U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

8:07am

Wed October 10, 2012
Planet Money

Disco Dancer, Storm Chaser, And Other Reasons We Love This Jobs Book

A storm chaser (a kind of weather scientist) places a probe in the path of a tornado in South Dakota.
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In 1949, a team of government economists published a book to help World War II vets looking for work. It was called the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It was bound with black shoelaces, and it described 288 different jobs, including fur craftsman, typewriter serviceman and woodcarver.

Those jobs are gone now, but more have emerged to take their place. The latest edition of the Handbook includes 536 jobs, and there are a few reasons it's worth poking around in, even if you're not trying to figure out what to do with your life.

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6:14am

Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Jack Welch Says He Was 'Right About That Strange Jobs Report'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:52 am

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.
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When former General Electric CEO Jack Welch tweeted on Friday that the drop in the unemployment rate last month was "unbelievable" and that President Obama and his campaign aides "will do anything ... can't debate so change numbers," he aligned himself with conspiracy theorists who were asking if some sort of "October surprise" had been pulled.

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9:59am

Fri October 5, 2012
Planet Money

Why Do The Jobs Numbers Change?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:01 pm

The Labor Department revised the number of jobs added in July up by 40,000 jobs and the number of jobs added in August up by 46,000. These revisions have some people asking questions about the way the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures employment.

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8:19am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Labor Secretary Says Talk Of Fudged Jobless Numbers Is Insulting

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
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12:16pm

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Friday's Jobs Report Is Campaign's Next Key Moment, Here's What To Expect

The welcome sign at a job fair earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

With the first presidential debate now behind us, what's the next big item on the campaign calendar?

It's Friday's 8:30 a.m. ET release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were added to payrolls last month.

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