Jobs report and Fed rate-hike dance begins anew

The last jobs report, released on the eve of Labor Day weekend, was billed by many as the most important reading on the health of the U.S. employment market since

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Employers added just 142,000 jobs in September

News that employment growth slowed for the second straight month in September renewed concerns about the economy and weakened the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later

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Businesses added 200,000 jobs in September

The private sector added 200,000 jobs in September, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, in a possible sign that the government will report that employment growth rebounded after slowing the previous

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Applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 last week

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, keeping this key indicator of labor market health near historic lows. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits

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Employers added 173,000 jobs in Aug., jobless rates falls to 5.1%

Payroll growth slowed in August as employers added 173,000 jobs in a key report that could help the Federal Reserve decide whether to raise interest rates later this month. The

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Applications for unemployment aid plunge to 42-year low

The number of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 42-year low last week in the latest sign the labor market is poised for further gains. First-time

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Jobless claims rise to highest level since February

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying

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Robust jobs report could instill confidence

Due to the Fourth of July market shutdown Friday, the monthly employment report dubbed “Jobs Friday” will be renamed “Jobs Thursday.” But the latest update on the health of the

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Higher minimum wages chomp into restaurants

Labor’s victories in hiking minimum wages stand to “eat into” restaurant profitability, warns Moody’s Investors Service Thursday, confirming the fears of investors. Profit margins of U.S. restaurants could be hit

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Job openings hit 14-year high in April

The number of job openings in the U.S. surged to a 14-year high in April in a sign that job growth could strengthen further in coming months, the Labor Department

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