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July Jobs Report: 4 Pieces Of Good News Buried In The Gloom

As the Labor Department reported, employers added 163,000 jobs last month -- far more than the 100,000 forecast and the biggest gain since February. But the nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent. Here are four pieces of good news buried in the report.

Jobless and Eager to Shop on Black Friday ... for You

For many of the millions of Americans still out of work, shopping on Black Friday has become a luxury they can no longer afford. But some entrepreneurial consumers are refusing to be left with empty bags. They're going shopping for those doorbusters -- but for you, and for a fee.

Assuring Half Your Income When Your Job Goes Away

State unemployment insurance provides money to out-of-work adults, but for most people, those checks are hardly enough to cover the bills. Enter IncomeAssure, a supplemental unemployment insurance policy that lifts your benefit to 50% of your former income for 24 weeks. Is it a product you should consider?

How to Not End Up Uninsured When You're Unemployed

If you think there have to be better ways for an uninsured person to get health care than robbing a bank, you're right. Yes, most people get their health insurance from their employers, but if you're one of the nation's nearly 14 million unemployed, you still have options. Here's what you need to know.

Could the S&P 500 Fall Another 20% in 2011?

After the losses of the past week, it seems hard to imagine that the S&P 500 has much further to decline. But the index took a fall to near 1,000 as recently as last July, and the issues that punished the markets then are looming over the economy again -- or perhaps, still.

Home Prices Fall Again in Worst Decline Since 2008

If you're looking to score a great deal on a house, you may want to wait a bit longer: U.S. home prices dropped 3% in the first quarter, their sharpest quarter-over-quarter decline since late 2008, according to real estate tracking service Zillow, which now says prices won't begin to rebound until 2012 at the earliest.

Texting Scam Targets Jobless

A texting scam aimed at the unemployed tells them to call a telephone number for assistance with unemployment paperwork. When consumers call, they're...

Are High Taxes Making Small Business Slow
to Hire?

The majority of jobs in the U.S. are created by small business, which are still reluctant to hire new workers. And while some of their reasons for holding back may mirror those of big businesses, local conditions like state taxes may loom larger in their decisions.

Consumer Sentiment Jumps to Highest Level Since June

It was another decent week for the U.S. economy as initial jobless claims fell below the psychologically significant 400,000 level, and the consumer sentiment index rose to its highest level in eight months, indicating that Americans are increasingly confident that better days are ahead.

People@Work: Construction Job Growth Is Slowly Rebuilding

New forecasts show that the worst may be over for the construction industry, which was hit harder by the Great Recession than any other sector, as construction projects slowly resume. Some 27% of construction firms say they plan to add staff this year, while only 20% plan to cut jobs.

Why Jobs are Essential to the Economy

Americans who are unemployed or underemployed are three times as likely to fall behind on their bills as those who are fully employed, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday.

Job Growth Is Likely Next Year -- but How Much?

The good news is that economists generally expect employers to steadily add more workers in 2011, perhaps as many as 250,000 a month by year-end. However, with so many long-term unemployed returning to the market, the jobless rate could still outpace those new positions.

What the Rising Stock Market Doesn't Say About Jobs

If the stock market reflected the entire economy, happy days would surely be here again. But, alas, it reflects just the profit potential of public companies. And for millions of unemployed Americans, that's proving to be no help at all.

Holiday Hiring Takes a Hit, Despite a Brighter Economy

Retailers and shipping companies are adding fewer new jobs than they did a year ago. One reason for the low number is that employers began shopping for seasonal workers earlier than usual, boosting hiring in October. If retail sales hold up, December could see more hiring.

Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since July 2008

Initial jobless claims fell 34,000 to 407,000 in the week ending Nov. 20. The revised figure for the previous week was 441,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell 7,500 to 436,000, Bloomberg News said.

The Politics of Long-Term Unemployment

Come the end of November, some 2 million jobless workers won't be able to rely on their unemployment check unless Congress again extends the aid. But with the GOP regaining the House, the odds of that extension just got a lot longer.

Jobless Claims Rise More Than Forecast

Initial jobless claims by 20,000 to 457,000 in the week ending Oct.30. The revised figure for the previous week was 437,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, rose to 456,000, Bloomberg News said. The revised average for the previous week was 454,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise 13,000 to 462,000

Just call this week%u2019s labor report a wash: Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped 13,000 to 462,000, but continuing claims plunged another 112,000, and the trend in state-level claims continues to provide evidence that the period of layoffs is subsiding.

From Hard Worker to Recession Victim to New Hope

When DailyFinance first met Candido Gonzalez last December for our series on "The New Homeless," he had been laid off for two years from his job of 19 years -- and was living in the Bowery Mission. Today, the father of two finally has a job and a new outlook.

The Job-Creation Engine Remains Stalled

The economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, mainly because the private sector hired only 64,000 workers while governments cut 159,000 jobs. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.6%. Minus the usual boosts from housing and consumers, the U.S. still lacks a catalyst for job creation.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest in Almost Three Months

Initial jobless claims fell 11,000 to 445,000, in the week ending Oct 2. The revised figure for the previous week was 456,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell 3,000 to 455,750, the Department of Labor said. The revised average for the previous week was 458,750.

Jobless Claims Fall 16,000 to 453,000

Initial jobless claims fell 16,000 to 453,000 in the week ending Sept. 25. The revised figure for the previous week was 469,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell 6,250 to 458,000, the Department of Labor said. The revised average for the previous week was 464,250.

Jobless Claims Fall to Two-Month Low

Initial jobless claims fell 3,000 to 450,000 in the week ending Sept. 11. The revised figure for the previous week was 453,000 The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell 13,500 to 464,750 the Department of Labor said. The revised average for the previous week was 478,250.