• An unemployment rate of 7.2 percent is not the end of the world. It’s not a high point, but it’s also not the apocalypse.

  • Boeing to Cut 4,500 Jobs as Airline Demand Falls Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 3:33 PM ET
    Boeing Headquarters

    Boeing, the world's second-largest airplane maker, is planning to cut about 3 percent of its work force as jetliner demand falls, hurt by the global economic downturn.

  • After suffering a loss of income when the housing bubble burst, this real estate agent is willing to do whatever it takes to get back on top.

  • Many Jobs on Wall Street May Never Come Back Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 2:25 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    "The world has certainly changed and the massive growth industry that was Wall Street for the past 20 to 25 years is probably a thing of the past," says one executive.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply as Jobless Rate Soars Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • A New and Fresh Start to Your Career Search Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 12:35 PM ET

    If you are unemployed, it’s now a perfect time to begin a new career search. The first quarter of the year always yielded the most number of hires, followed by the second quarter of the year. So even though we are in a tough economy, this is the greatest number of green lights we’re going to get for a while, so let’s get going!

  • Dow Retreats After Quick Jobs-Relief Pop Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:38 AM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Unemployment Carnage: What Jittery Employees Can Do Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    Transform that nervous energy into making sure that should you get the call to the conference room next, you're poised to land on your feet, and then some.

  • Pros Say: "No Solace" in Jobs Report Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 9:32 AM ET

    U.S. employers slashed payrolls by 524,000 in December, driving the unemployment rate to its highest level in almost 16 years,  suggesting that the year-long recession was deepening.

  • Jobs And The Stimulus Package Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 9:20 AM ET

    524,000 jobs lost in December is pretty terrible, in line with estimates, but it is well below the whisper numbers of 600-700,000 that many were expecting. Despite the poor numbers, it is doubtful this will dramatically increase the size of the stimulus package.

  • Futures Turn Higher After Jobs Report Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    The Dow turned higher after the December jobs report came in as expected, that is to say that more than half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:43 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 524,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate climbed to 7.2%.  This is the highest unemployment rate since January 1993.  The November payroll numbers were revised to a loss of 584,000.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Charts Predict: S&P's Close Friday Is Critical Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 6:47 AM ET

    The S&P 500 is in danger of setting a negative trend for the whole year if it closes lower for the first full week of the New Year, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep, told CNBC.

  • Your First Move For Friday January 9th Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:52 PM ET

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Market’s First Big Test, Friday Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:33 PM ET

    Friday could be D-Day for the markets. The highly anticipated December jobs report comes out and by all accounts it should move the market.

  • Housing Supply Still Needs to Be Lower: Rosenberg Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 5:30 PM ET

    Lowering housing inventory is key to solving the ailing real estate market and broader economy, said David Rosenberg, Merrill Lynch chief North American economist.

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Obama's Stimulus Package: Will It Be Too Big To Work? Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 1:39 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Though most economists agree that bigger is better at this point, they also say size and complexity of the stimulus package could slow its passage at a time when the economy needs a quick-fix.

  • Job Hunting? Have Your "Schtick" Ready Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 12:33 PM ET

    Two million jobs vanished from this country in 2008. The unemployment rate may be headed for 11%. And worst of all, people all over the country are postponing retirement, making it more and more difficult for young job-seekers with little experience to find work.

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