Employment figures

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015, file photo, the Space Needle towers in the background beyond a container ship anchored in Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle. U.S. employers are thought to have hired at a brisk pace in February, and the unemployment rate is expected to stay low _ a result that would provide further evidence of a consistently solid job market. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 10, 2017 - 6:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are thought to have hired at a brisk pace in February, and the unemployment rate is expected to stay low — a result that would provide further evidence of a consistently solid job market. Economists have forecast a job gain of 186,000 and a decline of one-tenth of a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo, a job applicant attends a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000, up from a 44-year-low 223,000 the week before, on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The four-week average, which is less volatile, blipped up by 2,250 to 236,500. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
March 09, 2017 - 8:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000, up from a...
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March 09, 2017 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000, up from a 44-year-low 223,000 the...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addresses the Executives' Club of Chicago, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Chicago. Yellen signaled that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 03, 2017 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target. Yellen also said in a speech in Chicago that the Fed...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addresses the Executives' Club of Chicago, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Chicago. Yellen signaled that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 03, 2017 - 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target. Yellen also said in a speech in Chicago that the Fed...
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FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the Wall Street entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks mostly slipped Friday, March 3, 2017, as investors awaited a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen later in the day (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 03, 2017 - 4:56 pm
A late wave of buying helped nudge U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Banks and health care stocks climbed the most as investors priced in an increasing likelihood that interest rates will rise in the coming months. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen adjusts her glasses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as March 2017. The question is whether the official who matters most, Yellen, will add her own voice to that impression. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 03, 2017 - 6:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. The question is whether the official who matters most — Chair Janet Yellen — will add her own voice to that impression. When...
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March 03, 2017 - 6:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. The question is whether the official who matters most — Chair Janet Yellen — will add her own voice to that impression. When...
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The New York Stock Exchange is prepared for the IPO of Snap Inc., Thursday, March 2, 2017. The company behind the popular messaging app Snapchat is expected to start trading Thursday after a better-than-expected stock offering. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
March 02, 2017 - 1:01 pm
Banks and other financial companies led a modest decline in U.S. stocks early Thursday afternoon a day after indexes soared to their latest record highs. Industrials and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utilities were up the most. Investors were sizing up the latest batch of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, a restaurant posts a sign indicating they are hiring, in Miami. The Labor Department says unemployment claims dropped by 19,000 from 242,000 the previous week, Thursday, March 2, 2017, to the lowest level since March 1973 when President Richard Nixon was in the White House. The less volatile four-week average fell by 6,250 to 234,250, lowest since April 1973. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
March 02, 2017 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 223,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, fewest in nearly 44 years. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says unemployment claims dropped by 19,000 from 242,000 the previous week to the lowest level since March 1973 when Richard Nixon was president. The...
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