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  • 10 jobs poised for explosive growth (Hint: they don't pay much)

    The job market is gradually improving, but it's still tough out there for the 11 million Americans who remain unemployed. Wouldn't it be great to just look into a crystal ball and see the jobs that will have the greatest demand for workers in the next decade?

    Thankfully, the Labor Department did just that (only they used massive surveys and advanced statistics, not actual crystal balls).

    Unfortunately, the news is rather depressing. MORE

    - Dec 19, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • Meet the people who are getting hired these days...

    2013 is on track to be the strongest year for hiring since 2005, which is great news, given the jobs recovery has been frustratingly slow for three years.

    With 11 million Americans still unemployed, the job market is far from fully healed, but we're happy to celebrate along with our readers who recently found new jobs.

    I got a job in November. I am so happy, humble and excited. #igotajob

    — chris harden MORE

    - Dec 6, 2013 5:03 PM ET
  • Outrage after bloggers criticize Janet Yellen's clothes

    It happened to Hillary, and now it's happening to Janet. We're still not at the point where a woman can rise to the top of her profession without having her pantsuits critiqued as soon as she gets there.

    Yesterday, two bloggers (Warren Rojas at Roll Call) and (Patrick Tutwiler at FishbowlDC), thought it was all in good fun to chide Janet Yellen, the nominee to serve as Federal Reserve Chair, for MORE

    - Nov 15, 2013 12:51 PM ET
  • Time for a Twitter hiring binge?

    Now that Twitter has gone public, the social media company could be poised for a hiring binge.

    Twitter raised about $1.8 billion through its initial public offering Wednesday. As of Friday, Twitter had 249 jobs listed on its website, ranging from software engineers to customer service agents who speak Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

    If hiring by Facebook and LinkedIn are any indication, Twitter's job postings could double in the months ahead.

    After MORE

    - Nov 8, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • Government jobs at lowest in 47 years... or 4 years

    Federal jobs are at their lowest level level in 47 years... or 4 years. It depends on how you look at it.

    About 2.7 million people worked for Uncle Sam in September, not including military. According to the Department of Labor, that's the lowest number since 1966! Could it be that the government workforce is at its smallest size since the Lyndon Johnson administration?

    Not exactly.

    Digging deeper into MORE

    - Oct 22, 2013 2:35 PM ET
  • Delayed jobs report to be released Tuesday

    The wait is finally over.

    The Department of Labor plans to release its September jobs report on Tuesday, October 22. The report, which tallies the number of jobs created each month and calculates the nation's unemployment rate, has been delayed since October 4 amid the federal government shutdown.

    During that time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which compiles the report, had only three staff members working. As a result, the agency was also unable to collect MORE

    - Oct 17, 2013 4:59 PM ET
  • Economists react as Summers drops out of Fed chair race

    Move over football tweets. When the news broke Sunday afternoon that Larry Summers had withdrawn his name from the Fed chair race, economists were quick to react on Twitter.

    Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, spoke highly of Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen, who is considered the frontrunner for the position now that Summers dropped out.

    Janet Yellen understands that good jobs at good wages are good for MORE

    - Sep 15, 2013 10:40 PM ET
  • 3 films to watch, 5 years after the crisis

    Just in time for the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis, the next two weeks bring the release of three economic documentaries.


    Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich takes on economic bullies in this film about widening income inequality in the United States. It's all there: Declining wages for the middle class? Check. Big money dominating politics? Check. Incentives that benefit Wall Street and do not trickle down to the MORE

    - Sep 13, 2013 7:58 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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