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Jobs report gives Obama a boost

President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Jobless rate falls below 8%

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000… Read More →

Unemployment falls in nearly 90% of U.S. cities

Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged in 19. In the Metro Phoenix… Read More →

Construction Employment Declines In 31 States In Past Year; Arizona Gains 8,200 Jobs

Construction Employment

Construction employment declined in 31 states from July 2011 to July 2012 and in 28 states in the past month, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Arizona bucked the national trend, adding 8,200 jobs during that period and ranking No. 6 in construction jobs gained. It… Read More →

Construction Employment Up In 25 States; Arizona No. 3 On The List

Construction Employment - Welder

Construction employment increased in just half the states plus the District of Columbia from June 2011 to June 2012, but declined in a slim majority of states in the past month, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. California added the most new construction jobs over the… Read More →