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Unemployment Rates Fall In Half Of US States

Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, a sign that September’s pickup in hiring was felt around the country; Michigan had the third-highest rate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2011

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103K Hired, Unemployment Stays At 9.1%

After a sluggish summer, employers went on a hiring spree last month.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/07/2011

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Study: Gov’t Green Jobs Initiative Short Of Goals

The goal was to place 80,000 workers in the field of energy efficiency or renewable energy by 2013.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/04/2011


Union Membership Drops To Lowest Levels In 20 Years

Figures released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that Michigan had 627000 union workers in 2010. Which is 11.7 percent fewer than the state had a year earlier.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/22/2011

Jobless Claims Fall To 452K, But Remain Elevated

Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the drop wasn’t enough to reverse a big increase the previous week.  Applications for jobless benefits fell by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 452,000, the Labor […]


Unemployment Claims Drop, While Job Openings Rise

Applications for unemployment benefits fell last week for the fourth time in five weeks, a sign that layoffs are declining. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless aid dropped by 11,000 to […]


Stocks Edge Higher After Jobs, Housing Reports

Stocks are closing with modest gains after reports on housing, manufacturing and jobs indicated the economy continues to grow, although slowly.


Stocks Retreat After Disappointing Jobs Report

Stocks and interest rates tumbed Friday after a disappointing employment report renewed concerns about a slowdown in economic growth.