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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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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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America’s long-term unemployed still struggling

Despite a rebounding national economy, long-term jobless Americans are still dealing with tough times. That is the major takeaway from a new national survey conducted by the Heldrich Center at Rutgers University.

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Jobless claims drop prior to casino closures

The end of August saw dwindling claims for unemployment in New Jersey and an overall improving trend in the job market, but that was right before the recent wave of casino closings.

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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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NJ’s unemployment rate falls in July

July was a good month for hiring in New Jersey, although the pace of hiring is still slower.

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In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

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Unemployment dips to 6.6 percent in NJ

Officials say New Jersey's unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent in June, its lowest level in more than five years.

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People wait in line for the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, Ohio. U.S. employers accelerated their hiring in June, adding a robust 288,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
People wait in line for the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, Ohio. U.S. employers accelerated their hiring in June, adding a robust 288,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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US employers added robust 288,000 jobs in June

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

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