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  • Did you get a job? Tweet us about it. #igotajob

    As we prepare to cover the jobs report on Friday, we're looking for real people to share their stories about the job market. Did you get a job recently? Tweet your story to @CNNMoney with the hashtag #igotajob.

    With 12.5 million Americans still unemployed, it's tough out there to say the least. But as I monitor Twitter, I'm encouraged to find some uplifting stories.

    Take for instance Janel Porter of Louisville, Ky. MORE

    - Oct 4, 2012 12:01 AM ET
  • Jobs report likely to force Bernanke's hand

    A weak August jobs report signaled hiring continues to slog along at a snail's pace, giving the Federal Reserve even more reason to enact more stimulative measures -- possibly as soon as next week.

    The economy added just 96,000 jobs in August. And even though the unemployment rate dipped to 8.1% from 8.3% in July, any number above 8% is still uncomfortably high for the Fed. (Inflation, on the other hand, is MORE

    - Sep 7, 2012 10:21 AM ET
  • Need a job? Move to Lafayette, La.

    Those looking for work might consider moving to Lafayette, La.

    Lafayette is expected to have the nation's largest gain in jobs among metropolitan areas, thanks to its booming energy sector, according to a new report from IHS Global Insight. Employment is expected to soar 8.8% this year, while the area's economy should jump 7.5%.

    Overall, metro economies are expected to grow 1.8% in 2012, slightly trailing the nation. Last year, metro economies MORE

    - Jul 19, 2012 1:15 PM ET
  • Fed Beige Book notes weakness in Mid-Atlantic states

    The Federal Reserve's Beige Book notes that more regions of the country have started slowing recently.

    The report paints a picture of a "modest to moderate" recovery in June and early July, with better news coming from the housing market in particular. But one pocket of the country including the region surrounding New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio saw economic growth slow recently, the report said.

    Previously, only the Philadelphia region had MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 2:24 PM ET
  • Romney vs. Obama Twitter war gets graphic

    This could turn ugly quickly.

    Now that Mitt Romney has all but been officially crowned the Republican nominee, a war of words (and graphics) is heating up between him and President Obama on Twitter.

    The two sparred about job creation and women today, with Romney even targeting the President's Twitter handle directly.

    The tweet included an infographic created by his campaign, pointing to an eye-popping statistic claiming that 92.3% of jobs lost under MORE

    - Apr 11, 2012 3:44 PM ET
  • Forget jobs. Show me the money!

    Beyond Big Miss: Wkly earnings down, aggregate payrolls up, PT for econ. reasons WAY down.Returnees working cheap = wage/price disinflation

    — Dan Alpert (@DanielAlpert) April 06, 2012

    Dan Alpert, a managing partner at Westwood Capital in New York, is one of my favorite sources. He was a life saver on that fateful Sunday night in September 2008 when it seemed the world was ending. He was in the CNN studios doing TV MORE

    - Apr 6, 2012 3:07 PM ET
  • Economic prospects looking good in 47 states

    Here's more good news for the recovery: 47 states are predicted to see their economies strengthen over the next six months, according to a report issued by the Philadelphia Fed Tuesday.

    Among them, West Virginia has the strongest prospects, likely due to a boost from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus ShaleThe state also wasn't hit hard by the housing boom and bust, and has had far fewer government layoffs than other MORE

    - Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM ET
  • 'Green' jobs top 3 million

    Kermit has more company lately.

    There were 3.1 million green jobs in the U.S. in 2010, or about 2.4% of the nation's employment.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its first tally of jobs associated with producing green goods and services. The Obama administration has been pushing green jobs as a way to stimulate the economy and generate job growth. He's set aside billions of dollars to promote the industry, including MORE

    - Mar 23, 2012 7:50 AM ET
  • Dismal summer prospects for teens

    The job market might be getting better...but not for teens

    Their unemployment rate remains above 20% for the 40th month in a row, the first time this has happened since the government started keeping records in 1948.

    Last month, it edged up to 23.8%, roughly the same as a year ago and up a bit since December. The national unemployment rate, meanwhile, has fallen to 8.3%.

    Some 31 states and the District of MORE

    - Mar 15, 2012 9:23 AM ET
  • Obama wants to give you $4,000 toward job training

    Here's the latest way President Obama wants to help the unemployed.

    The president is looking to give displaced workers $4,000 a year to pursue training in technical fields to land new jobs.

    The grants are part of the latest jobs proposal unveiled by Obama Monday. Many of them have gone nowhere as Congress and the White House continue to fight over the best way to promote job creation.

    The plan would provide additional MORE

    - Mar 12, 2012 4:58 PM ET
  • 'Jobs gap' won't close till 2020

    Though employers are finally hiring again, it could take until 2020 to get employment back to pre-recession levels.

    The new estimate of the jobs gap, released Monday by Brookings' Hamilton Project, is

    based on a relatively rosy monthly job creation estimate of 208,000. (That's the average rate for 2005, which was the best year of job creation in the 2000s.)

    While that may sound optimistic, job growth has been on a winning streak, MORE

    - Mar 12, 2012 1:29 PM ET
  • ADP: The NIT of jobs numbers. That's not a compliment.

    The markets are in a more chipper mood Wednesday following the worst drop of the year for stocks a day earlier.

    One reason for the enthusiasm? Looks like the private sector hired 216,000 people in February, according to the latest monthly report from payroll processor ADP. That was roughly in line with forecasts.

    But investors shouldn't get too excited. The big jobs number from the government comes out on Friday. And the MORE

    - Mar 7, 2012 3:45 PM ET
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  • Looking for a 'super' low unemployment rate?

    Tuesday is purportedly the most super day of the primary season.

    I think it might actually be quite boring. Tennessee and Ohio look close -- but the writing is on the wall in other states. Most forecasts show that Mitt Romney will capture the majority of delegates and thereby continue his long slog toward securing his party's nomination.

    So let's jump ahead to the general election, where (last time I checked) the MORE

    - Mar 6, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • Apple: We made 514,000 jobs

    How many domestic jobs has the world's most valuable company created?

    If you ask that company -- Apple -- the answer is 514,000, according to a post published on the company's website. But not nearly that many people are getting paychecks signed by Tim Cook.

    According to Apple, the company has directly employed 47,000 workers in the United States. Beyond that, the tech company says it is responsible for another 257,000 U.S. jobs MORE

    - Mar 5, 2012 11:17 AM ET
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