• 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— State officials say Nevada's unemployment has fallen to a more than six-year low. 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 from a year ago. Las Vegas' unemployment rate is down to 6.8 percent, while the Reno...

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

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— South Carolina's unemployment rate increased slightly from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent in October, the fourth monthly uptick in a row. Marion County registered South Carolina's highest unemployment rate, with 11.3 percent. Saluda and Lexington counties registered the lowest, with 5.1 percent for each.

  • 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. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, who says Obama's moves would lower wages and cost...

  • 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.


  • Living in his car, Cramer developed investment strategy Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    Jim Cramer has learned something valuable about investing at almost every junction in his life.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:29 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. APPLICATIONS EVEN LOWER: Economists forecast that weekly applications dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, according to a survey by data provider FactSet.

  • W.Va. unemployment rate falls slightly in October Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:36 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.5 percent in October. WorkForce West Virginia says that rate translates to 51,900 unemployed in the state, up 2,300 from a year ago. Since October 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen by 12,700..

  • Nov 18- Home Depot Inc, the world's No.1 home improvement chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on renovations. The retailer is facing at least 44 civil lawsuits related to the breach in the United States and Canada. Home Depot's net income rose to $1.54 billion, or $1.15 per share, in...

  • New Hampshire unemployment rate goes down slightly Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    In October 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from September, and a decrease of 1.4 percentage points from the October 2013 rate. In New Hampshire, seasonally adjusted estimates for October placed the number...

  • Nov 18- Home Depot Inc, the world's No.1 home improvement chain, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on renovations. The retailer is facing at least 44 civil lawsuits related to the breach in the United States and Canada. Home Depot's net income rose to $1.54 billion, or $1.15 per share, in...