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Obama to Start ‘Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours’

Obama to Start ‘Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will kick off a series of Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours with a trip Thursday to Austin, Texas, a White House spokesman announced Sunday.
“In his State of the Union, the presid…

Long Winter Causing a Slow Start for Outdoor and Recreational Businesses

Long Winter Causing a Slow Start for Outdoor and Recreational Businesses

iStockphoto(OAKDALE, Minn.) — The extended cold in parts the country may have had an effect on March’s disappointing jobs numbers.
Low temperatures late into winter and early spring are creating a slow start this year for businesses in the outdoor and…

Jobless Claims Fall to 332,000

Jobless Claims Fall to 332,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims continued their downward trend in the first full week of March, falling by 10,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending March 9, the numbe…

Entire Scooter Store Workforce Furloughed Following FBI Investigation

Entire Scooter Store Workforce Furloughed Following FBI Investigation

iStockphoto(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) — Late Friday afternoon The Scooter Store, a large power wheelchair and scooter supplier, told almost its entire work force not to come into work Monday. This announcement comes two weeks after federal agents executed…

Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% as 236K Jobs Added in February

Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% as 236K Jobs Added in February

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs to their payrolls in February, exceeding expectations, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.Economists had anticipated seeing around 160,000 jobs added last month.The unemp…

Jobless Claims Drop to 340K Ahead of February Jobs Report

Jobless Claims Drop to 340K Ahead of February Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims wrapped up the month of February by falling to 340,000 last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.For the week ending March 2, the number of people filing for benefits dropped 7,000 fro…

Mega-Commuting Could Hit Your Wallet Hard

Mega-Commuting Could Hit Your Wallet Hard

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SUITLAND, Md.) — The Census Bureau has dubbed nearly 600,000 workers who have one-way commutes of at least 90 minutes and travel 50 miles or more “mega-commuters” in their annual American Community Survey released …

Australia Offering ‘Best Jobs in the World’ Contest

Australia Offering ‘Best Jobs in the World’ Contest

Tourism Australia(NEW YORK) — Want to get paid $100,000 to take a “working holiday” Down Under? Then Australia might have a deal for you.Tourism Australia Monday announced a competition called “Best Jobs In The World,” in which six winners will each g…

Jobless Claims Tumble to 344,000

Jobless Claims Tumble to 344,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims dropped last week, falling by 22,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 23, the number of people filing for benefits shot down to …

Workforce Development Programs Offer Solutions to Long-Term Unemployment

Workforce Development Programs Offer Solutions to Long-Term Unemployment

Platform to Employment(NEW YORK) — Six million Americans — many of them older — have been out of work so long (two years or more) that they have exhausted all their unemployment benefits. Many have depleted their savings, and they have little hope o…

Big Paydays for JP Morgan Employees, Despite Job Cuts

Big Paydays for JP Morgan Employees, Despite Job Cuts

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Another big bank announced job cuts Tuesday, but for those still employed on Wall Street it remains lucrative.JPMorgan Chase said it would cut thousands of jobs by the end of the year in an effort to decrease ex…

Jobless Claims Rise to 362,000

Jobless Claims Rise to 362,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims jumped last week, rising by 20,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 16, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 362,…

Survey: 75% of Job Applicants Don’t Hear Back from Employers

Survey: 75% of Job Applicants Don’t Hear Back from Employers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you feel like you’ve wasted countless hours sending resumes and job applications to employers, only to hear nothing back, you are not alone.  A new survey from CareerBuilder found that 75 percent of people wh…

Google Tops List of Best Internships for Second Consecutive Year

Google Tops List of Best Internships for Second Consecutive Year

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — This summer, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in a new movie in which they play Google interns. According to a new survey of current interns by job website Glassdoor, Google was rated the best company cur…

Jobless Claims Fall to 341,000

Jobless Claims Fall to 341,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims continued to fall last week, dropping by 27,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 9, the number of people filing for benefits tum…

State of the Union: Economists Share Surprises, Disappointments

State of the Union: Economists Share Surprises, Disappointments

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) — President Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday night spoke confidently about what he expects to accomplish his second term, but how he described job creation and a showdown with Congress over automatic se…

Obama’s Economic Tour Starts at Canadian Manufacturer in NC

Obama’s Economic Tour Starts at Canadian Manufacturer in NC

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday kicks off a three-day post-State of the Union tour to promote ‘made in America’ with a visit to a Canadian auto parts manufacturer in North Carolina.The Linamar Corp. facility in As…

State of the Union 2013: What to Expect From President Obama’s Speech

State of the Union 2013: What to Expect From President Obama’s Speech

Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In contrast to his inaugural address, President Obama’s State of the Union speech will focus primarily on jobs and the economy, outlining new initiatives on manufacturing, education, clean energy and inf…

Jobless Claims Dip to 366,000

Jobless Claims Dip to 366,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Claims for unemployment benefits took a slight dip last week, falling by 5,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 2, the number of people filing …

Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.9% as 157K Jobs Added in January

Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.9% as 157K Jobs Added in January

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers kicked off 2013 by adding 157,000 jobs to their payrolls in January, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.The figures were slightly worse than had been anticipated by economists, who were exp…

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