecutive month. In September, the Texas economy grew by a revised 414,700 jobs over the year. "We have witnessed the Texas economy growing stronger and stronger over the last several years, culminating in another record-breaking month," commission...

  • Maine's unemployment rate unchanged in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say that the state's unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent. New England' s average jobless rate was slightly higher at 5.9 percent. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that had a lower unemployment rate than Maine did in October.