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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2,028,000

That’s about how many people were newly unemployed in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The 2,028,000 who lost a job last month after holding one in the previous month rose for the third consecutive month, from 1,910,000 in...

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Job seekers wait in line to enter a job fair hosted by JobExpo.com in Dallas on Jan. 29, 2014.

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Job seekers wait in line to enter a job fair hosted by JobExpo.com in Dallas on Jan. 29, 2014.

Obamacare’s Workforce Toll Read Two Ways in CBO Report

The headline on the CBO report today is of a declining federal deficit. The subhead that Republicans are retweeting is about a declining labor market — the toll that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will take on the American...

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Minimum Wage Messaging Change: ‘Entry-Level’ Pay for Basics

In his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage. It didn’t, despite broad public support for the idea. If you can’t win on the merits, change the messaging, says Leo Hindery,...

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

Obama: ‘Pen and Phone’

President Barack Obama has “a pen and a phone.” He said so today. What he doesn’t have is either a majority of the Republican-run House or a filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic-led Senate — except on that question of  some...

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

Jobs Report: Mixed Message

Updated at 9:20 and 10:05 am EST The jobless rate in the U.S. has fallen by more than one percentage point since President Barack Obama’s reelection. The rate stood at 6.7 percent in December, at the end of the first...

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A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

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A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -28.4

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 28.4 in the week ended Jan. 5. The index, which asks Americans to rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances, improved from minus 28.7. “Growing employment opportunities, higher...

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Contractors work on a retail and apartment building in Washington, D.C.

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Contractors work on a retail and apartment building in Washington, D.C.

ADP Data Sets Off Scramble to Warm Up Payroll Estimates

A private survey of companies that showed the biggest jump in employment in more than a year has sent economists scrambling to revise their estimates for Friday’s December jobs report from the Labor Department. The 238,000 hiring increase tallied by...

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Job seekers in San Francisco.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Job seekers in San Francisco.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.3 Million

The failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits means 1.3 million Americans will lose jobless aid beginning tomorrow. House Republicans refused to come up with the estimated $26 billion over two years to extend the program unless the money came from...

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12, 2013.

State of the Union 2014: Jan. 28

The president’s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress is set for Jan. 28. House Speaker John Boehner, in extending the formal invitation to the president today, also tried to set the agenda. “In the...

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