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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.

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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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Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Florida’s First Tweeter Noted Aboard Air Force One: Miami Looking Up

Bound for Florida today, the traveling White House was reminding the reporters aboard Air Force One about a Twitter message that Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued last week. “Tampa-St.Pete.-Clearwater and Miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in country,” the...

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Sen. John McCain appearing on CNBC's Power Lunch to discuss the jobs report.

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Sen. John McCain appearing on CNBC's Power Lunch to discuss the jobs report.

McCain Wouldn’t `Put Anything Past’ Obama — Giving Welch a Lift

Updated at 4:05 pm EDT If the dip in unemployment below 8 percent came as an October surprise in the presidential election contest underway, the rumblings of a conspiracy theory have the makings of another politically volatile story. None other...

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Job seekers reflected in a mirror during a fair sponsored by National Career Fairs in San Diego.

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Job seekers reflected in a mirror during a fair sponsored by National Career Fairs in San Diego.

Jobless Race to 8% and Under: Gallup Seeing Break in Clouds?

Since January 1948, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected monthly unemployment data — collecting 776 months of data. The unemployment rate has stood at 8 percent or higher in three periods: for 12 months in 1975, for 27...

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Residents help clean up in front of a foreclosed home in Miami.

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Residents help clean up in front of a foreclosed home in Miami.

`Misery:’ Miami Worse than Cleveland — Bloomberg Index in Swing States

The “Misery Rate” — a Bloomberg index of government data combining consumer prices and the jobless rate — is over 10 percent  in President Barack Obama’s home town, and under 7 percent in Republican Mitt Romney’s home town. The rate...

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A job fair at a state office building in Brooklyn, New York.

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A job fair at a state office building in Brooklyn, New York.

Fist-Bump or Moment of Silence — How the Jobs News is Delivered

For a jump on the nation’s monthly unemployment and payroll figures, watch who walks a brown envelope from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing tonight. Caveat: You probably can’t get a good view, because you don’t have...

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