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This State Had Just 2.8% Unemployment In August. Here’s How All 50 States Fared.

The unemployment rate has fallen sharply across the U.S. over the year, but some states performed far better than others.
Among the 50 states, joblessness fell fastest in Illinois, which saw its unemployment rate drop to 6.7% in August from 9.2% a year earlier.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/19/this-state-had-just-2-8-unemployment-in-august-heres-how-all-50-states-fared/?mod=WSJBlog

Wages Grew in Most Large U.S. Counties. Did They Grow in Yours?

Average weekly wages went up in most large counties during the first quarter of 2014, reflecting a broader national increase, the Labor Department reported today.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/18/wages-grew-in-most-large-u-s-counties-did-they-grow-in-yours/?mod=WSJBlog

Yellen Highlights Deepening U.S. Poverty

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Thursday the 2007-2009 recession left lasting scars on the poorest American families that have yet to heal more than five years into the official economic recovery.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/18/yellen-highlights-deepening-u-s-poverty/?mod=blogmod

Where the Jobs are in Australia

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Australian data continue to paint a positive picture of employment, with the number of jobs rising 119,800 in the June-August quarter, the biggest increase in al

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/18/where-the-jobs-are-in-australia/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog

Gender Pay Gap, Still Wide, Narrows by Most Since Recession Began

The pay gap between women and men narrowed last year, albeit slightly, the first time the gap contracted by more than a penny since the recession began in 2007.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/16/gender-pay-gap-still-wide-narrows-by-most-since-recession-began/?mod=WSJBlog

Business Roundtable: CEOs Expect To Slow Hiring, Capital Spending

Chief executives downgraded their optimism about the U.S. economy, saying they expect to slow both hiring and capital investments in the second half of the year, according to the Business Roundtable’s third-quarter survey released Tuesday.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/16/business-roundtable-ceos-expect-to-slow-hiring-capital-spending/?mod=WSJBlog

Australian Statistics Bureau Faces Credibility Test on Employment Data

A man in Sydney looking for employment, on July 25.
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Australia’s official employment data has gyrated in recent months,

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/12/australian-statistics-bureau-faces-credibility-test-on-employment-data/?mod=WSJBlog
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