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Applications for jobless aid up to 2-month high

WASHINGTON — More people sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the number of applicants to the highest level in two months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications jumped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000. The previous ...

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Employers posted more job openings in February

WASHINGTON — Employers posted slightly more job openings in February, suggesting that modest hiring gains will continue in coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 3.5 million job openings in February. That was a slight increase from ...

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Hiring slows amid uncertainty about economy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy’s growth prospects. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The Labor Department said ...

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Unemployment claims hit 4-year low of 357K

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace. Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, the Labor Department said ...

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Federal Reserve officials worried job gains could fade

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are worried that recent strong gains in hiring could fizzle if U.S. economic growth doesn’t pick up. Minutes of the Fed’s March 13 meeting show that members expressed those concerns before sticking with a plan ...

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Unemployment rates fall in 29 states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell last month in most U.S. states, including in some hit hardest during the recession. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates declined in 29 states and rose in 8. Rates were unchanged in 13 ...

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Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Applications for weekly unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to a seasonally ...

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