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Jobless Claims Are Even Lower Than They Appear

The Labor Department reported that 265,000 people filed initial claims for jobless benefits last week. To find a week when fewer people filed jobless claims, you have to go back to April 2000, the tail end of the 1990s economic boom.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/29/jobless-claims-are-even-lower-than-they-appear/?mod=WSJBlog

Waiting for Wage Growth? Everyone Is Watching the Employment Cost Index

By many measures, U.S. wages have been stagnant since the recession ended. It’s a sign the economy isn’t yet at full strength and another reason for the Federal Reserve to move cautiously in raising interest rates.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/29/waiting-for-wage-growth-everyone-is-watching-the-employment-cost-index/?mod=WSJBlog

Economists React to the January Fed Statement: ‘The Door is Still Open to a June Hike’

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would keep short-term interest rates near zero until at least the middle of the year. The central bank’s policy committee also signaled caution about low inflation and nodded to overseas uncertainty by including new language that it would monitor international developments. Here’s how economists reacted:

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/28/economists-react-to-the-january-fed-statement-the-door-is-still-open-to-a-june-hike/?mod=WSJBlog

A Midsummer Disinflation Nightmare for the Fed?

How transitory is the inflation impact of plunging oil prices?
The answer to that question could hold the key to whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in midyear, as many economists still expect, or waits until September or later, just to make sure inflation is rising toward the central bank’s 2% goal.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/27/a-midsummer-disinflation-nightmare-for-the-fed/?mod=WSJBlog

Joblessness Fell in Most States in December. How Does Yours Compare?

Illinois and Rhode Island saw the biggest declines in December unemployment from last year.
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The jobless rate fell in all four regions o

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/27/joblessness-fell-in-most-states-in-december-how-does-yours-compare/?mod=WSJBlog

World Economy Needs 280 Million Jobs in Next Five Years, ILO Says

The world economy needs to create nearly 280 million new jobs in the next five years in order to make up lost ground from the recession, according to a new report from the Inte

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/21/world-economy-needs-280-million-jobs-in-next-five-years-ilo-says/?mod=marketbeat
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