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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 59

Fifty-nine senators voted yesterday to renew extended unemployment benefits through May. The Senate passed a compromise negotiated by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Nevada Republican Dean Heller and eight other senators from both parties. “The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which...

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Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2014.

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Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $55 Billion

The Federal Reserve is scaling back its monthly securities purchases to $55 billion from $65 billion. The Fed’s stimulus program is “not on a pre‐set course and the committee’s decisions about the pace of purchases remain contingent on its outlook...

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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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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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A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $427.8 Billion

U.S. retail and food service sales in January fell 0.4 percent to $427.8 billion, according to the Commerce Department. That’s the biggest drop since June 2012. “Slower employment and wage growth the last two months, along with colder-than-normal temperatures, caused...

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Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.6%

With unemployment down to 6.6 percent nationally — as reported in the Labor Department’s latest January survey — the overview obscures the range of joblessness measured around the country. Bloomberg’s Alex Tanzi has tallied the numbers by Federal Reserve District,...

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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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