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  • Sick from your job? My grandma would laugh at you Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    We love talking about how stressful work is, as if our ancestors weren't wondering if they had enough food for winter.

  • Monetary policy can't save unemployed: Economist Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    John Ryding

    RDQ Economics' John Ryding told CNBC he questions whether monetary policy can spur companies into hiring the long-term unemployed.

  • Georgia jobless rate drops to 7 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:33 AM ET

    ATLANTA— State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new seasonally adjusted jobless rate on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. 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. "There is follow-through from yesterday, there was significant selling in the middle of the curve," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week, offering further evidence of the economy's underlying strength. 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.

  • Applications for US jobless aid edge up to 304,000 Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS HIT SESSION HIGHS AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS, 10- YEAR NOTES YIELD 2.66 PERCENT.

  • US claims tick higher, suggesting labor rebound Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    Recruiters speak with applicants at a job fair for veterans in New York City.

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week.

  • Jobless claims rise 2,000 to 304,000     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest unemployment numbers. Lindsey Piegza, Sterne Agee and John Ryding, RDQ Economic share their thoughts on the data. Piegza says the Fed has very difficult job remaining at this accommodative pace, likely longer than expected.

  • Why media is reading Yellen wrong: Expert     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    They want to paint her as a dove, says John Ryding, RDQ Economics, sharing his thoughts on what will likely prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and whether inflation will become a factor in Fed policy.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. EASTER SURPRISE: The number of people seeking jobless aide has stayed at pre-recession levels for several months.

  • 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.

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