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Job seekers fill out a job applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Job seekers fill out a job applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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US companies hire at fastest pace in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs - two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.

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Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

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Middlesex County job fair to be held Sept. 30

Job seekers may want to mark this on their calendars - a job fair will be held Sept. 30 in Middlesex County.

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An employment application form.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
An employment application form. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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Applications for US unemployment rise by 12,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy.

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Stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart, which says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season in 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart, which says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season in 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans

NEW YORK (AP) -- UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

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Better-paying jobs rising in US, but less so in NJ

The U.S. has seen some improvement in middle-class job creation for the kind of positions that do not involve answering phones or flipping hamburgers. But New Jersey's mid-wage job creation remains slow.

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Recruiter Christina O, left, with New Western Acquisitions, meets with employment seekers during a job fair in Philadelphia in June.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Recruiter Christina O, left, with New Western Acquisitions, meets with employment seekers during a job fair in Philadelphia in June. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Unemployment applications remain at a still-low 302,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the total number receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years.

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People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

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People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

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NJ’s top jobs pay more than the national average

The top jobs in the Garden State all have a few things in common - they pay above the national average and they're in the fastest growing fields.

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