Jobs Unemployment

  • It all turns on the criteria that make up the ten categories in our point system and this year has brought some interesting changes. Here's the rundown.

  • Weekly Jobless Claims

    Anticipating the next round of jobless claims and what the numbers will signal for the US economy, with Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services; Ethan Harris, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research; and CNBC's Steve Liesman & Rick Santelli.

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    The Greek people's reaction to the implemented austerity measures should not be ignored, warned Alastair Newton, managing director and senior political analyst at Nomura.

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    No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent.

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    The latest numbers for UK manufacturing showed a continued weakening, prompting concerns that the economic recovery is likely to be more protracted than forecasts have suggested.

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    One fund manager calls it a horror show, others are predicting the Federal Reserve will have to extend its unconventional measures and stocks across the world are falling heavily.

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    Economists also slashing second-quarter U.S. GDP forecasts to the 2 percent range but have not changed the second-half outlook yet. A big concern is that if the markets remain rocky, or the negatives start really denting sentiment, the slowdown could become self-fulfilling.

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    The hallmark of the American labor market, and consequently the wider economy, has long been the mobility of our work force. From "going West" to "teleworking," we go where the jobs are. Unfortunately the uniquely disastrous state of the current housing market is changing all that.

  • Interest rates

    Bad news on the economic front is ironically pushing interest rates lower than the Fed's quantitative easing program managed to.

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    Wall Street is having a hard time figuring out what to do now that the US economy appears to be sputtering and yields are so low, Peter Yastrow, market strategist for Yastrow Origer, told CNBC.

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    The eurozone, as designed, has failed. It was based on a set of principles that have proved unworkable at the first contact with a financial and fiscal crisis, according to the FT.

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    It seems certain the IMF will not pay its share of an aid tranche to Greece at end-June but the global lender is seen taking part in a new programme, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday without quoting any sources.

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    The UK economy is set to experience the slowest pick-up in consumer spending of any post-recession period since 1830, according to a Financial Times analysis of official forecasts.

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    Voters need to send "a whole new team to town to change the perception that Washington is hostile to business and job creation, potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNBC.

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    Following months of talks, Germany now appears ready to drop demands it has made in order to allow Greece to restructure its debt and prevent the government in Athens from running out of cash over the summer.

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    British homebuilders and mortgage lenders are considering making it easier for first-time buyers to get the 95 percent mortgages which many believe contributed to the credit crisis, in a move that risks sparking a wave of criticism.

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    Saudi Arabia's labor market is in sharp focus today following a report of a new policy that could serve as an expat time-bar in the kingdom.

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    Andalusia has the highest unemployment rate among Spain’s 17 regions, 29.7 percent at the end of the first quarter, according to the National Institute of Statistics. That compares with a national jobless rate of 21 percent, double the European Union average.

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    The money manager Martin D. Sass loves a good bargain. He snapped up his 1995 Donzi motorboat after it had been repossessed from its previous owner. He made a take-it-or-leave-it offer for a home on Long Island that had been on the market for years, only to later discover he had bought Vincent Astor’s summer home, the New York Times reports.

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    The economy has struck a soft patch that is likely temporary, and the second half of the year should be better, some economists say.