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All you need are 24 indicators to understand the labor market

There was a time when the unemployment rate was good enough. It was long ago in an economy far, far away.

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German unemployment ticks up slightly in August

Germany’s Federal Labor Office says the country’s jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed.

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Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

(Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

Japan’s vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world’s third-largest economy.

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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring are likely to remain strong.

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Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

(Alan Diaz / Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.

 

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