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It’s the hawks who are squawking about the labor market, while the doves are fussing over inflation.

Officials grappled with new questions on familiar issues: low inflation and unemployment

The strength in hiring this year has been one of the clearest indications that the country is finally escaping the long shadow of the Great Recession.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said this morning it expects the unemployment rate among its 34 member countries to inch down from 7.4 percent to 7.1 percent by the end of next year.

There's little evidence that a stronger recovery will bring back discouraged workers.

On Capitol Hill, Yellen acknowledged that broader measures of labor market health have registered “notable improvements.”

The recovery looks like it might finally be picking up speed after it added 288,000 jobs in June.

Falling unemployment could mean the Fed will face a very big decision.

The U.S. labor market continued to blossom in May.

Why the minimum wage shouldn't apply to the long-term unemployed -- for now.

  • Rand Ghayad
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  • May 5, 2014
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The hiring spree surpassed most analysts' expectations and is the strongest showing in more than two years.

7.4 million people are working part-time for economic reasons. Federal worksharing aid could help them -- except that few realize it exists.

Reports highlighting her omission of their prior offenses implied that people such as Poole and Brownlee were poor examples because they do not reflect the American workforce – or worse, because their records make them less deserving of employment. Neither could be farther from the truth.

The new leader of the Federal Reserve revealed her real-world approach to policymaking Monday during her first public speech since taking over the reins of the nation’s central bank this year.

A new chart on the duration of unemployment from the White House explains why the unemployment rate remains so high almost five years after the recession ended.

To understand why, you have to dive into the boring logistics of how the Labor Department calculates its data.

The U.S. economy added a solid 175,000 jobs in February, despite harsh winter weather that many analysts expected would curtail hiring, according to government data released Friday morning.

Michael Strain, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, occupies an interesting place in today's discussion. He favors extending emergency unemployment insurance but opposes raising the minimum wage. He argues that, in some cases, you might even want to cut the minimum wage -- while offering workers more government aid.

North Carolina cut its unemployment insurance program back in June 2013. And there's a lot of debate about what happened next.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 24, 2014
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