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US Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 358,000

Applications for US unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 last week, though the figure was distorted for the second straight week by California's efforts to clear backlogged claims.

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NJ Dept of Labor building in Trenton (NJ Dept of Labor & Workforce Development)
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NJ Jobless Rate Dips To 8.5% In August

New Jersey's unemployment rate dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 8.6 percent the previous month. It's the lowest level since March 2009.

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Despite Recovery, More Now Consider Themselves ‘Lower Class’ [AUDIO]

As the economy continues its slow recovery, more people than ever now believe they evolved into the "lower class."

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Part-Time Jobs Dominate Private Sector Hiring [AUDIO]

Unemployment is slowly picking up pace in the country, however three-quarters of 2013's new jobs are part-time.

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NJ’s Jobless Rate Inches Lower In July

New Jersey's jobless rate has inched downward in July.

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Unemployment Claims Trend Downward in New Jersey [AUDIO]

The U.S. Labor Department is out with new data showing the number of Americans, who applied for unemployment benefits over the past month, dropped to its lowest level since 2007.

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Extending Benefits For NJ Veterans

Unfortunately, many New Jersey veterans haven’t been able to find work after leaving the military. There is some relief coming their way.

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Frances Perkins Building, home to the US Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building, home to the US Department of Labor (Wikicommons)
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US Employers Add 162K Jobs

U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. The gain was still enough to help lower the unemployment rate to a 4 1/2-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign in an otherwise lackluster report.

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Five of Nine NJ Sectors Add Jobs in June [AUDIO]

Employers in New Jersey added 4,600 jobs in June, but the unemployment rate still increased slightly, ending four consecutive months of improvement.

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NJ Unemployment Rate Up

New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up in June, ending a run of four consecutive months of improvement.

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