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The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that the unemployment rate fell to 8.2%. That should have been a signal that jobs are coming back and that the economy is about to rebound. But, as many economists say, the numbers fell primarily because unemployed Americans have become so discouraged with trying to find a job that they've simply quit looking.

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CNNMoney: Stocks: Let the good times roll?updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 10:19:00

Stocks surged last week to their highest levels in years, but there are few key economic reports slated for the week ahead to sustain the rally.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims plunge to nearly four-year lowupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 12:17:00

Jobless claims plunged last week to a nearly four-year low, in the latest bit of good news for the U.S. economy.

CNNMoney: Congress restructures unemployment benefitsupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 13:10:00

The 99ers? Call them the 73ers.

Trunk: Law school is a waste of timeupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 15:31:00

1. Being a lawyer is about sales.

CNNMoney: Grim outlook for small business jobsupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 09:11:00

Small business owners have a grim outlook on the economy, with a gathering number planning to reduce jobs over the next three months, according to survey results from an industry group.

Feds to Maine: Reinstall labor mural or repay fundingupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 17:14:00

The federal government says it wants back money it provided to Maine if the state's governor does not reinstall a mural the funds helped pay for in its Department of Labor building.

Women work to gain larger foothold in tech industryupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 07:19:00

Historically, the tech industry has not been especially hospitable to women.

CNNMoney: The true cost of being your own bossupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:52:00

Millions of Americans are out of work despite a long, dedicated job search. And some of those job hunters are choosing to go freelance -- essentially becoming their own bosses. About one in nine American workers are self-employed, according to Bureau of Labor statistics from 2009 and the trend is rising.

Fortune: Summer intern or unpaid employee?updated: Fri Jun 18 2010 09:34:00

Dear Annie: Can you explain something to me? I'm a film major at UCLA, graduating in 2011. A friend of mine, who graduated from my school last year, recently told me he was quitting a job as a production assistant at a TV studio. I know I could do what he was doing, it was a nonunion job, and it would be fantastic experience for me. So when I heard he had given two weeks' notice, I made an appointment with his boss and offered to fill in for the summer, as an intern, for no pay.

5 ways to thrive in jobless recoveryupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 09:53:00

It's no secret that finding a job in this economy is difficult at best. Since the recession hit in 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor reports there are now more than 15 million unemployed Americans facing the loss of their homes, savings and sanity.

Overnight ride with EMSupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 15:03:00

CNN photojournalist Jonathan O'Beirne takes us on a midnight ride along with the FDNY's EMS team in Manhattan.

CNNMoney: Holiday cheer: More bonuses this yearupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 14:28:00

Employers are ramping up bonus payments this year to help retain the best workers as the economy slowly improves, according to a consulting firm survey released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Stocks set to fall on jobs reportupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 08:42:00

U.S. stocks were set to open lower Friday as investors reacted to a worse-than expected government report on the job market.

CNNMoney: Stocks set for tepid openupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 07:01:00

U.S. stocks are expected to open lower Monday, as investors expressed caution following a rally that has pushed stocks to nine-month highs.

CNNMoney: Stocks set for higher startupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 08:50:00

U.S. stocks are expected to open higher Thursday after the number of people filing for unemployment fell.

CNNMoney: Stocks set to stumbleupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 08:51:00

Stock futures turned solidly lower Wednesday after two reports pointed to continued, deep losses in jobs.

CNNMoney: Higher minimum wage coming soonupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 04:49:00

The federal minimum wage is set to increase later this month as the job market shows signs of further decay.

CNNMoney: Initial jobless claims plungeupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 09:54:00

Initial jobless claims plunged to 610,000 in the week ended April 11, reported the U.S. Department of Labor.

CNNMoney: Unemployment jumps in 49 statesupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 13:28:00

The unemployment rate jumped last month in 49 states, with Michigan leading the way, the U.S. government reported on Friday. Nebraska was the only state to escape rising joblessness.

Hidden feesupdated: Sat Mar 14 2009 08:15:00

CNN Investigative reporter Drew Griffin discusses the hidden fees connected to unemployment funds paid with debit cards.

