• 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.

  • Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Employers added jobs in 38 states and cut them in 12. The biggest gains occurred in California, which added 41,500; Texas, which gained 35,200; and Florida, which added 34,400.. Nevada reported the largest job loss, a decline of 7,300, followed by New York, where...

  • Oct. Pennsylvania jobless rate down, payrolls up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate fell by three-tenths of a percentage point in October, as payrolls and the labor force grew. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent in September. The rate was last at 5.4 percent in 2008. The U.S. rate is currently 5.8...

  • Nevada jobless rate down to 7.1 percent in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate fell to a six-year low in October and reached a level not seen since the early stages of the recession that rattled the state's economy. The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday that Nevada's October jobless rate was 7.1 percent, which is down from 7.3 percent in September and 9.4 percent...

  • SC jobless rate increases for 4th month in a row Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— The jobless rate in South Carolina has risen for the fourth month in a row, with the state's seasonally adjusted rate increasing slightly from 6.6 percent in September to 6.7 percent in October, officials said Friday. Marion County registered South Carolina's highest unemployment rate, with 11.3 percent. "As the state's economy continues to grow,...

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released Thursday. Marking a steady trend in the state, seasonally adjusted employment figures show that 3.9 percent of Minnesota residents were unemployed...

  • White House: Immigration steps would boost wages Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10- year period. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the gross domestic product would...

  • October jobless rate in NC drops to 6.3 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina's unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September, the state Commerce Department reported Friday. "The North Carolina unemployment rate went down significantly," said John Coleman, an economics professor at Duke University's Fuqua business school. But compared to the size of the workforce,...

  • NY unemployment rate reaches lowest since 2008 Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— The state Labor Department says New York's statewide unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 6 percent last month, reaching its lowest level since October 2008. Over the past year, private sector jobs grew most rapidly in New York City, Long Island, the Capital District, and Kingston. The metro areas in New York state that lost private sector jobs between...

  • IBM's Watson gets new coworkers Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:29 PM ET
    IBM's Watson computing system is shown during a press conference in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in this Jan. 13, 2011 photo.

    IBM went an unconventional route to hire new coworkers for its super-computing system Watson.

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent. Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, bringing this year's total to nearly 50,000 new jobs. Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark-Sieben says the state's job growth in the last three months has been the strongest since 1990..

  • Mass. jobless rate holds steady at 6 percent Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    BOSTON— The state's office of Labor and Workforce Development says Massachusetts gained an estimated 1,200 jobs in October, but the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6 percent. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said the state gained 7,800 jobs in that month, down from the previous estimate of 9,400.. Still, officials say Massachusetts has...

  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000 Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. "These job stats continue to look good," said Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week, but continued to point to strengthening labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000 for the week ended Nov. 15, the Labor Department said on Thursday.