unemployment

  • February 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading

  • January 21, 2011  

    President Obama on Friday named General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to lead a panel on job creation and economic competitiveness. Jeffrey Brown discusses the White House’s evolving relationship with big business with former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich and John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute. Continue reading

  • January 7, 2011  

    Employers added 103,000 new jobs in December and unemployment dropped to 9.4%, but the recovery fell short of forecasts. Judy Woodruff looks behind the numbers with Catherine Mann of Brandeis University and John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm. Continue reading

  • January 7, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    I was all set to label our monthly post on the unemployment data “Hold Your Horses” or “Not So Fast,” a warning not to overplay the apparently sizable drop in the official unemployment rate from 9.8 percent to 9.4. But … Continue reading

  • January 5, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul gets even more animated than usual — with a new crib, new specs, new accent — to tell you about our latest story, So You Have a Liberal Arts Degree and Want a Job?

  • January 3, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note: A poor economy does not bode well for college grads trying to enter the job market. “The last couple of years have been a very, very tough time to be coming out of college,” said Richard White in … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2011  

    In a follow-up to his report last month on the unforgiving job market for recent college grads, Paul Solman looks at graduates who’ve already been out of school for several years and are still struggling to find employment in their areas of interest. It’s part of his ongoing series of reports on Making Sen$e of financial news. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2010  

    The slow process of economic recovery is far from over for the U.S., but there were glimmers of good news in 2010’s closing days as jobless benefit claims hit their lowest level in 30 months and the stock market gained ground. Jeffrey Brown gets details on where the economy stands from Bloomberg Businessweek ‘s Roben Farzad. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2010   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Headline unemployment (U-3) was up to 9.8 percent in November, and the government’s broadest indicator, U-6, which includes all who worked at all last month, even if just for an hour — is holding steady at 17 percent. Add in … Continue reading