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  • NYC police sergeants union signs new labor contract Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Two months ago, amid a searing rift with City Hall, the president of the New York Police Department's sergeants union turned his back to Mayor Bill de Blasio and later called him "a total nincompoop." On Thursday, that union head, Edward Mullins, fixed a wry smile to his face and allowed a jubilant de Blasio to wrap his arm around his shoulders in celebration of...

  • Applications for US jobless aid rise to 313,000 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications was still consistent with steady hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the most in six weeks. "Despite larger-than-expected weekly swings, the trend in claims remains consistent with...

  • Minimum wages in EU highlight huge economic differences Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:44 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Minimum wages across the European Union highlight the vast economic differences across the member states with a ten-fold difference between Bulgaria and Luxembourg. The EU's statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that while the minimum monthly wage in January stood at 184 euros in Bulgaria, it was 1,923 euros in Luxembourg.

  • 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. Last week included the President's Day holiday, which can cause some volatility in the data, as most state unemployment offices were closed.

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- German unemployment fell to its lowest level in more than two decades in February and consumer morale hit a more than 13- year high, boosting expectations that private consumption will help drive growth in Europe's largest economy this year. Data from the Labour Office showed the number of people out of work in Germany decreased by 20,000 on a...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Germany's jobless rate remained at a record low of 6.5 percent for a third straight month in February, data showed on Thursday, boosting expectations that private consumption will help drive growth in Europe's largest economy this year. That was in line with the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll and remains the lowest since German...

  • LOS ANGELES— Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. "Everybody in this country is watching this struggle," said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. United Teachers Los...

  • French jobless total falls slightly in January Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    PARIS, Feb 25- The number of unemployed people in France fell slightly in January, the first drop since August, as the government tries to spur growth and revive hiring in the euro zone's second-biggest labour market. The Labour Ministry said the number of people registered as jobless in mainland France fell by 19,100 last month to 3,481,600, down 0.5 percent...

  • These are the best tech companies for internships Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    A few of the highest rated companies may surprise you.

  • "That's the stick we'll use to measure every candidate," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.

  • Alaska minimum wage rises to $8.75 an hour Tuesday Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 3:42 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska's minimum wage will rise to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. The increase to $8.75 an hour, Alaska's first minimum wage hike in just over five years, will rank the state's minimum wage...

  • Unemployed? Queen Elizabeth II needs a driver Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    The British royal family is offering one lucky person the opportunity to work for them.

  • WASHINGTON— The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries. Wal-Mart's move follows a sustained campaign for higher wages by some of the company's employees and a nationwide debate over whether to raise the federal minimum wage.

  • $9 an hour: Pressure for franchises to hike wages Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    An employee arranges frozen turkeys displayed for sale at a Walmart Store in Los Angeles.

    With Wal-Mart raising the entry-level wage for workers to $9 an hour, pressure is mounting for other private employers to follow suit.

  • Wal-mart bump a boost to economy?  Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    Is wage inflation taking hold in the U.S.? Insight, with CNBC.com Finance Editor Jeff Cox and the "Closing Bell" panel.

  • Yahoo's Mayer: Seeing growth in total revenue & share  Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on the push for mobile at Marissa Mayer's mobile developer conference. Insight, with Mashable's Lance Ulanoff.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 for the week ended Feb. 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 283,000 Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that a recent string of strong job gains may continue. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 21,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 283,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that before then,...

  • U.S. jobless claims fall more than expected Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 for the week ended Feb. 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • 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. SOLID DROP: Economists forecast that weekly applications fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 290,000, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.