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  • Wisconsin unemployment rate holds at 5.7 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's unemployment rate is holding steady. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in June, unchanged from May. More reliable numbers are released quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they lag the monthly figures.

  • Nevada June jobless rate ticks down to 7.7 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's jobless rate has dipped to its lowest level in nearly six years, dropping from 7.9 percent in May to 7.7 percent in June as the state saw an 11th month of job gains. "Although this positive news is welcomed, we must remain vigilant in our economic development efforts to continue moving Nevada forward."

  • Conn. employers add jobs for 5th straight month Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's labor market continued to strengthen as employers added jobs for the fifth straight month in June, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than five years, the state Department of Labor reported on Thursday.

  • Ala. only state with higher unemployment over year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.

  • Alaska unemployment rate hit 6.4 percent in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska's unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent in June. That compares to the revised May rate of 6.3 percent and a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6 percent in June 2013.

  • Kansas unemployment up to 4.9 percent in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June but also experience modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June 2013.

  • SC jobless figure unchanged for 3rd straight month Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— South Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged for the third month in a row, holding steady at 5.3 percent in June, state officials said Friday. Unemployment rates went up last month in all of South Carolina's 46 counties except three.

  • Ohio unemployment rate unchanged at 5.5 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:32 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The unemployment rate in Ohio remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in June, staying at the lowest level since before the Great Recession, the state reported Friday. The seasonally adjusted rate for June was the same as May and down from 5.7 percent in April and 6.1 percent in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

  • Florida unemployment rate dips slightly in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida led the nation in job growth in June, a sharp turnaround from the previous month. Florida's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent or a slight dip of 0.1 percent from May.

  • Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

  • Rhode Island jobless rate falls to 7.9 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in June, but the state shed several hundred jobs. The state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday that the unemployment rate fell three-tenths of 1 point from May to its lowest level since July 2008.

  • Fed's Bullard expects drop in labor participation Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET
    James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve St. Louis.

    The government should not expect an influx of workers, a Fed official said, raising a point that goes against the view of Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Wisconsin unemployment rate holds at 5.7 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's unemployment rate is holding steady. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in June, unchanged from May. More reliable numbers are released quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they lag the monthly figures.

  • Illinois unemployment rate falls again in June Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in June, driven to its lowest level since October 2008 by a fourth straight month of improvement, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

  • Unemployment dips to 6.6 percent in New Jersey Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Officials say New Jersey's unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent in June, its lowest level in more than five years. The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department and based on data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points in June.

  • Conn. employers add jobs for 5th straight month Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's labor market continued to strengthen as employers added jobs for the fifth straight month in June, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than five years, the state Department of Labor reported on Thursday.

  • Georgia unemployment rate at 7.4 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    ATLANTA— The unemployment rate in Georgia climbed to 7.4 percent in June, a slightly increase from May. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the increase in unemployment was attributable to regular seasonal fluctuations. Those include summer job losses among school workers and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

  • 700 protest S. Korean factory closure in Myanmar Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    YANGON, Myanmar— More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages. The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the plant illegally and without notice in May and has left the country.

  • Microsoft plans to cut up to 14 percent of staff Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    The company said it would cut up to 18,000 jobs and take restructuring charges of up to $1.6 billion.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week average has slipped to 309,000, the lowest reading since June 2007, about five months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 4,008, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry.