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  • Nevada jobless rate remains 8.5 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada's jobless rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the month before, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday.

  • Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling. The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state's jobless rate for March was 4.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before.

  • Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5 pct in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March. Virginia had seen its jobless rate decline for seven consecutive months, reaching its lowest rate in February since November 2008.

  • Colorado adds 3,300 jobs from February to March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado added jobs for the 29th straight month in March, and as the good economic news mounts, more people are seeking work, the state's chief economist said Friday. Employers also are optimistic, according to a business confidence index released Thursday by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

  • Miss. jobless rate rises in March as payrolls fall Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls fell for the fourth straight month, suggesting that Mississippi's stronger economic growth in late 2013 may be softening.

  • Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force— or the number of people working or searching for work— rose last month by 12,000..

  • Texas jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The strength of the Texas economy combined with a growing labor force contributed to a 5.5 percent March unemployment rate, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The latest seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Texas compares to a 6.7 percent nationwide jobless rate during March.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery.

  • Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:21 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February.

  • Nebraska jobless inches up to 3.7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday. The 3.7 percent rate in March is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013, the state Department of Labor said.

  • Vermont says unemployment now 2nd lowest in US Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    Peter Shumlin says the latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country. The governor's office cites national statistics that show only North Dakota has a lower unemployment rate than Vermont.

  • Florida unemployment rate ticks up slightly Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    However, Florida led the nation with the addition of 22,900 jobs in March. Unemployment in some of the state's larger counties was static, as rates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Duval counties remained unchanged.

  • BRASILIA, April 17- Brazil's jobless rate dropped unexpectedly in March as fewer people sought jobs, highlighting a trend that has helped keep unemployment near record lows despite weak economic growth. Brazil's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate declined in March to 5.0 percent from 5.1 percent in February, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday.

  • Minimum wage hike's cost? Try $15 billion, CBO says Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    The CBO estimates that boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.

  • Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

  • Wisconsin unemployment drops to 5.9 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's unemployment is down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since November 2008. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in March, down from 6.1 percent in February.

  • Kansas unemployment unchanged in March Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Unemployment held steady in Kansas during March, staying at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.9 percent in March, the same as in February. The Kansas Department of Labor says Thursday that the rate compares with 5.5 percent from March 2013. Labor officials say that Kansas added 2,200 private-sector jobs in March and more than 17,000 in the past 12 months.

  • NJ unemployment rate inches up to 7.2 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Preliminary data show New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up to 7.2 in March from 7.1 the previous month as the state lost 1,300 jobs. The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department shows private sector employment declined by 700 jobs, but says that sector has added 2,200 jobs since March 2013.

  • "The economy is stronger than you think," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday, staying close to a 6-1/ 2 year low touched the prior week.

  • Minnesota labor force surpasses 3 million Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said Minnesota has 33,000 more jobs than its all-time employment peak. Steve Hine, research director at the agency, said Minnesota hit 2 million people in its labor force in 1978 and reached 2.5 million in 1993. It has taken longer to get the rest of the way.

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