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  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stocks edged higher at the open on Wednesday on top of a five-day winning streak that pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and on the latest piece of economic data indicating the economy is strengthening.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stocks were set for a modestly higher open on Wednesday on the heels of a five-day winning streak that pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and on the latest piece of economic data indicating the economy is strengthening. "Economic data has been consistently positive," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 24- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, underscoring the economy's enduring strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Dec. 20, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. U.S. financial markets were little...

  • Applications for US jobless aid fall to 7-week low Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving. The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.. "What we have seen in the data over the...

  • U.S. jobless claims fall for fourth straight week Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 24- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, underscoring the economy's enduring strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Dec. 20, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. A Labor Department analyst said...

  • 2015: The year jobs surge in the U.S.  Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Despite market volatility, CNBC anchors are optimistic that employment growth will be robust in the months ahead.

  • *Equity markets close at 1 p.m. in holiday-shortened session. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, after a five-day winning streak pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and ahead of data on the labor market. *Equity markets will operate on a shortened trading schedule Wednesday, closing at 1 p.m. ahead of the Christmas...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US unemployment benefits Wednesday, 24 Dec 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 Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. MINOR INCREASE: Economists forecast that weekly applications rose 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 290,000, according to a survey by data provider FactSet.

  • French jobless ticks up to new record in November Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 24- More people were unemployed in France in November than ever before, data showed on Wednesday, highlighting continued weak activity in the euro zone's second-largest economy. The Labour Ministry said the jobless total in mainland France rose by 27,400 to 3,488,300, a 0.8 percent increase over one month and 5.8 percent over one year.

  • US minimum wage hikes to impact Walmart Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    Minimum wage hikes across the US will prompt Wal-Mart Stores to adjust base salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations.

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:52 AM ET

    Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. "We're still giddy after yesterday's GDP," said Chris Gaffney, a senior...

  • Price plunge puts oil patch jobs at risk Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:54 PM ET
    A derrick hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Whlie falling oil prices are helping the U.S. economy, job prospects in the oil patch aren't so bright.

  • If Santa got paid, here's how much he'd earn Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Insure.com crunched government stats to match parts of Santa's job to a real-world job title and salary. NBC's TODAY reports.

  • Judge strikes down wage boost for some home workers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Monday struck down Labor Department regulations that would have meant higher pay for some home health care workers. President Barack Obama had announced the rules in 2011 as part of his effort to boost the economy and help about 2 million home care workers without going through Congress. Leon said that the exemption enjoyed by...

  • Shippers seek US mediator in port labor talks Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:37 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The association which represents shipping lines and the operators of cargo terminals at West Coast seaports says it has asked for federal mediation in its ongoing contract talks with dockworkers. The Pacific Maritime Association said in a statement Monday that after seven months of negotiations, dockworkers and their employers remain "far...

  • What to do about Silicon Valley's color problem? Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    Google signage displayed outside of the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    The tech sector's lack of diversity has been widely chronicled. So how do companies like Google, Apple and Facebook solve the problem?

  • US workers' latest competition: The robot Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 3:21 PM ET
    K5 robot by Knightscope

    Recent technological breakthroughs allowing machines to mimic the human mind are enabling machines to do knowledge jobs and service jobs.

  • Arkansas' jobless rate down to 5.8 pct in November Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped for a third straight month in November, to 5.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists say Arkansas added 10,300 employed workers last month, another positive sign for the state's economy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday. Michael Pakko, chief economist at the...

  • The Week Ahead: Santa Claus is coming to town  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. Christmas is this week and retailers are hoping for a big Super Saturday.

  • Nebraska November jobless rate down to 3.1 percent Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    The Nebraska Labor Department said the rate was also down from the November 2013 rate of 3.7 percent. Nebraska had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation in November, trailing North Dakota's 2.7 percent, according the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, Nebraska listed 990,516 people as employed, compared with 986,943 in October and...