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July 18, 2013 | By Shan Li and Ricardo Lopez
California continued its economic recovery in June as its unemployment rate slid to 8.5%, the lowest it has been in nearly five years. Employers' payrolls grew by 30,200 jobs, helping push down the jobless rate from 8.6% in May, according to data released Thursday by the state's Employment Development Department. The Golden State has outpaced the overall U.S. in job creation over much of the last year, and its turnaround has been swift. Since June 2012, the state's nonfarm employment has grown 1.8%, adding nearly 254,000 jobs.
January 16, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
For Americans who haven't been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows. But Latinos lag behind other Americans in getting such licenses and certificates, a worrisome sign for educators and advocates who see the training as a ladder to better jobs with better wages. In its first report ever made on alternative educational credentials, the census bureau found that 1 out of 4 Americans holds some kind of educational credential or professional license other than an academic degree, including about 11.2 million people with no college education.
May 23, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims dropped back to a level indicating moderate job growth last week after a spike the previous week raised alarms about the labor market recovery. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time stood at 340,000 for the week ending Saturday, falling from a revised 363,000 the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists had expected the closely watched jobless claims figure to drop last week to 345,0000.
June 19, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policymakers said Wednesday that they would continue the central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus program and leave short-term interest rates near zero to help boost the economic recovery, which they said was facing fewer downside risks. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee said they were seeing some improvement in the recovery and slightly upgraded their forecast for the labor market. In Wednesday's statement , Fed policymakers said it saw "the downside risks to the outlook for the economy and labor market as having diminished since the fall.
August 2, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- A top Federal Reserve official indicated Friday that he was not prepared to start reducing the central bank's bond-buying stimulus program soon, saying policymakers needed to see more economic data before making a decision. The comments from James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, came as the government reported that job growth weakened in July. The economy added 162,000 net new jobs, down from June's revised 188,000 figure and below analyst expectations.
October 5, 2012
Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street following an encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from retail chains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 13,530 shortly after the opening bell Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points to 1,454 and the Nasdaq composite edged down one point to 3,134. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to 367,000 last week, fewer than economists had been expecting. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.64 percent from 1.62 percent late Wednesday.
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