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  • WASHINGTON, March 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, indicating the labor market remained on solid footing despite slowing economic growth. Growth has slowed in the first quarter, undercut by a harsh winter, a strong dollar, weaker overseas economies and a now-settled labor dispute at West Coast...

  • State unemployment rate fell in snowy February Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    BOSTON— The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped two-tenths of a point to stand below 5 percent in February, a month in which the region was clobbered with record snowfall, the state's labor office reported Thursday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.1 percent in January to 4.9 percent in February, marking the first time since March 2008— seven years ago—...

  • *Current account deficit widens to $113.5 billion in Q4. WASHINGTON, March 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, indicating the labor market remained on solid footing despite slowing economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000...

  • Applications for US jobless aid barely rose last week Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000. Jobless claims have been subdued for the past two...

  • WASHINGTON— US unemployment benefit applications tick up slightly to 291,000, a sign of further job gains.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose only modestly last week, indicating the labor market remained on solid footing despite slowing economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000 for the week ended March 14, the Labor Department said...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US jobless aid applications Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 6:39 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. ALMOST FLAT: Economists forecast that weekly applications rose a slight 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 290,000, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.

  • Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Secretary Tom Perez told Congress on Wednesday that his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago that the department come up with new rules to make more workers eligible for overtime pay for working beyond their scheduled hours. Overtime and minimum wage rules are set by law in the Fair Labor Standards Act,...

  • Janet Yellen Q&A   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:43 PM ET
    Janet Yellen Q&A

    Janet Yellen responds to reporters' questions following the Fed rate decision and removal of the word patient from its statement.

  • Yellen: Not ruling out April rate hike   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Yellen: Not ruling out April rate hike

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes her opening statement, saying just because the Fed removed the word "patient" in its guidance for a rate increase, doesn't mean they are going to be "impatient."

  • U.S. military veteran unemployment easing, but still high Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 18- Unemployment rates for U.S. military veterans fell last year, but joblessness among their ranks remains higher than the civilian population, a government report showed on Thursday. The unemployment rate among veterans who joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001, fell to an average of 7.2 percent last year from 9 percent in 2013, the Labor...

  • Understanding what informs Fed policy decisions Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve building

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. Here's a brief history.

  • Workers at largest US refinery OK deal Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:59 AM ET
    Members of the United Steel Workers union picket the Tesoro refinery in Carson, California, on Feb. 2, 2015.

    More than 700 United Steelworkers union workers at the largest U.S. refinery unanimously approved a new contract on Tuesday night.

  • Economic 'odd couple' seek jobs boost   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    Economic 'odd couple' seek jobs boost

    Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University, and Andy Stern, former SEIU president, share their plan to create jobs and improve the economy. In the end you have to make deals and find common ground, says Stern.

  • Supporters of higher minimum wage hail judge's ruling Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Supporters of higher pay for minimum wage workers hailed a federal judge's decision clearing the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month. "This is a great day for Seattle's fast food franchise workers," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement Tuesday night. Ashley Bach, a spokesman for the International Franchise...

  • This is what NFL rookie Borland left on the table Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 2:42 PM ET
    Linebackers Coach Jim Leavitt of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Chris Borland #50 during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 9, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after only one season, potentially giving up millions in the process.

  • Seattle businesses fight $15 minimum wage Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 12:56 PM ET
    June 2014 file photo of Mayor Ed Murray signing a bill that raises Seattle's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    As the nation's biggest minimum wage hike ramps up in Seattle, a top franchise lobby has been fighting back with a lawsuit.

  • What the Uber, Lyft lawsuits mean for the economy Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:46 PM ET
    An Uber driver drives a passenger in Washington D.C.

    Two suits involving Uber and Lyft are headed for trial, and could have wide-ranging implications for labor costs and the freelance economy.

  • This means that China is ready for further easing

    China's decision to maintain its employment target means that it could shift to a pro-stimulus environment in the coming months, says Alaistair Chan, economist at Moody's Analytics.

  • The week ahead: SXSW week   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 4:02 PM ET
    The Week Ahead: SXSW week

    CNBC's Jon Fortt looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. South-by-Southwest happens this week and the NCAA tournament starts. Oh, and there's a Fed meeting, too.