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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

Obama Goes to School in Biology

The president went to school in biology today. At Bladensburg High School, in Maryland just outside the District of Columbia, President Barack Obama was announcing the winners of Youth Career Grants. The project of the Departments of Education and Labor...

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Job seekers talk with recruiters in San Francisco on April 24, 2013

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Job seekers talk with recruiters in San Francisco on April 24, 2013

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,000

That’s how many people applied for unemployment benefits in the week ended Dec. 28, according to the Labor Department. That’s the lowest level in a month, below the median forecast of 344,000 in a Bloomberg survey of economists and down...

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An employee delivers food at a drive-in restaurant in Normal, Illinois.

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An employee delivers food at a drive-in restaurant in Normal, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 14%

That’s the “U-6″ July unemployment rate, which adds discouraged, marginally attached and involuntary part-time workers to the baseline unemployment rate of 7.4 percent. The U-6 rate fell from 14.3 percent in June, according to Labor Department data released Aug. 2....

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Job seekers wait to enter the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

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Job seekers wait to enter the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 136,000

That’s how many more discouraged workers there were in July than a year earlier. Last month there were 988,000 discouraged workers, defined as those not looking for a job because they don’t believe one is available, according to Labor Department...

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A job seeker speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston.

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A job seeker speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston.

Discouraged Workers, Retirees Not to Blame for Jobless Rate Drop

The jobless rate in the U.S. fell to a four-year low of 7.6 percent in March for the wrong reasons. Instead of an increase in the number of those finding work, 290,000 people dropped from the ranks of the unemployed....

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

Low-Skilled Visas: Cap Key to Deal

Two years ago, the U.S. certified about 75,000 low-skilled laborers for guest-worker visas. Under the first year of a new plan that business and labor leaders have tentatively approved as part of a Senate proposal to revise the nation’s immigration...

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Job seekers at a job fair in Southfield, Michigan.

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Job seekers at a job fair in Southfield, Michigan.

White House Warns of ‘Self-Inflicted’ Wounds for a Recovering Economy

The White House is taking today’s employment report as a sign that the economy is healing from “the wounds inflicted” by the worst downturn since the Great Depression, while warning Congress against creating any “self-inflicted wounds.” Such as the looming...

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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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An Secret Service agent stands lookout as Mitt Romney delivers remarks at a victory rally Lebanon, Ohio, on Oct. 13, 2012.

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An Secret Service agent stands lookout as Mitt Romney delivers remarks at a victory rally Lebanon, Ohio, on Oct. 13, 2012.

Morning in Ohio: 7% Unemployment

The unemployment rate in Ohio — the state that has voted the way the nation has in 12 consecutive presidential elections — slid a couple of notches to 7 percent in September. That’s the word from the Labor Department today....

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