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Lifeguards survey the crowded waters at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Mass, on July 6, 2014.

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Lifeguards survey the crowded waters at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Mass, on July 6, 2014.

Summer Jobs? Try a Marina

Summertime, and the employment’s easy — in some places. In a display that has the feel of a vital-signs monitor in some hospital ward, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a pretty healthy pulse of summer employment gains in certain...

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A forklift operator in Sycamore, Illinois.

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A forklift operator in Sycamore, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 36

Payrolls grew in 36 states in May. Texas led the gainers, with a 56,400 increase in employment, as Victoria Stilwell reports on the latest state-by-state employment count from the U.S. Department of Labor. Pennsylvania ranked second, with 24,700 added jobs....

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A worker installs power windows on a Daimler AG Mercedes Benz vehicle at the company's international assembly plant in Vance, Alabama, on May 28, 2014.

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A worker installs power windows on a Daimler AG Mercedes Benz vehicle at the company's international assembly plant in Vance, Alabama, on May 28, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 172

It was 172 months before May, in January 2000, when the U.S. economy previously added at least 200,000 jobs in four consecutive months. Employers added 217,000 jobs last month to top that threshold for the fourth straight month. The economy...

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People seeking employment fill out applications on April 23, 2014 in Detroit.

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People seeking employment fill out applications on April 23, 2014 in Detroit.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 62.8%

The participation rate — the share of the working-age population in the U.S. either employed or seeking a job — was 62.8 percent in April. This matches the lowest level since March 1978. The share of potential workers either employed...

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Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

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Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

Job Growth: Good News, Finally — Or Is It?

Updated with president at 12:12 pm EDT For the first time in a very long time, the Obama White House has something good to talk about. Instead of a tiring refrain about American employment growing each of the past 45...

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With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus on Jan. 28, 2014 in Chicago.

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With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus on Jan. 28, 2014 in Chicago.

Freeze-Dried: Weather and January State Jobs in Maps

States across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South lost jobs in January, Labor Department data show… As many states experienced an unusually cold winter, based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association map…. …and as the Western United States was drought-plagued,...

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 63%

The labor force participation rate of 63 percent in January underscores how the job market has recovered slowly and partially since a deep recession ended in 2009. The labor force participation rate — the share of people who are 16...

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Viewed through the opening of a promotional poster, a manager serves a customer at a Wendy's in Dublin, Ohio.

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Viewed through the opening of a promotional poster, a manager serves a customer at a Wendy's in Dublin, Ohio.

Making Baconators Not the Best Route to Financial Health

If you ever want a shot at earning an annual salary of $70,000 or more, the odds are slim if you have Wendy’s on your resume. An employee whose work experience includes a stint at the home of the Baconator...

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