U.S. Department of Labor

5:32am

Sat August 4, 2012
Economy

Economists Cautiously Applaud Jobs Report

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:43 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Susan Stamberg in for Scott Simon. In an encouraging sign for the U.S. economy, the Labor Department told us yesterday that the country gained 163,000 jobs in July. That was better than expected but not all signs are pointing up. In a separate government survey, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.3 percent. NPR's Chris Arnold is at a gathering of economists in northern Maine. He sent this report.

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1:30am

Fri August 3, 2012
Planet Money

Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 8:04 am

In one part of the BLS offices, a supervisor rings this bell to let employees know that it is officially 8:30 AM.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The single most important number in the U.S. economy comes out on the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. That's when the government reports how many jobs were added or gained in the previous month.

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6:52am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose By 8,000 Last Week

The number of people filing first-time clams for unemployment insurance rose by 8,000 last week, to 365,000 from 357,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

It adds that the "4-week moving average," which is supposed to give a slightly broader look at the trend in claims, "was 365,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 368,250."

But according to The Associated Press:

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6:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop, Previous Week's Increase Erased

The number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 35,000 last week, to 353,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That brings the level about back to where it was three weeks ago and down near a four-year low — but also keeps claims in the range where they've been trending for about the last year.

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12:30pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Economy

Weak National Job Growth Will Affect Colorado Workers

Map of the mountain states included in the index.
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The May job numbers that were released today are worse than economists were expecting with the nation’s unemployment rate edging up to 8.2%. But Colorado’s numbers are better, albeit slightly.

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