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115,000 jobs added in April, unemployment falls to 8.1%

May 4, 2012
The government released its closely-watched employment report for April. While the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.1 percent, only 115,000 new jobs were added to payrolls for the month, well below forecasts.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs, Labor Department

More on the April jobs report

May 4, 2012
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent while the jobs added was a bit lower than previous months. But what can we find when we scratch the surface of the April unemployment report?
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Sitting out the job hunt

May 4, 2012
Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Employment numbers? Ignore them.

May 4, 2012
Our New York bureau chief Heidi Moore tells us why we shouldn't be moved by the monthly jobs numbers.
Posted In: Jobs, employment, Unemployment

Older workers facing softening job market

May 3, 2012
A record level of unemployed workers are dealing with long-term unemployment -- including one particular group.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Americans, employment and the 'Optimism Gap'

Apr 19, 2012
In just a little while, we'll hear the latest on how many people were forced to sign up for unemployment benefits. But how's the job market doing if you actually ask people?
Posted In: Gallup, Jobs, Unemployment

How working at home factors into the economy

Apr 12, 2012
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week by 13,000 to 380,000. But what about all those Americans working at home?
Posted In: women, labor, Unemployment

When people leaving their jobs is a good thing

Apr 12, 2012
The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 over the last week -- a surprise and not a good one. But more people voluntarily leaving their jobs can also be a good sign for the economy.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Baby Boomers choosing to retire earlier

Apr 9, 2012
There was one tiny bright spot to March's unemployment report: 164,000 fewer people were looking for work. One particular demographic that has dropped out of the search -- Baby Boomers who are choosing to retire prematurely.
Posted In: Unemployment, baby boomers, Retirement

Federal job retraining programs are running out of money

Apr 9, 2012
The economy's doing better, but unemployment is still at over 8 percent. Lots of jobless workers have turned to federally-funded retraining programs, but as New York Times reporter Motoko Rich reports, funding is running dry.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, employee training

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