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  • Unemployment up? Not in these four maverick cities.

    Unemployment up? Not in these four maverick cities.

    The US lost jobs in September and the unemployment rate remains at a high 9.6 percent, the US Department of Labor reported Friday. But some metropolitan areas are bucking the trend and adding jobs. By making everything from food to music and band instruments, these four metros have seen the biggest year-over-year decline in their unemployment rates. Is your city on this list?

  • Labor Day quiz: What are the hot spots in a cool jobs market?

    Labor Day quiz: What are the hot spots in a cool jobs market?

    The US job market is in rough shape, but there are some signs of progress as well. Here's a Labor Day quiz that sheds some light on where opportunities lie within a mostly tepid job market.

  • Monitor Breakfast AFL-CIO president to Sarah Palin: Change or be linked with McCarthyism

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka charged that if Republican political star Sarah Palin is not more careful in her choice of words, the political movement she has helped to create will be linked with 1950s McCarthyism.

  • Chile: miners alive but rescue may be months away

    Chile: miners alive but rescue may be months away

    Chile's miners are alive, all 33 of them, after 17 days trapped in a collapsed mine. "Today all of Chile is crying with excitement and joy," President Sebastian Pinera said. But it may be until Christmas before the trapped miners can be rescued.

  • Where unemployment is falling: a tale of six 'most improved' states

    Where unemployment is falling: a tale of six 'most improved' states

    In July, the unemployment rate declined in more states than it rose. The changes were not dramatic, but this news from the US Labor Department on Friday highlighted the uneven pace of economic recovery in the 50 states. Here's a look at six states that have made the most headway against unemployment this year. The beginning of the year arrived when the total number of US jobs had reached a recession-related low point. This tale of six states reveals trends that are taking root elsewhere in the economy.

  • Top 5 most stressful jobs

    Top 5 most stressful jobs

    JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater – who quit and made a dramatic exit down an aircraft emergency slide on Aug. 9 – is the latest symbol of stress on the job. But he's hardly alone. With more employees electronically tethered to their jobs 24/7, greater competition in the workplace for fewer jobs due to a sluggish economy, and other factors may create more job-related anxiety. On the other hand, some of the jobs considered most stressful are also the most coveted. Here's a short list of the most stressful jobs of 2010, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Careercast.com.

  • Productivity weakens. Time to cheer?

    The New Economy Productivity weakens. Time to cheer?

    Productivity fell 0.9 percent last quarter, suggesting that US companies will slowly start to hire more workers.

  • July job numbers make farm work look appealing

    The Reformed Broker July job numbers make farm work look appealing

    Payrolls fell by 131,000 in July, with the private sector adding only 71,000 workers. The numbers might be enough to make you consider a farm job.

  • Stephen Colbert tries to take job from illegal immigrant

    Stephen Colbert tries to take job from illegal immigrant

    Stephen Colbert has teamed up with the United Farm Workers of America to have unemployed Americans sign on as farm workers in an attempt to demonstrate that illegal immigrants are taking jobs that Americans don't want.

  • Vexed by BP oil spill, Obama aims to show better news on jobs

    Vexed by BP oil spill, Obama aims to show better news on jobs

    Ending a week dominated by the BP oil spill, President Obama goes to Columbus, Ohio, to defend his $787 stimulus package and tout its jobs-producing effect.