CNNMoney: Stay engaged with the job marketupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 15:25:00

With unemployment at its highest level in 15 years, you've got questions about what to do if you lose your job.

Money Magazine: Help! My company cut my 401(k) matchupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 06:53:00

Question: My company has suspended matching contributions in my 401(k). I'm unsure what to do, but I'm thinking of rolling my 401(k) into an IRA account. Is that a good idea? --Brian, Taylor, Michigan

CNNMoney: Laid off? Consider free job trainingupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 11:47:00

Over two and a half million Americans lost their job last year. And more job cuts are expected this year. If you find yourself out of work, retraining may be the only option. Here is where you can find help free right now.

CNNMoney: Worst year for jobs since '45updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 12:11:00

The hemorrhaging of American jobs accelerated at a record pace at the end of 2008, bringing the year's total job losses to 2.6 million or the highest level in more than six decades.

CNNMoney: Dollar buoyed by jobs dataupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 15:32:00

The dollar rose against the euro and the pound Friday, as investors flocked to the perceived safety of the greenback following a dismal report on the nation's labor market.

Developing allergies at workupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 10:34:00

We've all thought we were allergic to work in the figurative sense right? But it's actually possible to be physically allergic to work. The condition is called "occupational asthma" and about one in seven people suffers from it, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Some of the symptoms are the same as "typical asthma," such as quick, short sips of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Other symptoms include coughing, sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Since the condition is so similar to typical asthma, it becomes very difficult to diagnose.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims down from 16-year highupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 11:15:00

The number of Americans filing new unemployment insurance claims edged down from a 16-year high, but remained elevated above the half-million mark.

Bush signs bill to extend jobless benefitsupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 08:51:00

President Bush on Friday morning signed a measure to extend unemployment benefits by at least seven weeks in every state, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims highest since Sept. 11 attacksupdated: Thu Nov 13 2008 11:09:00

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance last week surged to the highest levels since the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the number of people continuing to collect benefits rose to a 25-year high, the government said Thursday.

Global markets slump on gloomy outlookupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 16:32:00

World markets slumped across the board Tuesday, following the latest round of disappointing economic news.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims higher than expectedupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 12:15:00

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance last week was higher than economists expected, and the number continuing to collect benefits shot to a 25-year high.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims hold steady at elevated levelupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 11:27:00

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance did not change from last week, remaining at an elevated level that indicates weakness in the nation's economy.

CNNMoney: Initial unemployment claims upupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 10:09:00

The number of out-of-work Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance rose last week, the government said Thursday, reflecting continuing weakness in the nation's economy.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims declineupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 09:10:00

The number of out-of-work Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance last week fell more than expected, according to a government report released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims fall from 7-year highupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 10:08:00

The number of out-of-work Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance last week edged off a seven-year high but was higher than economists' estimates, according to a government report released Thursday.

CNNMoney: When cutting costs means axing your friendsupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 14:41:00

With sales slow and credit almost nonexistent, small businesses - the country's largest employer - face painful job cutbacks.

CNNMoney: Bonds fall after stocks trim back lossesupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 07:51:00

U.S. Treasury bond prices fell Friday, as a recovery in the stock market overcame concerns about a spike in the national unemployment rate.

CNNMoney: Dollar falls on weak economic reportsupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 15:58:00

The dollar lost ground against major currencies Thursday, after a report showed the economy grew less that expected over the past several months, and jobless claims reached the highest levels since 2003.

CNNMoney: Dollar mixed ahead of ECB, jobs reportupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 16:43:00

The dollar was mixed against major currencies Wednesday, as investors await the European Central Bank's decision on interest rates and the latest unemployment numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor.

CNNMoney: Dark clouds gather over Wall Streetupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 09:15:00

Stocks looked set for another selloff Thursday as nagging fears about credit and the threat of a deep recession troubled investors and sent the dollar plunging.

