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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Porn Stars on the Job in Labor Survey

Written with Lorraine Woellert Did a porn star’s syphilis outbreak slow U.S. job growth last month? Some bloggers seem to think it might have, and it sounds like a great story. Yet it’s probably not true. Yes, employment at movie...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 335,500

That’s the average number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks, the least since November 2007. About 333,000 people made first-time jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 3, compared with 328,000, 345,000 and 336,000 in...

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

May Consumer Prices: Cookies, Drugs

Have a sweet tooth and are under a doctor’s care? Then you’re probably seeing record-low inflation. The consumer-price index climbed 0.1 percent in May, the Labor Department reported today, less than the 0.2 percent median forecast of economists surveyed by...

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 77

Women earned 77 percent of what men did in 2011 for the same job, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics cited by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington-based research group. The figures for the most recent year available were cited as...

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Contractors smooth the concrete on a curb at Skanska USA Building Inc.'s Inova Health System construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

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Contractors smooth the concrete on a curb at Skanska USA Building Inc.'s Inova Health System construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

Payrolls Get U.S. Labor Boost

The figures used by the U.S. Labor Department to adjust changes in payrolls for seasonal variations have represented a higher hurdle so far this year than in the recent past, according to economist John Herrmann. That’s about to change. The...

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Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

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Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 32

That’s how many consecutive months U.S. nonfarm payrolls have climbed. Payrolls rose a higher-than-forecast 175,000 in May, according to Labor Department figures released June 7. The economy has added about 5.7 million jobs during the previous 32 months, at an...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

Unemployment Rate Increase: Growing Worker Confidence?

Unemployment rose to 7.6 percent in May — and economists say that, counter-intuitively, that’s a sign of a U.S. labor market on the mend. About 420,000 people joined the workforce last month, the biggest gain in seven months, figures from...

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Dental work performed at a free health clinic for the uninsured and underinsured at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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Dental work performed at a free health clinic for the uninsured and underinsured at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Health Care Costs Slow: Inflation Curb

The cost of health care in the U.S. is rising at the slowest pace in four decades, helping curb inflation. The consumer-price index dropped 0.4 percent in April from the prior month, a second consecutive decrease and the biggest since...

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Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping company, will stop plying through the Panama Canal to move goods from Asia to the U.S. east coast as bigger ships help the company move it profitably through Suez Canal.

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Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping company, will stop plying through the Panama Canal to move goods from Asia to the U.S. east coast as bigger ships help the company move it profitably through Suez Canal.

Import Prices: Disinflation Concern

To anyone worried about global disinflation, today’s Labor Department report on the cost of goods imported into the U.S. will prove sobering. The import-price index dropped 0.5 percent in April from the prior month as fuel costs retreated 1.7 percent....

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