Employment

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Recent college graduates at commencement from Hunter College in New York City.

Demand for college-educated employees is on the rise, a trend that can be a mixed bag for job hunters. From 1967 to 2007, the share of high-skill managerial and professional jobs rose from 21 percent to 35 percent of U.S. employment, according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. …

Signs of economic strength

A better initial jobless claims number have some wondering if the monthly employment number from last week was a fluke.

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Attendees pick up leaflets at a military veterans' job fair in Carson, California.

The job market may be cooling off, but the pace of hiring is still strong in some parts of the country. The latest monthly job numbers showed a marked slowdown from the sustained hiring spree that began last year. The government’s official tally last week showed that just 126,000 jobs were created in March, a …

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A worker polishes a 2015 Ford Mustang on Aug. 28, 2014 in Flat Rock, Mich.

U.S. job openings rose to a 14-year high of 5.1 million in February and beat estimates, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. Economists had expected job openings to hit 5 million in January, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. February’s numbers increased by 168,000 from 5 million job openings in January. …

Jobs report fallout

Why is bad news for the economy so often good news on Wall Street?

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Employers have painted a rosier job outlook for college grads this year, but college seniors still on the hunt may find slim pickings. Early projections have been optimistic. Employers will hire 9.6 percent more college graduates this year than last year, according to a forthcoming April report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers …

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A U.S. military veteran listens as a manager with Lowes explains the jobs available in Miami

Private business job creation decelerated in March as an economic slowdown and other factors put a dent in activity, according to the latest report from ADP. Companies added 189,000 positions for the month, down from the 214,000 in February, a number that was revised slightly upward from the 212,000 initially reported. Virtually all the new …

High hopes for jobs report

Is the market setting itself up for a big disappointment when the employment report comes out Friday?

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A veteran speaks to a job recruiter at a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27, 2014 in New York City.

The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to 5.5 percent—the lowest since 2008—according to the latest figures, but one segment of the population isn’t cheering just yet. Military veterans are almost twice as likely as nonveterans to start their own business, but their unemployment rate stands at 6.7 percent as of February, and has been consistently …

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More linebacker than running back, Baxter is a tough, reliable worker. His arm span is wide and he takes instruction well, all valuable assets on a manufacturing shop floor. Baxter is a robot and made by Rethink Robotics, a start-up founded by Rodney Brooks, who produced the Roomba vacuum when he was at iRobot in …

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A worker removes bolts from a concrete form at Doty & Sons Concrete Products in Sycamore, Illinois.

There were 5 million job openings in January, the highest level of open positions since January 2001, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up slightly from 4.9 million openings reported in December. Job openings have increased over the past year, with most showing up in professional and …

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PackBot, military robot by iRobot

Behind the lobby in iRobot’s headquarters, a gaggle of small children and a few of their parents are getting a tour of the company’s “Cool Stuff Room.” On display is some of the cool stuff the company has developed during its 25-year history, including its best-known product, the Roomba vacuum cleaner. You can also see …

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U.S. stocks traded lower on Friday amid corporate news, as investors digested February’s jobs report that indicated an interest rate hike could come sooner rather than later. Apple is expected to join the Dow Jones industrial average on March 18, replacing AT&T. Shares of the iPhone maker gained about 2 percent to trade below recent …

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A "now hiring" sign in the window of a Subway restaurant in Sarasota, Fla.

After February’s surprisingly strong jobs report, the Fed is now even more likely to send a strong signal at its March meeting that a rate hike is near, and more traders are now speculating on the first move in June. But a number of economists say the central bank is still likely to hold off …

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A worker installs brake cables at the Bicycle Corporation of America plant in Manning, South Carolina.

Job creation boomed in February by 295,000 despite the brutal winter conditions, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Despite the strong month, the picture was essentially the same for the American worker: Pay rose just 3 cents an hour, representing a 2.0 percent annualized gain as wage inflation …