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Latest Labor Department Items
President Obama Monday nominated Thomas E. Perez to be the next Labor Department secretary — setting up yet another contentious confirmation battle in the Senate.
The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent last month as job growth weakened, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose sharply last week but remained at a level consistent with moderate hiring.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs and may step up hiring.
Unemployment rates fell in less than half of U.S. states last month, as steady but slow hiring is making only gradual improvement in the job market.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving, but much of the decline reflects seasonal volatility in the data.
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market.
Sen. John F. Kerry, nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of state, has started meeting with diplomatic staff to prepare for his confirmation, the State Department said Thursday.
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week.