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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 …

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The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report may be an indicator of the health of the overall job market in the near-term, but there are specific jobs that have the most promise for growth, according to government data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed occupational data and came up with a list of jobs that …

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If the concept of watching other people play video games seems stupid, then you might want to look at the salaries top e-sport gamers are commanding. Carlos Rodriguez Santiago – or Ocelote as he is known in the e-sports world – was one of the top players and biggest brands ever. He started his championship-winning …

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Private-sector job creation grew less than expectated in February, as the services and goods-producing sectors both slowed from recent months, according to a report from ADP. Companies added 212,000 positions for the month, down from an upwardly revised 250,000 in January and the slowest pace since August 2014, the report filed by ADP and Moody’s …

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Men employed in the oil industry wait in line for food at a service station in Odessa, Texas, Feb. 4, 2015.

The fall to six-year lows in oil prices has been swift and unexpected. The pace of energy sector layoffs in recent weeks has been similarly quick, if not so surprising. Job cuts are inevitable as oil and gas companies watch commodity prices tumble, but layoffs today could have significant ramifications for the sector tomorrow. For …

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Student in a UAV lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

In a field a few miles from Florida’s Daytona Beach, some college students are flying drones. The scene is nothing out of the ordinary except these students are not doing it because it’s their hobby, but because it’s part of a course of study that will eventually earn them a bachelor’s degree in, well, drones. …

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

The unemployment rate edged higher but the U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 257,000 jobs in January, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of new jobs created in January was expected to total 234,000, while the unemployment rate was seen coming in at 5.6 percent. Full-time workers surged, gaining …

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 24, 2014.

Let’s run through the jobs report: 257,000 jobs created in January, above expectations of 237,000; upward revisions in November (423,000!) and December; wage growth up 0.5 percent; year-over-year growth of 2.2 percent. Job growth and wage growth? We haven’t seen this in a long time. The S&P 500 and bond yields are up, while gold …

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“I’ll eat anything … except parsley.”—Elly Truesdell, center, Whole Foods forager Discover foods from family-run dairy farms, local bakeries and small-batch chocolatiers. Ride on an oyster boat, eat, feed a cow, eat, shop, eat, drink, eat. Sound like a brochure for a foodie vacation? Well, it’s actually part of the job description for a regional …