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Political Economy Archive: U.S. Labor Department

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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January jobs report to offer important read on economy

There has been plenty of economic data lately pointing to better times ahead. Just this week, a key survey of manufacturers showed the strongest pace of expansion since 2004, and the number of people filing claims for jobless benefits fell...

By Neil Irwin  | February 4, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department  
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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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Unemployment jumps to 9.8 percent, a sign of slower recovery

After three months of holding steady, the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in November, with U.S. payroll employment showing little growth, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, in another sign of weakness in the recovery.

By Peter Whoriskey  | December 3, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Auto industry, Housing, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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Bernanke on unemployment and structural change

His speech this morning that has gotten big headlines for what it says about the economy and prospects for new policy action, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke also waded into a debate that has occupied the economics blogosphere of late.

By Washington Post staff  | October 15, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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