Thu April 14, 2011
The Road Back To Work

Returning To Work: The Satisfaction Of Having A Job

Part of an ongoing series

The Labor Department reported on Wednesday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 27,000 last week. That's a setback for a labor market that has been improving in recent months.

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Thu March 31, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Thrill Of A Job, And The Worry Over Digging Out

Part of an ongoing series

Annica Trotter's job search has been filled with stressful moments.

In February, Trotter, 25, had been out of work for more than three months when she missed a phone call from a potential employer — an HR person at a security company.

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Tue March 8, 2011

Revenue Projection Errors Muddle States' Budget Plans

Creative Commons

A new report finds that when it comes to forecasting revenues needed to balance the budget, fewer states are getting it right.   And the mistakes have a tendency to multiply when economic times are bad.

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Wed February 23, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Relief Of Finding A Less-Than-Perfect Job

Part of an ongoing series

Earlier this month, in the dead of winter, Randy Howland finally got a job offer.

It's similar to a call-center position, except the St. Louis resident would take customer service calls from home. It's not perfect: The pay is low and with taxes taken out, it would be less than he was getting on unemployment.

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Mon February 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Confirmed: China Has World's No. 2 Economy; Passes Japan

A much-anticipated milestone was reached today:

"China passed Japan in 2010 to become the world's second-largest economy after the U.S.," The Wall Street Journal writes, adding that this is "a historic shift that has drawn mixed emotions in the two Asian powers: resignation tinged with soul-searching in long-stagnant Japan, pride but also caution in an ascendant China wary of shouldering new global responsibilities."

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