Nov 21, 2013 — Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
Nov 8, 2013 — Employers expanded their payrolls by 204,000 jobs in October, about 80,000 more than expected. But the jobless rate still edged up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent the month before. The unemployment rate appears to have been given a temporary boost by the partial government shutdown.
Oct 31, 2013 — Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
Oct 30, 2013 — Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
Oct 24, 2013 — There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
Oct 22, 2013 — Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier. The report, which was delayed more than two weeks because of the partial government shutdown, is the latest look at how the economy is faring.
Oct 22, 2013 — Figures for September are to be released Tuesday morning. The data were delayed by the government shutdown. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate was unchanged from August's 7.3 percent.
Oct 3, 2013 — A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
Sep 6, 2013 — The news is close to, but a bit less strong, than what economists had been expecting. Within the report, though, was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.
Sep 6, 2013 — As soon as the August jobs report is released Friday morning, speculation will begin about how the central bank will react.