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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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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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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California.

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California.

Jobless Rate — Appreciated by Yellen, Overrated With Economists

Let’s face it, Unemployment Rate: Economists just aren’t that into you. So shows a  survey of forecasters by Bloomberg’s Catarina Saraiva from May 2-7 in which 16 of 43 respondents said the jobless rate was the most overrated U.S. economic...

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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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A job fair attendee  in Los Angeles.

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A job fair attendee in Los Angeles.

Jobs Euphoria? Americans Not Feeling it

Before we get too optimistic about Friday’s jobs report, consumers are taking some air out of the balloon. The New York-based Conference Board today reported that its consumer confidence index slipped in April from a six-year high a month earlier....

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