FSB: Overtime pay: A ticking time bombupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 15:20:00

Rod Cotner, owner of Jericho Mortgage in Lancaster, Ohio, was shocked when the U.S. Department of Labor showed up at his door to investigate a wage-and-hour lawsuit filed on behalf of his 54 loan officers and sales managers.

FSB: 401(k) options for small businessesupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 13:50:00

Dear FSB: I would like a 401(k) for my small business but there are so many, and I don't know who to trust. I'd like an online 401(k) so my employees have access to their information. I would like to know what fees there are and what fees will be charged to my employees. I don't want them to have to pay a lot on their investments.

Dollar gaining groundupdated: Mon Dec 17 2007 11:50:00

CNN's Charles Hodson asks Currency Trader, Ed Ponsi, what the future has for the U.S. dollar.

Gender, jobs and a good paycheckupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 08:32:00

You get called into your son's school for a conference with the principal and his teacher. When you walk in, there is a man and a woman sitting in front of you. Who is the principal and who is the teacher?

FSB: Stay current on government regulationsupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 03:31:00

Don't let government deadlines sneak up on your company. Use these websites to stay on top of the latest regulations that affect your business.

Quirky discipline rules that work updated: Sat Jun 30 2007 06:17:00

I've made a lot of bad rules in the decade I've been a mom, from irrational threats ("No graham crackers in the house ever again if you eat them in the living room even one more time") to forbidding human nature ("You may not fight with your sister").

Graduation rate statisticsupdated: Wed Jun 20 2007 18:28:00

Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting.

CNNMoney: Bonds weaken on jobless claimsupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 08:37:00

Bonds retreated Thursday after a weekly report on jobless claims came in lower than expected, suggesting continued strength in the labor market.

FSB: Mapping the minimumsupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 12:02:00

EIGHTEEN STATES now offer more generous minimum wages than the federal rate. So do roughly 140 cities and counties, from Albuquerque ($6.75 an hour), to Oxnard, Calif. ($12.88). The latest: Ventura...

CNNMoney: Stock futures slump on inflationupdated: Wed May 17 2006 05:41:00

Stock futures fell early Wednesday, reversing earlier gains, after the government's main inflation indicator came in higher than forecasts.

Interview prep 101updated: Mon Feb 20 2006 11:47:00

Your job interview is approaching and you've put your portfolio together, written your resume, edited your cover letter and made a dozen phone calls ... are you forgetting anything?

Police detonate package near Capitol; one heldupdated: Fri Oct 21 2005 11:58:00

Police blew up suspicious packages in a car parked near the U.S. Capitol on Friday, more than two hours after the two occupants told authorities the vehicle contained a bomb.

CNNMoney: Post-disaster, now comes the job searchupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 09:49:00

Hurricane Katrina will cost the nation 400,000 jobs by the end of the year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. To put that in perspective, employment in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast totaled about 775,000 at the end of 2004.

CNNMoney: Basic budgetingupdated: Fri Aug 26 2005 10:55:00

I'm restarting my life after my divorce. Now that I have to pay child support, I'm not sure how much I can afford to pay in rent each month. Is there a certain percentage of income I should devote to rent and, if so, should I base that percentage on my gross or take-home pay?

CNNMoney: Surviving the pink slipupdated: Tue Aug 23 2005 14:49:00

Dear Armchair Millionaire: I work for a company that has been downsizing and laying off a lot of people. I'm afraid the ax could fall at any time. What steps should I take to see me through losing my job?

CNNMoney: Flex-time is on the decline: Reportupdated: Mon Jul 25 2005 07:13:00

The number of workers with flexible time schedules has been dropping, even though some studies contend such schedules increase productivity, says a new report.

CNNMoney: Behind the best placesupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 10:12:00

Money magazine and CNN/Money teamed with data researchers at OnBoard to research the Best Places to Live for 2005.

FSB: The Next Little Thingupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

It's never easy to forecast the future. Consider the U.S. Department of Labor's rosy proclamation in 1929 that "1930 will be a splendid employment year." Or Secretary of State John Foster Dulles's ...

