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Job seekers talk with Target Corp. employees during a hiring event at a new store in San Francisco, California.

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Job seekers talk with Target Corp. employees during a hiring event at a new store in San Francisco, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7.2%

That’s how much higher the July unemployment rate was for people with less than a high school diploma than for people who have at least a bachelor’s degree. The jobless rate was 11 percent last month for those lacking a...

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A waitress carries platters of food through the kitchen at a restaurant in Peoria, Illinois.

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A waitress carries platters of food through the kitchen at a restaurant in Peoria, Illinois.

Retailers, Restaurants Accounted for Half of Employment Gain in July

Employers added 162,000 workers to their payrolls in July, the fewest in four months. The composition of the job growth is a bit more concerning. More than half of the increase in July employment occurred at retailers and restaurants and...

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Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

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Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11.3

That’s the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of a labor union in 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released yesterday. About 14.4 million of 127.6 million such workers belonged to a union last year, BLS data...

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Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

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Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

Washington Wages: Leading the Nation

Guess where pay in the U.S. is up the most over the past decade. Guessed Washington? Guessed right. From 2001 through 2011, the average annual wages in the nation’s capital rose by 4.1 percent a year — from $49,420 a...

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Trucks sit outside a row of temporary housing units for oil workers in Tioga, North Dakota.

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Trucks sit outside a row of temporary housing units for oil workers in Tioga, North Dakota.

North Dakota Fastest-Growing, Florida Closes in on New York

North Dakota, where an energy boom has produced the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, is adding people at a faster rate than any other state. That’s according to an estimate released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, which said today that...

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Fred Malek

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Fred Malek

Malek’s Study Cites Labor Bureau Once Suspected of `Cabal’

Putting out think tank studies to make a partisan point is a decades-long tradition in Washington. One that came out last week offered a dose of irony to go with its claim that the Environmental Protection Agency is imposing an...

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Job seekers fill out applications at the Rigzone Oil & Gas Career Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

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Job seekers fill out applications at the Rigzone Oil & Gas Career Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

7.9% Unemployment: Election Day

After millions of Americans already have voted early in the presidential election of 2012, the final government snapshot of the labor market in the U.S. before Election Day shows that unemployment stood at 7.9 percent in October. The addition of...

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Job seekers speaks with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York.

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Job seekers speaks with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York.

Labor Stood Ready on Veteran Data — Nobody Called After Last Debate

At least one Bureau of Labor Statistics staffer is willing to upset the White House, despite what you may have heard. Jim Borbely, an economist with the federal agency responsible for reporting unemployment figures, was ready to go toe-to-toe with the president over veterans’...

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