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IMF weighs financial crisis at D.C. conference

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund kicks off a two-day conference of top economists to try to distill some lessons from the global financial crisis.

By Howard Schneider  | March 7, 2011; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Economy, Unemployment  
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Feb. unemployment report: just 'decent'?

At first glance, the numbers in the February unemployment report are spectacular. An estimated 192,000 jobs were added last month to nonfarm payrolls, compared with 63,000 in January, 152,000 in December and 93,000 in November. There are lots of reasons...

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | March 4, 2011; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, Manufacturing, U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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FTC cracks down on employment scams

Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce Wednesday that it has halted the operations of and imposed millions of dollars in fines on several companies that it says promised to help people find work but instead only took their money.

By Ylan Mui  | March 2, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Federal Trade Commission, Unemployment  
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AFL-CIO's Trumka calls for focus on job creation

President Obama should issue a "call to action" to invest in jobs and bring down the nation's chronically high unemployment rate, instead of sparring with Republicans over budget cuts that threaten to further weaken the American economy, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said Wednesday.

By Lori Montgomery  | January 19, 2011; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  *Economic agenda, Unemployment  
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Jobless rate drops to 9.4 percent

U.S. employers added 113,000 private-sector jobs in December, the Labor Department reported Friday, fewer than analysts expected. But the unemployment rate dropped from 9.8 to 9.4 percent--the lowest level since May, 2009. Economists had expected the report to show significantly...

By Debbi Wilgoren and Neil Irwin  | January 7, 2011; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Budget and fiscal policy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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Five things to watch in today's jobs report

There has been a string of promising economic data in recent weeks, offering hope that the labor market was finally picking up as 2010 ended. This morning's jobs report will offer the most important evidence yet of whether that rising optimism is justified.

By Neil Irwin  | January 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Five questions for the Fed on the eve of QE2, Neil Irwin , November 2, 2010
Bernanke on unemployment and structural change, Washington Post staff , October 15, 2010
Data Digest: Jobless claims fall more than expected, Washington Post editors , September 9, 2010
Exiting Romer to call for more spending, Lori Montgomery , September 1, 2010
Jobless claims fall, but not enough, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 26, 2010
Obama the Energizer Bunny?, By Michael D. Shear , August 16, 2010
New jobless claims rise, Sonja Ryst , August 5, 2010
Economic growth slows to 2.4 percent in 2Q, Neil Irwin , July 30, 2010
Jobless claims jump higher than expected, Ariana Eunjung Cha , July 22, 2010
 
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