Money Magazine: Need a Guru for Your 401(k)?updated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed or confused by the proliferation of 401(k) fund choices—and who hasn't?—is going to love the latest addition to the retirement plan menu: advice. In addition to...

CNNMoney: Need a guru for your 401(k)?updated: Thu Nov 18 2004 16:57:00

Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed or confused by the proliferation of 401(k) fund choices -- and who hasn't? -- is going to love the latest addition to the retirement plan menu: advice.

Money Magazine: How to Ask Your Boss for Moreupdated: Mon Nov 01 2004 00:01:00

In the 1991 Albert Brooks comedy Defending Your Life, Brooks' sad-sack character undertakes one of the most nerve-rattling and cringe-inducing tasks in the repertoire of the modern wage slave: aski...

Equal pay for women? Not till 2050updated: Fri Oct 22 2004 09:13:00

A woman's work is never done. Though you might not know it to look at her paycheck.

The anti-pink collar movementupdated: Wed Aug 25 2004 07:55:00

Long before Barbie became the overachieving job hopper she is today, someone somewhere had to make all of those career choices for her.

The anti-pink collar movementupdated: Thu Aug 19 2004 15:49:00

Forty-three percent of workers recently surveyed by reported they do not feel valued by their employers.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims lowest since 2000updated: Thu May 06 2004 08:22:00

The number of Americans seeking unemployment assistance tumbled last week to the lowest level in three-and-a-half years, the government reported, coming in well below economists' expectations.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims fall by 18,000updated: Thu Apr 29 2004 08:21:00

The number of Americans filing for unemployment assistance fell by 18,000 last week, the government reported Thursday, coming in below economists' estimates.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims fall, but above viewsupdated: Thu Apr 22 2004 08:19:00

The number of Americans filing for unemployment assistance fell last week, the government reported Thursday, but came in above economists' expectations for the second consecutive week.

CNNMoney: Outsourcing still growing: surveyupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 11:59:00

Despite the controversy over outsourcing American jobs to overseas locations, U.S. corporate executives expect the trend will grow over the next year, according to a survey of business leaders.

Dean joins Democratic rivals' criticism of new labor proposalupdated: Wed Jan 07 2004 13:51:00

Democratic presidential front-runner Howard Dean joined his rivals Wednesday in attacking President Bush over a U.S. Department of Labor guide that tells employers how to avoid paying workers overtime.

FSB: Four must-see sites--and one to avoid.updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00 On my mother's last visit, we spent our time doing her two favorite New York City things: walking through Central Park and eating dessert. For the latter I pulled her into a ...

Fortune: Ask Annieupdated: Mon Jun 10 2002 00:01:00

Dear Annie: I work for a small, cash-strapped technology company, and it has come to my attention that my employer has been deducting my weekly 401(k) contributions but has not been forwarding them...

Money Magazine: Can My 401(k) Account Be Locked Up Due To Fees Owed By My Ex-Employer?updated: Mon Apr 01 2002 00:01:00

Q. My employer closed its doors in August, and the company is planning to file for bankruptcy. Not only did I lose my job, but the firm that administers our 401(k) plan refuses to release any funds...

FSB: When Greed Is Good Here's a retirement plan that lets you save much more.updated: Tue May 01 2001 00:01:00

They're called SERPs, but you can think of them as SLURPS. Why? Unlike ordinary plans, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans will let you be as greedy as you want. You can slurp up unlimited amou...

Money Magazine: Get Paid More! For years, employers have refused to share salary data with their staffs. Now compensation updated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00

Ever wonder if you're being paid what you're worth? Your employer is unlikely to share meaningful salary data with you--and if you're like most of us, asking your colleagues what they make is simpl...

Money Magazine: Squeezed For Timeupdated: Sat Jul 01 2000 00:01:00

Americans now work 14 more hours per week than they did in 1969. Simultaneously, the number of two-career households jumped 79%. Which chores do we neglect? Here are the top tasks performed by Best...

