U.S. Department of Labor http://www.kunc.org en EPA, Labor Nominees Confirmed http://www.kunc.org/post/epa-labor-nominees-confirmed By 59-40 vote mostly along party lines, the Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.<p>That followed a 54-46 vote early in the day to confirm Thomas Perez as Labor secretary.<p>As The Associated Press notes, the Senate "has filled four top Obama administration posts this week. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 47259 at http://www.kunc.org Jobless Claims Rose Last Week http://www.kunc.org/post/jobless-claims-rose-last-week-0 There were 360,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, up 16,000 from the week before, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration says</a>.<p>The "four-week moving average," which gives a sense of the recent trend, "was 351,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750."<p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-11/jobless-claims-in-u-s-unexpectedly-climbed-to-two-month-high.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg News says</a> one reason for the rise is seaso Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:36:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 46938 at http://www.kunc.org June Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations, But Concerns Remain http://www.kunc.org/post/june-jobs-report-exceeds-expectations-concerns-remain Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with the jobs report.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: The Labor Department announced this morning that the economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, exceeding expectations. Unemployment remained at 7.6 percent, where it was the month before. It had been expected to tick up a bit. The job numbers from April and May were also revised upward to just under 200,000 new jobs. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:37:00 +0000 46691 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Unemployment Rate Inched Up In May http://www.kunc.org/post/mays-unemployment-rate-expected-hold-steady Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>There are no big surprises in this morning's job report from the government. The unemployment rate increased slightly on moderate job growth. It met or slightly exceeded expectations. This is one of the most significant economic indicators we look at every month, and joining us to discuss the Labor Department's report is NPR's Yuki Noguchi. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:06:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 45447 at http://www.kunc.org Unemployment Rate Down To 7.5 Percent http://www.kunc.org/post/unemployment-rate-down-75-percent Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with some good economic news.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 15,000 for the first time ever this morning. The S&P 500 also hit a record high. All of this came just after the release of a positive jobs report. The Labor Department says 165,000 jobs were created in April. Economist have been expecting about 150,000 new jobs last month.<p>It also turns out job creation in February and March was much stronger than originally reported. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5 percent. Fri, 03 May 2013 16:14:00 +0000 43801 at http://www.kunc.org