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  • These weather maps show why February hiring was weak

    Cold weather can freeze the job market.

    Snowstorms have become the excuse du jour for weak job growth this winter. After months of stronger job growth, hiring was weak in both December and January, and now economists are expecting more mediocre numbers for February.

    Economists surveyed by CNNMoney expect only 150,000 jobs were added during the month. The Labor Department plans to release the official numbers on Friday.

    It may seem odd that a MORE

    - Mar 5, 2014 10:32 AM ET
  • Chocolate-making jobs on the decline

    If takes fewer workers to make your Valentine's Day chocolates these days.

    Americans consume about 5.5 pounds of cocoa beans a year, about the same as they did 20 years ago. Meanwhile, American jobs producing the candy have been on the decline.

    In 1990, about 54,000 Americans worked at facilities making chocolate candy, but now only 38,000 do.

    The decline reflects two broader trends playing out in the manufacturing industry: Technology is eliminating MORE

    - Feb 13, 2014 1:27 PM ET
  • 91 million Americans aren't looking for jobs

    The unemployment rate isn't always the best measure of the job market, because it only includes people who have actively searched for work within the last four weeks. Many Americans just aren't looking for jobs.

    In fact, about 91 million adult Americans don't work, and aren't looking for jobs. They make up 37% of the population -- the highest level on record since 1978.

    Yes, some of them are workers who've been MORE

    - Feb 10, 2014 2:20 PM ET
  • Long-term unemployed still face dim job prospects

    Friday morning could bring more good news about the economy when the Labor Department releases its latest monthly jobs report.

    Economists surveyed by CNNMoney predict the report will show 193,000 jobs were added in December, consistent with a story of solid hiring in the last four months of 2013. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7% as some workers rejoin the labor force.

    And on Wednesday, payroll processor ADP (ADP) MORE

    - Jan 8, 2014 10:05 AM ET
Annalyn Kurtz
Annalyn Kurtz

Annalyn Kurtz is a senior writer at CNNMoney, where she covers America's jobs crisis, Federal Reserve policy and other economic news.

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Annalyn Kurtz
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Annalyn Kurtz is a senior writer at CNNMoney, where she covers America's jobs crisis, Federal Reserve policy and other economic news. Before joining the site in 2010, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Prague and interned at Fortune Small Business magazine. @annalynkurtz

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