Money Magazine: YOUR 401(K) MAY FATTEN FASTERupdated: Tue Oct 01 1996 00:01:00

Currently, your employer can let 90 long days pass between the date when it withholds your 401(k) contribution from your paycheck and the date when it actually deposits your money in the plan. But ...


Here's a quiz: name the greatest threat to your 401(k): A) fraud, B) corporate bankruptcy, C) clerical errors. The answer is C, the least scary-sounding of the three but by far most common problem ...

Money Magazine: HOW TO AVOID 401(K) FRAUDSupdated: Mon Jan 01 1996 00:01:00

Don't be too alarmed by the U.S. Labor Department's announcement that it is investigating 303 companies for possible misuse of 401(k) plan contributions. Most of the nation's 268,000 plans are frau...

Fortune: HOW TO CHECK ON YOUR PENSION updated: Mon Apr 18 1994 00:01:00

The Retirement Protection Act of 1993, which the Clinton Administration sent to Congress last year, would require employers to notify their employees if a pension plan is underfunded. But Congress ...

Fortune: ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE THE FUTURE OF THE FACTORYupdated: Mon Dec 27 1993 00:01:00

Manufacturing means good jobs, to most people's thinking. But two British economists argue that it won't always be so and that it is fruitless for governments of major industrial countries to try t...

Fortune: Children vs. unions, a farewell to Indians, when certain judges go shopping, and other matters. FEAR OF CHILD LABORupdated: Mon Dec 28 1992 00:01:00

Some years back we took an IQ test (don't ask why). One section was designed to elicit information about one's common-sense understanding of various phenomena in everyday life. Among the questions ...

Fortune: HOW AMERICA WILL CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARSupdated: Mon Jun 17 1991 00:01:00

Demographers are the first to admit the inexact nature of their science, which includes projections of U.S. population growth and changes in the country's ethnic mix. But for all the uncertainties,...

Fortune: A test for bus drivers, a socially responsible ice cream, competing with the mob, and other matters. IT'S NOT NORMALupdated: Mon Jun 03 1991 00:01:00

Your servant has been writing about ''race norming'' for several years now but has frankly been surprised by the recent attention given this highly esoteric issue in our nation's capital. We have a...

Money Magazine: 15 FAST-TRACK CAREERS The hottest jobs in the next decade will fatten your bank balance and enrich your life.updated: Fri Jun 01 1990 00:01:00

Time was when following a career path was like climbing a ladder. Rung by rung, you ascended in a succession of orderly steps, each one with added responsibility, pay, status and, you hoped, satisf...

Money Magazine: WILL THE IRS SHAKE US DOWN IN 2016 IF OUR '86 IRA WAS LATE?updated: Fri Dec 01 1989 00:01:00

Q. On April 10, 1987, Vanguard, the mutual fund company, received a check from my wife to open two 1986 Individual Retirement Accounts. Because the dollar amount on the check did not agree with oth...

Money Magazine: THE HIGHER COST OF 401(K) BORROWINGupdated: Wed Nov 01 1989 00:01:00

The U.S. Labor Department has noodled around with the rules on borrowing from 401(k) company savings plans, but employees aren't necessarily worse off. Firms must now charge you interest rates comp...

Money Magazine: A WARNING SIGNAL ABOUT THE SAFETY OF YOUR PENSIONupdated: Sun Oct 01 1989 00:01:00

Are the top pension cops at the U.S. Department of Labor the modern-day equivalents of Paul Revere or of Chicken Little? The answer, which is still unclear, could determine whether all the 51 milli...

Money Magazine: INVESTMENTS: THE LITTLE GUY WINS FOR THE PAST YEARupdated: Thu Dec 01 1988 00:01:00

Individual investors have had reason to smile lately. The new MONEY Small Investor Index at right, which mirrors the performance of the typical individual investor, increased 1.25% in October to br...

Fortune: Following a good exampleupdated: Mon May 23 1988 00:01:00

Now that the trade bill has passed the Senate without enough votes to override the expected presidential veto, you can't help wondering. President Reagan's opposition centers on a provision requiri...

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