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  • Some exempt from minimum wage, increased or not Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 PM ET
    Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, center, joins fellow Senate Democrats to urge approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, April 2, 2014.

    Labor laws exclude more than a dozen categories of jobs from the minimum wage, including crews on fishing ships and casual baby sitters.

  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would mean higher earnings for 16.5 million workers— but also would cost 500,000 others their jobs.

  • Michigan adjusted jobless rate down to 7.5 percent Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years, falling two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent. The department says Michigan's civilian labor force rose 11,000 to 4.730 million in March, while the number of people working rose 19,000 to 4.375 million.

  • Wash. unemployment rate steady at 6.3 percent Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. "The short-term trend looks good," Paul Turek, a labor economist with the department, said in a written statement.

  • Jobs outlook for Class of 2014 looks like this... Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    Job prospects for this year's college graduates have changed a lot from last year, according to a new survey.

  • Jobless rate up for 57 Ky. counties in 2013 Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County's annual jobless rate last year was the state's lowest, at 6.1 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012. Leslie County had the highest rate in 2013 at 17.7 percent, up from 14.1 percent a year earlier.

  • March US housing starts climb, fall short of hopes Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A worker guides a section of a new home into place at the Toll Brothers Baker Ranch community development in Lake Forest, California, Feb. 11, 2014.

    U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in March and building permits fell, pointing to underlying weakness in the market.

  • Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House April 14, 2014 in Washington.

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur job creation.

  • W.Va. jobless rate inches up in March Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    WorkForce West Virginia reported Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents rose by 1,200 in March to a total of 48,500 statewide. The West Virginia rate is less than the national rate of 6.7 percent. Employment gains in West Virginia were recorded in logging, construction and manufacturing.

  • Oregon reports significant jobs growth in March Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon state economists say March saw the largest one-month increase in jobs since well before the Great Recession. The news came Tuesday in the monthly report on jobs and joblessness.

  • BRASILIA, April 15- Brazil's growing prosperity is allowing teenagers to stay in school for longer instead of searching for jobs to support their families, boosting the country's long-term prospects but also causing some economic headaches.

  • The best (and worst) jobs for 2014 Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    On the best jobs list, STEM careers dominate—High-five, math and science guys!—and the worst can be summed up in one word: Timber!

  • US food, rent prices creep higher in March Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    Produce clerk inspects the produce at a Publix Super Markets grocery store in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

    U.S. consumer prices rose in March but inflation remained generally benign, which should give the Fed scope to keep interest rates low.

  • Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. He said he has been stunned by GOP resistance— it passed the Legislature with only Democratic votes— to increasing the guaranteed wage from $6.15 per hour now to $9.50 by 2016 and then tie it to inflation.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. consumers grew more confident in the labor market last month, with younger workers in particular seeing a greater chance of finding work should they lose their current job, a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said on Monday.

  • Torrid March retail sales melt winter's effects Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    An employee rings up a customer at the Macy's flagship store in New York.

    U.S. retail sales recorded their largest gain in 1-1/2 years in March, the latest sign the economy was emerging from a freezing winter.

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

  • Wanted: More young people for an iconic US industry Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:10 PM ET
    A farmer drives a combine while harvesting soybeans on a farm in Fairfield County, Ohio.

    There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under. It's a concern, say experts.

  • Tech giants demand more visas as critics cry foul Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft,and other firms want easier access for foreign workers, but critics allege it will discourage them from hiring Americans.

  • US consumer sentiment hits 9-month high in April Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 9:56 AM ET
    A shopper looks at women's clothing at a store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 25, 2014.

    U.S. consumer sentiment rose in April to its highest in nine months as both current conditions and expectations brightened, a survey released on Friday showed.

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