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  • *Platinum falls to 3- month lows. LONDON, Aug 21- Gold slid around 1 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session on a firm dollar and after slightly better than expected U.S. jobless claims fed expectations for an early interest rate hike.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market and before the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week's figures were revised up slightly to 311,000..

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn't want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.

  • UK self-employment at 40-year high     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    Jamie Jenkins, labor market analyst at ONS and Laura Gardiner, senior research and policy analyst at Resolution Foundation, discuss the rise of self-employment in the U.K. and the implications for the economy.

  • Job growth mostly at the low end of pay scale     Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jeff Cox explains how job growth over the past year continues to be strongest in lower-wage industries, where employment now exceeds pre-recession levels by 2.3 million.

  • Alabama goes against trend on unemployment Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— For the second month, Alabama is the only state with an unemployment rate higher than a year ago. Bentley said nearly 60,000 new jobs have been announced since he became governor, and Alabama is poised for better days when plants come on line like Airbus in Mobile, Golden Dragon Copper Tubing in Wilcox County and Remington in Huntsville.

  • Kudlow: Stop making excuses for slow growth Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    Many economists are writing off 2% growth as "secular stagnation." To quote JFK, "We can do bettah!," Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore say.

  • Aug 15- Slackness in the labor market is keeping U.S. wages from rising, according to research published by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on Friday. So far, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has resisted that pressure, drawing in part on her view that low wage growth suggests the labor market is weaker than headline unemployment suggests.

  • The Week Ahead: Housing data & Ukraine     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
    A contractor operates a nail gun while working at the PulteGroup Inc. Sage housing development under construction in San Jose, California.

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

  • UK labor market a 'mystery': Pro     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Andrew Lilico, executive director and principal at Europe Economics, says the characteristics of the U.K.'s labor market are a "mystery" to economists.

  • Connecting freelancers with jobs     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    New technology platforms work to connect freelance workers with jobs, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • The best paying jobs for high school graduates Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    Instead of volunteering and building their resumes to nab a spot at a top university, some high school grads are taking full-time jobs. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • FOREX-Dollar falls on U.S. jobless claims Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 14- The dollar weakened broadly on Thursday, falling after three straight days of gains, on yet another piece of data suggesting a bumpy recovery for the U.S. economy.

  • *Weekly jobless claims rise 21,000. WASHINGTON, Aug 14- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but will probably do little to change views that the labor market was strengthening.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 14- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but will probably do little to change views that the labor market was strengthening.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of jobless claims data Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    *Cisco shares down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weak conditions in Europe. *Cisco Systems Inc fell 1.3 percent to $24.87 in premarket trading.