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Articles About department of labor
September 04, 2015
New Overtime Rules Could Mean a Bigger Paycheck for You
If proposed changes to overtime eligibility become a reality, as many as 13.5 million American workers could see an increase in their paychecks.
July 03, 2015
Why Your Unpaid Internship May Be Illegal
Unpaid internships are indeed legal in the U.S., but only if these six requirements are met. Otherwise, the Department of Labor says you should be getting paid.
April 02, 2015
The One Major Problem With the Economic Recovery
The headline unemployment rate -- the share of jobless Americans that are actively working -- has fallen to its lowest level since the middle of 2008.
October 31, 2014
4 of the Worst Abuses of Government Credit Cards in Recent Years
From gym memberships to gift cards, here are four of the worst abuses of government credit cards.
September 05, 2014
Jobs Friday Brings Bad News, But the Labor Market Will Be Ok
Sometimes economists grossly overestimate. Friday’s jobs report from the Department of Labor took analysts by surprise.
September 04, 2014
Here’s Where the Labor Market is Heading
The labor market appears to progressing back to health steadily. But appearances aren't everything.
August 28, 2014
If the Jobs Recovery Is ‘Real,’ Why Are Economic Fears Lingering?
Despite news that GDP grew a better-than-expected 4.2 percent in the second quarter and emerging unemployment remains low, the story of growth is complex.
August 14, 2014
Jobless Claims: Despite Increase, Labor Market Is ‘Having Lift-Off’
Last week's modest uptick in jobless claims is not surprising, nor alarming.
August 07, 2014
U.S. Economy: Are Falling Jobless Claims Evidence of Future Strength?
First-time applications for unemployment benefits remain near pre-recession lows.
August 01, 2014
July Job Creation Slows, But Is Economy Doing What It’s Supposed to?
Is the U.S. economy “doing what it should” by creating more than 200,000 jobs -- a level considered to be an important benchmark of economic health?
July 25, 2014
Labor Market Flashback: How Did Jobless Claims Drop to 2006 Levels?
Last week, the number of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits declined by 19,000 to 284,000, the fewest since February 2006.
July 10, 2014
Are Falling Jobless Claims a Sign June’s Hiring Flurry Wasn’t a Fluke?
Jobless claims -- which serve as a proxy for layoffs -- are once again trending near a seven-year low.
July 02, 2014
Here’s Why June Was a ‘Welcome Boost’ for the Labor Market
In June, private sector employment experienced its best growth since November 2012.
June 26, 2014
Decreasing Jobless Claims: Good News or Just Not Bad News?
Continuing a well-established trend, fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week.
June 12, 2014
Jobless Claims Rise, But Is the Economy Doing Better Than You Think?
With the release of the Department of Labor’s May Employment Situation Report, another month of labor market progress was put on display.
June 06, 2014
Is the Job Market Really Back to Its 2008 Peak?
Predictions were off. May hiring did not slow as much as forecast and the unemployment rate did not budge from April’s 6.3 percent.
June 05, 2014
The Unemployment Rate Likely Jumped in May, and That’s OK
Economists expect that job creation slowed last month, and with that loss of momentum, the unemployment rate will also likely tick upward.
May 02, 2014
Jobless Rate Falls to 5-Year Low, Helped By Discouraged Workers
The headline numbers from the Department of Labor's April Employment Situation Report, released Friday, beat economists’ expectations handily.
May 01, 2014
3 Charts Explaining the Health of the U.S. Economy
The fact that first-quarter gross domestic product growth amounted to just 0.1 percent has made the April jobs report much anticipated.
April 30, 2014
Here’s Why Economists Believe April Job Growth Was Strong
Economists were handed a sign that the labor market survived winter’s harsh grip and that job creation is once again accelerating.
April 24, 2014
Here’s Why the Labor Market Should Brush Off This Jobless Claims Jump
For the second consecutive week, the labor market has been handed evidence that layoffs have been increasing.
April 20, 2014
Warning: 4 Signs Your 401(k) Is Being Shortchanged
Your retirement money isn’t something you want to take lightly, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs.
April 05, 2014
5 Charts to Explain Labor Market Health
On Friday, the Department of Labor will release job creation numbers for March.
April 04, 2014
March’s Goldilocks Jobs Report Highlights Lukewarm Labor Market
March's employment gains did catapult the labor market to an important milestone: The private sector has recovered all jobs lost in 2008 financial crisis.
April 02, 2014
Economist: Job Market Is Finally Coming Out of ‘Winter Slumber’
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has acknowledged the ongoing problems in the U.S. labor market.
March 29, 2014
5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Get a Raise
Wondering why you can't get a raise? Read on.
March 20, 2014
Fed Eyes Maximum Employed and Jobless Claims Jump
At 320,000 new weekly applications for unemployment benefits, claims are running near a four-month low.
March 13, 2014
Job Churn Is Once Again Closing in on Pre-Recession Levels
The decrease in initial jobless claims recorded last week confirms one important employment trend.
March 07, 2014
Labor Market Survived Winter, But Job Growth Was Still Sluggish
Yes, job creation was stronger than expected in February despite the exceptionally cold and wintery weather experienced by much of the country.
March 06, 2014
Jobless Claims Hit Three-Month Low, But February Job Growth Was Likely Weak
Data released by the Department of Labor showed that initial jobless claims declined by 26,000 new claims to a seasonally adjusted 323,000.