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Economic and domestic policy, and lots of it.
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    We’ll put the jobs day caveats first because they’re bigger than usual this time: One month’s survey doesn’t tell us a whole lot about how the economy is doing, offers only a partial picture subject to major revisions, and so … Continue reading

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    The U.S. economy added a solid 175,000 jobs in February, despite harsh winter weather that many analysts expected would curtail hiring, according to government data released Friday morning. The report from the Labor Department showed the job market has steadily improved since hiring plunged at the end of last year. On Friday, the government actually […]

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    New government data released Friday morning showed the nation added 288,000 jobs in April, a reassuring sign that the economy has picked up momentum since stalling out over the winter. The hiring spree surpassed most analysts' expectations and is the strongest showing in more than two years. Businesses added workers across a broad array of […]

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    America’s hiring spree kicked into full gear in June as the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth month in a row, according to government data released Thursday. The streak is the longest since the late 1990s and provides convincing evidence that the recovery has rebounded after unexpectedly shrinking during this year’s harsh winter. […]

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    If you like statistics involving arbitrary round numbers—and who doesn't?—here's a good one. For the first time since early 2000, the economy has added over 200,000 jobs for five months in a row. Furthermore, June's 288,000 net new jobs were enough to push unemployment down to 6.1 percent, its lowest level since September 2008. By […]

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    The U.S. economy added a solid 223,000 jobs in April, according to government data released Friday morning, a key sign that the labor market is regaining its footing after taking a slide earlier this year. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent, a seven-year low. The latest numbers offer encouragement that the recent economic slowdown […]

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    The labor market continued its resurgence in May, the government reported Friday, with the U.S. economy adding 280,000 jobs. The jobs number beat analysts' expectations of 225,000 jobs. The unemployment rate went up a notch to 5.5 percent, but that increase was due to a rise in the number of people entering the workforce for the […]

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    The job market’s winning streak continued in July as the economy added 215,000 positions, according to government data released Friday, providing more evidence of an economy that is slowly but steadily returning to normal. The Labor Department reported that hiring was strongest in the retail and health care sectors, while the mining industry continued to […]

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    The most important thing about the jobs report that will be released Friday probably isn't what it says about the past, but about the future. The October jobs figures will provide a critical hint to the Federal Reserve as it weighs the momentous decision of whether to raise interest rates at its December meeting. The nation’s central […]

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    The U.S. economy finished the year with a red-hot hiring spree, adding 292,000 new jobs as the unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent, according to new government data released Friday morning. The latest jobs report exceeded the expectations of economists and investors and provided a reassuring note about the resiliency of the labor market, […]